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What's your story? What kind of care provider are you seeing?<br><br>
Me: I had severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome with my first, slightly elevated blood pressures then mild pre-e in labor with my second, and severe pre-e again with my 3rd. First and third were both c-sections, both preemies.<br><br><br>
This time around with all the nifty new theories and research on pre-eclampsia, I had a ton of bloodwork run at my first prenatal visit, found out I have blood clotting disorders that may well be an underlying cause of pre-eclampsia. So now I'm seeing both my regular OB and a perinatalogist, and I'm on baby aspirin, extra folic acid, and Lovenox (injectable anti-coagulant). Will be starting some type of blood pressure medication if/when needed.<br><br>
I may be transferring care fully to the peri simply because I think his "plan" for the birth makes more sense. Regular OB says c-section at 39 weeks, just because. Peri says schedule a section for 40 weeks, give or take, just definitely before 41, because clotting disorders can cause the placenta to deteriorate much more quickly than in normal pregnancy, HOWEVER, if I spontaneously go into labor before that, that'd be ok too. You better believe I'll be trying natural, gentle things to encourage labor in those last couple weeks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Well sort of... I have a history of premature delivery (27 weeks with my first) and then I had bedrest with the next three due to premature effacement/dilation. I did not have bedrest last time around but I also had a teenager around daily helping me out, which I do not have this time, so I don't know what we'll be looking at come September. I just do not carry babies well and when they're gaining weight but small enough to fall into my pelvis...well that's what they do, and there's enormous strain on my weak cervix. Come 35 weeks, I'm good to go because baby is bigger and my bones support it and I hold out to the end, but it's very touch and go between 25 and 35 weeks.
 

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I had gestational diabetes with my first and just failed the 1 hour gtt. I'll be taking the 3 hour on wed and hope to pass but if I fail like last time I will be seein a perinatologist too. Basically I controlled it with diet last time which stinks but is better than injections.<br><br>
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I am high risk too. My son passed away when I was 35w3d with low amniotic fluid and a cord accident. Cause of the low amniotic fluid is unknown- they think it was a dysfunctional placenta. I saw a midwife last time and am now seeing the head of the OB department at the same hospital as well as a perinatologist- my first appointment with him is in late June. I will have ultrasounds at 18 weeks, 24 weeks, 30 weeks, and 32 weeks with fetal monitoring weekly after 24 weeks. I am also scheduled for appointments every 2 weeks starting in August and then weekly starting in early october. That is all that will get me through the anxiety- knowing I will be watched like a hawk.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug">
 

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I had pre-e with DD, and she had IUGR. Since she was born, I have had hypertension. My BP is behaving for now, and I sure hope it continues.<br><br>
I want nothing more than to be able to go into labor naturally this time around.
 

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I am--I have a history of a late loss, lots of hemorraging, and I have already had a threatened miscarriage with this baby, though they seem to be really hanging in there so far.<br><br>
I am driving over an hour to see the chief of obstetrics at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. She handled my loss with my first (emergency), and I loved her so much that I immediately asked her if she would take me as a patient, and even though she was overbooked she took me anyway. She is so warm and caring and knowledgable, that even though I don't live in Boston anymore I can't even think of going to anyone else. She is really good to me--lots of extra check-ins and ultrasounds--whatever she needs to keep tabs plus whatever she thinks I need to feel calm and confident throughout my pregnancy. She is so fabulous!
 

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by definition I am high risk due to my age but I don't consider myself such.. so my doc wants to do all this stuff and I keep saying "no" , I see a regular OBGYN at a hospital,, I did have a 1st tri screening done at a perinetologist but am hoping to have no more US or testing unless there is a prob.. I have no histry of probs except "long" pgcys but no probs I am really lucky.. and know and appreciate it..
 

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I had Toxemia (Pre-e) with my first two, hypertension and bedrest with the third. I am very overweight, so that can be considered a risk. My last two blood pressures were a little high already.<br><br>
But my midwives are still taking me on for a homebirth at this time. Wahoo!
 

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Nice to know I'm not alone! Wishing everyone a healthy pregnancy and healthy full term baby!<br><br>
I'm sure bedrest will be coming for me. We're already trying to figure out how to move my computer from where it is over to the couch. I did 7 weeks with my youngest, and the peri already told me to rest when I can and no strenuous stuff "like mowing the lawn". *sigh* At least the kids are older now. Last time I did it with a 2 yr old at home, and boy was that....fun....or something.<br><br>
Gina, I'm very overweight as well. It's one reason I passed on a doctor that was recommended to me as one who will do VBA2Cs in my area--when I googled him, I found a lot of articles he had authored about how terrible and dangerous it is to be fat and pregnant. Yeah, I don't need that kind of stress. The extra weight is coming in handy in an unexpected way. The shots I have to take daily are subcutaneous...they need to go into fat. Plenty of places to inject on this body! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I know NO doctors in this area and my friend all but demanded I use hers. Yet, she had a scheduled c-section, the baby was 5 pounds (and they didn't know!) and they used to dig right into her belly with the doppler at every appointment. No thanks! I wonder what else they did that I just don't know about because she thought it was normal.<br><br>
I chose midwives and so far, so good with their attitudes about my weight.
 
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