Post # 1
My husband and I have decided to start trying again after our miscarriage in June. I got my period about 4 weeks after the D&C, and then had to wait one full cycle after that. Once everything looked normal, I got the all-clear from my doc.
So we are trying. I’m verrrry excited (and nervous too, but I’m trying to focus on the excitement).
For any of you that have been in a similar position, what should I look for or request from my doc when/if I find out I am pregnant again? Should I request that they check my numbers via a blood test? Or my progesterone levels? I’ve heard that lower progesterone levels can indicate a problem. My doc said that we can see how I feel once i do get pregnant– if I need to come in sooner, she’ll see me (although they can’t see a heartbeat much sooner) or if I want to wait until the standard appointment, I can do that as well.
My doc’s normal procedure is to see you at 7 weeks for an initial ultrasound to see the sac and see the heartbeat. But when we do get pregnant, I’m not sure I can do nothing from weeks 4-7. Any insight would be appreciated!!!
Post # 3
I’m curious about this as well. I’m just waiting for my 2nd AF to start trying again, but we had a very similar timeline as you. I had my miscarriage in early June, and I’d love to know what others suggest in terms of how to handle the second pregnancy.
Also just wanted to wish you luck in your TTC process :o)
Post # 4
I’ve had two miscarriages. I would highly suggest getting your progesterone levels checked- its something easy they can prescribe if youre levels are off. Other than that i dont have much in the way of advice. After my second I was able to pinpoint (hopefully) what went wrong. I highly suggest getting as MUCH folic acid as possible. That apparently was my issue. Im on a folic acid prescription but since not everyone can just get that readily, just make sure you are taking your prenatals and eat food high in folic acid.
I know its scary ladies, good luck! (Im only 8 weeks along so Im praying/crossing my fingers/taking my supplements like a rockstar!)
Post # 5
My doc tested my levels during my 2nd pregnancy once per week. I ended up miscarrying my second pregnancy as well. My levels were climbing, but not as fast as they should. I was so freaked out before every test. I wish I wouldn’t have had them. We are again TTC and this time I don’t want to have the blood tests weekly I think it makes me more nervous and stressed than what it’s worth.
Post # 6
My doc said that when I get a BFP to call and I’ll get HCG/progesterone labs that day. They’ll repeat three days later to make sure everything looks fine.
They offered to do more blood work/monitoring throughout my pregnancy, but I think I’ll decline that (unless my doc deems it necessary). Like @mwitter pointed out, I think it would just make me (more) nervous to be monitored so closely.
Good luck to everyone here!!
Post # 7
I don’t have anything useful to add but I want to keep my eye on this thread since we’re in the same position.
Right now I’m planning on making sure that my doctor keeps track of my progesterone levels. I had them checked once by my primary gyn early in the pregnancy (like right after I got a positive) and I know they were low but after that my OB didn’t seem to care much about it. I’m almost sure that it was a big part of the issue so I’m going to be a lot more aggressive next time.
Post # 8
My one piece of advice would be to try to relax (I know it’s super hard). After one or even two miscarriages, your risk of carrying a healthy pregnancy is the same as anyone else’s. So take your vitamins, be healthy, etc., but know that if a pregnancy is doomed, there’s not much that can be done that early, and if a pregnancy is healthy, there’s not much you can do wrong to prevent it from working out (within reason obviously). Good luck to all of you that are trying again!
Post # 9
My OB treats all pregnancies the same until you have 3 miscarriages, then they start doing something about it. I had one miscarriage again and got pregnant again the first month they gave the ok to try. I ended up having some bleeding at 5 weeks and went to the ER b/c it was the middle of the night and of course I freaked out, but everything turned out fine. That did score me a look at the baby then and a couple of times after for follow ups at the OB though!
Good luck trying again, I was terrified that it would happen again to me but now I have a healthy baby girl who will be one month old on friday!