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December 30th, 2010, 03:19 PM
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Hi! I am hoping to join you ladies one day, hopefully sooner rather than later

I was wondering out if I would be considered high risk for my next pregnancy because of my loss at 24 weeks. I have had 4 other basically low risk pregnancies. I would like to not have to worry about all the stuff associated with being high risk, but still be treated with sensitivity because of my loss. After I lost my son the midwives I saw said I would be able to come to them for a future pregnancy, which means THEY didn't consider me high risk. But, we have moved so I can't see them again. They did say they would order extra US and let me come in more frequently if I needed to for peace of mind, but that they would leave those things up to me. That is what I would want for a next pregnancy too.

Anyway, anyone with a loss not considered high risk? Or considered high risk for loss, but allowed to progress through pregnancy with extra testing, but not with over kill on interventions?
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December 30th, 2010, 03:40 PM
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What was the reason for your loss? That really makes a difference. I have had 10 early losses due to a chromosome problem with DH. I m considered high risk because my baby has a chance of birth defects, but I am not personally considered high risk (No high risk for GD, preterm labour or pre-eclampsia etc) I see a midwife now.... but I also see a perinatalogist as well to monitor baby.
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December 30th, 2010, 03:49 PM
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We really aren't 100% sure of why he died. They think it may have been because he had a lean cord, so the cord was unable to hold up against compression. It was very thin where it entered his body. I read the autopsy report and I don't think the doc that did the autopsy really knew what she was doing. It mentioned a lot of clots and other signs of placental insufficiency, but she didn't really elaborate on it. So basically we have an unexplained early stillbirth.
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December 30th, 2010, 04:01 PM
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Being considered somewhat highrisk is really not a bad thing, in my opinion. I got to have an ultrasound every week until 12 weeks and every month since. I opted to waited for six weeks between the last and the next this time (I can feel him move, I am not too worried anymore...), but so far I have had 11 ultrasounds! It gives me comfort to know that everything is healthy and developing normal! If they didn't consider me slightly high risk I would have only gotten one!
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December 30th, 2010, 04:35 PM
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I don't know I would want that many US, but I would like to be able to have maybe 1-2 extras, just in case.

My bigger concern is for labor and delivery. I would like to be able to have freedom during labor. All of the high risk moms I know were tethered to the bed and that isn't acceptable to me. I understand that there is a midwife at the hospital I would deliver at, and that as long as you are not high risk she can do births too, including water birth. I would prefer to go that route, so being classified as a traditional high risk pregnancy would be detrimental.
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I'm not considered high risk, but am on a 'special' schedule with my Dr. for my own peace of mind. My first loss was identical twin girls at 23 weeks due to TTTS, then a 9 week m/c (trisomy 22) followed by a 6 week m/c (trisomy 16). I go in every 3 - 4 weeks for a quick peek to make sure everything is going well and to check my cervix. Like I said, it's for my own peace of mind and my Dr. is really cool about it.
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I am high risk for multiple reasons. I have a spinal condition (can't push), had pre-E, and my son was in distress late in the pregnancy. I have only had 2 u/s, and will only have 1 more to check her size in a couple weeks. I had an emergency c/s, so I can't say much about delivery, but not all high risk obs are overkill on the interventions. Try to find a doctor that matches what you are comfortable with.
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I'm not considered high risk, but my pregnancy ended up being closely monitored for other reasons. I found that when I told my Drs and u/s techs about my history and my fears of loss, they all treated me really well and respected my fears. Why not discuss it with your Dr. before you get pg and see what she says.
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December 30th, 2010, 05:33 PM
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With both Erin and Patrick (and will with this one as well) I had extra monitoring but I did not get the official "high risk" label. With Patrick I had twice weekly NSTs and weekly biophysical profile ultrasounds the last 6 weeks, but delivery wasn't any different than it would have been otherwise. I stayed in my bed, but that was more my choice (I had the monitors on all the time). I could have gotten up and walked, etc, if I had chosen to.
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December 31st, 2010, 12:41 PM
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You guys are great, very reassuring. I am going to see if I can get an appointment with one of the providers before we are pregnant.

I will have to deliver in the local military hospital, it is an Army hospital and I have never been to one (I am Air Force). I am concerned because from hearing stories Army docs don't have as good of a bedside manner as Air Force docs. I am hoping my history doesn't scare them away. I have one c-section, 4 VBACs- one of a stillbirth, two external versions for persistent breech babies. Sort of a long convoluted obstetrical history..lol
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