Any other high risk pregnancy bees out there?

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
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Helper bee

Good Luck! I hope everything turns out well for you! Im not pregnant yet but FI and I are getting married in June and planning on waiting a couple years before TTC. When I do get pregnant tho I will be high risk. I had cervical pre-cancer last year and I had to have half of my cervix removed. My FI and I asked my doctor several times how it would affect our ability to have children and all she could say was that I would be at a much higher risk of not being able to carry a baby full term. We are both really worried that we will have to deal with miscarrages, still births or majorly premature birth. :( We try not to worry about it right now but we both want a family very very much so we know that I will spend most of my pregnancy on bedrest. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. But I really do wish you all the best and a very happy and healthy pregnancy!!! :)

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Honey bee

I should be considered high risk, because I have chronic hypertension, but my doctor doesn’t really treat me as such.

I have to be on medication to keep my BP stable (I’m on the safest known drug available to pregnant women) and I believe I’m at a higher risk for developing preeclampsia. But my doctor hasn’t done anything special besides a 24-hour urine test early on to determine if I typically have protein in my urine – this will make it easier to know what to look for in the case of preeclampsia. I expected frequent ultrasounds (I’ve only had two, I’m 28 weeks) and possible visits with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, but I’ve only seen my OB.

Best of luck to you – hope the rest of your pregnancy is healthy and happy!

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Honey bee

Best of luck to you.  I have an autoimmune disease which puts me at high risk for miscarriage.  I’m actually headed to be OB in a bit because I’m experiencing spotting at 6 weeks.  Very nervous.

I’ve always been afraid to get pregnant because of the disease and know its hardships well outside of pregnancy.  

So best wishes to you and know you’re not alone!

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Helper bee

Oh dear, I can defnitely see why you’re worried and stressed over it all. I was told at our 18 week ultrasound that our baby was measuring small and there was little to no fluid around her and I was referred to a high risk clinic for level 2 ultrasounds. We had ultrasounds every two weeks for awhile to watch her growth and fluid level and had to have genetic testing done (which all came back normal). I was told at that time that the baby had a 1% chance of survival due to there not being hardly any amniotic fluid (the level was a 2). 

I’m now going to be 33 weeks tomorrow and am still pregnant, but being monitored VERY closely. I have ultrasounds every two weeks and am going to my ob once a week for the time being to monitor the baby’s heartbeat and my blood pressure.My fluid level last week was up to a 10 and has bounced around from being between a 6 and a 12 the last couple months. The baby is still measuring small, though, and is only in the 9th percentile for size (she’s about 6 days behind in growth). 

I hope your pregnancy ends up going smoothly, it’s definitely a stressful time especially when things don’t seem to be going well (I was accidently diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I failed the 1 hour by 1 point and failed the 3 hour due to a steroid shot causing a spike in my sugars and they had me retake the 3 hour and I passed). Just stay positive as much as you can! =)

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Newbee

I am also a type 2 diabetic, and I was 4w4d today. I am going to see my diabetic doc on Monday who will be referring me to a high risk pregnancy specialist. My blood sugars are fairly good, but I still need to work a bit harder I think. 

I’m actually pretty scared for my first appointment with my new doctor. I’m a worrier and I don’t want to be stressed out, because that always causes my blood sugars to rise. 

Im hopeful that my pregnancy will go as smoothly as possible, and I did make sure that it was safe to be pregnant beforehand. (My diabetic doctor gave us the Ok)  

I’m glad I’m not the only high risk pregnancy on these boards! GL to all of you!

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Newbee

@MrsDTMajor:  That’s awesome, I’m hoping mine are as good as yours!  It’s just a little nerve-wracking, especially since I haven’t seen a doctor yet and I’m just basically doing what I think I should be doing lol.  Also, I have high blood pressure, which is a concern when pregnant so I’m a bit worried about that.  My doctor had already put me on a pregnancy-friendly BP pill though, so I guess I just have to see how it goes. I am so excited about this pregnancy, so it’s hard to not stress about the small stuff. 

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Bumble bee

@iheartnerds:  I’m surprised to read this. I am high risk due to chronic hypertension as well. However, I do have to go to a high risk specialist (in addition to my regular OB) for more frequent ultrasounds and MFM sreening. You absolutely do have an elevated risk of pre-eclampsia as well as risks of blood clots and low birth weight. My frequent ultrasounds (about once a month I believe, but am confirming tomorrow) are to monitor the baby’s growth. I also take daily low dose aspirin and will likely be induced whether I develop pre-eclampsia or not (although I’m about to fight on that point, honestly).

My regular OB actually forgot I have chronic hypertension because my blood pressure was checking out normally at every appointment. They were not reminded to send me for the special screening until the hospital asked about it when I was in for our genetic counseling. My medication (entirely pregnancy safe… I switched a long time ago when we started TTC) was keeping everything in check so it wasn’t apparent until I reminded my doctors of the issue. That’s when I was sent in for screening and special care. I almost wish I’d kept my mouth shut, but better safe than sorry.

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Blushing bee

Yes, this pregnancy has had much more drama than I would like! I have chronic hypertension which was not well controlled at the beginning of the pregnancy (I was actually hospitalized at 18 weeks for high BP). I also have a large (12 cm) uterine fibroid that will require a scheduled classical csection (vertical incisions instead of “bikini cut”). They are going to have a gyn onc surgeon on back up in case they need to do an emergent hysterectomy for bleeding. THEN, my fluid levels have been a little low, although the growth looks good (50-75th percentile). I have been followed by MFM since the beginning and we get weekly u/s and biweekly NSTs and see the regular OB weekly. It has been very stressful but the good news is the baby has always looked great and I made it to 36 weeks this past Saturday, which was my goal. AND I am still working (they are constantly threatening bed rest!!). So hang in there and keep doing your best to stay healthy!

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Bumble bee

Well, mine’s considered high risk because it’s twins. Appartenly it comes with all kinds of lovely potential complications like pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and premature birth. Yaaaaaayyyy.

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Buzzing bee

I’m not pregnant yet but I will be high risk because of several autoimmune disorders and having had cancer previously.  Also, my husband and I are both carriers for a genetic blood disorder so we will have to have IVF.  It is going to take a huge team for me to even get pregnant.  I’ll have to have a c-section due to complications from a GI disorder.  

Some days I feel like maybe it’s the universe’s way of telling me not to reproduce but it’s just me having a bad day.  Plenty of women who are deemed high risk have healthy babies.  It sounds like you trust your doctors so that a great first step.  

Wishing you a healthy, uncomplicated rest of your pregnancy and a happy, healthy baby!

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