Friday, December 14, 2012

Why I am Taking the Risk

2 years after my surgery and I feel stronger than ever.  I am stronger than ever.  I signed up for a walking class at the local college once a week.  I think I did it just to prove to myself how strong I am.  We walked laps outside, 7 laps was somewhere around 1.5 miles.  7 laps meant 7 trips up a horrible hill!  The first day I didn't think I could make it.  I have never really exercised, other than an occasional attempt.  I made it!  I was the last person in, but I believe I was the most determined. At the end of the class, I went from being dead last to somewhere in the middle.  We walked about 2 miles and my time and stamina has improved.  We also did a few classes involving steps and I will say I never want to climb 10 flights of steps so quickly again.  I have pushed myself close to the limit and come out stronger as a result.  I am stronger today than I was before I had my first child.

2 years after my surgery and my heart still tells me my family is incomplete.  I finally did the research and found out that while pregnancy and with mechanical valve is considered a no-no, its not impossible.  In fact it is VERY possible to have a healthy baby.  Research has shown that women on coumadin have higher risks of miscarriage, still births, and medical deformations.  Also pregnant women with mechanical valves have increased risk of clotting and stroke.

This is why I am meeting with the Maternal Fetal Specialist.  There are several different options.  I can replace coumadin with Heparin injections and heparin does not cross the placenta. A recent pilot study has shown that low doses of coumadin may not pose a threat to an unborn child.  The Maternal Fetal Specialist will help determine my risk levels and find a plan that will reduce the risks for me and the baby.  On Heparin the biggest risk I will have is clotting after the baby.  I know its a very serious risk, but I am relying on God to bring me through, just as he did with my surgery.

I have spoken with my husband and he knows the risks but together we are ready for this journey. We are ready to complete our family.  I am hoping one day soon to share our journey with our family.  I pray that they will understand.

My Next step on the TTC journey is meeting with my Cardio and discussing my plans with him.  I do this Monday.  I expect him to be realistic with me explaining the risks, and hope that this will be educational.  I will be taking the information from him and the Maternal Fetal Specialist into consideration before I officially do anything.  I pray that the Lord will continue to lead me as he has done thus far.  I pray that regardless of the path I choose that my Cardiologist will be supportive of my choice and should I take the next step toward a baby that he will be an important member of my medical team.

Psalms 127:3-5

3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

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