From Miscarriage to Miracle Baby: How Progesterone Changed My Life
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I would like to relay my personal experience with progesterone supplementation, in the hopes to help others in the same situation. My story begins with my second pregnancy.
After my first child was born, following a healthy full term pregnancy, I didn't suspect any issues in any future pregnancies. When I saw two lines on a pregnancy test when my baby was only 3 months old, I felt overwhelmed but happy. Little did I know what was in store for me.
I went for my sonogram at 9 weeks into the pregnancy, and was told there was no heartbeat, and that the fetus had stopped growing at 7 weeks old. I started bleeding that night and it was all over.
A couple of months later with a new pregnancy, new hope and excitement was rising again. The doctor, due to the previous miscarriage, began monitoring my progesterone counts as soon as I notified her of my pregnancy. Within two weeks of the pregnancy my progesterone counts began the downward slide.
My doctor prescribed progesterone supplementation via vaginal suppositories. They didn't affect my progesterone counts, so she doubled the dosage but they continued to drop regardless. At 6 weeks into the pregnancy, that pregnancy was unfortunately over, as I started to bleed and miscarried again.
My doctor was starting to become concerned at this point and she sent me for genetic testing. I had already had genetic testing done before my wedding, and my husband had it done as well, so that road led nowhere. My doctor put me on a low dose fertility drug to boost my body's hormones. She prescribed the vaginal suppositories of progesterone supplements, as well, since I was going on vacation for a few weeks. Upon my return to the States, I found out I was pregnant again.
We began monitoring my progesterone counts immediately. In the first two weeks they were normal, and then they began to drop. I was told to begin with the supplementation via vaginal suppositories, but they did absolutely nothing for my numbers, and they just continued their downward spiral. My doctor decided to switch the method of progesterone supplementation, and prescribed an oral supplementation instead. The name of the medication I was put onto was Prometrium.
This one actually did begin to work its magic on me, and within a few days I felt like a pregnant women in the first trimester should feel. I was nauseous, and exhausted 24 hours a day, and my numbers began to stabilize. A few weeks into it, my numbers were not climbing enough, so the doctor raised the amount, and again when it was necessary, raising it to 200 mg twice a day. I felt awful but continued taking it, knowing it was supporting my pregnancy.
My memory of that first trimester was either being in the bathroom vomiting or sleeping in bed. At 13 weeks, my doctor took me off the meds, and the rest of the pregnancy went smoothly, culminating with the birth of my second child.
A half a year went by, and I was pregnant again. I was wondering if this issue with my progesterone would be at the forefront again, and unfortunately it proved to be that way again. Fast forward seven years, and to date I have been blessed with 5 healthy children, and a 6th on the way. Of those children, 5 of them are my miracle babies, for without those progesterone meds, those pregnancies would have resulted in miscarriage. I am forever grateful to G-D and to my doctor for giving me my dream family, by providing me with the proper form of medication to support my pregnancies. I hope the story I have relayed here, will provide others in the same situation with support and guidance, and most importantly hope, that all is not lost, and dreams can come to life, albeit sometimes in a different manner than we expected. Good luck on your journey to a healthy and full term pregnancy, and may you soon see your miracle progesterone baby in your arms in the right time.