Tuesday, 28 March 2017

5.26am Wide Awake

Been awake for about x2 hours. Can't sleep. Have our appointment with the fertility doctor tomorrow today - anxious.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Daily Vitamins /Medication - Preventing Recurrent Miscarriage

Oh dear, here we go again... just spoke to my naturopath, told her we are about to try for baby number 2. She's given me a familiar diet of vitamins.

Here's the list (I didn't record everything it last time because I was overwhelmed and confused by it all - but I have a better grip this time).

Standard vitamins (anyone can take):
  • Tresos Natal by Eagle, x1 per day (last time I took Thorne prenatal, x3 per day)
  • Probiotics, x1 per day
  • DefenCell by Nutrigenomic, x1 tablet twice a day (Anti-oxidants, last time I took Oxyvital)
  • Aspirin, 75mg per day (take 1 month before egg transfer)
  • Clexane injection, x1 injection per day from time of positive pregnancy test
  • Omega fish oil, x1 per day (Nordic Naturals prenatal DHA, or BioActive Lipids by Orthoplex)
  • Traumaeel, x1 tablet three times a day (start from embryo transfer, take for first 12 weeks)
  • Cerebrum comp by Heel, x1 tablet twice a day (start from embryo transfer)

Vitamins specific to me (based on ineffective DNA results):
  • Vitamin D by Eagle, x4 drops per day
  • Optimal PC by Seekinh Health, x1 per day (phospholipid complex, this is apparently very important for me)
  • Ubiquinol by BioBalance, x1 per day
That's x15 pills/injections/drops per day. 

Note: I'm not taking the Biobalance vitiman B this time because apparently the DefenCell & Tresos Natal tablet has enough vit Bs (5 methylfolate) in it. 


Oh, it's my birthday today! I'm 42.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Planning Baby Number 2

So my beautiful, precious, miracle baby girl is 13 months old. She's healthy as anything and walking. We feel like the most lucky parents in the world. She's brought such happiness. Thank you God.

I'm 42 in March, and currently mentally preparing to try for baby number 2.

We have x4 frozen embryos, that means 4 goes at being a multi-child family. If they don't work we'll stop.

With this whole MTHFR and anti-folic-acid theory in mind, it will be interesting to see if I get pregnant again.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Summary of my fertility journey

I'm an undiagnosed recurrent miscarriage sufferer, who finally had success!!! Yeah!!! This blog outlines my journey from the beginning of the successful pregnancy. 

I blogged during this time because a natropath gave me optimism. She told me that my body couldn't tolerate folic acid, which is something I had been previously taking - religiously. (40% of all people have the gene that can't tolerate folic acid, both my husband and I have a double gene). 

I'm unsure of the exact number of pregnancy failures we had, I think it was 11 miscarriages and 4 failed IVFs (some of the miscarriages being IVF). So a total of about 14. Over 9 years. It was frustrating as we had no idea what was wrong. I visited over 20 fertility specialists in 4 different countries to discover I had a clean bill of health. No serious illness, or obvious reasons as to why. And every year that went by made me a year older. At the time of this pregnancy I was 40.

I had known about my homozygous MTHFR gene mutation for a long time. A number of the specialists had identified it saying it did cause miscarriages, but was very common and was negated by taking folic acid. This naturopath then told me that folic acid was my enemy, she told me to take bioactive vitamin B (5-methylfolate) instead. That's what this whole blog is about. 

http://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-a-g/functional-medicine/1353-mthfr-mutation-a-missing-piece-in-the-chronic-disease-puzzle

http://mthfr.net/mthfr-mutations-and-the-conditions-they-cause/2011/09/07/

http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid/

Friday, 8 January 2016

We got there!

In hospital now with a beautiful, healthy, 3.2kg, baby girl sleeping on my chest. She's perfect. I'm in love.

Labour isn't fun.

And I didn't end up needing an induction because my waters broke that night.

Here she is:






Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Tomorrow...

In bed about to go to sleep before induction tomorrow. V nervous. Really hope everything goes alright.

