Hi all. I'm very sorry for everyone's losses and I'm ready to join in. I was active on the place-that-shall-not-be-named for a few years and recognize many of you from Au15. My EDD was 8/13/15 but we discovered the baby stopped growing around 8 weeks. I had a D&E on 1/12/15 and just went in for my follow-up today. The doc said the labwork confirmed it was a partial molar pregnancy and is sending me to the lab to check my levels. He did not seem concerned at all but everything I'm reading about it is relatively terrifying. I was just starting to come to grips with the whole situation and this is really bringing everything back up. I don't think we'll TTC again for quite a while so I'll be hanging around here if you'll have me.
Post by octoberstars on Feb 3, 2015 15:42:22 GMT -5
I'm so sorry for your loss. I have no experience with it but I would be freaked out about the molar thing too. I'm glad your doctor doesn't seem concerned. Feel free to move in over to the ttc after loss forum when you're ready. Conversations over there are more focused on life after loss than specifically trying to conceive. There are plenty of ladies over there taking a break from ttc.
Married 01-04-2013 *AMA* 40 in June 2015 **1-19-15 Childless, not by choice" 1st EDD- 12-02-13 MC 5/1/13 @4w6d 2nd EDD 11-13-14 MC 4/15/14: discovered 1st twin @5w 2nd twin @10w 3Rd BFP- 10-10-14 EDD 6/16/15: MC 10-16-14 @5w2d
Post by sunshineshades on Feb 5, 2015 14:58:56 GMT -5
I'm so sorry for your loss. I agree with PPs even though you aren't ttc for a while there are many women over on CAL who are also abstaining and some have experienced partial or total molar pregnancies. littleducky may be a good person to lookout for as she just recently experienced this as well.
Post by littleducky on Feb 5, 2015 15:07:21 GMT -5
I am so sorry for your loss. Like sunshineshades said,I also recently had a partial molar. It sucks, it's scary, and it means you end up benched for a while. The standard protocol is weekly blood draws until hCG gets to zero, and then monthly draws thereafter for between three and six months.
The reason they have to follow your betas so closely is because, in rare cases, the molar cells can grow back, and in even rarer cases, the molar cells can become cancerous and grow into other parts of the body. Even if this happens (which is SUPER rare, especially with a partial mole), it is very treatable. The problem is that the only way to know whether the cells are growing back is to track hCG levels, since molar cells produce hCG. If you were to get pregnant, there would be no way to tell whether hCG is going up due to pregnancy or due to molar cells. Thus, the shittiness of a long time spent on the bench. My D&C was on 12/23 and I've had five weekly draws now and we are still tracking my levels and hoping they eventually go down to zero.
Fingers crossed that your levels drop quickly and that you get to zero soon. I am so sorry you are dealing with this.
ETA: There are a lot of ladies over on CAL who are TTA for one reason or another. That's where I mostly hang out. Feel free to come over and join us!
I called the office today because I couldn't wait any longer, and betas were down to 3! He doesn't think I need to have blood drawn again to follow to 0 because they fell quickly. Signs of AF returning tomorrow. I'm relieved, but of course it's bittersweet.
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