by rwpokluda (26 Posts), Sun Jun 26, 2011 00:27 am
Hi ladies, thank you for all the info. So after giving TONS of blood and xrays and seeing different specialists, all of my blood work for lupus and any type of blood clotting disease came back negative so that has been ruled out. It showed I have allergies which we already know and that I have arthritis in both my hips at age 31. Go figure. Before all the testing the specialist sat us down and did not sugar coat anything. I left there scared to death. He informed us of all of the risks I would be taking and what could happen. Since my results we met with the doctor that I would see who is a high risk doc. He is under the specialist that we originally met with. He let us know that most likely I will develop some form of Hyptertension disease at some point in my pregnancy. Before 20 weeks i will be put on rest at home. After 20 weeks if they can not control it with meds and rest I will be put in the hospital for long term observation. This worries me. Because of my history of having severe Pre-e and severe HELLP so early on in preg, we understand that I am at a higher risk of developing it again. However he did say that from all the research along with many patients he has treated, patterns show that with the LDA and folic acid, the chances of it occuring earlier on are lower. Not to say that I won't get it, bc we pretty much know that I will at some point, just in hopes that I will last longer this time. I will have growth scans ever 4 weeks with appts every 2-4 wks. I understand also that once the pre-e starts they can't stop it but can possibly pro-long it if it does not get severe, where if I develop it severely or HELLP it is immediate delivery. Another chance I have to take. However with all the patients he has treated with cases very similar to mine and some worse, on the second pregnancy, they all made it farther along and did not have a severe case like they previously had. This makes me feel better. He said that if I make it to 36 weeks I will have to be delivered at that point due to the type of c-section I had. I have about a 40-50% chance of having a "normal" pregnancy. I know I am being selfish in wanting another baby as my mother likes to tell me but I can't help but feel that if soemthing were to happen to my husband and I, my son would be left alone, and I don;t want that for him. I want him to have a sibling. My heart is torn but after this past meeting, my husband and I sat down and really talked about it and feel that with the proper treatment and close monitoring this time around could work out better for our family. At least we pray it will. So I think we are going to go for it. i first have to have my IUD taken out and then have to see a reproductive specialist since I have PCOS and don't ovulate on my own. Back to good old Clomid. The chair who I saw that is the specialist asked me to be a part of a research study he is doing on pre-e that has to do with scans of the brain and how the brain functions with pre-e patients. He is looking to see if there are any pre signs of brain wave functions that are linked to pre-e or give signs of development. So I would have a scan before preg, during and after.
I guess I am just looking for others out there to confirm that they had severe cases like me and made it through a second time with success.
Mommy to Blake born April 26, 2008 at 25 wks 1 lb. 4 oz, 11 in., due to severe Pre-E and severe HELLP, healthy 3 year old boy now![/color]