Davis and Stein - Pregnancy Infancy Crisis

Anxiety Early in Subsequent Pregnancies

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QUESTION

Dear Experts,
I have suffered 4 losses in the past year and a half. I am now just over 5 weeks pregnant and I am a basket case. Every time I am waiting for my beta results, I cry like a baby until I get them. My last results only doubled in 73 hours, so now I am in a complete state of panic! How do I deal with it?

Thank you.

Ectopic and Infertility

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Two weeks after our long-awaited positive, we found it was an ectopic pregnancy. We were devastated. Now I want answers to why. Can I still get pregnant without treatment? Will it turn out to be normal? I feel hopeless and all alone. My family is more tuned in to my sister being pregnant and forgetting about my loss. I hope you can help! Read Debbie and Mara's reply.

Support Groups and Timing Another Pregnancy

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Dear Experts,
My husband and I recently suffered a pregnancy loss at 19 weeks. I am looking for support groups in the area. I have been unsuccessful in locating someplace to assist in dealing with this. Also, when do you know you are ready to try again for a healthy baby?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Aimee

Risk of Recurrence Meckel-Gruber Syndrome

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QUESTION

Dear Experts,
I have lost two babies to Meckel-Gruber syndrome. The first baby died at 12 weeks gestation; the second died at 15 weeks.

I really want another child -- my first child is now four and it's been 7 months since Angelina died.

Is it likely I will loose a third child in a row? I wasn't aware of this disease and then I loose two in a row, so I really need reassurance. Is it possible for me to have a normal child? I know we have one, but Megan wants a brother or sister and I really don't know what to say as she is only 4.

Psychiatric Medication during Pregnancy

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I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder 7 years ago. It usually manifests itself as extreme irritablility and depression (only 4 severe manic episodes ever). I have been on a class C medication ever since my diagnosis, which elimitates all of my symptoms unless I am under high levels of stess or sleep deprivation...

Timing Subsequent Pregnancies

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QUESTION

Dear Experts,
Three months ago, my twin sons were born prematurely and died the following day. I'm seeing a grief counselor this week, and think that will help me. My question is, how do you know when you are ready to start trying again? My husband and I had already waited 7 years before we decided to try for the first time.

And though I have given birth and held my sons in my arms, I don't have children in my home. I long for a child in my arms, in my house that I can nurture, love and watch grow.

Pumping Breast Milk for Your Hospitalized Baby

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I could desperately use some advice on pumping. My daughter is 15 days old and in the intensive care unit. She will most likely be there for months and I have been pumping, trying to build up a supply for her. She currently has a feeding tube and is only getting 3cc an hour, so even the little I have been able to get should last a while. But I am at the end of my rope and am about the give up.

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