An acquaintance of mine was 22 weeks pregnant with her first child through IVF and went into pre-term labor a few days ago and lost her baby. I’m writing about this for awareness and to get the word out.
One thing that really stands out during the birth of my son at 25 weeks was what the on- call OB in the emergency room said to me and my husband as he was asking if there was anything he needed to know about my pregnancy. Now at the time I just looked at my husband and was like I don’t have time to read a novel to this guy so I chose to say, “We conceived through IVF” and the first words out of his mouth were, “Oh, well, women pregnant with a singleton through IVF usually go into pre-term labor”. WTF. At first I was so angry at him for even saying that and basically said well that’s nice but let’s figure out what to do then. Shortly after my son was born and tucked safely into his incubator in NICU , I went to a computer and started doing research on his status being born so early (he unfortunately died 3 days later) and what the Dr. had told me. Sure enough there is was on the MOD (March Of Dimes) website, 7 bullet points down.
Certain medical conditions during pregnancy may increase the likelihood that a woman will have preterm labor. These conditions include:
- Urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, sexually transmitted infections and possibly other infections
- High blood pressure and preeclampsia
- Clotting disorders (thrombophilia)
- Bleeding from the vagina
- Certain birth defects in the baby
- Being pregnant with a single fetus that is the result of in vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Being underweight before pregnancy
- Short time period between pregnancies (less than 6-9 months between birth and the beginning of the next pregnancy)
Again, WTF. My RE who did my IVF never said anything to me about this. My OB who knows my RE and my history never said anything. The NP who was pregnant with her second child through IVF never said anything to me. So again, WTF. How can this be? I printed off the material and tucked it away in my purse for my follow-up visit with the RE. Long story short, I never really got an answer I was satisfied with so obviously I have taken that matter into my own hands for the future.
However, given the fact that I now know another person this happened to, who by the way was not told this could be a problem either, I really wanted to talk about it in the hopes that it can prevent this happening to anyone else.
For me, I plan on being a complete hypochondriac during my next pregnancy (hoping we can get there) and being a regular at the hospital. I’m not taking any chances whatsoever and I’d like to see one Dr challenge me on it. I had this conversation with my acupunturist and her thought was that the Dr’s didn’t want to scare anyone but she had seen this happen many times. Well I don’t know about you but I would much rather have my Dr’s be overly cautious than not cautious enough.
This past year, my husband, family and friends and have been very supportive to us and the March of Dimes . We will be walking this year to honor my son and to raise awareness about premature labor. Please pass on the MOD link to anyone you know who might be at risk.