HighRisk Check-in 6/6 — The Bump
February 2018 Moms

HighRisk Check-in 6/6

I totally posted this on the wrong board first.  Duh.

Good morning, ladies!  For anyone who is deemed high-risk or is receiving additional monitoring.

How far along are you?

Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?

What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?

Any questions / rants / raves?

Re: HighRisk Check-in 6/6

  • How far along are you?
    5 weeks

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?
    Spondylilothesis and Hypertension

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?
    Extra BPP ultrasounds and NSTs in tri 3 fr the hypertension....for the spondy...i have no idea yet

    Any questions / rants / raves?
    Not yet!
  • I'm high risk after having 3 consecutive losses around 12 weeks.  I'm now 4 weeks and change.  I do have 3 older kids so I'm trying to remind my body that it can do this!  I go for my second hcg tomorrow, praying for good news but it's a long road beyond that.  This is my first time with an RE, first time using progesterone, so I'm not really sure what will be different but I'm expecting closer monitoring.



  • lilyaster said:

    I'm high risk after having 3 consecutive losses around 12 weeks.  I'm now 4 weeks and change.  I do have 3 older kids so I'm trying to remind my body that it can do this!  I go for my second hcg tomorrow, praying for good news but it's a long road beyond that.  This is my first time with an RE, first time using progesterone, so I'm not really sure what will be different but I'm expecting closer monitoring.

    I'm so sorry. I hope this works out for you!  I worked with an RE for my first and was on progesterone with my first two.  Hopefully once your RE releases you then you will be good to go.
  • Unfortunately my second beta dropped so it's looking like a chemical.  I knew my tests were not getting darker so I'm ready to move on to my next cycle.  I hope everything goes well with your pregnancy!



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  • lilyaster said:
    Unfortunately my second beta dropped so it's looking like a chemical.  I knew my tests were not getting darker so I'm ready to move on to my next cycle.  I hope everything goes well with your pregnancy!
    I'm sorry. Good luck. 
  • lilyaster said:
    Unfortunately my second beta dropped so it's looking like a chemical.  I knew my tests were not getting darker so I'm ready to move on to my next cycle.  I hope everything goes well with your pregnancy!
    I'm so sorry. Take care of yourself

     DD born Oct 2011 - DS#1 born Jan 2014 - DS#2 born Apr 2015 - DS#3 born Sept 2016 - LO#5 due Feb 7, 2018

  • @lilyaster I'm so sorry for your loss! 
  • @lilyaster I'm so sorry to hear about the chemical. Take care of yourself. 
    Me: 33 DH: 31
    DS: 5 years old
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    July 2016: Testing cycle with 100 mg Clomid = BFN
    August 2016: 50 mg Clomid + IUI = BFN
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    November 2016: FET#1 = chemical
    January 2017: FET#2 = chemical
    March 2017: IVF#2 - 18 retrieved / 18 mature / 16 fertilized / 5 blasts
    April 24, 2017: FET#3 - BFN
    May 24, 2017: FET#4 - BFP! - Beta #1 151 - Beta #2 503 - Due date 2/9/18
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  • How far along are you?

    6 weeks

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?

    I developed Pre-E and then it got worse with HELLP Syndrome during my first pregnancy.  My liver started to shut down and lead to an emergency c-section at 34 weeks and a week long hospital stay for me.  My 2nd and 3rd pregnancies were healthy. 

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?

    Extra blood work.  Constantly monitoring my blood pressure.  More then the usual number of ultrasounds to monitor fetal growth.

    Any questions / rants / raves?
    Not at the moment. 
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  • @lilyaster I'm so sorry.  

  • Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?
    I'm 38 and my first two pregnancies were ICP pregnancies. 
    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting? For ICP I get additional blood work and lots of ultrasounds. For advanced age, additional testing and monitoring 

    Any questions / rants / raves?
    this is a total surprise to me so still wrapping my head around it. I'm old, my youngest is about to enter Kinder so I had big plans of getting back to doing more volunteer work and some things for myself. I am however excited to enjoy every moment of my final pregnancy. 
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  • Hello. I am considered high risk do to my age (i'll be 35 next month) and had had a miscarriage prior. I am 5 weeks and 4 days as of today. They just started having me come in two times a week to monitor my hcg levels as well as have an ultrasound scheduled for the 14th and again on the 22nd to make sure our rainbow baby is growing at the right pace.

