I am pregnant. 9 weeks along. So what? Lots of women are pregnant. Well, how many women are pregnant with an IUD in place? Not nearly as many, that's for sure. I am pregnant with IUD.
IUDs are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Here's a little information if you care:
That's the type of IUD I have. I had it since September 2011. One year and 2 months later, it decided not to work anymore. No one is sure how it stopped working or why. Apparently, I am very fertile.
This is the real reason I am starting this blog. Because I want a place where I can tell the story about my little IUD baby, the good or the bad. Also because I am getting next to no support from various popular baby/pregnancy websites and forums. I'm tired of having to shorten my story in hopes of making a friend in a similar situation as mine. It's rare to be pregnant with an IUD, it's even more rare to have to keep the IUD in for the duration of the pregnancy.
The chances of miscarriage is 50/50 in my second trimester. Those are pretty crappy odds considering that is double the chance of a regular pregnancy. I have read a lot of very sad stories about IUD pregnancies on forums all over the internet. I've also read a lot of wonderful stories. I don't know where I will end up, but regardless, I will need a place to get all my feelings out. Hopefully I can help provide information to other women out there who find themselves pregnant with an IUD. Here is what has happened so far.
My AF was late in November (almost 2 weeks overdue). I checked the strings out of paranoia, and there they were. Had my AF, and drank a bottle of wine. A month later, no AF, so I assumed that I was having another late month. I read online that the IUD can cause irregular periods, so I went with it.
2 weeks late was Christmas. I wasn't worried. After all, it was a safe assumption that I was on a longer cycle from the IUD. After New Years, I was still curious why I was now a whole month late. Still, I have an IUD, can't possibly be pregnant. I had been more tired than usual, but that was probably just from the holidays. I was feeling nausea for a few days, but maybe I'm coming down with the flu that is going around. But the day I left a physiotherapy appointment I stopped at the grocery store to pick up some dinner. Nothing sounded appetizing, just chocolate milk. I grabbed a card board pizza, chocolate milk, and a pregnancy test. Because I never crave chocolate milk, and pizza is my favorite food.
Using the pee from the 2 huge glasses of chocolate milk, I tested. Positive. WTH? My hubby told me all about chemical pregnancies. I hoped that what it was. I tested again in the morning. If it's at all possible, it was more positive than the night before. I immediately called my GP who originally put the IUD in. Of course, not a single person was available to help. It was January 4th. Most doctors were still on vacation. The on-call doctor didn't bother to see me. She immediately sent me to the local hospital for an ultrasound. She said seeing her wouldn't change things, it would just drag things on, and we needed to act quickly.
At the hospital, I joked with the ultrasound tech that we should play the lottery. She said not to bother, she sees this more often than she should. Of course she wouldn't tell me any details other than it is very small, and the IUD is there.
That next Monday, my GP called me. She said everything except "I'm sorry." She told me the ultrasound says the IUD is perfectly in place. That the baby is about 6 weeks. Everything is still too small to know exactly where everything is. It's time to see the OBGYN who delivered my two babies. She already booked me for that next Friday, January 11. She didn't have anything else to offer except that she knows she put it in place properly to begin with, that an ultrasound confirmed that. She asked me if I was happy I was pregnant, or if I wanted to consider termination. I want to keep it if I'm lucky not to miscarry.
On the Friday I visited my OBGYN. Here is what he told me, more or less in the same confusing order.
- Congratulations. This is rare, but he's seen it a few times. None of the IUDs he placed, of course.
- 50/50 chance of miscarriage in the second trimester.
- Chance for infection causing sepsis.
- Chance that the IUD breaks the water and causes preterm labour.
- Chance that the pregnancy will miscarry for no discernible reason.
- Very rare chance that the IUD could touch the baby and stick to it, causing birth defects.
- Chance that nothing could happen at all. Women have babies with IUDs left in since the beginning of IUDs. His own wife is an IUD baby, and he has delivered several IUD babies.
- He recommends removing the IUD. The previous ultrasound shows it's in place, so he wants to try. But it's up to me. In light of all of the potential problems.
- If he removes the IUD, then he could take the baby out with it, snagging the sac. But if he doesn't, then I will have a perfectly healthy pregnancy.
- But there is a high possibility of miscarriage, so it's up to me. Do I want to think about it over the weekend? He would need to see me on Monday with my decision.
- If I was 12 weeks along, for example, we would not be having this discussion because it would be safer to leave the IUD in place.
- If I do miscarry, I could always have another baby. And on my own terms.
- The baby is 9 weeks old. It's heart beat is very nice, and it's a very healthy pregnancy.
- The placenta is attached to my uterus already, and it looks healthy.
- The IUD is not in the sac with the baby. The baby is "fluid".
- The IUD is not embedded in my cervix, it's not embedded in my uterus, it's not between the placenta and the uterus, it's not on a funny angle.
- The IUD is flattened between the placenta and the sac.
- My uterus is slightly tilted, which could explain why the strings are not visible. It could also explain why the IUD stopped working.
- If the OBGYN were to find the strings then he will terminate the pregnancy. If he had found them on Friday, he would have terminated the pregnancy then too.