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05 October 2012 @ 11:07 pm

So I found out I was pregnant last week. I'm excited but really scared. I've had only 2 pregnancies and two losses. My doctor put me on a blood thinner, lovenox. It's a daily injection I need to give to myself. Was just wondering if anyone had any experience with it? I'm just a little nervous. Thanks in advance.

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Emily: simonemily25069 on October 7th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
In my profile pic, you will see my blood thinner baby..:)

My doctor prescribed lovenox, but my insurace would not pay for it and it was far too expensive for us. So, I went on something cheaper-I cannot remember the name. I had to give myself shots twice a day (12 hours apart) and I believe lovonox is only once a day.

Why does your doc think you need it? Is it just a precaution? In my case, I had some antinuclear antibodies and they gave me the blood thinner as a precaution. Halfway through my pregnancy, it was proved that the antibodies don't really cause miscarriages (I had 2) but they kept me on it for my peace of mind. I also took a baby aspirin.
niki28: pic#102804116niki28 on October 8th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
I would seriously do a little research about those antibodies. There is plenty of evidence backing up miscarriage and APS. I know I won't spell it right but there is a great APS forum online that has great articles. Antiphosfilipid antibody syndrome is very real!
niki28: pic#102804116niki28 on October 8th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
I did twice a day lovenox injections for my last two pregnancies after two previous losses. To start, I found that doing the injections in my hip/butt region hurt and bruised MUCH less than in my stomach fat. Besides, after a few months you won't be able to grab any tummy fat. Iceing after the shot helps with the stinging pain and don't rub the site because it will bruise worse. After a few months it will be more of a nuisance than anything. I would advise to take calcium supplements as it either depletes calcium or inhibits calcium absorbtion. I can't remember which. Oh and one for thing. Most likely your OB will schedule an induction when the time gets closer. This is so you can be off the lovenox for a long enough time before delivery. I went into labor both times on my own but had no bleeding due to the lovenox. Let me know if you have any specific questions! Good luck