Menstrual Cycles

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby l412angel » Thu Mar 29, 638936 11:58 pm

Thank you for the articles I will look them over!

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby angieb » Thu Mar 29, 638936 7:07 pm

Interesting stuff! My periods have gotten progressively worse (cramps that hurt more than my c-section) since my pregnancy. I was thinking it was because of my c-section or possibly endo, it didn't occur to me that it could be post-partum related.

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby caryn » Sun Mar 18, 638936 12:23 pm

We say "knowledge is power" around here a lot. 'Cause, you know, it is.

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby jennashell » Sun Mar 18, 638936 10:49 am

Thanks :) I just ordered all of my medical records with both pregnancies so I can look through and see if I can find out anything. I also found a Maternal Fetal Specialist about 45 min away, and left a message to make a preconception appointment. I then checked all the hospitals in the area to see which ones had nicus/perinatologists etc. I just feel like the more I know ahead of time, the better I'll be prepared. With preg #1 I knew nothing until after, and don't remember much. With #2 they said it wouldn't happen again, so I was unprepared when I started getting sick at 32 weeks. I'm planning on preparing/educating myself as much as possible, so we can make an informed decision about TTC #3. My poor dh would love more babies, but is panicked that it will kill/impair me. So, now we research :) But pregnancy #2 was SO much better, I keep thinking that #3 should be even easier. With #2 they delivered before I got the headaches/visual impairment/pain etc. Excpet for the horrible effects that the magnesium always has on me, it went great.

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby caryn » Sun Mar 18, 638936 10:36 am

LOL!

You can friend me on Facebook, but that will have to be sufficient! (Plenty of people do, and send me email or catch me in chat when I'm there, no worries.) Besides, I'm no doc or oracle -- I just got pissed off when I got sick and had to go figure out what the heck had happened as best I could.

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby jennashell » Sun Mar 18, 638936 10:33 am

Caryn, I 'm so glad for all of this info. What are the chances that you'll pack up and move across the street from me? I'd feel much more comfortable with another pregnancy if I could run over and ask questions, have my bp checked etc. etc. :D

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby caryn » Sun Mar 18, 638936 10:25 am

Isn't that funky?

Discover Magazine had an article about fetal cells and breast cancer and here's a good discussion about autoimmune conditions and fetal cells which contains this passage: Other researchers found that women with pre-eclampsia, which causes high blood pressure in late pregnancy and can kill both mother and child, had five times the microchimerism of healthy women. Fetal cells, it turned out, are complex characters.

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby l412angel » Sun Mar 18, 638936 5:07 am

Woah wait! Crayn can you explain the fetal blood cells remina with you for 20 years. I never knew that and what does that mean?

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby caryn » Sat Mar 17, 638936 3:23 pm

DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR ASKING QUESTIONS.

Okay, now that that's out of the way...

:D

Pregnancy remodels all sorts of stuff. It permanently increases your plasma blood volume. Fetal cells remain in your bloodstream for like +20 years postpartum and are apparently actively involved in repair of the *brain*.

So it wouldn't surprise me at all to see changes. :)

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Re : Menstrual Cycles

Postby katznkt » Wed Mar 07, 638936 12:13 pm

I never noticed anything different except I had more cramps after my first baby. I think it is very normal for your period to change heaviness and duration after pregnancies.


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