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12th Pregnancy

Yes! 12! Can you believe it?? We weren’t planning on anymore, it just kinda happened – yes I know HOW 🙂 After trying for over a year for our 5th child, still breastfeeding, not even having regular periods, I just didn’t think pregnancy would happen so “easily”.

I’m now at 21 weeks. I have had 6 miscarriages and given birth 5 times to healthy girls.

I take Folic Acid and Baby Aspirin every day, but no Lovenox or other shots. I often thought that maybe MTHFR wasn’t the problem, that maybe I miscarry the boys, because we have 5 girls. Nothing else seemed to make sense. I miscarry when I take Folic Acid and Baby Aspirin and I carry to term when I don’t. It doesn’t make sense!

Imagine my surprise when we found out last week that this baby was a BOY! I really thought I couldn’t carry a boy and I was okay with that. A whole new world just opened up!!!

Anyway, I know I haven’t been blogging here or my other blog. I’ve been writing fiction books and taking care of my family. I do apologize for not being a better blogger. I still hope that between the blogs and information, I can help someone out there.

Have faith!!!!

Still Blogging – Just Elsewhere

This has become my “old blog”. I do still check it, just not too often. My new personal blog is: http://just2more minutes.blogspot.com and from there I started my author blog too: http://taliajager.blogspot.com

In my personal blog, I have discussed many more medical procedures and another miscarriage.

In my author blog, I discuss all things related to my writing career 🙂

I hope y’all will visit and follow me there!

Colonscopy

I recently had a colonoscopy and since I am younger than the recommended age for one, I thought maybe some other young people out there might like to hear it from my point of view. I have blogged about it, the possibility of ulcerative colitis, and the use of Rowasa on my other blog. Come and read!

http://just2moreminutes.blogspot.com

3 Weeks Postpartum

My little one is 3 weeks old already. It scares me how fast time flies when you are a parent. I can already see so many changes in her. She stares right at me now. She cries when someone else is holding her and she hears my voice. She holds her head up a few seconds longer. She’s bigger, no longer fitting in the preemie outfits and inching her way towards the 0-3 month stuff instead of just newborn.

Why can’t this stage last longer? Why not a newborn stage for a year? We get the toddler stage for a long time, the preschool stage for a long time, the elementary stage for a long time, and the teen years… for way too long. I just want to cuddle this innocent, precious little baby for a little longer.

Her doctor called and wants to go ahead and do a VCUG at the children’s hospital to check out her enlarged kidney. Nothing I haven’t gone through before. But, I hate – HATE – putting my babies through this test. The specialist she spoke to said he didn’t mind the baby not being on antibiotics as long as we rule out the reflux. So, I’m waiting for a call back to find out when she needs to be there.

As for me, I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight!!! I was 118 when I got pregnant with this one in April. However, I was 115 when I got pregnant in October 2008. So, I’d like to get back to that and drop the couple inches of FUN FLAB I have now.

I haven’t taken an aspirin or folic acid since I went into the hospital. I’m not sure how big of a risk I’m taking, but I was so sick of swallowing so many pills a day. I need to do some more research into it all. I think I’d like to get tested again, like getting a second opinion, and make sure I have this MTHFR disorder.

MTHFR

I’m trying to put together a post on MTHFR. It’s been difficult to figure out what I want to say and what medical information is important to give.

Let’s start with my personal brand of MTHFR 🙂  According to my lab work, I am compound heterozygous for MTHFR mutations. “Right…” You say. “What does that mean?” It basically means my body can’t absorb Folic Acid. I can’t metabolize it or Vitamin B9. Does that make any more sense? Not to me. Not even almost a year after diagnosis. I still don’t understand.

What do I do to treat my MTHFR? I take Folic Acid and baby aspirin. Oooohhh, big deal, huh?

From the research I’ve done in the past 11 months and from what the doctors have told me, it seems like something that is life altering. Yet, my life doesn’t seem that different. In fact, most days I wonder if taking this extra folic acid and aspirin are really helping. And helping what? I don’t feel any different. I’m 31weeks pregnant. I can’t stand taking pills. After taking 3 folic acid pills a day, I missed a couple and nothing happened. So, I put myself down to 2 folic acid pills a day (and the baby aspirin). Still don’t feel any different. I guess right now it’s a waiting game. I’m wondering if I should get retested after the baby is born. Maybe there was a mistake? Maybe I really don’t have it?

