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I only take prenatals but I don't have any history of problems. I was told what happened with my first was a "fluke" they couldn't explain why we lost him so they didn't have me do anything special this pregnancy.
Some people dream of angels but I held one in my arms
Prenatals + DHA, 2000 iu of folate, low-dose aspirin until 36 weeks, progesterone for the first 11 weeks.
I also take 2000iu of D3. After my first loss, my OB tested me for this and found my levels low. She (and 2 other doctors) told me that there's no established connection between low vitamin D and miscarriage. And also that the majority of people in North America have low vitamin D, due to lack of sun exposure. I did go on to have 2 more losses before this pregnancy, so I tend to agree with the science. But supplementing can't hurt, really.
Mel, did your OB say why you would be on baby aspirin until 36 weeks? Mine wouldn't go past 13, saying it was dangerous and my Neuro also mentioned the dangers of NSAIDs after 13 weeks. I'm curious why there is such a difference in advice among Drs.
Mommy to the most wonderful boy, 7 yrs old.
9/12 at 5wks 3/13 at 11 wks
Leia, yes, she did say something about it- preventing the collapse/blockage of small blood vessels particularly in the placenta, as well as preventing pre-eclampsia. I too was being a bit surprised at the length of time. (My RE also was ambivalent about taking aspirin at all and said he'd leave it up to my OB)
But after some research, I've found this isn't an unusual thing at all, and has been shown to have good outcomes in low doses. Here are a few articles I found about it:
But preliminary results (which involved women taking low-dose thru 36 weeks) showed no increased risk of complications but some improved live birth success rates with use of low-dose aspirin (here's an article about the preliminary results:
I have the MTHFR a1298c variant- just one, which is not thought to cause blood clotting when it's just on one allele instead of both. According to my RE, 60% of people have this single variant. He checked my homocysteine levels just to be sure, and they were fine. Still, I take the aspirin and folate.
I take Optimized Folate (L-5-methylfolate), NOT folic acid, which I order on Amazon. There are many women who are much more knowledgeable about it than me, but as I understand, to use folic acid, your body has to break it down and convert it several times. If you have MTHFR, your body does not do this efficiently, which is why women take 5000units just to get enough. The L-5-methylfolate is a more "basic" or root version that the body can use directly and doesn't need to be broken down.