Wednesday, April 22, 2015

An Unexpecting Blessing | Getting Pregnant After A Tubal

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Pregnancy after tubal


I'm going to share my story about getting pregnant after tubal ligation.  I'm going to start at the beginning because every good story does.  I have 3 children - all boys.  I had my first two in 2000 and 2002.  Getting pregnant was a cinch but the pregnancies themselves were hard. We were advised to wait at least 3 years before trying for another because of having two c-sections and most likely needing a repeat c-section.

In 2008 we were delighted to find out we were expecting!  Unfortunately, that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. We were devastated but knew we wanted one more child to complete our family.  Then in 2009, almost a year to the date,we found out we were pregnant again. Sadly, this baby wasn't meant to be. This time I had a blighted ovum and I had a huge dermoid on my left ovary which my doctor removed. We were heart-broken but still hopeful that God would give us that blessing we longed for.

In 2010, we found ourselves pregnant with out youngest son!  We were thrilled yet cautious. Thankfully this pregnancy was wonderful and the only complication was gestational diabetes.  Finally after trying for a long time we had our precious last child!  After much discussion with our doctor we elected to tie the remaining ovary's tube. (Mostly because of pregnancy complications, to prevent further miscarriages and because I was already 34.)  I remember asking the doctor on the operating table, "This is permanent right?"  His response was, "Nothing is 100%".  How true those words were!  In 2013 my tubal failed the first time.  Not to give too much TMI - but my monthy cycle was super long which made me think maybe I should take a test. It came back positive.  We went to the doctor and had bloodwork and ultrasounds. Unfortunately that pregnancy wasn't healthy, the bleeding was from a  subchrionic hemorrhage. So we found ourselves facing our third miscarriage. The shock of the loss was tough but there was also this news that we could actually still get pregnant and that the tubal wasn't working.


In February 2015, my heart was heavy for just one more child. I decided to really pray about it and low and behold about 2 weeks later we found out we were expecting again. I didn't really have any early signs the truth is I had been testing every month since the last miscarriage just to be sure I if I was or wasn't pregnant. This pregnancy was my dream pregnancy. I did have to go through a bunch of test - because of my tubal and my age- but it was my healthiest and easiest pregnancy. Truly a blessing! In November 2015 we gave birth to our 4th son. We had another csection because of my history and the doctor was able to see exactly what happened. I had grown a new tube, which he called a fistula.  The tube was tiny not like a normal tube which further adds to what a miracle our baby is!




The Verse That Got Me Through:

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. - Proverbs 13:12

God heard my cry and answered my prayer!  I am so thankful that God still hears and answers prayers!  The beginning of the pregnancy was a bit of an emotional roller-coaster because of all the testing I had to have to be sure the pregnancy was viable. I am something of a medical mystery!




Why Share Our Story?


When I found myself expecting after having a tubal... I searched the internet for others like me.  I found a few forums or answer type things but nothing sharing the details.  I wanted to share so that perhaps I could be a blessing to others looking for answers. Of course I'm not a doctor but I can tell you it can happen! If you are pregnant and have a tubal it is important to contact your doctor immediately.  Most of the time these pregnancies do not end up in the womb as ours did.  You will have to be monitored closely.



5 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Proof you can't stop any baby that was meant to be born!!

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  2. Congratulations, what a miracle blessing! I pray you have a smooth rest of your pregnancy.

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  3. Like Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park, "Life...uh...finds a way."

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  4. I want to get pregnant but my tubes are tie for 19yrs now I want to known the easest way

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    1. Typically they say that if it will fail it will be in the first 5 years which mine was.

      We have since found out that my actual tubal didn't exactly fail because I grew a new tube which is how it all happened.

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