According to some websites, MTHFR can cause pre-eclampsia, placenta abruption, IUGR, stillbirth, having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities, recurrent pregnancy loss, clotting problems, strokes, hypertension, and heart disease. They say this is all hereditary. Yet, nobody in my family has these issues… except me. And the only ones I’ve had are miscarriages, possibly mild pre-eclampsia, and IUGR with one of my pregnancies. My other three full term pregnancies were fine. I was born with a heart defect, but I don’t think it’s connected.

People with MTHFR are supposed to be on a blood thinner when pregnant. My doctor recommended Lovenox injections. I refused. I took the chance that my body would take the extra folic acid and aspirin and do what was needed with it. And so far, it has.

 So, were my tests wrong? Or am I the only one in my family to have MTHFR? Are there other family members suffering from it, but not sharing the information? And what would happen if after I have this baby, I stop taking the medicine? Do I really want to risk stopping medicine and end up having a stroke? No. But, do I want to keep taking these pills for the rest of my life? No. But, I am lucky that this is the only thing wrong with me. I am blessed to be so healthy.

Gardasil Vaccine

Please think twice about giving your child this vaccine. Do research!

http://www.naturalnews.com/026722_Gardasil_HPV_cervical_cancer.html

8 Weeks

I apologize, dear readers, for not updating more often this past month. This pregnancy is kicking my butt, but this is a good thing. I keep telling myself the more symptoms, the better. Right? Doesn’t feel that way when my head is stuck in the toilet.

I went to the doctor Wednesday and she said everything looked good. She even sent me down for an ultrasound without me having to beg. The ultrasound went well! Snowflake looks more like a baby. Big head, little body. She showed me the “nubs” that will turn into legs and arms and I even saw the umbillical cord. The placenta isn’t there yet, the baby is still getting nutrients from the yolk sac (which I did see).

And the heartbeat… the sweet little heartbeat. I got to hear it good this time. 180 beats per minute!!!!!!! Wow! I said “Oh, that’s another girl!” and the tech said “Oh, you can’t go by that.” I know this. But, it’s a good old wives tale. And pretty accurate in my case. But, ya never know.

I have to take one day at a time. Or more accurately, one hour at a time. Every time I go to the bathroom and wipe, I check the toilet paper. Every time I feel wetter down there than normal, I run to the bathroom. Every time my symptoms disappear for more than an hour, I start to wonder.

Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers, please continue to do so!

Heartbeat

I got to see our little Snowflake yesterday. It measured 6 weeks and had a heartbeat!!!!!!!!!! The ultrasound tech said it was 111 and that was good for 6 weeks. Although, I know I’m not out of the woods yet. There are still a million things that can go wrong. I’m trying to get excited and think positively.

Ignorant

I would like to go back to being ignorant about pregnancy related issues like hcg levels, progesterone levels, lovenox, miscarriages, mthfr, folic acid and so on. I would like to go back to being clueless and not knowing or caring. I would love to go back to seeing a pregnancy test line appear and just being happy. People who have never experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth don’t know how lucky they are.

I’m waiting for my 2nd hcg levels to come back. I had them drawn Monday and they were at 4,776! I worry that number is too high – my mind wanders to things like molar pregnancies. I also had an ultrasound which only showed a gestational sac measuring 5 weeks, no yolk sac, no fetal pole, but I was told it was too early for that. Now, I am waiting to see if that number above has doubled.

I hate waiting. I’m so stressed. Please pray for us.

My 5th Miscarriage Experience

If you’ve been following my blog, you know a while back I posted about all the different miscarriage experiences I’ve had. I wanted to add this one.

My LMP was 3/2/09. I ovulated around 3/19/09. At 11dpo, I took a pregnancy test. It was negative until 2 hours later. Then a faint line appeared. This kept happening, day after day. The line would come quicker, but still at or after the 5 minute mark and really really faint. It NEVER got darker!!! When I hit 18dpo (Monday), I had to see the doctor to get more progesterone. After her urine test was positive, they did blood work, but it only came back at an 8 and then two days later (Wednesday), a 3.

That same day (of the HCG count of 3), I started spotting brown stuff. It was mixed in with the progesterone, so it was weird looking. That continued through the day. The next day it was brown and a little pink. Then redder. It only got heavy for 12-18 hours. It was a dark red. On Saturday, I was bleeding, but not heavy, and I had this awful pressure on my cervix. I had to take a motrin, sit down and rest until it kicked in. That came and went until Monday. I never had any cramps or clots or a long period of heavy bleeding. In fact, this was lighter than a normal period, but with a HCG level of 3, I don’t think anything is “stuck” inside.

So, there was a total of 5 days of bleeding, but 4 of them were just spotting. No cramping, just cervix pressure. And – of course – a lot of emotions.

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