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Author Topic: Positive Pregnancy Planning - Do's & Don'ts?  (Read 4814 times)

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Offline engineergirl

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Positive Pregnancy Planning - Do's & Don'ts?
« on: June 02, 2011, 10:08:51 AM »
My partner and I have made the decision to have a child.  ;D  Some of you know meÖ Iím the positive partner in this magnetic relationship.  I will be the one to carry the child, (the first child anyway... what if I have twins!?  :o).  I have read through a few posts regarding pregnancy and healthy children born to positive parents.  Iím excited for this venture.  Yesterday I had my blood drawn for my next appointment, this is the plan we've madeÖ

Look into Supplemental Health Insurance (CHECK my partnerís new employer offers Partner Benefits).
Schedule appointment with gynecologist for pre-pregnancy exam (CHECK - July 29th).
Blood Work (Cd4, Viral Load & Thyroid Level) (COMPLETE 6/1/2011).
Schedule appointment w/ ID Doctor for pre-pregnancy consultation (CHECK - June 6th).
Schedule appointment w/ High Risk pregnancy center for pre-pregnancy consultation (CHECK - July 29th).
Schedule appointment w/ Lawyer for legal direction (NOT DONE).
Print tentative ovulation calendar for donor & partner (IN PROCESS - WILL DO TODAY!).
Schedule tentative artificial insemination (CHECK - September).

Iím interested in hearing the doís and donítsÖ  Meds that I can talk to my doctor about, vitamins, types of support, etc. 

Currently I am taking Truvada & Isentress (Iíve researched that they are not good to take while pregnant), so Iím looking at a medication change and a bit apprehensive about itÖ  But obviously, thatís up to my doctor. 

Anticipating your responseÖ

I also keep a blog journaling the journey... if you're interested.  Thanks!
amanda j.
Currently 28 weeks pregnant with a little boy...

Offline Snowangel

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Re: Positive Pregnancy Planning - Do's & Don'ts?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2011, 10:33:51 AM »
Hi Amanda!

I have had 2 pregnancies and 4 kids since becoming poz in 94.  I honestly, can not remember what meds I was on for both pregnancies. I was lucky enough to have a Women and Infant Transmissions study going on in the city I was living in and felt confident in the docs recommendations.
I do remember that I just took the prenatal vitamin that they prescribed for everyone.
Eat well.
Get lots of rest.
Try not to worry and stress yourself out.
Good luck, I hope everything goes smoothly for you and your partner. ;D
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important

The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge..

One thing you can give and still keep...is your word.

One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.

Offline Sweet_C

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Re: Positive Pregnancy Planning - Do's & Don'ts?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2011, 06:53:39 PM »
Congrats on starting your baby making journey!   :)

I took Combivir, Reyataz and Norvir because my doc said that these drugs had been around a long time and were pretty much guaranteed as safe.  I also had been on Isentress and Truvada.  My doc also gave me the option of staying on those and thought that these drugs are  *probably* safe, but there is so little data on them to really make any guarantees.  If you want to switch, you might want to do it before you get pregnant just to be sure that the drugs agree with you.

Once you're undetectable and have your medication in place, everything else is just the same as any other pregnancy except you'll be given AZT during labor and the baby will get it shortly after birth.  You might have to keep reminding your ob/gyns of that from time to time.  Good luck.
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Offline engineergirl

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Re: Positive Pregnancy Planning - Do's & Don'ts?
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2011, 09:03:15 AM »
I had my appointment and everything went well.. my Cd4 count was 764 and my VL was undetectable. 

I'm not changing meds yet, but the plan will be about two weeks before starting the pregnancy process, I will switch to Combivir & Kaletra.  Once the pregnancy is over I will switch back to Truvada & Issentress.

Have a prescription for pre-natal vitamins.... here we go.  :)
amanda j.
Currently 28 weeks pregnant with a little boy...

Offline engineergirl

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Re: Positive Pregnancy Planning - Do's & Don'ts?
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 05:30:39 PM »
Alright my forum friends... GO VOTE!  This is fun... Let's see what we can do.


Have a great week...

amanda j.
Currently 28 weeks pregnant with a little boy...


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