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OK... well, here's the thing. As you can tell from my siggy, I had a UC with my DD this February. We didn't plan on having any more children (for the time being anyway) but I knew that if I were to have another pregnancy, it would be a UP. I did get an IUD put in place, a Paraguard to be exact. That was at about 6 weeks postpartum.<br><br>
In the past few days I have been getting "I'm pregnant" vibes. Which concerns the heck out of me. Not because of the potential child (not in the plans but would be welcome anyhow) but because of the complications an IUD pregnancy can entail. We just moved so I have no medical coverage, we're not qualified for state and can't afford regular care, it's a long story.<br><br>
Anyway, so the point being I can't just run down to my regular midwives. I'm sure I could find someone if indeed it did turn out that I was pregnant, but WWYD? Get someone to take it out and then continue on UP? Make sure it's not an ectopic pregnancy? (Also, can you get implantation spotting from an ectopic?) Or would you just continue on with a UP?<br><br>
I'd go pee on a stick but every store near me is closed for the 4th. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I have never had an IUD. But IF I had an IUD and I got pg, I would see about having it removed. After that, I would UP.
 

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Hey, MamaRabbit! I didn't recognize you with your name change! Goodness your kiddos are CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!!<br><br>
Did you use protection or not have sex before the IUD was inserted? And, can you still feel the strings hanging out of your Os? If so, chances are SO low that you're actually pregnant now. It might just be your fertility returning - it often mimics pregnancy signs. And, then there's the post-HG folks who have nausea before periods. Since your body goes into babymaking mode so soon after birth, that could be it. Also, when I used the Paragaurd, it really did a number on my body. I would feel nauseous, generally sick, etc a lot of the time before I had it removed.<br><br>
Hopefully you've already POAS and figured out if you are or aren't pregnant though, so this may all just be a non-issue.<br><br>
With Paraguard IUDs, the general rule of thumb if you should get pregnant is that if it's far enough away from the embryo, then they pull it out. If it's too close, then they leave it in. It's not that big of a deal in the scheme of things. yes, it could cause trouble, but most of the time it does not. Now, the Mirenna IUD is a bugger to have if you should discover you're pregnant, but thankfully we're talking Paraguard in your case.
 

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I got pg with a paraguard in place. The resounding advice was to remove it...without removal there is a chance of septic miscarriage in the 2nd trimester, and a higher chance of PROM in the 3rd trimester. Once a removal has taken place the pregnancy loses those risks and becomes the same risk factor as any other pregnancy.<br><br>
I'm not sure about the UP though. I mean, if you know what to look for and know when to get thee hence to a hospital (fever, PROM, ec)....<br><br>
All the best,<br>
Emily
 

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there is less then a half percent chance of becoming pregnant while having a paragaurd. next to tubal ligation and or vasectomy it is the most effective form of birth control. i had a paragaurd for over 1 year and it took a couple months for my body to get used to it. sometimes i would feel pregnant and i suspect that it is possible for a conception to still occur but it would be flushed out pretty much immediatly. of course there is always the very rare chance of any method of birth control to fail but its extremly unlikely with the method you have chosen.
 

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I've had an ectopic pregnancy with an IUD (Mirena). I'd definitely want to be checked for an ectopic pregnancy, knowing the risks. If it wasn't, I'd have it removed and UP. It'll cost you out of pocket and that sucks, but it's better to be safe than sorry! It's not about trusting your body, at this point.
 

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Well, I'm in the process of a UP/UC that was concieved while using a copper IUD.<br><br>
My personal choice was to remove it as early as possible, I figured the chance of miscariage was there, but better early than late if it was going to happen ( I don't think I could handle a second term loss due to something I could have prevented, yk?)<br><br>
I decided to check my IUD before going in to have it removed to see if I could still find the string or not, and it seemed <i>way</i> longer than it should have to me..I figured it must not be in very deep and gave a gentle tug, sure enough it fell right out! I spoted very lightly for about 20 hours and that was it.<br>
I'm pretty sure it had been dislodged by using a Diva Cup (didn't know you weren't supposed to combine them) and that's why I got pregnant in the first place.<br><br>
All that to explain why i'd<br>
a) POAS<br>
b) get the IUD removed<br>
c) check for an ectopic pregnancy if it seemed necesary (I don't think I'd bother if I felt totally fine, but if I felt off at all I would)<br>
c) continue with my planned UP as long as I felt comfortable, wich has always been the plan anyway (to seek care if I felt it necessary)<br><br>
HTH
 

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Thank you so much for this!!!! Ok and to OP for this thread as I have been going through the exact frakin' thing for the past week! Taken 5 tests, all negative, but I've still been convinced I am pregnant. Thankfully, looks like AF is beginning(even though I not so secretly went into wanting to be pg mode ASAP). What are "post H-G folks if I might ask..."<br>
This explains so much about my wacky PMS and cycle...DH and I were starting to think it was diet/lifestyle change(cut out almost all sugar about a month ago and started working out a lot), which I think is part of it, but...yeah. Anyway, thanks so much, I feel like a few questions it has raised have been answered and put to rest in my busy brain.
 

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A good friend of mine got pg with an IUD and had it removed, and I believe had a homebirth afterwards, or at least a natural birth center birth. I can't remember!<br><br>
If I were you I'd POAS, and if +, have it removed and continue to see that Dr./Care Provider until they could tell for sure that the pg is in your uterus. You should be able to have an u/s at 7 weeks and see for sure. Then just have your UP/UC as planned. Good Luck!
 

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I concieved this baby (38 weeks 5 days) with an IUD (Paragaurd) in. I chose to have it removed for the same reasons ~Yola stated.<br><br>
I'm homebirthing with a midwife, but were I inclined to UP, I'd absolutely do it with this pregnancy. We haven't done anything prenatally different from any other pregnancy. Now that the IUD is out, I have the same risk level as if I'd never had one in, according to my reading.<br><br>
There was a very scary part of the pregnancy after I had the IUD out, when we were waiting to see if the removal would disrupt the pregnancy.<br><br>
Oh, and I also have no insurance. All they did at the clinic was tug on it until it came out and charged me $500. I totally wished I would've tried to remove it on my own first, after I had done the positive HPT. I'm not suggesting this, I don't know the risks (infection, injury maybe?) I'm just saying I wish I would've...
 

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I ended up testing and I got negative results. But believe it or not this scare had me almost craving another pregnancy. And not liking the idea of an IUD. I think, if I can get DH on board, I'm going to have it removed and try charting to avoid for the time being. That way if we do have an oops I won't have to think twice about whether or not to UP.<br><br>
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Well, glad you're not dealing with undo pregnancy stresses then! If you can feel the strings of your IUD, you can most likely just pull it yourself. It'll save you $100+ if you're paying out of pocket.<br><br>
Oh, and post-HG meant Hyperemisis Gravidium. Sorry, I just saw that question.
 
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