A Journey of Clexane Injections

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Clexane, also known as Lovenox and Xaparin, is made of Enoxaparin Sodium.  It is an anticoagulant used to treat blood clots, blood disorders, thrombosis and to treat Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (Hughes Syndrome).  Blood clots are a common cause of pregnancy loss.

Clexane is a daily injection used to break down blood clots as they form in the blood.  After finding out I was pregnant again, I was so eager to get those injections into my belly that I never considered it might actually be suck!

The First Needle 

The first clexane injection always goes well.  Of course it does!  It’s administered by either a nurse, your GP or a very diligent partner who is being overlooked by a medical professional.  Mine was done by a nurse, and I barely felt a thing.  I didn’t even feel the needle.  I walked away feeling pretty damn good about myself.  

10 minutes later the heat started to rise under my skin, and I felt a burning in the muscle, like a bee sting.  It hurt!  It hurt a lot, deep under the skin, like poison.  (I’ve started calling this the ‘After Burn’).

I found it hard to explain the feeling, because while it was hurting a lot, I was fine at the same time. Continue reading

The First Trimester of an ITP Pregnancy

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We are having an ITP baby!  I am currently 15 weeks.

The first trimester was pretty full on and things are only now starting to feel normal again.  It has been an insanely busy, stressful and at the same time slow 3 months.  We have already seen the baby three times on the ultrasounds.

I am still nervous just writing it down.  Everytime we go into the doctors, there is a little hesitation, doctors always cautioned us about the risks, to not get too carried away.  They smile, but they are always clear that this will be a long pregnancy and to not burn up all our energy in the first few weeks.  We will need a long game with this one.

Here’s a run down on what our first trimester with an ITP pregnancy looked like.

APS pregnancy, Hughes Syndrome Pregnancy, ITP Pregnancy, gestational thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenia during pregnancy, breastfeeding with ITP, birth with ITP, ITP birth plan, low platelet pregnancyDoctors – We went to the doctor as soon as we found out we might be pregnant, which was 3 weeks.  It was as early as possible.  Our doctor was surprised the home pregnancy test even came back positive. 

Home pregnancy tests are getting more and more accurate, but they are not all the same.  On the back of the test, you can read how accurate they are.  Some of the tests are able to give you a positive three weeks earlier than others.  Don’t believe anyone who tells you they are all the same.   Continue reading