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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by Lauren on June 17, 2018 at 02:56 PM »
Sending so much love!!! You’ve got this!!!
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Pregnancy Complications / Re: Questions about progesterone pessaries
« Last post by Charlotte on June 17, 2018 at 12:07 AM »
Thanks OBmom. Yes we've been keeping an eye on both bile acids every second week and now liver functions once they started rising. I get my most recent results from the blood test I did yesterday on Tuesday. Hanging out to see what they are and also the status of the cervix.

What does the progesterone actually do to the cervix? Can I expect to see it become more stable in the week I've been on them or even lengthen it? I'm on 100 mg daily. I'm not on bed rest, because my measurements have never been that bad (Initially funnelling with a total length of 3.7 cm funnelling part measuring 0.7 cm. Then up to 4.5 cm a week later after rather strict resting. Then down to 3 cm another week later.) but I'm not supposed to stand for long periods of time and do lots household chores. I'm off work for the remainder of my pregnancy and I'm allowed a 10 minute walk each day at this stage. Would you agree with what my doctor currently has me doing? I'm 29 weeks today.

Just one more question, since starting on the pessaries five days ago I have noticed an increased shortness of breath, especially after I've eaten but not every time after a meal... Would you say this is due to the pessaries or just a pregnancy coincidence. I went in to L&D because I also had leg pain in my right leg and they did an ultrasound to rule out any blood clots. Which was negative. I guess I just panicked because the side effects listed talked about blood clots and having to present immediately if those types of symptoms occurred...

Ever so grateful for your thoughts OBmom.

Charlotte
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by mekvien on June 17, 2018 at 12:04 AM »
Thinking of you!!!
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by Charlotte on June 16, 2018 at 11:52 PM »
Best of luck!!! Keep us posted! Hope everything goes well! <3
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Pregnancy Complications / Re: Questions about progesterone pessaries
« Last post by OBmom on June 16, 2018 at 08:50 PM »
Hi Charlotte.

Your assumption is spot-on, it's all in the screen name really :) I'm an OB in a high-risk big MFM center, biggest L&D in Portugal.

Cholestasis does tend to be hereditary, but that doesn't mean you'll get it for sure. Even in normal pregnancy, AST and ALT levels can suffer a slight rise without causing concern. With your family history however I'd keep an eye on things weekly. In pregnant women with cholestasis, we usually tolerate rises up to 3-4 times the normal upper limit (i.e. up to 200-300) - this is a marker of how you're doing, and has no relation to the baby's outcome.

As I said before, progesterone is more likely to trigger cholestasis at late preterm (34-37w), so everything balances on how far along you are. However, the benefits for PTB are so extensive I would recommend keep going at least until 34 weeks. Definitely keep an eye out for any signs and symptoms - abnormal itching that usually affects your palms and the soles of your feet but may spread to your abdomen and chest, especially if it gets worse in the evening. Pregnancy cholestasis is mainly a clinical diagnosis but normally also presents with high levels of bile acids. If you do get diagnosed, most experts believe in induction at around 37 weeks, because of the increased (and unpredictable) risk of fetal demise in utero. --> Please don't freak out about this, nowadays it's EXTREMELY rare because it's easy to recognize and treat. In my recent experience, in 5 years and 80 cases, no baby has ever been compromised, just some short NICU stays <--

Hope this helps. Keep us posted!
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by OBmom on June 16, 2018 at 08:30 PM »
Best of luck!
Wishing you all the best, hope your little one stays for the shortest possible time in the NICU.
Positive everything coming your way.
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by EnglishRose23 on June 16, 2018 at 07:20 PM »
Done cooking.  Waiting in line for the OR.  Bleeding, contracting and 4 cm dilated.  30 weeks 5 days.  Wish us luck!  Hoping my hubby gets here in time for the delivery.
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by Lauren on June 16, 2018 at 03:31 PM »
So sorry to hear that you will be in the hospital. It’s so hard to be away from family and the comforts of home.
When we spent a week in hospital last year, I found that fresh fruit and real cheese and proper bread/crackers ended up being the best thing for people to bring. Hospital food is the worst!!

Hoping the bleeding settles down so that baby can stay a little longer and so that your nerves can settle :)
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by Jadeandrainbowbub on June 15, 2018 at 10:02 PM »
Oh that sucks you will be in hospital from now on. It is the best thing for bub tho. And yep, every day in will make a huge difference for her! :) I hope you can get a little further to make her journey easier.
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by EnglishRose23 on June 15, 2018 at 05:03 PM »
Thanks.  Official decision from drs today is hospital the rest of the way :-( but every day I'm in hospital might be one less NICU day for baby so staying positive.
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