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April 5th, 2011, 05:24 PM
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I went for my consultation with the doctor that had delivered aidan almost 3yrs ago. He also specializes placental problems with pregnancy. Bad thing is, the hospital/office is all the way downtown, and it's quite far from my house and quite expensive to travel down there. But I have no choice

Anyway, he explained to me that pre-eclampsia is most common in first pregnancies, and some do go on with their second pregnancy just fine. He said that I should not fear too much for the worse because he believes that I will do fine. He said I have about 60-70% chance of reaching 37wks with my second, and a low risk of a survivor in the nicu.

He also said that i am at a prime right now to conceive my second. I will be turning 36 this June. He explained how my body right now still recognizes that I have given birth, therefore I will have a lower risk of pre-e happening again (or be as severe). If I wait too long, closer to 40yrs old, he said that my body will forget that i've had a baby , and the chance of having pre-e will be much higher again.

There is still a chance that second time around for me will a)be exactly like my first or b)be even more severe. But there is also a chance c)i will make it to 37wks with a healthy baby and pregnancy.
So do I take the risk and see what happens??

What would you ladies do? take the risk?
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April 5th, 2011, 08:22 PM
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Sounds like you had a good appointment. We can't tell you what to do about this. If you want another baby and are prepared to have another preemie, go for it. But if you're still anxious about everything, then I'd recommend waiting. But again, I can't tell you what to do because I'm not the one taking the risk. You need to figure out what you and your DH want and listen to your heart.
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April 6th, 2011, 05:15 AM
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I agree. It is your decision. I had to ask myself, "Do I want a baby more than I'm afraid to be pregnant." When I could answer yes to that, we did it.
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April 6th, 2011, 10:29 AM
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Yeah, that's a really tough call, I honestly don't know what I'd do in your case. But I wish you all the best of luck with whatever you decide!
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