How soon can I consider pregnancy

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Re : How soon can I consider pregnancy

Postby frasiah » Fri Sep 26, 2003 01:11 pm

Thank you Anne for your advice. I will definetely get a thorough check up before I consider another pregnancy and like you said, I do want to enjoy my little girl. I have a very conservative dr who takes absolutely no chances. I am also struggling with weight issues and need to address that before getting pregnant again.

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Re : How soon can I consider pregnancy

Postby annegarrett » Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:04 am

Our doctors recommend a woman wait preferably two years, but at least one full year from the date of delivery before trying to start conceiving. The logic behind this is based on the inflammatory theory--ie that your system is stressed out and needs to calm down before you stress it with another pregnancy.

Things that might factor into or shorten this timeline would include--your age.
1) If you are over 35, obviously, two years may actually up your risk of reoccurence;
2) If you need help trying to conceive--such as IVF;
3) Access to good care--some people will bump up the schedule if they have access to the right physician.

They also recommend you address any "controllable" risk factors:

1) If you have chronic hypertension, get that under control
2) If you have diabetes, get that stable
3) If you have an autoimmune disorder, work with your doctors as a team to determine the safest time to conceive--obviously, not during a flare
4) Have a prepregnancy consult with a high risk perinatologist to determine if you have any underlying disorders such as an autoimmune disorder, essential hypertension, thrombophillias (clotting disorders), kidney disease, etc... To find a doctor near you, look at the www.nasshp.com website under ADDRESSES.
5) If you are more than 30% BMI (check out our signs and symptoms page to find a calculator)--get fit and lose weight. This is one of the more critical things you can do if it is a factor for you.
6) Whatever you do--see the appropriate health care provider for your second pregnancy. You need to be seen by a high risk OB at least, preferably a perinatologist or a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists.

You have to weigh the odds and talk with maybe even a couple specialists. In the end though, what is most important is that you allow yourself time to recover, time to enjoy the baby you fought so hard to get, and consider also the feelings of your spouse--some are more traumatized than we realize and may not be as ready as we are.

Hope this helps.

Take care,



Anne

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How soon can I consider pregnancy

Postby frasiah » Fri Sep 26, 2003 10:20 am

Hi, I am new to the site, but thank you for such an excellent source of information. I had PIH during my first pregancy, bp increased steadily until the 27th week when I was hospitalized. Delivered at 29 weeks due to severe Preeclampsia. Baby was born July 3, 2003 and satyed in the NICU for 54 days. She is now home and doing very well. I am taking Calan SR 120 for continued high bp since then. My husband and I had planned on having our children close together so that we can forget about it. Now we do not know. How soon can we consider another pregnancy?

Thank you


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