  • How far along are you?
    5 weeks 

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?
    Kidney disease 

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?
    Additional  tests to monitor urine 

    Any questions / rants / raves?
    Im so nervous and glad this thread is here. Thanks. 
  • How far along are you?
    5 weeks

    Why are you considered high risk/ getting extra monitoring?
    ***TW***
    Had a loss at 39 weeks same day of delivery due to cord accident. They believe the cord position and my labor starting causes the cord accident. Had a lot of extra monitoring at end of my pregnacy with DD due to cord accident history. We welcomed our DD via c section 11 months after our loss. She is 2 now.
    ***end TW***

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you never getting?
    end of pregnancy extra US to monitor cord position and NSTs.

    Any questions/rants or raves?
    not at the moment

  • @lilyaster so sorry for your loss.

  • How far along are you?
    4w1d

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring? I'm almost 40 yrs old... have hypertension and have had a previous loss at 11 weeks (and this is baby #6)

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting? I tend to opt out of alot... but using a new ob this time around

    Any questions / rants / raves?

  • How far along are you?
    6 weeks 1 day

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?
    hypothyroidism and cervical length

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?
    Cervical length measurements and TSH draws. I had to be on medication for DD and a few extra ultrasounds. I ended up being on intermittent bed rest at the end and she still arrived two weeks early. Her birth was also a rough one, so this one will be a scheduled c-section per my OB. 

    Any questions / rants / raves?
    Nada.
    Me: 33 DH:30
    Married: 2014
    BFP #1: 12/2015
    DD born: 08/2016
    BFP #2: 06/2017 Identical twins 
    10/2017: Twins confirmed with TTTS. Surgery performed in utero to split vascular connections.
    Lost twin B within 24 hours
    Twin A and B were delivered at 25+5 when my water broke prematurely
    11/26/17: Twin A passed after 26 days fighting in the NICU
    Benched for 6 months due to classical c-section
    TTC # 4 06/2018
    BFP: 07/2018
    Loss confirmed 7/16/18 as a blighted ovum
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  • Hello!

    I am 7 weeks 4 days today.
    We had a miscarriage at 8 weeks 6 days in March of 2017.
    I am High Risk because I have Type 1 Diabetes (newly diagnosed, 1 year 7 months).
    I know I will be closely monitored, but besides more US and increased NST's, I am not sure what extra care I will receive. I know I will see my Endo more frequently as my Insulin needs have already changed twice since BFP.
    I am very nervous, anxious and cautious.
    Many blessings to all.
  • How far along are you?
    9w1d

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?
    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis but I'm high risk because I tested postitive for the Lupus Antibody. I don't have Lupus but have the antibody. They found it a year after I gave birth to DS so no idea if I actually had it with my last pregnancy. 

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?
    I will have weekly appointments and US from week 16-26. I will also have to uses Doppler twice a day to listen for changes in the heartbeat. The antibody can cause fetal heartblock. The earlier the heartblock is caught, the more effective medication is to save the baby. This is at least my understanding from a phone conversation this week. I see the doctor 7/25. 

    Any questions / rants / raves?
    I had my initial freak out where I kind of shut down. But there is nothing I can do at least right now so why cause myself the extra stress. 
  • @lenacordero my cousin has given birth to 2 beautiful babies with Type 1 diabetes so fingers crossed for you!! 
  • How far along are you?
    6 weeks 6 days. 

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?
    I just found out I am high risk last week when my midwives told me. They want me to transfer my care to a physician because of a few things. I have a condition called Chiari Malformation which is congenital and can cause complications apparently during labor. I also am almost 36 and have a very annoying but serious allergy to almost all of the lidocaine type drugs and she said the epidural cocktail contains all of the drugs I am allergic to. I want to go drug free, but she said if there is any type of emergency this can cause major major problems. So they want a doctor monitoring me for all these reasons and consider me high risk. 

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?
    I will have to do genetic testing to make sure my baby doesn't have any neural tube defects like Chiari. I also have had two US and am having another in a couple weeks to make sure everything looks good. 

