Friday, January 23, 2015

Almost 7 weeks

I'll be 7 weeks on Sunday and this Wednesday we saw the heartbeat at 6 weeks, 3 days.  I also have a subchorionic hematoma (pocket of blood in the uterus, abbreviated as SCH).  I had one with my oldest as well.  The OB talked the MFM (maternal fetal medicine doctor- high risk pregnancy specialist) and they decide to go ahead and start the Lovenox yesterday.  I had to go get a CBC (complete blood count) and clotting factors drawn before starting the Lovenox.  They also want me to go see my neurologist for a baseline so I'll be doing that next week.  Although my OB and MFM have concerns about progesterone, my NaPro doctors (who have the most experience with supplemental progesterone and have work with women with clotting issues) do not believe the risk of bio-identical progesterone is any greater than the risk of pregnancy.  Progesterone is also supposed to help resolve or at least keep the SCH from increasing.    I'll be seeing the OB again in 3 weeks at 9 weeks, 3 days for another ultrasound.  Hopefully the SCH will be resolving by then.  I haven't had bleeding this time since between 4 and 5 weeks.   My husband's grandmother died yesterday, so he'll be going to the funeral on the East Coast some time next week.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pregnancy #3, pregnancy after stroke

I found out about 2 weeks ago that we are pregnant with our third child due mid-September 2015.  Since I had the stroke in August 2013, I will be on blood thinners during the pregnancy once the doctors confirm that the pregnancy is viable. I don't have any real lasting effects from the stroke.  I have been on 325 mg aspirin since the stroke.

My first beta was 623 at P+16 and 9620 yesterday at P+24, which is a doubling time of 48.6 hours.  I had an ultrasound yesterday at 5 weeks, 3 days.  They were able to see a yolk sac and gestational sac but no fetal pole yet.  I go back for another ultrasound next Wednesday at 6 weeks, 3 days and hopefully there will be a heartbeat then.  I will then start on Lovenox.  I will go see the Maternal Fetal Medience (high risk doctor) at 12 weeks.