Sorry if this is a novel. I wanted to talk a little bit about what I do (and what my doctors do) to keep spot and I healthy, as well as my daily life while pregnant. Sometimes it seems like a lot of stuff to do, but I’ll gladly do whatever it takes! Some people have so much more to worry about, so I really don’t mind it at all. I’m thankful for my doctors (especially Dr. Kwak-Kim) and all the options available for treatment and monitoring!
Most of you know, I had to get Betas every 2 days starting at 12dpo until week 6 – I had 8 Betas total. We were able to stop doing betas after the heartbeat was seen. I also have to get weekly Progesterone and Estradiol levels until week 16 – I’ve had about 6 of those, a monthly CBC/Metabolic Panel/clotting time/thyroid testing until I deliver – I’ve had 2 of those so far, and a couple other things.
I did my immune panel last Tuesday, so I’m waiting for the results on that. It could be 2 weeks before I get those back. As far as I know, that will be my only immune panel while pregnant (unless something doesn’t look right). They want to compare it to my immune labs in April 2012. I’m hoping my medications have leveled everything out (I’ve been on them for almost 9 months). We can make adjustments to my meds, if not. I’m slightly worried about it, but I’m not stressing. Fingers crossed.
When I go to my first OB appointment next Thursday, they will also do a bunch of labs, I’m sure. I’m racking up a huge lab bill, but I don’t care. I knew I would, but there’s no way around it. We will figure that out later. We have insurance, but some of these tests are pretty darn expensive. I’m just glad they are checking everything and covering all my bases!! We are cutting back on our spending – we did away with cable TV and just use streaming Netflix & Hulu Plus now. We’ve made several other changes, too. Trying to save money!
I’ve also had weekly ultrasounds starting at 5 weeks, 2 days – I had 4 of those. I think Dr. Kwak-Kim would prefer to continue doing them, but my local doctors don’t want to do that many. That’s actually fine with me. I have to admit though, I really missed having an ultrasound this past Friday. It has made me worry a little bit more these past couple days.
I think you can tell from my last blog post though, that I am feeling more secure & believing this is really happening. It’s scary to believe it’s real, but it’s also so wonderful to think that we might really have a baby in August! 🙂 I’m feeling a stronger connection with this baby, and I can finally imagine that the baby I love actually is growing inside of me. After dreaming of this for so long (and only ever having bad news along the way), it was difficult to accept my new reality. But it’s amazing!! I am in love.
(If you click on these 2 images, you can see larger pics.)
Medications I take: Metformin 1,000mg daily, Prednisone 20mg daily (it was 10mg while TTC), Lovenox injections 40 units – 2 shots daily (it was 1 shot while TTC), Progesterone 200mg – 2 by mouth and 2 vaginally for a total of 800mg daily, Prenatals (including 800mcg Folate), B-Complex Vitamin (including 400mcg Folate + other essential B Vitamins), an extra Folate tablet 400mcg, Vitamin D 2,000mg daily, baby aspirin, and Fish Oil 1,200mg twice daily. My medication total monthly: about $550-600, I believe (Lovenox and Progesterone are the biggest ones). Holy crap! BUT IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY!
All of these are ordered by my doctor for my specific issues like PCOS, blood clotting disorders, and autoimmune disorder. Except for Fish Oil – I choose to take it because it’s good for me & spot. I have to take so much Folate because my body doesn’t absorb it normally due to MTHFR. My progesterone level is better than perfect, but Dr. Kwak-Kim said immune patients need a lot more than the average person. I also take a couple of anxiety/mood medications (not pictured below), but they are approved by all of my doctors. I’ve had anxiety issues all my life, so it’s highly beneficial for me to be taking these meds – rather than having panic attacks all the time (not good for me or baby). I do use alternative methods to deal with anxiety, but it’s not enough for my high level.
Don’t freak out when you see this, but I wanted to show you my bruised belly. Sometimes I hit some “bad spots” no matter what I do, when I do my Lovenox injections. The reason this is so bad right now, is that I already had couple good sized bruises from hitting those bad spots – and then I wore a pair of pajama pants with kind of a tight waste band. I woke up the next morning to find the WHOLE area bruised, even up into my belly button. I’ve told my doctors, and they aren’t concerned. My clotting time is perfect, but I am more susceptible to bruising and bleeding. I’m wearing much looser pants now that don’t feel restrictive. These bruises take a LONG time to heal! It actually looked worse than this a week or so ago. *It doesn’t hurt! It just looks horrible!
I spend a lot of time communicating via phone or email with Dr. Kwak-Kim, going over results and what-not. I should have my pharmacies (mail order and local) on speed dial, because there’s a lot to keep track of, LOL. I belong to a “due date club” on twoweekwait.com (yes, I went back LOL). If there’s any drama, I will leave or take a break. It’s great though. There are women who already have kids, so it is a wealth of information. We have fun, too. There are also first-timers like me, who have similar questions and concerns. It’s helpful to have people in the same boat. On my TTC/Pregnancy Facebook page, I have a lot of great ladies who are very supportive, too. And my bloggy buddies here!! 🙂 I’m so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life!
Other than that, I still do quite a bit of walking (just slow/easy pace), drink a ton of water, eat as much as I can (healthy stuff, too since I got my appetite back), get lots of rest, and try to think happy, positive thoughts. 🙂 Whenever I start to worry, I talk to Andy or a friend. Then I try to re-focus on all the good things that have happened and that WILL happen. I read a lot, watch movies, and have been spending more time with friends and family. That way I can have some fun and keep my mind off things. Some days, all I have time to do is work, sleep, eat, take meds. LOL! But that’s life, hey! Never enough hours in the day! 🙂
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