    Any questions / rants / raves?
    My main rant is I really want to have an easy and non medicated birth, and now the doctors have me prepared for the worst. I just want my baby to be healthy, but I wish they could understand. I was 17 when I had my first, knew nothing and my son was healthy. But my delivery was awful because I felt like my wishes went unheard. I do not want the same situation to happen again where I have an old bearded doctor literally whistling as he sees up my episiotomy (this happened to me and I wanted to punch him) I want caring female midwives there to help guide my baby into the world. Am I crazy that I want a different experience this time around?



  • How far along are you?

    7W,2D

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?

    Tw** Loss at 23 weeks, and I just found out I have a heart shaped or bicorumate uterus... Anyone else heard of this?

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?

     Increased ultrasounds, nipt, and hopefully I don't have to go though the dreaded CVS again because of an inconclusive paneroma test.  

    Any questions / rants / raves?

    I switched to all new doctors after my loss and feel confident that I'm getting the best care this time around,  its a half hour drive but it's one of the best hospitals in the north east with a level 4 nicu.  


    DD angel baby 10/16 <3
    Rainbow Due 02/20/18


  • @onegrownonegrowing I'm sorry that you have to deal with this. Hopefully you can find an OB that feels like they are more in your corner this time. Maybe you could consider hiring a doula to help you through the labour part and help you/ your support person advocate for yourself

     DD born Oct 2011 - DS#1 born Jan 2014 - DS#2 born Apr 2015 - DS#3 born Sept 2016 - LO#5 due Feb 7, 2018

  • @onegrownonegrowing My best friend was in a similar situation, she is also allergic to ingredients in the epidural and other meds (as well as like everything else) plus she has an autoimmune disease that was going to make labor potentially very difficult. But she had a very smooth unmedicated hospital birth a couple months ago and they had well prepared the hospital staff for it. She scheduled a consultation with the hospital anesthesiologist to discuss her allergies and come up with an emergency plan, she had all her allergies typed up and printed on red paper and it was taped by her head along with who to speak with about any questions while she was in active labor, and she briefed all the nurses who were caring for her. They had never had a patient with that level of allergies in labor and were all very very good about following her wishes and being careful. I hope everything goes just as smoothly for you, she was really worried too but it went great.
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    BFP #2 5/2014 MC 6/15/14
    BFP #3 11/13/14 (Found in ER with ruptured cyst) Diagnosed MC 11/15/14
    BFP #4  4/2015 MC 7/1/15
    BFP #5 10/21/15  EDD 7/3/16 Praying for our rainbow! 
  • @winnie1122, thanks so much for the info! That definitely alleviates some of my worry. Yes my docs want me to meet with an anesthesiologist as well so we can have a plan in place for emergencies. 
  • Hi everyone. This board just reminds me that women are so tough and brave! I am just about ten weeks and high risk for a whole bunch of reasons - I have Lupus so need extra blood tests / scans etc but also wound up in intensive care with my last delivery due to pre-eclampsia / HELLP syndrome (there is some debate about what exactly was wrong with me because it was a little atypical). I also lost around 2/3 of my blood during my c-section. I am not so scared of the pre-eclampsia as I am about the haemmorhage. I am pretty traumatized by that. Oh yeah, and I have SVT ( a heart condition). Sheesh! What a list! Looking forward to getting to know you all and compare notes on our various high risk clinics! 
  • alemarie1 said:


    How far along are you?

    7W,2D

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?

    Tw** Loss at 23 weeks, and I just found out I have a heart shaped or bicorumate uterus... Anyone else heard of this?

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?

     Increased ultrasounds, nipt, and hopefully I don't have to go though the dreaded CVS again because of an inconclusive paneroma test.  

    Any questions / rants / raves?

    I switched to all new doctors after my loss and feel confident that I'm getting the best care this time around,  its a half hour drive but it's one of the best hospitals in the north east with a level 4 nicu.  

    I have a heart shaped/bicornate uterus too, first noticed during an ultrasound and **TW** confirmed with the hysteroscopy I requested when I had my D&C in April.  **end TW**  

    Aside from explaining the physiology of it and the risk it can create during pregnancy (depends on size/degree of septum) my doctor hasn't said much about it.  This pregnancy has implanted away from the septum so that's a step in the right direction.  

    Hopefully this will be a non-issue for both of us!  FWIW, my doctor did tell me that she recently delivered a healthy, full term baby for a mom who had a septum very similar to mine.  I took some comfort in that.  I know there are no guarantees but having a doctor who's dealt with this before made me feel a little better.  
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  • @fatted_calf thank you so much for sharing that, it's encouraging what your doctor said as well . My doctor hasn't said much, but she's a RE so I'll have to see what the high risk doctor says. Maybe I read too much online and worried myself for nothing... Fingers crossed for a boring and healthy pregnancy for us both! 

