I’m really disappointed in myself for not posting as much as I should have throughout this pregnancy… but it’s been a pretty tough few months and things have been manic.
So where was I? Leading on from my last post….
Getting back to London was a huge relief but also very stressful at the same time. I had to give up one of my jobs in order to take things easy. I’d run out of bromocriptine on holiday because of the few days we were stayed over so had to re-introduce it into my system which left me feeling queasy most evenings. I felt a bit down and sorry for myself (and worried because my income was cut in half) but elated because our child was safe – and I was willing to do anything to keep it that way!
Eventually, after much R&R (and being almost bed bound) my placenta raised which was fantastic news!! But over the course of being pregnant my headaches have taken a turn for the worse. As the Prolactin Gland produces a lot more prolactin throughout pregnancy my doctor advised he won’t be doing any blood tests until after the baby is born. I just have to keep taking bromocriptine and hoping for the best. One of the downsides, I won’t be able to breastfeed. Although part of me is quite happy about that too! I promised myself that because I’m on medication throughout pregnancy I won’t be taking anything else (painkillers/antibiotics etc). I just don’t want our child to have a concotion of drugs inside of her before she’s born!
Which leads me to the next part of my pregnancy… I’ve always suffered with anaemia. And since being pregnant meat is something that I’ve been unable to tolerate. I’ve been put on iron tablets (as well as Vitamin D and Zinc) but surprisingly they’re not helping me much either. My energy is at an all time low and I’ve never been so lethargic. And now that I’m in my third trimester morning sickness has struck me down again with a vengeance!! My Obstetrician is worried about how my recovery will go after birth. I’m nervous because my Endocrinologist is very eager to get me straight into an MRI scanner within 7 days of the baby being born. Eeep!! The good news is though, that baby is still doing fantastically well – she’s stronger than ever and I’ll be meeting her in a few weeks time! Roll on October.
I know I know, it’s been forever since I updated this blog… mainly because I’m kinda superstitious and didn’t want to jinx anything…. but GUESS WHAT?! I’m almost 4 months pregnant!!
We shared the news with our friends and family who were overjoyed for us!! And then a couple of days later… headed to the States for a 2 week trip!
This baby has sure given us our scares over the last 15 weeks though!
At 6 weeks I started bleeding and was rushed straight to my OBS who discovered I had a miscarriage line – we were so worried we were going to lose our bean! A few weeks later this miscarriage line disappeared and I cannot describe how relieved we were!
At 14 weeks, on the day we were due to fly home from the States all hell broke lose – I started bleeding (more than I had at 6 weeks) and it didn’t seem to stop. DH called the hotel doctor before checkout and he rushed over. I was told to lie still on my back for 24 hours straight! The doctor was worried that my placenta had a tear in it and that I was miscarrying. He said lying still was the only way I could save the baby! Those 24 hours were the longest of my entire life… questioning whether the baby would be ok… and what would I do if it wasn’t. Was my body failing my child?! The blood did turned into old blood *phewww* and the following morning we went to ER to have some scans and a check up!
I cannot praise the doctors in the States (or their hospitals) enough! They were super clean and we were so well looked after. I had both internal and external examinations and whilst they found blood they said it was not due to miscarriage. It was due to something called Placenta Previa. This is where your placenta covers your cervix and later on in pregnancy, if it doesn’t move, can block the birth canal to the baby. I was told that I would be safe to travel home (back to the UK) on the condition that I didn’t do any walking, exercise, sex and took things very easy – spending most of my time lying down. We were advised to upgrade to first class so I could lie down on the plane. Naturally, the phone call to Virgin Airlines went as well as expected (insert major sarcasm) – they weren’t phased, didn’t care and didn’t even want to listen to what we had to say. They took great pleasure in charging both DH and I over £2,000.00 just for the upgrade!! Whilst we were treated like Kings on the plane, we have been left somewhat out of pocket! Thank you Virgin for being su understanding! HA… and you should see what my case looks like… it’s as if it were stabbed!!
