It’s been a little while since I last wrote, mainly because things have been a bit busy preparing to move, so I wanted to give folks a Tater-tot update. Today we hit the 18 week mark which is for us, halfway through our pregnancy (actually Dr. Mason thinks we’ll be lucky to make it to 35 weeks and Dr. Finazzo 32) and that’s a big deal for us. Jack was born at 23 weeks and 5 days gestation, just a few days short of 6 months. In the medical world “viability” (a horrible word) is reached at 24 weeks. So now that we have reached 18 weeks, our next big goal is to make it all the way to 24. This falls at the end of the first week of April, so I think March will be one of the most stressful months for us.

Lately, we’ve had our ups and downs in terms of the baby and me. About two weeks ago now, I started experiencing contractions for no apparent reason. I was tested for all sorts of bacterial infections, all of which came back negative. The contractions at that time, stopped on their own. Now lots of things can trigger contractions, from being dehydrated to being too active but for someone who has experienced pre-term labor like we have, it is very unnerving to get them so early. So when it happened again last Friday, and they were stronger than before, you can see why I called the doctors emergency line.

The on-call doctor told me to go home and spend the weekend on bedrest and to see my regular OB on Monday. During the weekend, I did wind up experiencing two more big contractions. On Monday, I went in and explained what was going on to my doctor and he prescribed a drug called Procardia. It is a blood pressure medicine that happens to also relax the uterus. So far, I’ve taken it now for three days and it seems to be working. I feel a lot better abdominally in general. We also got the good news that our blood work came back and there were no indications of Downs Syndrome or Spina Bifida. With the good news also comes the bad news, the Doctor said he’d rather I stay home from work from now on. That equals 4 months of bedrest and believe me, we can all use a vacation, but that is a long time away from the office. We knew it was going to happen, but didn’t expect it to be so soon. I can work from my laptop computer which is good, to keep me in the loop of things, but it’s not the same as actually being there.

Then unfortunately, I’ve caught a cold my hubby had last week so I’ve been battling that and trying to get well before we have to move this coming weekend. It’s crazy because we are so happy to have a house to raise Tater-tot in, but it’s happening so fast it is hard to believe. Talk about your emotional roller coaster.

Anyways, in conclusion, I thought that I would surmise all of the steps we have taken to help our pregnancy continue for those folks who are also battling MTHFR and other pre-term labor issues. To date the medications I take daily are:

1.) Folgard ( A folic acid and vitamin B complex)
2.) 2 Flint Stones Chewables ( I don’t tolerate regular prenatals)
3.) DHA supplement
4.) Procardia
5.) Innohep Injections (the blood thinner to help me deal with my clotting)
6.) Projesterone (Once weekly)

Then for my current cold, I am on an antibiotic and I use my inhaler for my asthma. We also had the cerclage, a surgical stitch, placed onto my cervix when I was 11 weeks pregnant.

Well that’s all for now. If I don’t write for a little while it is because of the move and getting the internet re-set etc. Thanks for reading, as always 🙂

~EH

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