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Old 06-18-2012, 12:21 AM   #51
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Re: Pregnant after TTC while Breastfeeding! *April-May*

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Have you googled protein S deficiency? It's one of the possibilities in my case and it is something that can cause pg losses when undiagnosed. Not to give you one more thing to worry about, just thought of it as I have been reading up on it in my own research.
They tested me for protein S. Negative. Protein C as well.

I'm cleared for all testable clotting factors and hormonal/metabolic factors.
They're re-checking my structures to be sure---the fertility specialist thinks that may be the issues. I see a MFM on Wednesday and have an HSG (an x-ray of my uterus with dye injected into the uterus/tubes/etc).

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That's an encouraging post, Marie! (How is weaning Smidgen from the boob-hold going?)
He's still a nipple grabber. he's been weaned for a whole year now and still needs them for comfort, I guess!

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Re: Pregnant after TTC while Breastfeeding! *April-May*

Alright ladies---

My working out is finally paying off! I've lost 20lbs! And two pants sizes! I'm kicking my own butt at the gym and eating MUCH smaller portions and nearly no carbs/sugar, but I'm loving my new body!

Who wants to see scantily clad skinny pictures?

I still have 20 more pounds to lose before I'm where I want to be, but I'm half way there
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Bring on the sexy shots Quick! You've earned them!

Oh and in case you missed it, I had my rainbow baby girl on May 22. Teagan Violet Marie was four weeks early and weighed 5lbs 8ozs. She's a dream baby and the kids love her!

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Re: Pregnant after TTC while Breastfeeding! *April-May*

Glad to see this thread again! I miss you ladies.

Quick--It's a good thing really that you don't have clotting issues. . .I know it stinks to still be unsure though. I hope they find something they can easily address. Sounds like you've been working hard and I'm sure you look awesome! Way to go on the eating right and working out, I know how hard that is.

Lucy--Congrats! I did ddc stalk you so I saw when you had your baby girl. I hope you've healed, so glad you have your dream baby.

Andrea--how are you feeling?

We're chugging along just fine. I've healed almost 100% from my stroke. My blood work is normal again and nothing else was found, so they think the clot was caused by low Protein S, but that it was only low due to pg. I'm still taking baby aspirin for the blood-thinning effects, but it doesn't seem like I have any genetic issues or anything to worry about as long as I'm not pg. But obviously getting pg again is risky. I'm feeling really up and down about that. We're over the moon with our baby girl and I feel busy and that my life is full, but I still, down in my heart, would love another baby. I guess we'll see how I feel in another year or so. I don't want to ttc anytime soon anyway.

Anyway, my lovelies are keeping me busy! My baby girl is the sweetest thing, she'll be 5mo tomorrow.
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I am still feeling sick in the evenings, but hopefully only have another week and a half or so before the m/s is totally beyond me.
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Re: Pregnant after TTC while Breastfeeding! *April-May*

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Bring on the sexy shots Quick! You've earned them!

Oh and in case you missed it, I had my rainbow baby girl on May 22. Teagan Violet Marie was four weeks early and weighed 5lbs 8ozs. She's a dream baby and the kids love her!

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I did see that you had her! I've been stalking FB for pictures of her all the time. I have not posted much because, well, I just can't word it correctly. I'm so very happy for you. I read your birth-story blog entry and it gave me heart palpitations for you. So glad she's healthy and wonderful. You deserve the happiness she will bring you and I can't wait to watch from afar as she grows!

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We're chugging along just fine. I've healed almost 100% from my stroke. My blood work is normal again and nothing else was found, so they think the clot was caused by low Protein S, but that it was only low due to pg. I'm still taking baby aspirin for the blood-thinning effects, but it doesn't seem like I have any genetic issues or anything to worry about as long as I'm not pg. But obviously getting pg again is risky. I'm feeling really up and down about that. We're over the moon with our baby girl and I feel busy and that my life is full, but I still, down in my heart, would love another baby. I guess we'll see how I feel in another year or so. I don't want to ttc anytime soon anyway.
I'm glad its just pregnancy related (although that sucks) and that its not something you will likely have to worry about day to day (worrying about serious chronic health issues while raising kids is no picnic!). I'm glad you're on your way to healing and that IF you do decide to get pregnant again, that they can find a treatment plan that will prevent future strokes for you!

And I AM glad that its not a clotting issue because they can be scary, but at least most of those issues are fixable (or at least there is a treatment plan and we could come up with a game-plan to give me some hope---as it is its just "well, we'll treat for everything and hope something works" which isn't very reassuring at all).



