Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Doctor Visit

My wife went to the OBGYN yesterday for a routine checkup. This is a new doctor for us. The doctor seems to agree with the treatment method that we followed before. She also warned that the risks associated with the MTHFR mutation increase with age. For this reason, she recommends that if we do have another child to do so before my wife reaches thirty. She is 27 now.

I haven't had a chance to really sit down and discuss this with my wife yet. I think that we both want another child. However, we are concerned about the chances of losing it, having to take daily shots, childbirth, etc. Also, there are the typical mundane worries regarding financial aspects such as daycare costs verses one of us not working. And, my job related travel is about to pick up. From January to June, I am likely to be spending a couple of weeks per month in Europe, half way around the world. I can hardly bare the thought of being gone if something should go wrong. If only we were the type who could just "leave it in God's hands" and shed the worry and responsibility...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I also have the MTHFR gene mutation. I am homozygous for the C677T mutation. My sister also is homozygous for the same mutation. She had 3 miscarriages before she found out she had the mutation. Once she found out, she went on blood thinners during her next pregnancy and everything went very well. She had a healthy 6lb 15oz baby boy. I also went on blood thinners during both of my pregnancies. I went on 60mL of Lovenox daily, plus I took one 81mg of aspirin daily. My first pregnancy went beautifully - 8lb 12 oz baby girl. My second pregnancy had a few more complications due to the mutation. Just have your wife ask her doctors to be put on 4mg of folic acid on top of her prenatals for all future pregnancies. Even if she is not pregnant, it is a great idea to have the extra folic acid because it helps to lower homocysteine levels when they are too high! Congrats on the baby!

Stacey said...

Hi, I just found your blog - do you mind if I link to you?
I was just diagnosed and I have so much reading to do!
I am not certain which form of MTHFR I have, but I have deduced that it is likely compound heter MTHFR. That is based on my research of what amounts of Folgard are given for which diagnosis. Anyways. We are blessed with two kids - 4 & 3 yrs old. We have been trying since my son was born to have more and have had 3 m/c. I also have PCOS but they are pretty confident that with the MTHFR treatment I should be able to have more children.

Bless you on your journey - and merry Christmas!

Adrienne and Jim said...

Hello,

I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to share my story. I am 27 and have had 4 miscarriages. The first 2 pregnancies ended between 8 and 10 weeks, and I learned I have the homozygous MTHFR mutation after the 2nd miscarriage. During my 3rd pregnancy, I began the Lovenox, baby aspirin, folic acid/B complex, and prenatal vitamin treatment, and learned at my 8 week ultrasound that I had a blighted ovum. After this loss, we decided to stop trying to have a baby biologically and turned to adoption. In June 2007, we adopted our little boy from Russia at nearly 19 months old. A month after we came home from Russia with Owen, I found out I was pregnant a 4th time. I started the Lovenox and Folgard therapy in addition to the prenatal vitamins and aspirin. Everything looked great at our 8 week ultrasound except for 2 small hemorrhages in the corners of the placenta. The u/s tech and doctor were not concerned. This was third baby with a strong heartbeat we had seen but the first time we had seen a baby that measured to the exact day of its gestational age. We were hopeful but also realistic that it might not work.

We strongly want to have a newborn baby brother or sister for our now 2 year old son, and would love for my body to work so that I could actually give birth to our next child. It's hard not to just give up and think my body will never work, but then I remember I have only tried the treatment once with a "normal" pregnancy. It's just whether or not I can endure the pain of another miscarriage if that is what happens. We are considering another adoption, but this time of a newborn baby in the U.S. because the baby would be a newborn and it's more affordable than adopting from Russia again right now, but I would LOVE to be pregnant again IF it would survive. I'm so glad to see your website and look forward to reading more. Thank you for sharing your story. Best Wishes,
Adrienne

Adrienne and Jim said...

I forgot to say we lost our 4th baby at 11 weeks when we learned it stopped growing at 9 1/2 weeks, and I had a d&c at 12 weeks (10/18/07).

Anonymous said...

I too have recently had a D&C done, 12/27/07. I have now had my third miscarriage and am finally getting some answers. I am 24 years old and my husband and I have been trying to have a healthy baby for 3 years now. Each miscarriage was very difficult but this time we actually had a heartbeat and the measurements looked great at first. So we got our hopes up but then the heart stopped beating at nine weeks. Then the D&C was very difficult to go through. Anyway, we finally were able to get some testing done and are finally getting some answers and solutions. We haven't started the treatments yet but I'm very hopeful.

Anonymous said...

Its interesting that your wife's doctor suggest she finish having children by 30. I'm 30 and newly diagnosed with MTHFR (although imho its about damn time they figured it out!). I had my first miscarriage in 2003 when I was 24. Second m/c less then a year later. Saw a RE, who just added baby aspirin to the inject routine we were on, and 9 months later we had healthy twins (born 2005). Now I'm 8 weeks pg and have been taking baby aspirin "just in case" since we started ttc. I believe that's the only reason I'm still pg right now. Now that I am diagnosed (today), I'll see a specialist about heparin/lovenox/folic acid. I think this will be our last baby.