I’ve since seen my UK doctors and read more about my condition. As it’s come on so early in Pregnancy there is hope that as the baby grows my placenta will rise. We will find out when I have my 20 week scan. In the mean time I’ve been advsied to rest and listen to my body. I’ve cut down on work for the next few weeks and will be cutting my hours when I’m ready to return. Until then we’ll be praying and crossing our fingers that things will change otherwise we’ll be meeting baby 6 weeks early.
As stated in my last post, I’ve been ovulating which is great news. I was ecstatic when I got a big smiley face on my little Ovulation tester kit last week so of course we DTD!
But these next two weeks are going to feel like an eternity. The question am I or am I not pregnant keep going around in my head! I had cramps last week so I thought it could be related but those have started to die down. Because I’m increading my meds the nauseous side effect feeling has come back with a vengeance which also made me think twice this morning. It’s funny, I’ve never spoken about this sort of thing so openly. I’m scared, nervous and excited all at the same time. I really hope that this is our month… I know things don’t come easy… but I’m praying!
First lot of test results are in… So far the doctor is very pleased with my prolactin levels. To be fair, so am I. I’m still going to be on bromocriptine but time to double the dose. I’ll be doing it in stages over the weekend. I don’t think I’m ready for these side affects all over again but hey ho there’s not much I can do about it now. Next step is to try and get pregnant. The good news is, I’m ovulating! I’ve always heard how difficult it is for people with Pituitary problems to get pregnant… but today I’m feeling kind of positive!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I know it’s a little late but better late than never. It’s been a weird start to the year actually and the things that are going on around me are teaching me to be thankful for everything I have. Life is so short. Don’t take it for granted.
Now… what’s new with this site… a very talented person I know is designing me the logo for this site, in fact she sent me 10 different versions and I’ve just got to narrow it down. I’m very excited and you’ll see her wonderful work soon.
News with me with the troll – so I’ve had blood tests already this year and I get my results in a couple weeks time… fingers crossed for good news. I’ll keep you posted. My period hasn’t started yet but it’s due so I’m a little nervous. Fingers and toes crossed.
So, I got my results this morning and all is good…. My prolactin levels have more than halved in two weeks so the bromocriptine is clearly working wonders for me right now… The doc is really pleased with my progress which means that Project Baby can officially resume!! Wahoo Cross your fingers and your toes… this ride might be a bumpy one but something to look forward to! I’ve got my next check up in January so who knows what could happen by then. In the mean time, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year! I’ll see you on the flip side!
My polls are going up and I’m starting to wonder who has been visiting my page and what your story is. Do you have Pituitary problems or do you know anyone who does?
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Just a wee little update, I had my blood tests earlier today – so choon in on Thursday and I’ll let you know the results….
I’m not sure if you’ve read my story so far but in summary – I’ve had a Prolactinoma since I was 12 years old. I’ve been on all sorts of drugs for it, as well as having surgery on it. From my operation until now I was clear of any medication. That was up until last week.
I got married to my husband back in 2011 and we’re thinking about having children. I stopped taking the pill in the summer months and have only had one period since. That was in September. So I got a little worried, but brushed it off by saying it was down to stress. Since my op my headaches have been much better but I still get them frequently. However this past month or so they’ve been horrible. Probably back to pre-operation full blast headaches. So, my frustrations grew and went for blood tests. It turns out my Prolactin levels have more than doubled since I saw him last (in September), and right now, I cannot conceive because of it.
So now I’m back on Bromocriptine – a medication that didn’t agree with me when I was much younger. To say I’m pretty down about it is an understatement but if it’s helps my husband and I create our own miracle then I’ll be happy. The Bromocriptine will help descrease the amount of Prolactin being created and should bring my periods back. I’ve been on this medicine a week today and I can’t say the side affects differ from the last time I was on it. Most things that I’ve been eating make me feel nauceous. I’m often dizzy and get really tingly fingers. I’m tired and feel yucky. And I’m totally off food, in fact my appetite has pretty much disappeared. I’m kinda trying to force food down me but I’m just not so interested in it. (But I could just be one of those suckers who feels all sorts of side effects!!). Just because I feel like this, doesn’t mean that you will Alongside the Bromocriptine I’ve been taking Folic Acid. I’m back in for blood tests next week so we’ll see if there’s any sign of improvement for results then.