    DD angel baby 10/16 <3
    Rainbow Due 02/20/18


    fatted_calf
  • Hey ladies!

    I'm 8 weeks (tomorrow) with my third baby.

    I'm considered high risk because of my previous concealed placenta abruption with my second.  The abruption wasn't known until well into my labour at which time I needed two blood transfusions and an emergency CS.  It was scary sh*t.  I'll also be 36 when I deliver which around here anything over 35 is considered high risk.

    I'm continuing with my midwife care but will also see the OB on a regular basis as well.  There is a good chance that all will be ok and if so I can still go for my home birth but I'm not even going to think about that until further testing etc.



  • How far along are you?
    9w2d.

    Why are you considered high-risk / getting increased monitoring?
    Chronic hypertension, PPH and previous near-term loss.

    What type of additional testing, monitoring will you be getting?
    I'm on BP meds, will start low-dose aspirin starting in the second trimester, along with cfDNA screening, NSTs and BPPs later in pregnancy, and ultrasounds performed by MFM specialist.

    Any questions / rants / raves?
    The risks of superimposed preeclampsia is giving me pause and low grade anxiety. *sigh* 
    G 12.04 | E 11.06 | D 11.08  | H 12.09 | R 11.14 | Expecting #6 2.16.18.



  • Hi everyone. This board just reminds me that women are so tough and brave! I am just about ten weeks and high risk for a whole bunch of reasons - I have Lupus so need extra blood tests / scans etc but also wound up in intensive care with my last delivery due to pre-eclampsia / HELLP syndrome (there is some debate about what exactly was wrong with me because it was a little atypical). I also lost around 2/3 of my blood during my c-section. I am not so scared of the pre-eclampsia as I am about the haemmorhage. I am pretty traumatized by that. Oh yeah, and I have SVT ( a heart condition). Sheesh! What a list! Looking forward to getting to know you all and compare notes on our various high risk clinics! 
    @LydRussell - I'm actually very nervous about sudden onset of pre-e. When did your pre-e develop, and did you deliver early? It's the fast-progressing pre-e that worries me, and my concern is that I'll have a hard time feeling comfortable with the pregnancy when I'm so worried about catching new or worsening symptoms. Just one more thing to worry about. I'm planning to monitor my BP at home along with protein levels. I'll start aspirin in the coming weeks, but there's still that anxiety associated with the possibility of it occurring so suddenly that it turns emergent fast. 

    The OB I saw a couple weeks ago said they'd induce at 39 weeks, but most of what I've read, patients with preexisting hypertension or previous history of pre-e, often don't make it to term. I'm not too worried about that. It's just everything else that worries me. I had a PPH with my dd3 and will require pitocin immediately after delivery to help prevent another hemorrhage.
    G 12.04 | E 11.06 | D 11.08  | H 12.09 | R 11.14 | Expecting #6 2.16.18.



  • @soulcupcake eesh! How scary for you. My pre-eclampsia was atypical and very sudden onset. I started bleeding at 37.5 weeks which is the only reason I went to hospital and low and behold, my bp had shot up very suddenly. The bleeding was due to fast dropping platelets. I had horrendous edema (25kg of water weight) but because I never had protein in my urine and my bp was stable for so long, it wasn't picked up until then and was classed as atypical. At that time they were checking my bp twice weekly because they were worried about my swelling but that was the only sign until that night.  I delivered by c-section right away. I guess I am hopeful that because my onset was sudden but late, I will be ok this time around but of course, who knows?! I have low blood pressure normally, but my Lupus predisposes me to pre-eclampsia. I have been put on calcium in addition to aspirin - have they talked about that? It seems to be standard here in NZ. I am still way more scared of bleeding again. Being awake for that and knowing what is happening is horrendous, isn't it?! And I didn't have my baby either because he was rushed to NICU with respiratory distress. We spent our first night apart, both in intensive care. I love being pregnant but am utterly terrified about delivery. 
  • @soulcupcake Also, just want to reiterate that having a near term loss must have been awful - I can't imagine. I'm sorry to hear you went through that. 
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