My reproductive health journey has been quite a challenge both physically and emotionally. My husband and I first started to try to get pregnant when I was 36 years old and he was 37. We got pregnant right away (first try) but had a miscarriage at 5-6 weeks. We got pregnant again 2 months later and had our daughter who is now 4 years old. During that pregnancy, I felt physically good but we were told at 18 weeks that she was quite small for her gestational age. We were told that the chances were very slim that she would make it and if she did, she would be born by 25 weeks and that the chances of complications from premature birth at that point were high. We still opted to stick it through with the pregnancy, I was followed closely, took viagra during the pregnancy and at 31 weeks she was born, just short of 2 lbs. Still, she was able to breathe on her own and all she really needed was to gain weight. Today she is a lovely, normal, blossoming 4 year old child. When our daughter turned 1 1/2, we started to try again. My doctor from the MFM clinic told me to take baby aspirin as soon as I found out that I was pregnant so I have been doing that for most of the pregnancies. As I have mentioned, I have had 7 miscarriages since my daughters birth. Most of the miscarriages were natural, without help, except one D&C and 2 with the help of misoprostol. I sent in some tissue for a couple of the miscarriages and the result were that one the embryos had 45 x and the other was normal (genetically speaking).
It would be my dream to have a normal, healthy pregnancy but of course I understand that even though I found that it was bad bedside manners for Dr. X to tell me bluntly that I just have old eggs, that is the reality. However, if there is something that I could do to have a healthy pregnancy before it really is too late, then I would like to know and try.
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