Progesterone saved my baby

by Trish White
(Roberts Cove, LAQ)

I was 38 years old and 6 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. I was so busy at work that I kept putting off my lab tests my OB had scheduled. I didn't thnk it was a big deal, but now I know better. It's not just blood tests, it's necessities like progesterone levels they check!

I was almost 3 months pregnant when I started spotting and cramping. Several hours later I miscarried. I was devastated, because I had had 2 healthy babies already, but my husband didn't have any children and I wanted to give this to him.

I kept thinking it had to be something I had done, or taken, etc. I didn't think I even wanted to try again, but thankfully my doctor talked me into it. Within a year we were pregnant again and scared to death nearly the entire pregnancy that we would lose him. I got my lab tests done right away this time and discovered I desperately needed progesterone. I was a different person once I had this in me. My husband asked the doctor if I could stay on it after the baby came, but my doctor said my body will begin producing it after a few months on it.

My 4 month old healthy baby boy is alive and an absolute joy and blessing to us. I know it's because of the early findings that I needed progesterone. Now, I'm having trouble again and feel I have to be lacking hormones terribly, maybe even menopausal. It's frustrating, but finding this site has already helped me. I'm going to see how quickly I can get tested for all of my hormone levels, so I can deal with them properly. Thank you!

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May 27, 2010
Progesterone saved my baby
by: Wray

Hi Trish. I'm so happy for you! I wish others knew this, instead of going through recurrent miscarriages until finally they are given progesterone. I wish I'd known about it as I had 5 miscarriages, all due to stress too. It sounds like yours was caused by the same reason, stress drops progesterone levels sharply. It's a great pity the doctor didn't listen to your husband, about you using it after giving birth. Once the placenta comes away progesterone drops sharply, this sends 25% of women into post natal depression, ranging from the 'baby blues' to full blown post natal psychosis. I don't believe you are menopausal, but in the beginning stages of post natal depression. Please see here. I also had it and it lasted about 4 years, I wish I'd known about progesterone then too! Serotonin also drops after birth, partly due to the drop in progesterone, which does help raise serotonin levels.

Although you've given birth you might like to read our web page on
progesterone and pregnancy. I'm concerned you're going to have tests, you will have to wait for the result, all the while feeling as you do. And if I'm not mistaken, they will find all is 'normal' as you are no longer pregnant, and offer you antidepressants, which is standard treatment for PND. I feel you need to start progesterone immediately, and a high amount too. I suggest you start on 200mg/day, you might need more, you'll just have to see how you get on. You might consider tryptophan too, this is the amino acid precursor to serotonin, for more info please see here. The page lists a number of nutrients which will all help. I'm not sure what progesterone you used before, but the cream is the most versatile, I've helped many women have babies just using that. For more info on using it please see here. Take care, Wray

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