Please dear God.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Induction booked for 6th Jan 2016

Met with Dr today, if baby hasn't arrived by the 6th she will induce me. Everything seems healthy and normal. Baby weighs 7.2lb.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Full term

Yeah, we're 37 weeks and full term. Baby still wriggling around and meeting with Dr next Monday to discuss induction at 39 weeks if it hasn't come before.

Yeah!!!!

Here's a photo:


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

34 weeks

Met with the midwife, all well.

Am feeling very stressed though cause last week I had a whooping cough vaccination... Now I'm paranoid that maybe I shouldn't have.

I made sure I had lots of folate at the time and after, but what if...

I was trying to balance the risk of autism vs the baby getting whooping cough. Both are not good scenarios. I don't want to vaccinate baby until at least 3 months, if not later, so that's a long period to not be protected from whooping cough and apparently there's a lot around. I thought it would be best if I made sure I was metheylating, then used my body rather than baby's to pass on immunity. Really hope it was the right decision.

Thing that's making me paranoid is day of/after my vaccination the baby stopped moving as much. Apparently at this age they slow down cause they run out of space, so praying that is the reason. Please, please don't let me have made the wrong decision.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

33 weeks

Another good meeting with Dr today. No issues. Baby weighs 2.2kg now.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Hospital visit

As part of an antenatal class we did a hospital visit to the delivery ward last night. They took us into a delivery room so we could get a feel as to what it will be like on the big day. In that room I choked up and had to fight back the tears, I can't believe we've made it this far. I honestly can't believe it.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Key milestones: 28 and 32 weeks

Our obstetrician told us that key milestones in pregnancy are 28 and 32 weeks. She said after 28 weeks the baby is likely to live if born. After 32 weeks it will live and not have any premature issues.

We are over 32 weeks now! Yeah! Here's a photo:


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

My dream

I dreamed about having this baby for the first time last night. It was a normal birth, everything went well and the baby was healthy and sweet. What's strange is it's the first time I've dreamed about babies, or miscarriages, or any of the issues we've been going through. The first time in 9 years. Something psycological happening there, especially when pregnancy/miscarriages/fertility is virtually all we've focused on.

Please don't let anything go wrong now. Please.

I'm 30 weeks and it's kicking like crazy.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

29 weeks

Had another scan with the Dr today - all still going well. Baby was sucking it's thumb - cute!

Good news is the baby has turned so that it is not in a breech position, apparently it is sitting in perfect place. It's weight is now 1.4kg which is about average, heart beat is perfect, and my blood results all came back with no issue. Oddly, it seems that, so far, the pregnancy has been text book perfect. Very strange feeling. I keep on repeating to my husband 'I can't believe it's happening to us - after everything we've been through.'

I keep on expecting our luck to turn...

Dr says our next milestone is 32 weeks.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Another catch-up with my Natropath

Yesterday I had another phone appointment with my Natropath, this is what she told me:

1. She said that 3rd trimester was time to increase my Omega3 fish oil to x2 captuals a day - baby's brain is developing now so it's important for that. Note: my DNA says I don't absorb Omega oils well, so maybe x2 a day is more than normal.

2. She said it's important to have x1 probiotic each day - important to help with the baby's immunity.

3. She said to make sure I'm having almonds, eggs, cauliflower, fish and avocado along with my normal diet.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Negative for Gestational Diabetes

Oh, I'm beginning to feel so happy. There's kicking and movement on a regular basis and today I found out I'm negative for Gestational Diabetes. My readings were in the middle of the normal range for the 2 hour test - yeah. That's a big deal because in the past, when not pregnant, I had a Glucose Tolerance test and scored above average for it. Dr told me my insulin levels were high and my body was struggling to break down sugar (though that could have been for the 1 hour test). He told me that while I didn't have diabetes, I was susceptible to it - so I felt there was a high chance of getting Gestational Diabetes, especially seeing I did research on why the baby could have a big stomach and found there was a correlation between the two. But my obstetrician must have been right, she told me she thought the large stomach was the sign of a healthy placenta. Oh, so happy.

Note: the 2 hour Glucose Tolerance test was not fun. I felt like vomiting for the full 2 hours, and it had me in tears. Yuck.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

28 weeks

Yeah! Yeah, yeah, yeah! We've made it to 28 weeks. Dr said it's a major milestone. Know it's alive cause can feel it moving.

V happy.