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    Default Can I have your opinions please?

    So I've just got back from my first appointment with the doctor at the antenatal clinic and I'm after some thoughts on this one:

    9 years ago, I have DVT. I had a battery of blood tests and saw a specialist and they were unable to work out why it happened (I hadn't had surgery, flown etc).

    When I had DD 5 yrs ago, they gave me blood thinning injections for the 4 days I was in hospital and that was the end of that. When DS was born, nothing was done.

    Fast forward to this morning. I get to the appointment, do all the usual baby checks, everythings fine. Then she starts banging on about "why did I get DVT, what was the specialists name and was anything done differently when I had the children?" She ended up ringing the specialists office who said they didn't have the records as it was 9 YEARS AGO!! So she's sent me off to have all the blood tests again. I asked her why we were bothering when I've already had all this done years ago and nothing came of it and I've never had any issues since. Her answer was "Just to be sure". Also, shes talking about getting me back on blood thinning meds now and 6 weeks of Clexane injections after the birth.

    I'm really annoyed and I would like opinions. It was 9 years ago...I don't see the need for all this!! I'd really like to move on from that chapter of my life. So, am I being a hormonal pregnant woman or does it seem completely over the top to you too??

    Thanks for reading if you got this far.

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    Sorry to hear your having to go through all these frustrations. DVT does that signify clotting issues? I am wondering if they are going through all this because if you do have a clotting issue it could lead to a still birth later in the pregnancy if you get a clot in the placenta. I know its frustrating but if its for that reason I would go through with the tests just to be on the safe side. You would kick yourself if something happened to bub that could be prevented.

    Big hugs I hope it all works out without too many more frustrations for you.

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    Thank u. Yeah, I had a blood clot in my leg. The issue I have is that I've already had all these tests and nothing was found to be wrong. Even the haemotologist said it was just one of those things. so I don't see the need to drag it all up again and pump me full of drugs again.

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    maybe you dont need them - in which case the tests will confirm you dont and you can go back to not worrying.

    If you dont get the tests and it turns out for some reason that you DO need it -.. i.e If you're ACA or ANA positive or have antiphospholipid syndrome etc - then you will likely need clexane injections to sustain a viable pregnancy. If you're not, then you wont. Without having tests - you wont know. People are not always positive for these antibodies etc - they can develop at any time. Just because nothing showed up 9 years ago, doesnt mean something wont now.

    I'll give you an example from DW's pregnancy which i think is valid. DW had 2 miscarriages. Before conception this time, she ends up getting tests for ACA, ANA and whatever else. ACA comes back positive with a level of 5 (i dont know what the units of measurement are). 5 is the start what they consider "positive" and the doctor said its so borderline its not that meaningful a result. DW has had clexane injections from the day she found out she was pregnant this time and has - so far - sustained the pregnancy. Clexane is the only thing we've done differently this time and the doctor wasnt even sure that she even needed it.

    Last time you had tests was 9 years ago. 9 years ago is a long time. Who knows what your body is doing now?? Wouldnt you rather take every necessary precaution to have a successful pregnancy? And besides - if you're so sure the tests will come back negative -- Just relax, get the tests and tell the doctor "i told you so" iwhen you get the results. It will make you feel better. They cant ethically give you medication if there is no proof (i.e positive tests) by which they can diagnose a need for the medication.

    p.s i know how difficult it is to have injections daily. I have to give them to DW every evening and it is never a pleasant event for either of us - but if you need them (and only tests will let you know that) then you need to take them.
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    she sounds really thorough i actually like her already!!

    i ended up with blood clots in my lung & ovarian vein less than a week after my 4th baby. completely out of the blue! they didnt even realize what it was till 5days in hospital of me barely being able to breathe and with a partially collapsed lung! as they kept feeling my legs but i had no pain there.. so it had to have been pregnancy related.

    anyway i have been told if i was to have another baby i would be on thinners throughout the pregnancy no ifs no buts.

    if its just a blood test she's wanting, go for it!

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    Thank you everyone.

    So in other words, I am a hormonal pregnant lady!! Thought that might be the case. I suspect the poor woman was stuffed before she started because I'm already on the defense because the midwife at the last appointment told me I'm not "allowed" to have a VBA2C and frankly, you know when you just meet someone and instantly don't like them? Well, that. Just feeling a bit like this isn't my pregnancy at all but their "procedure" IYKWIM.

    Thanks again guys.

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    I would definitely get the tests done.

    I developed a DVT at 30weeks and after having all the blood tests done they could only put it down to my specific hormone levels whilst pregnant and restricted blood flow due to bubs position. I needed to take clexane twice a day for the remainder of my pregnancy and then had 6 months of warfarin following the birth. I have been told that I will need to do the same thing for any further pregnancies just in case it happens again.

    Hope all goes well

    BreadRoll best of luck to you and your DW


 

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