(Closed) ????BFP

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

trinity_542:  Well congratulations!

I don’t want to worry you too much but I would recommend making a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. I have PCOS too and was told that I would probably need progesterone supplementation to keep a baby. My doctor explained to me that women with PCOS are more likely to have low progesterone secretion and this is thought to cause miscarriage in the first trimester. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this case, so I would encourage you to get checked out by a reproductive endocrinologist specializing in PCOS as soon as humanly possible and figure out if this is something that is appropriate for you. I’m not a doctor so I can’t give you any medical advice (and what I have stated should not be considered such), but I can just say that in my experience as a patient I have had to do my own research and be persistent in getting proper treatment before I found a doctor who is serious about my PCOS.

 

In case you like scientific articles, this is a summary of the findings of one study (and they seem to say that the dip in progesterone happens around 5 weeks):

“For the PCOS patients with episodes of early pregnancy loss, progesterone supplementation, if low at 5-weeks gestation, during early pregnancy period might restore the fetal growth and then avoid recurrent miscarriages.

PCOS women are thought to have the higher possibility in early pregnancy loss than non-PCOS patients. A study done to clarify the relation between corpus luteum function and early pregnancy loss in PCOS women showed no significant difference in progesterone and estrogen concentration in the mid secretory phase. The progesterone production in 5-week pregnancy, on the other hand, demonstrated a remarkable change; 27.5 ± 10.8 ng/ml (Mean ± SD) in PCOS group and 32.4 ± 14.3 ng/ml in control respectively (P < 0.05). In addition, PCOS women with early pregnancy loss demonstrated lower progesterone production at 5-week gestational stage than those without miscarriage. Serum testosterone level did not affect corpus luteum function in both mid secretory and early pregnancy stage. Thus for the PCOS patients with episodes of early pregnancy loss, progesterone supplementation, if low at 5 weeks gestation, might restore the fetal growth and then avoid recurrent miscarriages.”

 

This isn’t a scientific source but these threads discuss other women’s experiences with this subject: http://community.babycenter.com/post/a40140529/low_progesterone_linked_to_pcos

http://babyandbump.momtastic.com/pregnancy-first-trimester/1152973-progesterone-pcos.html

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

trinity_542:  You’re probably (and hopefully) not threatening MC. Some women experience spotting in early pregnancy. Some have spotting the whole time. This is, in part, how women who aren’t actively TTC can miss signs of pregnancy. They think they’re having their normal AF, but it’s just spotting.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

trinity_542:  Thank goodness you checked the progresterone–glad to hear it’s normal! I really hope you’re not miscarrying. I am right now and I have had red blood and am passing clots. I had red and brown discharge for days (enough that I had to wear pads) before this with cramps. I thought my period had come, that’s how the bleeding was.

I’m going to be praying that your pregnancy is going to be okay. I would definitely talk to your doctor about these concerns and ask whether there are any precautions you can taek, but there is a possibility that they just may not know yet because some women do bleed in early pregnancy and everything turns out fine. I’ve even heard that some women can get montly period-like bleeding while having a pregnancy and that the baby can still turn out fine. I’m sending you all my thoughts and well wishes. Hoping and praying so hard that your baby sticks.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m currently 20 weeks pregnant.  I had some spotting early, then a few days of a good amount of bright red bleeding, both at 10/11 weeks and 13 weeks.  Multiple ER trips and a gazillion ultrasounds later, the baby is completely fine.  My bleeding was caused my a harmless little cervical polyp!  Spotting and even red bleeding is scary as hell but often times is totally nothing serious!  

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Your progesterone is great, did they check your hcg? Spotting is normal. I hope everything works out just fine!

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

trinity_542:  Oh no, that’s too bad that they don’t check hcg levels. Are you going to have to wait until the 8 week ultrasound then?

Try to keep your stress at a minimum if possible. That’s never good for any pregnancy. I’ve just downloaded an app called insight timer (it’s a free meditation app with lots of guided meditations) to try and help me reduce my stress. I have heard really great things about meditation and they have ones that are only a few minutes long so even if you don’t have too much time, you could still benefit 🙂

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

trinity_542:  Okay, good. That’s in a few more days. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. 🙂

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