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March 30th, 2012, 05:43 PM
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Here is a little background. I have had 3 healthy pregnancies and 3 healthy children (no complications with them). In Dec. 2011 i had my first miscarriage. The baby stopped growing at 6w1d but did have a heartbeat before the mc. I'm pregnant again. I'm 6w4d and so far no spotting/bleeding/etc so thats good....i hope....anyways. I went to the doctor on monday at 6w0d and they did an ultrasound and there was a heartbeat and the doc said everything appeared to be normal and ok (with the mc they said the sac looked small and wanted another ultrasound and i mc before the other ultrasound) after the ultrasound she did blood work to check my progesterone level. She called me tuesday and said that my progesterone was low and prescribed me Progesterone 50mg suppositories 2x a day (every 12 hours or as close as i could to keep level). My question is: will starting the meds at 6w1d still save my pregnancy or will i still probably loose the baby? I have another ultrasound on april 4th to recheck heartbeat and make sure that its increasing and everything is still ok but that is a week away and its killing me not knowing if my baby will be ok starting the supp that late in pregnancy or if the baby will be ok. Please let me know your stories or my chances. Ive searched online but its not been a lot of help. Please be honest!
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March 30th, 2012, 06:42 PM
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Well the studies on progesterone sustaining a pregnancy is debatable amongst doctors. Some claim it does help - others say that if a baby does not grow properly throughout the 1st trimester - nothing can save it.

There is usually little doctors can do with that situation, so it's kind of up to your own perspective.

I had two miscarriages prior to this, I was put on progesterone suppositories with this baby (at 3 1/2 weeks) and I am 17 weeks now, I was also on a baby aspirin once a day until 16weeks as prescribed by my doctor. I don't have any living children yet, so I am not sure if the progesterone + baby aspirin really made me get this far in my pregnancy or the baby was stronger.

I was never checked (to my knowledge) for low progesterone levels or if I have any blood clotting issues (the reason for the baby aspirin) but my doctor merely did it was a precautionary thing.

If you don't mind me asking, what is your current age and your partner's age? Sometimes that can have something to do with your hormone levels (though not always.)
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March 30th, 2012, 07:19 PM
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I think it's better to start late if needed than not at all... I also think that doctors have a different determination of what is low. Sometimes "low" can just be low compared to the average.

I am on progesterone as a precautionary measure too & have been on it for a little over two weeks, but I've known people who didn't even know they were pregnant till just about 5-6 weeks and were put on it at that time...
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March 30th, 2012, 07:58 PM
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the ob did have my blood checked specifically for my progesterone level and she called me and said it was low and that i needed the suppositories. I know if there is something wrong with the baby it won't make it anyways but if my last mc was due to low progesterone and they gave me the meds to for this pregnancy bc it was also low should it fix the problem.

I am 24 and my husband is 23. We have 3 living children and no complications with any of the previous living children. I don't understand why i'm having this problem now?
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March 30th, 2012, 08:07 PM
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its hard to say how things will turn out my doc put me on it at eight weeks i was on it for three months im now 28 weeks i really hope things go well for you some doctors say it helps others dont i really think it helped me ! my levels werent low but we did it as a precaution best of luck to you wishing you a healthy and happy nine months !
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March 30th, 2012, 09:36 PM
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the ob did have my blood checked specifically for my progesterone level and she called me and said it was low and that i needed the suppositories. I know if there is something wrong with the baby it won't make it anyways but if my last mc was due to low progesterone and they gave me the meds to for this pregnancy bc it was also low should it fix the problem.

I am 24 and my husband is 23. We have 3 living children and no complications with any of the previous living children. I don't understand why i'm having this problem now?
Well you may have had this problem before and were never checked for it? The reason for progesterone levels being low is not always known. Many ladies on here have had successful uncomplicated pregnancies prior and then followed by miscarriages and complications.

Since every woman and every pregnancy (even for the same woman) is different this could be a factor in it.
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March 30th, 2012, 09:37 PM
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I agree with the other ladies sometimes it depends on the dr and really the evidence can go either way. I had two living children, no complications before having 2 m/c in a row and now have a beautiful baby girl asleep in her crib. No reason for the losses that we know, it just sometimes happens. I know that reason sucks trust me. So your dr could just be taking extra precautions, you could have always been low. Its hard to say if they never tested before. If you start now chances are good that if that is the problem things will be fine. Many prayers for a happy and healthy 9 months. Please stick around, jump in and join the fun . We understand the crazy that comes with pregnancy after a loss.
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March 31st, 2012, 11:42 AM
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I had 2 normal pregnancies and then 2 miscarriages. Turns out that out of the blue I have low progesterone. I took it this pregnancy and I am almost 29 weeks now. I don't think starting it later would hurt anything. Plus that is such a small dose that I doubt it is that low. Maybe he is being over cautious, which is always a good thing.
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March 31st, 2012, 02:04 PM
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I think there was a statistic, that about 90-92% of all women will have at least one miscarriage during their child bearing years. It may be more since many women do not find out they are pregnant until 5 or 6 weeks, only about 50 -40% of eggs that are fertilized survive long enough to be implanted into a uterine wall.
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March 31st, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Thanks everybody. I can't wait to get back to the doc on wednesday for my ultrasound to make sure the heart is still beating and it's measuring bigger than last week. I'm a nervous wreck but so eager.
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