by blythe (3060 Posts), Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:56 pm
Welcome back, Laura! I'm so glad you found a specialist you're so comfortable and happy with! I had to edit out her name and affiliation because we can't share doctor or hospital names on the boards - but if anyone is in your area they can message or email you and you can share information that way.
I'm also so glad she's given you hope for your next pregnancy. I need to caution other members, though, that our medical board is less enthusiastic about the supplements you listed, if I understand right they think the research isn't strong enough, and especially not strong enough to recommend them for every woman. The important thing, though, is that your doctor thinks that the research supports these supplements for *your* specific case.
I bring up this caution because, for example, our founder Anne Garrett has an autoimmune condition that means that taking extra calcium would seriously jeopardize her health, and may have contributed to the complications in her last pregnancy that threatened her life.
I don't say this in any way to discourage you or to scare you, your doctor's vita looks impressive to not-a-doc me, and in your shoes, if she recommended these things for me I would definitely take them! I just need to be clear to other women looking for hope - we should never take anything in pregnancy without our own doctor's specific recommendation. Our doctors know our specific cases and how the research relates to our hopes in future pregnancies.
Please do keep posting! We love happy subsequent pregnancies, and we're also here to hold your hand if your supplements don't lower your risk to zero and you end up with complications again. Our experts tell us that just "getting pregnant again" gives us very good chances of a healthy pregnancy, possibly because the spiral arteries in the uterus have been stretched out (think like pantyhose!) by the first pregnancy, allowing the new placenta to implant deeper and stronger. We're also here when you start trying to conceive again. Gentle good wishes to you!
Heather, mom to
#1 7-18-03 - 5#8oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#2 8-11-06 - 6#14oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#3 9-10-09 - 5#10oz 37 weeks PE/PIH