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First, I am so thankful to have found this site and this board. It is difficult 'out there' because not many are able to relate to the struggles we have in becoming pregnant. So, I wanted to share my story with you.
In 1997 my husband and I married and immediately became pregnant, we ended up having two babies in our first two years of marriage. Our first girl was born in 1998 and our second girl was born in 1999. After that, still being newlyweds, we knew we couldn't have any more children anytime soon. At that point I went on birth control pills, and eventually depoprovera shots. I believe I was on birth control for a total of 3 years. I came off of it because I was tired of taking the shots. I waited and waited and waited for my cycle to return. It never did. I was told after depo it could take six months, I waited a year, then two years, and then when it still didn't return, I went to my doctor.
I pretty much had to self diagnose myself with PCOS. I had plenty of weird things happening to my body, hair growth on my chin and neck, dirty skin, overweight, no cycle, skin tags. My doctor wasn't going to test me for it until I mentioned it to her and began to list my symptoms. She did the blood work which came back showing I possibly had PCOS, but didn't diagnose me with it until she did the ultrasound to look at my ovaries.
Once I was diagnosed she put me on birth control pills and 500mg of Metformin once a day. I never felt like this was helping me and would go off the medicine once all the refills were done. After a few years of that I just decided I wouldn't take any of the medicine and live with this disease. I didn't really care. At that point my husband and I weren't preventing pregnancy nor trying to conceive.
Years went by and nothing happened. I would get a few cycles a year though which I figured was progress, hey, they were coming on their own. As of this date, my last cycle was April 2009. In 2009, I had a cycle in January, February, March and April. I began to think I was miraculously healed, but after April it hasn't returned.
Fast forward to January 2010. We purchased a total gym and I began working out on it. I began to lose weight but wasn't really working out consistently. Something would happen like my back would hurt or I would get a cold or something and so I would stop. I did feel so much better though after having exercised. I was determined to lose weight. In early March I got a head cold. I was really miserable. As my symptoms were going away though I began to get nauseaus. I figured that was because of the post nasal drip. After about a week of the nausea though, I began to throw up. I didn't really think anything of it on the first day, but the second day of vomiting was weird. I went out and bought a pregnancy test for the heck of it, I didn't really think I was pregnant, but it was a long shot to why I wasn't feeling good. To our astonishment, the test was positive. Not just 'the' test, but five of the tests I bought from different manufacturers. I was amazed, but still in disbelief.
I made an appointment with an OB/GYN doc, they did a urine test in the office and confirmed my pregnancy. I was still in major disbelief. Because my period hadn't shown up since April 2009, she had to send me for an ultrasound to get a due date for my baby. I was ultraparanoid when the ultrasound order said "fetal viability" for the reason for the ultrasound. Other people were telling me it was just doctor talk for the first ultrasound. We went in on March 26, 2010 for that ultrasound and saw our little baby moving around and heard his/her heartbeat. It was AWESOME!
Shortly after that the doctor called me though because my progesterone was low, it was 8.08 and she said she wanted to see it over 10. She put me on prometrium for several weeks which worked. My ultrasound revealed another problem though. I have two subchorionic bleeds, both are small though. So I have been on restriction since week 10 really. I have my follow up ultrasound on this coming Monday to see if the bleeds have healed themselves, which I pray is what we find. But it appears all is going well.
I have been just so paranoid thinking that because of this PCOS my pregnancy is in danger. The doc has reassured me that isn't the case. I just didn't have these issues with my first two. So, this little baby is due to enter this world on October 20, 2010. I wanted to share my story and hope that some of you can relate to this, and even some of the problems I have encountered (low progesterone and subchorionic bleed) and share with me your experiances and possibly make me feel better.
Anyway, if you read all this, thanks, cuz I sure know it is long.
Thanks so much! I am so excited and just can't complain about anything. Morning sickness I weathered with joy, because it meant I am PREGNANT!!!! LOL. Congratulations to you as well! When is your baby due?
Thanks Mama Anna. I have learned that they [SCH] are pretty normal and as long as they are small they don't usually cause problems. I have my u/s on Monday to see how they are. I am hoping that we can see the sex at this u/s also. I will be 13w5d, so maybe. Doc says way to early, but I have already felt movements so maybe the baby is bigger than they think...LOL...wishfully thinking.
In the August '10 DDC they've already had a few boys turn out to be girls because the early ultrasounds were wrong. Just saying, don't go buying a lot if they give a hint! I hope the SCHs are much smaller though if not gone entirely. I had just one bigger one so they put me on pelvic rest bordering on full out bed rest until it was gone. Part of that was where it was too because it was really close to her.
Today I am officially 13 weeks 2 days pregnant. I also have PCOS. This is my second actual pregnancy. My first ended in a miscarriage at 5 weeks in April. This pregnancy is a miracle. I had spotting throughout the first 2 months then a big bleed at 11 weeks 6 days. But all is fine. Im still nervous but happy at the same time.