Hope for Pregnancy After C-Section: New Procedure May Help Secondary Infertility

Hope for Pregnancy After C-Section: New Procedure May Help Secondary Infertility

Today 's blog post is written by Michelle, a patient who was unable to get pregnant after having two c-sections and was diagnosed with an isthmocele. She traveled all the way from Houston to undergo an isthmocele repair procedure.  I was married in March of 2012 when I was 36 and my husband was 35.  It was the first marriage for both of us and we did not want to waste any time starting a family. We were so excited to start our journey together and were blessed to be pregnant four months after our wedding.  I took my first pregnancy test August 10, 2012, my 37th birthday, and it was positive!  We both were elated.  My dream to be a mom was actually happening. At first, all was going very well but by month 4 I was having extreme swelling.  My doctor kept a close watch on me, but it seemed if there was anything gestational I got it!  The worst was the gestational diabetes. At my 32-week checkup my blood pressure was through the roof and at one point reached 190/115.  I was immediately put in the hospital and diagnosed with preeclampsia.  On my fourth day in the hospital, it appeared things were under control, until I took an extreme turn for the worse. I developed HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening liver disorder and a type of severe preeclampsia. It is characterized by Hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells), Elevated Liver enzymes (which indicate liver damage), and Low Platelet count. My liver and kidneys immediately started to shut down, so I was prepped for an emergency c- section. At the time of delivery, it was discovered I had a mild case of placenta accreta. Thankfully, my son was born very healthy considering coming so early.  He was perfect, and I finally felt complete. I had dreamed of being a mommy all of my life. Despite my complications, I knew without a doubt that I wanted more children.  So, when my son was 8 months old we tried again.  I got pregnant the first time we tried! I delivered my second son at 39 years old and had a great pregnancy with no complications.  However, I had another C-section at 37 weeks and the doctor noted that my uterus was paper thin.  He mentioned for baby #3 he would most likely deliver me at 36 weeks due to a thin uterus.  Needless to say, we had our hands full with two beautiful boys that were just 18 months apart, so we knew we needed to wait a bit before trying. After my second son was born, I noticed a difference in my cycles.  They were very light and some months I didn' t even have a period.  I know that may not be uncommon for some women, but for me Continue reading