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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!!!!

My Test Results

I went to the doctor Monday. This always ends up being an adventure. I have to figure out what to do with the kids, how to get there (because it’s never easy), and try to remember everything I need to ask. The office I go to isn’t spectacular in any way. It has chairs and a TV that’s never on. There is even a sign asking you NOT to bring your child with you, because of space issues. I waited approximately 45 minutes in the waiting room – good thing I brought a book. Once back in the room, I tried to figure out if the people on the street could see me through the window. Wouldn’t that be awesome? An OB/GYN office where they could literally see IN. It was cold and boring in that small room. I probably waited another 10 minutes, but finally my doctor came in.

My doctor is nice. She seems to want to help, seems to care, tries to take a little bit of time – but always seems in a rush anyway. She sat down and asked me how I was. HOW DID SHE THINK I WAS? I had been waiting since last Wednesday for answers. I have been stressing over WHY they couldn’t tell me this stuff on the phone! I figured I was dying of something!!! So, I politely answered “Stressed and nervous.”

She smiled and said she understood. Then paused long enough for me to get annoyed and I asked if I was dying. She said no. PHEW!!!!!!!!!!!! Then she proceeded to tell me the results of my blood work. She said I have two copies of the MTHFR mutation (Yes, I know what that looks like). Apparently, it has something to do with Folic Acid. My body doesn’t make it or doesn’t metabolize it or something. So, I need to take 4mg a day. What fun. I guess it can lead into other things; I need to do some research on that. The other thing that is wrong with me – as if one wasn’t enough – my antinuclear antibodies (ANA). They came back positive. What does this mean? Beats me! It’s usually a sign that someone has an autoimmune disorder, but I have read that in rare instances it can just be positive. Or it can be positive now, but I may not have symptoms of anything for years. It’s almost like a ticking time bomb. Just waiting for the right moment to explode. This includes diseases like Lupus (which does NOT run in my family) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (which my mother has). Thankfully, I have no signs or symptoms of anything – not that I know of.

The doctor said she believes my miscarriages are due to the Folic Acid deficiency and taking the Folic Acid should help me to keep the baby next time. I also have to take Baby Aspirin every day. So, that’s 5 pills a day – good thing they’re small! She told me we can TTC if we want to as long as I’m on the Folic Acid and Baby Aspirin.

Then she said I needed to see an Internal Medicine doctor and gave me a name. Supposedly, this doctor will be able to figure out what the positive ANA means and if she can’t, I have to see a Rheumatologist. This is sure to mean MORE blood work – UGH! I HATE needles!!!!!!!!!!

I’m certainly not at peace with any of this, but I’m so relieved that it’s not more serious. It’s apparently something that will need more testing and I’ll probably have to be monitored.

Oh, and the bump on my cervix, she didn’t look at it, but was somehow able to say that cysts on the cervix are normal for women who have had babies. Great. I’d feel better if she had at least LOOKED at it.

My midwife reminded me of this verse: II Timothy 1:7. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.” I’m trying, Lord.