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April 1st, 2006, 08:30 AM
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Hey there. I'm new to this site (a recommendation from a friend due in July!). My due date is Nov. 23, but I'm having some complications. I had a miscarraige (last Nov. 23 ironically enough) and am now 6 weeks pregnant, but didn't initially know I was preggo, even though we were ttc because I thought I had my period for 4 days then had some spotting on and off. Went to the dr. to have my blood drawn to check hCg levels 3 times, they turned out good! then an u/s this past Tuesday=dr. said baby looks good and heard heartbeat! But they found out that I have a cyst almost the size of a tennis ball on my right ovary. They want to monitor it to make sure is shrinks (eventually). They weren't that concerned, b/c somewhat normal, just mine is larger than "somewhat normal". Then they found out I have a heart shaped uterus-which increases my chances of m/c and preterm labor. What i've read about it is that it can be the gamate-normal vaginal deliveries no problems to "later" miscarriages or bedrest, etc. Since I've heard this I've been unsuccessfully trying not to freak out. Anyone know anything about this? I've been freaking since he told me this is a "high risk pregnancy"-which I had to ask by the way!
I have another u/s in a week and a half (i imagine i'll get more than most folks) but unfortunately feel myself not being as excited about being pregnant b/c it's still so "iffy" and i don't want that either! Any info anyone has would help-thanks
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April 1st, 2006, 09:47 AM
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have a heart shaped uterus-which increases my chances of m/c and preterm labor
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I say it's not true at all, i have one i had one with my dd she came 2weeks early she was 6lbs 1ozs, and i have one with this one too he is due june 7 so well see. i don't know if i had one for my first or thrid she never said but they were both full trem babies.
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April 11th, 2006, 04:45 AM
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just popping in.from ttc and ttc after loss.. my friends sister had that.. and after several miscarriages they fixed it and she has a healthy little girl... good luck
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April 13th, 2006, 11:23 PM
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My sister who is 6 months with her third has had 3 uncomplicated pregnancies with normal labours and healthy babies...I can only remember that with one of them, the baby had a problem turning since there was less room to move around, but somehow the baby turned before she gave birth...all the best..
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April 16th, 2006, 11:08 PM
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I was diagnosed with bicornuate uterus after my first pregnancy ended in my little girl being born asleep at 29 weeks. With a deformed uterus, the chances of incompetent cervix go waaaaaaaaay up and that was the reason for her death... cord prolapse secondary to incompetent cervix. My 2nd pregnancy did not make it past the 1st trimester.

After losing two babies less than a year apart, I thought for sure I was not meant to have children. When I got pregnant again, I switched doctors and found a group of OBs that had high-risk credentials.

At my first consultation, one literally told me that my former OB was a quack and that he would give me my baby. They had dealt with bicornuate uteri and IC many many times and already had a plan of action for me and my baby-- cerclage, bedrest, very frequent monitoring.

At 12wks 1 day gestation, I had a permanent cerclage put in place. Two days before my due date (despite never-ending PTL), I had a csection. My perfect miracle baby was 9lbs 10oz and 22.5" long. Since then, I've had two more miracle babies... both over 8lbs. And both born by csection full-term and perfect.

My cerclage has lasted 10 years and given me 3 beautiful, perfect little girls. Unfortunately, my OB informed that my uterus cannot handle another pregnancy so I had my tubes tied after my last csection. Between the deformity and the 3 csections, its very weak and another pregnancy would likely kill me &/or the baby. I consider myself extremely lucky to have the 3 beautiful daughters God (and my OB) gave me.

My advice to you is have an OB that is very proactive in your prenatal care. Don't settle for an OB with a "wait and see" attitude. And, that the OB has experience and the extra training to deal with high-risk mommies. Just because they're an OB, doesn't mean they have the education or credentials for every pregnant mommy.

I wish you and your baby the very best of luck and health. If you ever want to talk or vent or whatever, leave me a PM.
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April 17th, 2006, 07:56 PM
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The technical term for my cerclage is Shirodkar. I asked my OB about infections as well and he stated that redoing cerclages with every pregnancy has a higher rate of infection than a cerclage done once and left in place. Besides that, putting a cerclage in place is surgery and any surgery during pregnancy has risks.
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May 7th, 2006, 06:51 PM
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I also have a bicornuate uterus. This is something we are born with and is not actually that rare. I read it occurs in 3 percent of women(although many dont know it) and it happens when our reproductive organs are forming while we are still in the womb. I also read WAY too much stuff about it during my pregnancy and scared myself more than was necessary. For me and I dont know if this is how it is for everyone, but my baby implanted in my right side. So the left side of my uterus did not grow, giving him only have a uterus to live in. However I have a very rare uterus, becasue not only is it bicornuate it also has a septum. Yes I do have BOTH conditions confirmed by my OB when I had my c-section and he looked at it. He wants me to go in for an ultrasound so they can see it in a non preggo state and discuss removing the septum, but he does not reccomment correcting the bc because it can result in a weaker uterus. Not to say thats not a good option for some, he just didnt suggest it for me. They say having a bc is kinda like having twins, there are a few risks, the baby will have less room. But I had my little boy at 38.5 weeks and he was just fine. The only problems I had was that I started to dilate at 32 weeks but a bit of bedrest(seriously they only wanted me to rest 6 hours a day not too bad) and after just a week I was oked to resume regular activity and didnt dilate past 1cm. I had my baby via c-section becasue he was breech. This is a very common thing among ppl with bc. But I knew it was a risk from the beginning so it wasnt a surprise. I hope that everything will work out for you. If you have any questions feel free to pm me as well, I have done alot of research on bc and my docs have also explained alot.
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May 19th, 2006, 05:01 PM
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Thanks for the updates and words of encouragement. I did see a fetal medicine specialist this week. I've had 2 episodes of bleeding, both last week (at 12 weeks). Both times I was checked and the baby was fine. The good news is that the specialist said he was "encouraged" by what he saw; but bad news is that he couldn't tell me definitively why i was bleeding. So, I'm on a modified "rest" orders. They tell me to go to work since it's mainly a desk job, then come home and get off my feet. They are monitoring me more closely and I have another appt. w/my OB in 3 weeks for my 5th ultrasound! Did anyone have any episodes of unexplained bleeding?
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