My 1st pregnancy was ectopic and since my 2nd pregnancy I feel like I have been on a rollercoaster ride. I was exciteded when I found out but then the Doctors acted like I was some sort of major illness and passed me back and forth making me do testing and ultrasounds. Once they figured out I was not having another ectopic and started feeling good again until they told me the babies heart rate was too slow. I gt medicine to help which is progesterone and got the good news that the heart rate was now normal. Just when things started looking up I read a section on missed miscarriages and how when you are on progesterone it makes it harder for your body to realize you lost it and exspell it from your body. I talked to my Doctor about my concerns and I was in tears when he checked for a heartbeat at a little over 10 weeks and it was there! With all the ups and downs I am afraid to start celebrating yet. On top of that work has been stressfull and I am trying to cope with that for my babies sake. Anyone else been in my shoes and have advice? Maybe even advice on stress relievers?
I'm so sorry you've had to go through that! With the hormones, pregnancy is hard enough!
I havent been in your shoes, but for stress relievers I've found meditation really helpful. Just sitting with some nice soft music on and clearing my mind seems to do the trick. Also, baths seem to relieve evereything.
Another thing you might do is purchase a doppler yourself, and if you're ever nervous just check it out yourself.
I too was very stressed til about 10 weeks with this one. We conceived our son on the first try and had a very uneventful pregnancy. Delivery was a nightmare but after a few weeks all seemed pretty normal again except that he couldn't nurse and I pumped forever!!!
Then last spring we decided to try again, expecting all to be easy. I was late, took an hpt and it was neg. So I figured oh well. But then I still didn't get my pd so 8 days later I took another and it was so faintly positive but positive all the same. And 36 hours later I started spotting and within 24 hours I was no longer pg. But my dr did nothing, didn't see me till a week later and then did an u/s that basically couldn't verify that I was ever even pg. It was so confusing.
It took us 4 more cycles to conceive this baby and the results were again fairly faint. I wanted an u/s right away just to know that I was pg but they did it too early and there was no heartbeat but I was told that was normal...it was too early. I was told that I did appear to be pg. At 10 weeks my midwife couldn't detect a heartbeat but figured it was too early. Then she got my u/s report and sent me for an immediate u/s as she was concerned that no heartbeat was recorded on the first u/s. At 10.5 weeks I saw my little beanie and his heartbeat and felt calm for the first time.
Now I am 33 weeks and feeling like a house!!!
Try to stay positive and act as normal as possible. Enjoy your pregnancy and congrats.
Alleycat2, you mind if I ask you a question? When did they discover the slow heartrate? I'm concerned that I might have low progesterone too and your information would help me.
Btw, I do know of women who've had to have progesterone through their pregnancies and they were fine. If you need it, you're better off having it than not having it and having the doctors know you need it and monitoring you is better than not knowing and having a problem. Progesterone is important for keeping the pregnancy going.
I got an ultrasound at almost 6 weeks and the heartbeat was 103, plus they took blood. I was under the care of a specialist at the time. I was then transfered to my regular OB Docotor who put me on progesterone and about a week later I had another ultrasound around 7 weeks and thats when the heartbeat was normal 165/167. I guess they can tell by the hormones in your blood that you must be in a certian range. They take blood every week from me to make sure the hormones are doubling or tripling like they are suppose too.
Alleycat, I have had 3 early m/c's. I was given progesterone w/ my 2nd preg. immediately upon finding out I was preg. The progesterone never helped me much. I miscarried again and it did take longer for me to expel the m/c.
The good thing for you is that you're further along than I've ever been. My dr. said that most 1st trimester m/c's will occur before the 8 week mark. I'd try your hardest to stay positive.
I've been pregnant 5 times. I have only 1 child but am expecting another in Sept. Every preg. is a roller-coaster ride for my husband and I. I'm sick until I finally see or hear the heartbeat. And then sick until I reach the 2nd trimester. And sick after ever u/s. So for me, I'm always worrying. The best thing to do is to stay positive and not stress out. Remember all things happen for a reason. It's hard to realize this but it's true. After my 3 losses, I've began to understand this more. You have to believe.
If you're catholic, pray to St. Gerard. He's the patron saint of expectant moms. He'll help guide you.