First Trimester

Pregnant and a Grad Student in Healthcare Field

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Dear Midwife,
I am a grad student in an intensive immersion program in the health care field. I just finished my first year and have another year to go...and I just found out I'm 5 weeks pregnant. I'm 30, married to a great guy, and I'm extremely excited and ready to have a baby - in most respects, such as I'm 30, all my friends are having babies, we're financially stable, have a ton of family support, etc...

However, there are a few things I'm nervous about as well...

Rising hCG Despite No Fetal Pole On Ultrasound

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Dear Midwife,
My LMP was 8-29-09. Date of conception ~ 09/15. Spotting and cramping yielded very early US on 10/05. Abnormal US "showing large subchorionic hematoma "probably abortion in progress, with no fetal pole." Quantitative Bhcg went from 15999 to 30000 in 48 hours (10/06-10/08). Saw OBGYN 10/12 w/repeat U/S.

Her thoughts were there is no hematoma, but that it is a collapsed second sac. No fetal pole or heartbeat seen in other sac. OB states 99% sure not a viable pregnancy. Had repeat bhcg same day, up to 60,000.

Metanex Preventing Miscarriage?

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Dear Midwife,
Three years ago I got pregnant and then miscarried at 6 weeks. There was a lot of blood and a lot of cramping. When I went in to the doctor, he was very good about helping me through the ordeal and because of my father's medical history, decided to run some blood tests. I was diagnosed with MTHFR and prescribed Metanex. In September of that year, I became pregnant again and now have a beautiful boy that I love dearly.

Life after Potter's Syndrome Entry #2

We lost our son back on April 25th, 2009 because of Potter's Syndrome. I gave birth at 2:46 that morning and left the hospital that very same day sometime after supper time. After more then 24 hours of labor....After all that work I left that hospital with empty arms and an indiscribable emptiness inside. After waking up the next morning in a fog, we made arrangments for our sons services and burial. Isaacs funeral was on April 29th at 11am. We had a full christian service and then buried my son at a cemetary 1 1/2 miles from our house.

Pregnancy With IUD Embedded

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Dear Midwife,
I am almost seven weeks pregnant and have an IUD embedded in my cervix. What should be my concerns?

I know the Dr. mention that I might have to have my first c-section ever. I am worried that the IUD will effect how the cervix closes. What are the risks?

I meet with the doctor again on Friday. I have been having non-stop doctor visits and ultrasounds. Is this a big problem? What happens if I go into labor with the IUD embedded in the cervix?

They have tried to remove it and it wouldn't come out. I am going out of my mind.

Life after Potter's Syndrome Entry #1

I want to start off by introducing myself and telling you a little bit about our story for those who do not know me.
My name is Lee-Anne, and I just found out that I am expecting my 4th child. My husband and I have been married for 4 years, and we have 2 beautiful little girls Zoey(3) and Alayna(2). They are my whole world and I'm am so thankful for having them, I would not trade them for anything in this world. They are a handful and quiet energetic, especially Alayna who takes after her father.

At 5 Weeks after 8 years

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Today I've decided to start a blog about my pregnancy. Wow, it's so interesting to even say MY Pregnancy. I have a 7 year old daughter and two step daughters age 4 and 2. My significant other and I had been talking about having a baby together, something we both could share. Then we decided we'd try. After about 5 months of no success, we decided to stop thinking about it. I stop keeping the ovulation tracker but I never stopped documenting my menstrual cycles. So when it was time for my cycle to come this month, it didn't show.

Information Overload

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Dear Midwife,
Hi! I have looked through the multitude of questions, but have found none quite like my own. I have recently found out that I am 9 weeks pregnant. I asked my doctor about diet and exercise (I am in good shape and exercise a lot) to which his response was to change nothing.

I am not the healthiest eater but I'm thin. I go to websites and friends and all I hear are "the first trimester is the most critical, make sure you're..." from eating more frequent healthy snacks, to slowing my exercise, to no heavy lifting. I just don't know where to begin.

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