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Debbie and Melissa
Pregnancy After Loss and Infertility, C-Section Birth

Melissa at 6 monthsWhen I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a mother.

When I was 23 years old, I had to have my left ovary removed because of a very large cyst. I was told that I could still have babies with only one ovary.

I married a wonderful man in 1989. We waited a little over a year before trying to have our family. When we got pregnant the first month we tried (2/91), we were so excited! Unfortunately, things were not going well, and we suffered a tubal ectopic pregnancy. I had to have abdominal surgery; my tube was saved. Our doctor told us that we now had a 25% increase of having a subsequent ectopic pregnancy. We were scared, but we didn't want to give up.

We started trying again a few months later and got pregnant on our second month of trying (7/91). We were scared but excited. Unfortunately, it was ectopic again, but this time it was in my cervix. Abdominal surgery again, but everything looked good, and I recovered well.

We then tried for another whole year and nothing happened. We were so discouraged because obviously I had previously gotten pregnant fairly easily. We then went to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist. Both my husband and I had several tests. I also had a laparoscopy to remove severe abdominal adhesions and to repair a uterine septum which was discovered during a hysterosalpingogram. After my laparoscopy, we waited three more months and started trying again. We tried for three months, and we were still not pregnant. Our infertility specialist then decided it was time to move on to hormone medication and artificial insemination. We did our first cycle of Clomid with intrauterine insemination in November 1993. We were surprised again; we got pregnant on our first insemination only to find out a week later that we were suffering a miscarriage. We were devastated, but at the same time, we were relieved that it was not another ectopic pregnancy. We tried a few more cycles of Clomid with intrauterine insemination, and my body decided to become resistant to the Clomid. I was no longer even ovulating.

We then moved on to Pergonal (daily injections) with intrauterine insemination. We did a few cycles and nothing happened. We then moved on to Metrodin (daily injections) with intrauterine insemination. On our very first cycle, we became pregnant. My pregnancy progressed well other than some minor bleeding on and off in my first trimester. I was so happy that I was among the pregnant after so many years of trying. Suddenly, for no reason at all, our baby died in-utero at 26.5 weeks ~ July 27, 1995. Our world was coming to an end . . . our precious baby boy had died.

We couldn't smile again for a very long time, but we eventually learned to move on (Adam, we love and miss you so much!). Although the thought of losing another baby was so overwhelmingly scary to us, we decided to try one more time (a little over a year later). Our infertility specialist decided to go with the same technique we used last time (Metrodin with intrauterine insemination). We got pregnant on our first cycle once again (September 1996). My pregnancy did not start out very promising. It really looked as though I was going to have another miscarriage. My HCG level was only a 7 on day 30 of my cycle, and my progesterone was only 6.1. I went on progesterone injections immediately for the next three months, and my progesterone went up to 22. My HCG levels started rising nicely, and when I was 7 weeks, we saw our little tadpole and the heartbeat. I did have some bleeding on and off for a few weeks, but everything else progressed very smoothly. We were still scared through out my entire pregnancy, but once we found out we were having a little girl at 25 weeks, we knew that God was going to bless us with a healthy baby.

Because this story ended up to be so long, I will not get into my actual birth story. Melissa Cady was born via c-section on June 4, 1997 at 2:58 a.m., four days before her due date. She was beautiful and healthy. I can't even explain how wonderful it is to have her here with me. She is our little miracle, and I want to squeeze her soooo tight!

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