“Hypopara didn’t make the experience of pregnancy and birth any worse for me than my earlier three births. Don’t let it put you off trying to conceive!!”
I was diagnosed with hypopara in July 2011 after a total thyroidectomy for Graves’ disease. I became pregnant in 2012. I had been pregnant three times before but I never expected to get pregnant again and had therefore never discussed it with my Endo or GP beforehand.
At the start of my pregnancy I was being treated with four Calcichew D3 forte and 1mcg alfacalcidol. I also took 300mg magnesium and an extra 400iu Vit D3. I also have asthma.
I saw my GP once I was when I was about 5–6 weeks pregnant. They referred me to local maternity department and Midwives as per normal. Once I had been seen by midwives at the local CMU (Community Midwife Unit), I saw the Obstetrician and he conferred with my Endocrinologist as to my care. I was given an appointment to see Endocrinologist too.
We keep hold of all our own maternity notes in NHS Scotland, so all changes to medications, concerns re health or baby are written in there by all involved in health care; GP, midwife, Obstetrician etc. So everything is well documented for all involved to see, and they are all “singing from the same hymn book. It was also reassuring for me as the mum to be, to know exactly what was happening.
I had bloods done every month. My thyroxine had to be increased to 175mcg from 150mcg, but my hypopara meds remained the same. My blood calcium remained very stable during my whole pregnancy and in fact I had far less symptoms during my pregnancy than I had before.
My blood pressure had started out quite low at the beginning of my pregnancy, and by the 38th week had risen significantly enough to cause slight concern. I was induced at 38+ weeks.
I was not at all concerned and was quite comfortable, knowing the midwives would let me have as natural a birth as possible in the labour rooms. I opted to stay as mobile as possible, on my feet as long as I could and only had Entonox (gas and air) for pain relief, and delayed cord clamping for baby. So I got everything I wanted from the experience. Whether it was in a beautiful relaxing birthing suite or a labour room never mattered to me. And in the end the most important thing was that a healthy baby arrived.
I am still breastfeeding and Duncan is nearly 15 months!!