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  #1  
July 14th, 2011, 03:21 PM
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Hi all,

I am 41, turning 42 in November. I am now 12 weeks. Based on age, I am high risk. I had one miscarriage due to the extra chromosome. Does anyone think that I should see a High Risk OB/GYN?

Any suggestion/tips welcome. Thanks! : )

Moo
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July 14th, 2011, 07:13 PM
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Hi and Welcome to JM! Are you seeing an obgyn now? What do they say?

I am 42 and 21 weeks pregnant. To get here I went through 4 miscarriages and 2.5 years of infertility. I personally am not seeing a high risk doctor - my obgyn says I am amazingly healthy for a person my age and having no complications. (knock on wood!)

I would go with what your doctor says - everything is different based on the patient.

Good Luck and stick around!
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July 15th, 2011, 05:42 AM
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Hi and welcome, and big congrats!!!!

I would talk to your regular OB and see what he/she suggests. I'm 42 and just had my baby girl in February. I had a m/c prior to conceiving her. I wasn't under a high risk OB but I did opt for a CVS procedure and I was monitored a little more closely towards the end with ultrasounds to check the amniotic fluid and movement etc...

Please keep us posted and welcome once again

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July 16th, 2011, 01:00 PM
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Hi Ladies,

Thanks for writing! Thanks for welcoming me.

I am seeing an OB/GYN, Dr. Wu now. I've seen her 1x (at week 9) so far after my original GYN (she doesn't deliver babies any more) sent me to Dr. Wu. I like her, but I don't know if I like the entire practice. I saw another doctor at the same practice when Dr. Wu wasn't around and I don't like him at all. I am going to see her in 2 weeks. I will ask if I should have a high risk doctor. * Another fact is that I had probably about 5 abortions before miscarrying in December.

I am going to shot my original GYN an email to double check with her. And if I don't need a high risk doc, I will have to decide whether I want to stick around with the group of docs I am seeing. PS. my current doc's office use ziplock bags on the foot peddle to keep them clean. How professional does this sound?!

I will keep you posted. : )

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July 17th, 2011, 10:24 AM
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As far as the D&C's with the abortions, have you had any ultrasounds that show scaring? If not then that does not play into you being high risk or not.

If you are not comfortable with the practice I would switch OB's all together (if that is an option). Feeling good about the health-care you are receiving is just as important as the care itself.
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July 20th, 2011, 02:03 AM
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Hi all,

I am 41, turning 42 in November. I am now 12 weeks. Based on age, I am high risk. I had one miscarriage due to the extra chromosome. Does anyone think that I should see a High Risk OB/GYN?

Any suggestion/tips welcome. Thanks! : )

Moo
Anyone can have a miscarriage due to chromosomal flaws, regardless of age, but the highest risk for this particular problem is in mothers over 35.

You'd better see an OB/GYN. I don't know if it's easy to see an OB/GYN in your country, but you can contact to Medical associations that represent obstetricians, gynecologists and pregnancy specialists publish tools to help you find a maternal-fetal specialist to treat your high-risk pregnancy.
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August 1st, 2011, 11:12 AM
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Thanks for all the messages, guys! =) I am now switched to a new group of doctors where there are quite a few high risk doctors. So far, I feel great about the practice and the facilities.

Missy123, I don't believe the ultrasound shows scarring from the past D&C. At least none of the doctors or technician mentioned it.
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August 2nd, 2011, 06:10 AM
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Congratulations on finding health care that makes you happy!!!

How are you feeling? How is your pregnancy progressing?
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August 2nd, 2011, 07:23 AM
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missy123,

I feel ok in general now I am 15 weeks.

I now don't feel as hungry as when I was in my 1st Trimester (had insatiable hunger!). I wonder if this is normal.

I start sleeping on the left. Unfortunately, that's the side of my sciatica. For sciatica, I suppose to sleep on the opposite side of the pain. It's no fun. Luckily enough, the pain goes away after I stretch it out.

Thanks for asking! : )
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August 2nd, 2011, 06:22 PM
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Sounds like you are doing well. Is it bad if you switch sleeping sides? Like half the night on the right and half on the left to help balance out your sciatica pain?

Yeah, the hunger comes and goes. There are days I eat everything in sight and then days I just seem to nibble. I always make sure to try to drink milk and enough water and take my vitamins.
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Miss Scarlett... Our miracle girl still brings happy tears to my eyes.



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