Okay, off to dig out my sexy pics

Then I'll update on my testing and future treatment plans as they stand right now (I have another follow up appt next week).
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Re: Pregnant after TTC while Breastfeeding! *April-May*

BEFORES (TAKEN MARCH/APRIL 2012):




AFTERS (Taken late June 2012):



Don't mind my outfit---my white tank top is WAY too big now (threw it away after I saw these pics), so my layering to avoid showing butt-crack looked less than appealing, haha---but, hey, I was just wading in a creek with my kiddo catching crawfish anyway


Total loss, 22lbs
Total size difference: Size 14 to size 8

I have a pair of size 6s that fit, but they aren't attractive yet Muffin top a lil, but I WILL get there!
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Re: Pregnant after TTC while Breastfeeding! *April-May*

Okay, as for current testing:

1. Clotting factors/thrombophilia (negative)
2. Hormonal/Thyroid/metabolic (negative)
3. Hormonal/Fertility (normal)
4. Genetic (normal based on NO family history in 4 generations of ANYTHING).
5. Karyotype/Chromosome Count (normal for me. DH gets tested when he comes home)
6. Ovaries/tubes (normal)
7. Infection. Since you can't test for them all, the doc gave me a high-dose of antibiotics and told me to take them and Rx'd some for DH too. That way IF it was some minor infection that has lingered through the years from God-knows-where (DH and I both get tested constantly---military likes to make sure you're clean, haha)---well, lets just say that IF it was the infection, we'll both be cleared. Amazing to think that the solution could be 2 huge pills that I took 2 weeks ago and that I may already be fixed and there's no way of knowing because infection can be so well hidden by the body.
8. Uterus (HSG done, results this week). 6+

As for the uterus----

I suspect I may have fibroid tumors because the HSG didn't look normal to me (consider that I don't have experience reading them, just that my uterus wasn't the triangle shape that is 'normal' for most women). So, either my uterus is oddly shaped and no one saw that through 7 pregnancies or I have fibroid tumors that have caused the interior surface of my uterus to become oddly shaped. If this is the case, I suspect it would be intramuscular fibroids (submucosal, I believe is the term) and would require estrogen therapy (reduce estrogen = shrinking tumors) for several months to try to make them go away.

This is just my own supposition based off the fact that my uterus looked perfect on the left side and rounded on the right. Most naturally-occurring uterine malformations include T-shaped (not me), heart shaped (not me), or deviated (not me). None of those are the case, so I suspect that it is not merely that my uterus is naturally somewhat strangely shaped (and since I've had a full-term birth, that would make it not medically significant, possibly). Instead, I suspect that IF what I saw is accurate, that it is a fibroid or group of fibroids (which could explain all of my losses, actually, even Deagan).

However, the treatment is several months of hormone therapy, surgery, recovery, and then a complicated TTC/pregnancy and then a very likely automatic C-section (my propensity to make 10lb babies + weakened uterus from surgical scarring all over = automatic C). And given that my cervix SUCKS, I could be stuck with a very early C-section and still get a NICU preemie/micro-preemie. And, even if I do get pregnant and have a baby and all that, it would still be a year + of treatment and recovery and I do NOT think I can deal with that at all.

So, even though its an answer, I hope that I'm just a dum-dum and can't read an HSG and that its nothing at all and I was hallucinating at the time. I should get images of the HSG at my appointment and I plan to bring up my concerns about the shape with my doctor to see whether I was way off base or not---and when I get the pics, I'll post. They're interesting, regardless of whether I'm an idiot or not.



As for the REST of my treatment plans, etc:

1. TTC
---Take baby asprin from beginning of TTC EVERY day until birth
---Chart and take OPKs to pinpoint Ovulation
---Begin progesterone suppositories (200mg 2x/day) at ovulation
---Test for pregnancy at 10DPO onward (or earlier, I'm a POASA).
---If test negative at 16-18DPO, stop progesterone to trigger period.
---If test positive, call doctor ASAP to be seen

2. FROM BFP - 14 weeks:
---Continue baby aspirin OR
---Begin Lovenox/Heparin to prevent blood clotting issues (can't test for them all!)
---Continue progesterone 200mg 2x/day (or 3x/day depending on levels)
---Blood draws every 2 days until heartbeat detected
---Ultrasound every week until 12 weeks
---Monitor cervix via ultrasound every week.

3. 14-24 weeks:
---Continue baby aspirin/Lovenox/Heparin (waiting on doc to hear plan)
---Switch to progesterone injections or continue suppositories 200mg 2-3x/day
---Cerclage done at 12-14 weeks
---Weekly cervical ultrasounds
---Growth ultrasounds to measure baby's growth

4. 25-36 weeks (God Willing):
---Continue baby aspirin/Lovenox/Heparin
---Continue progesterone therapy
---Continue weekly cervical checks
---Continue cerclage
---Continue growth scans every 2 weeks
---Steroid injections for lung growth
---Weekly NSTs
---Decrease activity ("almost" bedrest)

5: 36-40 weeks
---Continue aspirin/Lovenox/Heparin
---Continue progesterone, slowly weaning at 38 weeks
---Remove cerclage
---Switch to manual cervial checks (non-ultrasound)
---Continue growth scan every 2 weeks
---Return to normal activity
---Continue NSTs
---Another round of steroids depending on baby's well-being/size.


That's the plan as of the day before my HSG was done. So, if something WAS wrong with the HSG as I suspect, we may be changing all that. We shall see.
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