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Old 07-19-2014, 02:49 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone else considered "high-risk?"

Hey ladies,

So I was wondering if anyone else has what's considered a high risk pregnancy. I was diagnosed with an 'incompetent cervix' (a term I despise) back in 2008 while pregnant with DD1. During the 20 week anatomy scan, the tech noticed that my cervix was 1.5cm dilated and effaced to the point where I had only 1.7 cm of cervix left. My OB performed a "rescue cerclage" the next morning and I was on strict bed rest until a follow-up ultrasound measured my cervix at 3.8cm at 32 weeks. The stitch was taken out at 38 weeks and I delivered her vaginally a few days later.

With DD2 a "preventative cerclage" was placed at 13 weeks, removed at 37.5 weeks and I carried her until 41 weeks when my water spontaneously ruptured triggering labor. She was breech and we ended up transferring to the hospital from my attempted home birth because she was not descending, so I ended up with a C-sec. I was never on bed rest although I was very careful (no rigorous exercise, no hiking, very little intercourse, etc.) and had zero issues with that pregnancy.

This is our last baby and my preventative cerclage was placed yesterday morning. I am hoping to have an unremarkable pregnancy like i did with DD2. Bed rest was torture. I couldn't imagine doing that again--especially with children! I don't even know how that is possible.

Anyhow, just wanted to share my story and see if anyone else has high-risk status.

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Old 07-20-2014, 06:45 AM
 
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Anyone else considered "high-risk?"

I guess I am. This pregnancy is twins and I've had 6 prior miscarriages.

It definitely takes away from a calm relaxed pregnancy. I feel like I'm on edge all the time, waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Hugs to you both and good luck for the rest of your pregnancies xx

I'm hoping to know a bit more about my status tomorrow when I get both my 12 week scan and an appointment with a Lyme disease specialist. I had no problems with my previous full term pregnancies (although I lost the last 2 before 10 weeks) but this time I had been ill for 7 months before conceiving. I suspect I might have caught lyme or another tick -borne illness. If so, then baby might be at risk of miscarriage or contracting the disease itself
However, since my pregnancy has progressed most of my previous symptoms have improved, just to be replaced by normal pregnancy ones. The anxiety of not knowing what is wrong with me, and whether it could harm the baby, plus not knowing if I'll cope after the birth or if I'll relapse, is making me miserable. I've waited many months for my appointment tomorrow, and I'm nervous.

The other risk factor I guess is that I'm in my mid 40s now so the risk of trisomy increases too.

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I am because I have terrible blood pressure with pregnancy. This is our fourth blessing and I found out that my placenta is anterior. So, my hopes for a vba3c got crushed really quick. But I will trust the Lord this time, just like with the others and He has proven to be faithful. Hope everything goes well with you ladies!
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Anyone else considered "high-risk?"

@Silverbirch - have you considered the MaterniT21 test? I liked it since it was non invasive and gave a definitive answer. Nothing's 100%, but it definitely made me feel better.
@honeybee873 - why would an anterior placenta stop a VBAC? I attempted a VBAC with my second and no one even asked about my placenta placement. As long a it's not too low, I can't see how it would matter.

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Xerxella, I cannot imagine the anxiety you are experiencing with 7 previous miscarriages. I am so happy that you are "out of the woods" of the first trimester and are on your way to growing those sweet babies full-term. I look forward to this journey with you.

Silverbirch, I remember reading about your situation in a post several weeks ago. How did your scan go? I will need to check more recent posts to see if you've shared an update. That must be a terrible feeling to not have a definitive answer regarding the presence or absence of a disease. I hope you are able to get more answers soon.

Honeybee873, I am curious as well, why would an anterior placenta keep you from attempting a VBAC? I am planning a VBA1C with this baby (my first was a vaginal birth). Either way, I hope all goes well with your sweet new one!

Thanks for being in the "high-risk" club with me ladies

My cerclage was placed on 7/18 and was successful. I'm feeling pretty much back to normal at this point and am just hoping for a normal-as-possible pregnancy for the next 22 weeks until cerclage removal.

Thinking of you all!

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I would definitely be considered high risk. I'm a VBAC (this will be my 3rd VBAC, but my first was VBA3C). It's my 10th pregnancy and I have a clotting disorder. I'm also planning a homebirth (I've had one previously) so in the eyes of every medical professional, I would be high risk for that alone. The funny thing is that I'm a L&D nurse.

Honeybee, FWIW, I had an anterior placenta with both of my previous VBACs. As long as it's not over your scar it shouldn't affect your ability to VBAC. And even if it's close to the scar now, it would be worth taking another look later in pregnancy to see if it's moved up as the placenta moves away from the scar as your uterus grows.

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I would be considered high risk. My first Madara was stillborn. We are going to be ministered more closely now. At week 32 in addition to seeing the practitioner once a week we will be monitored in the hospital twice a week. Most likely will induce early too. The latest 39 weeks. If they find cause to induce earlier than 37 weeks we will have to have an amniocentesis for fetal lung test.

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babycatcher12, good luck to you! It sounds as though you've got everything under control and are more than qualified to take charge even if you're considered "high risk."

liladncing, I remember you talking about your sweet baby girl in another thread. I am happy to hear that you're receiving attentive care with this baby. That must help to put your mind at ease. I know that no matter how healthy my pregnancies may seem, I always seem to hold my breath until they're in my arms. (((Hugs))) to you, and I look forward to traveling the rest of this journey with you!

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