How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby brandib » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:00 pm

My children are 5, 3, 1, and newborn. All preeclamptic pregnancies. So barely two years apart, and one year apart. Never told anything about a wait time with my first 2 children and then doctors didn't want me to have any more children after my 3rd, but God had other plans and I was pregnant when my 3rd was about 6 months old.

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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby kbunsey » Mon Aug 08, 2011 09:10 pm

After Preg #1 we were told the standard wait until after a normal menstrual cycle or two (which is 6 mos according to my husband's memory :roll: ) and to get through all the screenings, DNA work, so on and so on that can only be done once pregnancy hormones are gone. That was physical. Mentally/emotionally we were told to wait until we took time for grief, healing, ... my therapist and I decided that it was not helping to wait too long for me b/c I was going insane w/ possible scenarios so I think we waited 8-9 mos from after FB was stillborn. After Pre #2 we were encouraged to wait at least a year for the normal recovery after having full term baby and give time to rebuild maternal nutrient stores, breastfeeding, etc, etc. So, assuming everything goes well again Kyle and his sibling will be 25 mos apart, although I didn't have PE in Preg #2. Best wishes to you!
Katie, married to Doug. Mom to Fiona Elizabeth, stillborn June 21, 2008 @ 26w; Severe Preeclampsia. Loved. Kyle James, born October 29, 2009 @ 39w; Healthy and PE Free!!! Josephine, born Nov.17, 2011 @ 39w; PE free again. Woot!

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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby Maplecat6 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 04:10 pm

I had eclampsia and delivered my daughter at 27 weeks with an inverse-T incision. At four months after her birth, the MFM told us we could start trying anytime. My husband and I sat out last cycle so the dates would not line up with when my daughter died. I'm looking forward to trying this cycle.
Amy, mom to almost 5
Quinn, 4/28/06, no complications
Lou, 5/8/09, no complications
Rosie, 3/13/11-3/29/11, eclampsia at 27 weeks and then died from NEC
Sara, 5/3/12, no complications other than an obscene amount of monitoring
Baby #5 due in 2/15

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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby Aidensmommy212 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 02:58 pm

I have not gotten pregnant again but I delivered via Classical C-Section in February and I have spoken to 3 doctors regarding when it would be ok to start trying again. My OBGYN told me 8 months, one MFM told me 18 months and a different MFM told me 12 months (definitely a lot of varying opinions). My husband and I decided that we would go with the 8 months and if it does not happen right away, then we are more in line with how long the MFMs wanted us to wait. Hope that helps a little...
Nikki (28) & hubby Blaine (40)
Mommy to Aiden Blaine - 15 oz./10.5 in. w/ IUGR
Born 2/12/11 @ 24+1 weeks due to Severe PE & HELLP
Lived 10 days, loved and missed more than words can say

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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby z1ggy23 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 01:35 pm

We waited just over a year both times.

DD1 and DS are just over 2 years apart and DS and DD2 will have about the same gap (assuming I go somewhere close to term anyway)
Brandilyn, loving wife and mom to three PIH/CHT/PE babies
M (8/07) 38w1d
L (9/09) 37w3d
E (9/11) 37w

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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby christina89 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 01:06 pm

Hey, I got Eclampsia and HELLP very early I delivered at 23 weeks and I was told to wait 6 weeks so that I could be tested for all underlying conditions and if they came back NEG we could start trying as soon as my BP went back to normal. At 3 months they were finallly low enough for us to try again and we waited until 5 months and started to try again and I was very thrilled to find out it litterly only took once to get pregnant, :) Im currently 34 weeks and looking at delivery ither on the 16th or the 23rd of this month :)

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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby angieb » Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:36 am

We only waited 3 months, but it took almost a year for me to get pregnant.
Me (29) DH (30)
#1-Olivia Caetlyn-9-28-09-9-28-09, 23+2 wks, emergency classic c-section, class I HELLP, IUGR
#2- Lucas Oliver (rainbow baby)- April 2011, 36+2 wks, HELLP and pre-e free! (lovenox and LDA pregnancy)
#3-Matthew, late October 2012...mostly normal, 37 wks, (lovenox and LDA again)
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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby alexis » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:41 am

They told me to wait a year because of the section, which I would have done anyway.

We wound up with a nearly 5 year gap.
Chronic hypertension
Aliza - 01/05/2007 - Severe preeclampsia, emergency CS 37 weeks
Isaac - 09/26/2011 - controlled on 150mg Toprol, NO PE, 39 weeks!

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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby cgellura » Fri Aug 05, 2011 09:46 am

My daughter was born at 36 weeks in August 2009 after severe PE. We waited (though not necessarily because of PE) so they would end up being 2 years apart in age. I'm pregnant now at 32 weeks and on bed rest (as of two days ago) with PE again.
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2009 - Severe PE (delivery at 36 weeks)
2011 - Very severe PE with bilateral retinal detachments (delivery at 32 weeks)
2014 - Mild PE with placental abruption (emergency c-section at 32 weeks)

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Re: How long did you wait to get pregnant again?

Postby aajatwins » Fri Aug 05, 2011 09:11 am

Anna (28) - endometriosis
Hubby (27)
Aidan & Jordan - 7.2.09 at 36 weeks. Induction turned emergency c-section due to eclampsia. big healthy toddlers today!
Asa - 10.23.11 at 39 weeks. NO hypertensive issues!! successful VBAC :)

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