High Risk Pregnancies
Updated: Sep 7, 2019
Having high risk pregnancies is no walk in the park. My heart goes out to anyone who has to experience it! While having a great doctor can offer peace of mind, I find it very scary and intimidating. I wish that I had more resources than I did to give me a better idea of what things I needed to look for and be prepared for. I personally had no relatives with any difficult pregnancies and didn't really feel I had resources to help me.
For anyone who has already experienced it, taking Progesterone during your pregnancy is not fun and makes you feel so sick. Don't get me wrong, it was a blessing because I'm positive that it helped me keep my pregnancy going (after I'd previously lost 3 of them) But boy that stuff is NOT enjoyable. I was sick consistently. Not to mention I was worried a lot because the medicine that they had me take made my urine look like blood, which if you have had miscarriages in the past can really give you trauma, or flashbacks that are not pleasant.
Being considered High Risk meant that you had a very select group of doctors that you had to be seen by, for me it was a Maternal Fetal Medicine Doctor. I had previously gone through extensive testing and been told that I had Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Which basically to me meant, you will have to give yourself shots every single day, multiple times a day and you will have to deliver your baby early because you have a lot of scary things that could happen. (Not the medical definition but that was the definition that mattered to me)
Long story short, I did not have it and I'm counting my blessings for that for sure. Thank goodness I had a great doctor to tell me and cared enough to re-do the test. Apparently he said that happens a lot at clinics and it's usually not accurate because of the transferring they do before testing the blood. Needless to say, it was very scary and I went through a lot of emotions preparing to have that be part of my life. There was absolutely relief when I found out it was not the case but also a sense of sadness because I again had no answers to why I couldn't hold onto these pregnancies. Especially after having a child delivered full term and no major health issues.
“There was absolutely relief when I found out it was not the case but also a sense of sadness because I again had no answers to why I couldn't hold onto these pregnancies. Especially after having a child delivered full term and no major health issues..”
I'm so glad that we found such an amazing doctor who saw me every single week of my pregnancy up until I was 25 weeks pregnant. Don't get me wrong, I hated driving 90 minutes every single Monday to and from the hospital for my ultrasounds but it definitely gave me peace of mind. At the end of my pregnancy I also had to go for NST's (which in my opinion, should be called Stress Tests not NON - stress tests.) because they always gave me stress lol! However, it was also kind of fun to see my baby moving around and receive good news that he was moving around well and doing well with growth. I ended up having him at 37 weeks due to the high risk pregnancy and thank goodness he had no health issues, with the exception of being jaundice. Fortunately that was not a big deal because we only had to stay a day longer and were able to keep him under the lights at our own home. High Risk Pregnancies are no fun but the blessing that comes after is worth it all!
My heart goes out to anyone who has to experience this but know that it is 1000% acceptable to go in and ask for an ultrasound to be done if you are uneasy about your pregnancy or don't feel your baby for quite some time. Trust yourself and your own body. You have every right to ask and if you have a good doctor they will never turn you away to give you peace of mind. If they do, maybe consider a new one... :)