The bloodwork showed that I’m heterozygous for MTHFR, with one copy each of the C677T and A1298C mutations. I also have some problem with Anti-Phosphatidylethenaolmine (say that 10 times fast! GO!) with the issue in my IgG levels (normal result is is 0-10, mine is 34.3. Anything above 20 is elevated). In the Lupus Anticoagulant tests, my Plasminogen Act Inhibitor 1 and Dilute Prothrombin Time are higher than they should be.
What does all this mean? Well, I’m still figuring all that out. Here’s what I’ve got so far: The MTHFR mutations mean that my body can’t hang on to folic acid. The treatment? Take lots of folic acid. The other mutations mean that I’m prone to clotting and that can impede implantation and carrying past week 6 or so (general risks outside of pregnancy are higher rate of heart attacks and thrombosis). The treatment? SHOTS EVERY DAY WHILE PREGNANT. Yep. That’s right. My doc says I need to take Metformin while stimming and also Lovenox once I get to transfer. She said I’d need the Lovenox until at least week 8 of a pregnancy, but that if she were my OB/GYN, she’d continue the shots until Month 8, if not all the way through. I just can’t get away from needles.
That’s all once the IVF stuff starts. I’m also on a cocktail of vitamins and such right now. Here’s my daily medications:
- Aspirin, 81 mg (“baby aspirin”)
- Prenatals with extra Folic Acid (1 mg)
- More Folic Acid
- B-vitamin complex (with B6 and B12)
- DHEA, 50 mg (that’s for low ovarian reserve, not blood clotting)