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1st_Time_Mom79 posted:
Hi everyone. I'm new to this board. I am 15 weeks and my OB is referring me to a high-risk specialist (HRS) because I have a heart-shaped uterus. She didn't make is sound too bad...just something for them to keep an eye on. Has anyone else had this? My OB's nurse is supposed to be making me an appointment with the HRS but I haven't heard from her yet as to when. Can anyone tell me what I might expect at my visit with the high risk specialist?
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princessbootzz responded:
Hi there!

It sounds like you have bicornuate uterus, which is what I have.

Don't look at my signature line and have it scare you - We went through A LOT with my pregnancy. However, almost all of the problems that I had had nothing to do with my uterus. For me, it did put me on partial bedrest because my uterus wanted to start labor early, but that was easily controlled. Only big thing for us was that it led to for us was that Kota was breech and just didn't have room to turn in there. So it would have meant a c-section. You will find that you will be monitored much more closely than a "normal" pregnant woman (you'll probably enjoy the extra ultrasounds, I thought it was a bonus!)

For the perinatologist, it will be a long appointment. Mine was probably 2 1/2 hours. First they do internal and external ultrasounds. They measure everything on the baby. They watch babys movement. They watch the organ function and the blood flow. They look at your amniotic fluid levels (all of this via ultrasound). They talk to you about your concerns and then tell you what they're going to do "special" to monitor your pregnancy.

I only had to go to one perinatologist visit. He just recommended that I have weekly internal ultrasounds to be sure that my cervix wasn't dilating prematurely (it didn't).

Hey, I'm NEVER on this board. It was just a fluke that I saw your post today. If you want to write me, feel free:

princessbootzz at hotmail dot com

~Katrina
 
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1st_Time_Mom79 responded:
Thanks for your reply, Katrina! I'm glad you decided to drop by the board! The perinatologist visit description was very helpful. I'm very anxious because I have to wait until August 14th before I go see them. I just want everything to be okay. I wish they didn't have to do an internal u/s because this will be a male doctor and I don't know why I feel funny about that. Oh well...it's for the baby. Plus DH will be there with me so it won't be as bad...I hope. Thanks again for the response. How is Dakota doing now?
 
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princessbootzz responded:
For the ultrasounds, the doctor rarely does them - they usually have a (female) ultrasound tech who does them anyway, and the doctor wasn't even in the room with me until it was all over and done with and she had the results for him to review. So that probably won't even be an issue for you.

Also, you might want to check ahead of time to see if they can record it for you. Most will if you bring whatever is compatible with their machines (a blank VHS tape or DVD).

I forgot to tell you that they might even turn it on so it's the four-dimensional ultrasound IF YOU ASK. I had to ask, and they were really nice about it. It's all the same equipment, just the flip of a switch.

Thanks for asking about Dakota - she's doing GREAT now. She had two severe medicine reactions already, and after a lot of consideration and research, we have opted out of vaccinations and our doctor is GREAT about that. We still have some issues because of her prematurity (she coughs a lot) and the doctors don't want her exposed to many people until she's a year old for fear that a little cold or virus could go into pneumonia. Which means that day care is out, as is traveling. But that's okay. She can't even go to WIC appointments or wait in a waiting room for the next few months. I see that as a blessing (usually) though, and not a curse. lol

princessbootzz at hotmail dot com

~Katrina
 
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Jamelita responded:
Hi Susan (and hi Katrina!)-I have a bicornuate uterus as well. At my first ultrasound this time around the tech told me that the baby is implanted in the right horn. I asked the doctor about that and, like yours, she acted like it wasn't a big deal. She said that it was a good thing that it had implanted higher up in the uterus rather than closer to the cervix and that the baby will just sort of bend around according to the shape of the uterus and he or she grows. I don't know yet if I will need to see a perinatologist...I find out at my appointment tomorrow.
 
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princessbootzz responded:
It was the same with me, with Kota having been in the right horn.

I actually have a GREAT ultrasound pic that shows it, and shows her half under it as she grew bigger. If either of you want to see it, just let me know.

~Katrina

princessbootzz at hotmail dot com
 
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Todd80701 responded:
I'm in the same boat, only my doc called this a septum. She told me I'll have to be monitored very closely, especially as the pregnancy progresses, that I should expect to be put on bed rest, my chances for breech birth are greater and my chances for pre-term delivery are greater. All this depends on how close the baby is to the septum according to her though. Good luck and here's to full term deliveries (I'm 10 wks)!!
 
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1st_Time_Mom79 responded:
Thanks for all your replies! I hadn't checked back over here in a while. My appointment with the high risk specialist is this Friday. I'm nervous because I want everything to be okay, but I'm excited because my OB told me they should be able to tell me the sex of our LO. I'll be sure to come back and update you all with what they find out about my uterus. H&H to all of you!!
 
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1st_Time_Mom79 responded:
Well, I had my appointment with the high-risk specialist today and my uterus must have corrected itself. She didn't know what my OB saw because she said everything looked fine. My OB said this actually might happen because a lot of women may have a heart-shaped uterus and never know it because they don't get their first u/s until later on in their pregnancy. Because I had mine so early they were able to see it. So, I thankfully won't need to be over here anymore. Thanks for your support! I wish all of you the best of luck with the remainder of your pregnancies!!
 
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rbd1979 responded:
Hi there, I too have been told I have a bicornuate uterus....heart shaped. I am carring Triplets I suprising found out last Wednesday without fertility drugs. It was and still is a shock. Ive read all kinds of things regarding these types of uteruses. Now Im about anti internet cause most I have read is not positive. Im kinda nervous...any help.
 
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ThreeTees replied to rbd1979's response:
Hi, I'm wondering how your pregnancy turned out. I had three babies (one at a time) with a heart shaped uterus I didn't even know I had. All were full term, uneventful little boys. I hope to hear that everything went well for you.
 
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KWEN1 replied to Jamelita's response:
Hi Jamelita,
I dont want to scare you, but I just had a still birth @ 7 months, possibly due to a heart shaped uterus as well. Please seek as much extra care as you can. If I had had the diagnosis early it may have prevented any issues. Make sure that you have a three d ultrasound to confirm that you have a heart shaped uterus and not septate uteri. They are hard to tell apart, but a 3 d ultra sound can confirm it. Once you have confirmed your condition, they should monitor you closely to make sure you are not dilating too early due to the positioning of the baby. If the baby is near the arc they can be pushed down towards your cervix and thats when problems arise. Make sure to monitor kick count morning and night after 25 weeks. If any thing starts to vary then see your doctor immeditaly. Im sure you will be fine but please pay attention to the babies movements!!
 
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cherylk1979 responded:
I have a heart sha[ed uterus im 24 weeks they expect that i will have the baby early because she is so tiny. but this is my third pregnancy and my other two were 7 pounds and full term. they said if i do full term its only gonna be 5 to 6 pounds. I guess it depends on every pregnancy. from what i read rarely do you have a full term delivery but a way to prolong pregnancy is to do alot of walking it will strengthen your uterus to hold the baby longer.


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