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December 10th, 2009, 02:02 PM
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I have a question that I have yet to ask my OB. After my 2 m/c I was diagnosed with 1 copy of MTHFR A1289C. I was put on the baby aspirin and folic acid for this pregnancy even though I had a noraml pregnancy before the 2 m/c. My OB mentioned that I would stop taking the baby aspirin at 36 weeks. Well after I thought about it I realized that I am scared to death. What if the aspirin is the only thing keeping me from not miscarrying this time and then once I stop the baby dies?? How can you just stop a treatment and expect everything to be ok. My worst nightmare is to loose another pregnancy especially when if I was that far along. I guess it is common to stop taking aspirin or blood thinners at 36 weeks but I just dont understand how things are going to be ok if that is what is helping. Anyone have any info. or knowledge about this. Please let me know. Thanks.

Me(33) DH(35) DS(3) 2 m/c 7/08 and 5/09 EDD with baby boy 5/20/09
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December 10th, 2009, 02:57 PM
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Well I know a lot of doc's take their patiens off of blood thinners before delivery and then continue therapy after the baby is born. I would definitly talk to your doctor about your fears.

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December 10th, 2009, 03:29 PM
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I have to keep taking asprin till 6 weeks after the birth. If you are concerned ask you doc why you need to stop taking it then. I hope you get the answers you need

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December 10th, 2009, 03:34 PM
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I stopped the aspirin about a week prior to delivery but I was on Lovenox at the same time and I stayed on the Lovenox until 24 hours prior to delivery. I had the same concerns as you and was terrified to stop the treatment for any longer than 24 hours, therefore we scheduled an induction.

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December 15th, 2009, 11:36 PM
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I have the same genetic mutation. My doctor took me off aspirin before the c/s because you have to, otherwise you'll risk bleeding out during birth. You need to stop well before your DD because it takes a while for your blood to thin. I know it's impossible not to worry, but really, if you think about it, all the aspirin does is slightly "lube" up your clotting factors in a manner of speaking - when you reach 36 weeks, your vessels will already be so big that a few more platelets won't matter to your baby. And like I said, the thinning takes place slowly over a period of weeks. You are heavily monitored close to your DD, so any adverse reaction to the baby would be noticed by the NSTs. Seriously, it will be fine! Also, MTHFR mostly inhibits you from absorbing folic acid, as opposed to clotting (though it causes that too a bit, I forget how though) so more important than the aspirin is taking extra folic acid, and a B-complex vitamin to go with it because otherwise you can strip your body of the cofactors necessary to absorb the folic acid. Extra vitamin B can't hurt you.

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