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October 7th, 2008, 03:56 PM
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For some reason I am in worry mode today. I had bloodwork done last Thursday. I'm sure they would have called if there was anything wrong but I called today just so I could ask about my TSH. My usual nurse was not there and the other one never called me back.

And now I'm starting to worry about my progesterone. I think my RE said something about stopping at week 10 or after week 10, I don't remember. I asked my OB about it last week and told her I had enough until 12 weeks and she said that was when they'd have me stop them...12 weeks. I'm just so nervous that what if my placenta hasn't quite taken over yet? Also I was googling (bad I know) and read about this woman who had two losses around 16 weeks and is pretty sure they are because she stopped her progesterone around 12-14 weeks.

I'm going to try and call my OB maybe Thur or Fri (work tomorrow) and ask if I can get another refill, but I'm not hopeful that she will. I have enough to get me to 12 weeks 3 days.

I've also got some (of a different brand) from my last pregnancy but they expired in April so I don't think that's a good idea.

Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm just so scared that I'll stop taking it and the baby will die because of it. I think it will be scary no matter when I stop it though. I don't see how I'm going to stand having 4 weeks between doctor's visits and not knowing if everything is okay.
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October 7th, 2008, 04:19 PM
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Well, I'm no help with the progesterone issue, since I did not take it.
But I wanted to say something about what you said about waiting 4 weeks before going to the doctor. I will tell you that the first 4 weeks were horrible, I was worry all the time cuz I did not know if everything was ok or not, but then I realize that the 4 weeks do go by fast and before you know it you're going back to the doctor's office again. This is a sticky one Shannon, I just know it, so don't worry about how you will make it through 4 weeks, just know that at the end you will be holding your baby in your arms.
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October 7th, 2008, 05:37 PM
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I'm no help on the progesterone question either. Like Patty, I think this is your sticky bean, though. Hang in there!
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October 7th, 2008, 06:01 PM
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I was on the pill form and stopped taking it at 13 or so weeks. (I think.... hard to remember exactly)

I think if you talk with your doc and just tell them you would rather continue it than stop...they should be okay with that. Even if they don't see a *need* for it...at least it will make you feel better. KWIM?

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October 7th, 2008, 06:04 PM
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i stopped taking my suppositories shortly after 12 weeks - i think 12w 3d. i read somewhere that the placenta actually takes over by 10 weeks so by doctors having patients take them til 12 weeks more than covers that.
on the other hand, i do know exactly what you mean about being worried about stopping them. i think i might have just kept taking them if i had had more left on my prescription (but i didn't) and i talked to my doctor and the specialist more than once to make them reassure me that there was no need to take them past 12 weeks. i felt better after discussing it in depth with them. maybe you could ask your doctor some more questions just so you feel more comfortable. i too was considering asking fro one more months worth, but they really make me feel like that wasn't needed.
it is so hard after losses - we try to do everthing possible to keep our babies healthy. you are doing great! try not to stress yourself out too much.
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October 8th, 2008, 08:09 AM
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Thanks girls. I'm going to call tomorrow so I can either get a refill or some reassurance that stopping at 12 weeks is fine. It's just so hard, I'll go for days and feel wonderful and happy and then all of a sudden anxious about something. Pregnancy is just scary sometimes.

I thought about renting a doppler but Dh said no. He thinks it would make me worry even more if I couldn't find the heartbeat.

Oh one more question...were any of you weaned off your progesterone? Like dropping to a lower dose before stopping? I'm already on 100 mg a day which is pretty low so the only way I could do that would be to cut the pills in half.

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October 8th, 2008, 08:32 AM
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I thought about renting a doppler but Dh said no. He thinks it would make me worry even more if I couldn't find the heartbeat.[/b]
I also wanted to get a doppler and dh also said no forthe same reason your dh said no to you. He knew that if I couldn't find the h/b I would freak out.
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October 8th, 2008, 10:40 AM
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I eased off my suppositories starting at 12 weeks.. and was off them completely by 14 weeks..

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October 8th, 2008, 10:41 AM
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Hey Shannon, I was weaned off my progesterone in week 11 actually. I can't remember exactly how it worked but I think it went something like this:

Day 1: No progesterone
DAy 2: Normal
Day 3: Normal
Day 4: None
Day 5: Normal
Day 6: None
Day 7: None
Day 8: Normal
Day 9: Totally stopped it

I felt the same way you did, but my doctor was so reassuring that I felt better and trusted her judgement.
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October 8th, 2008, 04:41 PM
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Shannon l know exactly what you are going through,l was on 200 a day, and at 10
weeks l had my last blood test and my progesterone went down and l only had 1 left,
l called my doc and he said it was ok to stop as the placenta takes over at 10 weeks,
but l didn't feel sure so l then called the nurse that l was under while l was doing ivf and
she said the same as my doc said and said that it will be ok,since then l have had 2 u/s
and everything is ok,but l was still unease for awhile until my u/s,l wish you all the best
and l'm sure everything will be ok just try and stay positive and not to stress
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October 8th, 2008, 07:02 PM
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Thanks girls, it helps to know others have gotten off of them around the same time and had healthy babies. I know its a crutch and I have to give it up sometime. So I'm just going to call the Dr and get some reassurance that stopping them at 12 weeks is fine and just do it.

I talked to my acupucnturist today (she works only with fertility related things) and she said 10-12 weeks is a normal time to stop and that I don't needed to be weaned off of it. I'll ask my doc that too but I know she didn't say anything about weaning off of them before.

I'm trying to chill out and focus on positive things and my wiggly little baby. My mom will be here for a visit in a week and it will be shopping time!

Thanks for your understanding. I LOVE being pregnant but the worries that come with it are tough.

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