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First of all I want to thank you so much for the overwhelming amount of love when we shared such vulnerable news this week. It was such a reminder for me that even when it feels really scary to hit “publish”, its so beautiful to invite people in on the journey.
I felt so lifted up and loved and cried reading through each person’s story and words in the comments on instagram and Facebook. I really wanted to share some of the medical side of this in case it could help even just one person. I am not a doctor or trained in this in any way, just simply sharing our experience and what we have learned along the way.
After our third miscarriage we decided to pursue testing and answers. It felt like the right thing to do to take a step back and seek out what was going on. We first got back our tests from our D&C and were able to see that our baby boy had nothing wrong with him, there were no problems so that narrowed it down a bit. The next step was a full panel of bloodwork through my OB. I got the call a few weeks later and she said that the testing showed I couldn’t metabolize Folic Acid. Well a lightbulb went off in my mind.
Let me backtrack a bit. I never in a million years ever ever ever thought I would have been led down the path that I have been but I can say I am 100%%% sure that God was in it every step. After my second miscarriage I was desperate for something to help support my anxiety and my hormones after that second loss. I remember as clear as day being at 4th of July with my sweet family watching fireworks knowing in my heart something was off. I text my dearest friend and she led me down the path of oils. Well in my oils group I was being exposed to all kinds of things I had never in my life heard of before, so the researching and life changing began.
I remembered when she said that about the Folic Acid reading in one of those groups about MTHFR- so I went back and started researching. I reached out to my other sweet friend Courtney who I trust so very dearly and she led me to a Holistic doc in Dallas. I met with him and not only did my OB fax over my full panel of bloodwork results but he was willing to do Genetic Testing to take the answers a bit further.
( I hadn’t planned on sharing his info but he does do phone consultations and has links on his site to the Genetic tests so here is his link).
I found out through the Genetic testing that I have a double strand of the MTHFR A1298C mutation.
It turns out MTHFR is a real stink!
There are various strands- the MTHFR A1298C and the MTHFR C677t mutation. Some people have one strand of one, some people have a double strand of one ( like me), some have one of each…the list goes on.
Here are two great articles I have saved on MTHFR:
Turns out it leads to all kinds of problems….miscarriage being one of them. And unfortunately a lot of doctors don’t test for it.
I have been sooooo so forever grateful to my sweet OB and this Holistic doc for working so hard to help me seek out these answers.
So we decided to take a year to focus on this. I started on Folate and Methyfolate through my Holistic doc/chiro. We trashed all the toxins in our home, we changed the way we ate, we literally transformed our life.
Then once I got the positive pregnancy test, not only did I stay on the methyfolate and the folate but was given a special prenatal through my holistic doc (again with folate) in it, I was also put on baby aspirin and progesterone.
I also will meet with a hematologist next week to take a look at everything. A lot of people with a double strand are placed on Lovenox but because 1. my strand was not the C677t and 2. paired with the fact that I have a history of early deliveries and C-sections we believed the right decision for me personally would be to try this “cocktail”. We will see the hematologist next week to make sure he too agrees moving forward.
Another interesting piece to this puzzle was that our second loss had tiny pockets around its lungs in the very first sonogram. Looking backwards through my researching this in many ways pointed to a Folate deficiency which would make sense with my diagnosis.
Anyways, there are still risks. We are still timid yet hopeful knowing so much more walking in this time around and feel so well taken care of by such precious doctors.
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I am Casey Leigh. I love to share my life through this little blog. When you stop by you can expect pieces of my perspective on life, faith, kids, marriage, loss... with touches of art, creative inspiration, fashion, projects & things I love along the way. My gift to you, our story...