Just when you think you have everything figured out, life shows you that you most certainly know nothing. Ready to go crazy in 3..2..1..
If you read my previous post (found here), you know we’re planning to transfer our remaining two embryos in June. Dr. Fisch wanted to run some more blood work on me to see if there is anything missing. I assured him I’m all good because I had these tests at the beginning of my pregnancy with Savannah. Well, I got the results phone call today and I am less than excited to say the least. Amy (seriously the best nurse ever!) called me to say she emailed a new meds calendar because we have to add Lovenox. My “protein s is low and there is one mutation in the MTFHR panel.” Of course, one more thing to deal with! She said the doctor would go into much more detail when I met with him at my baseline but who hears test results and doesn’t do an extensive Google search?! Definitely not this control freak.
First up, low protein s. Basically protein s is a natural blood thinner in your body and I have low levels of it that could cause some serious problems after giving birth. It occurs in about 1 in every 500 people and can be pretty dangerous because some clots can be life threatening. This won’t inhibit my likelihood of getting pregnant but is definitely something important to know about myself because it likely won’t go away after the baby. I’m stuck with it for life but hey, there are worse things. To read more about it check out this link: Deficiencies of Natural Anticoagulants. This article says low protein s can come from your genetics but also from certain life circumstances, like taking estrogen.
Next is this crazy MTFHR thing. Basically this mutation means that my body can’t process folic acid so it’s left to build up inside my body. (Folic acid is what is produced in a lab and folate is what occurs naturally in food.) Because of this mutation I’ll have to take a prenatal that contains folate instead of folic acid if I become pregnant. I’ll also have to change my diet to exclude folic acid as much as possible. Thankfully I only have one mutation and not both, which can lead to some scary health concerns. The mild version that I have is extremely common and is found in 1 of every 2 people. To read more about it check out this link: MTHFR Deficiency. I won’t know more specifics on my particular mutation until seeing Dr. Fisch but for now Amy ordered my Lovenox for me.
There are some Las Vegas fertility doctors that knowingly prescribe medications that cross the placenta and it totally blows my mind. Knowing this I of course had to do a quick Google search and happily found Lovenox to be safe while pregnant. I’m pretty excited about transferring two and can’t wait for our transfer day!
Baby dust to all xo