You probably remember me from these two posts in December:
To refresh: I went to a GI doctor in early December thinking I had a gluten intolerance or a thyroid issue, because I was gaining weight for no apparent reason and was having some issues with bloating. Instead, I found out I was pregnant. The GI doc estimated I was three months along, I called PP to see about removing the IUD because from what I had read online, leaving it in was dangerous and meant a high chance of birth defects. I was told that removing it would likely cause a miscarriage, and spent all that weekend steeling myself to either remove the IUD and miscarry or terminate the pregnancy because it was so risky.
In a follow-up appointment with my actual OB/GYN the following Monday, I found out that I was actually close to SIX MONTHS pregnant, and the baby looked completely healthy on the ultrasound. They couldn't find the IUD on the ultrasound.
As a final update: Our son, Colin, was born on March 9 — 7 lbs, 11 oz, 20 inches long. Full head of hair. And for all my worrying about his health — I had, after all, been drinking through the first two trimesters, plus the IUD was still in place — he literally could not be healthier. Every screening they've done, he's passed with flying colors. He's eating voraciously, and is the most mild-mannered baby I've ever seen. Hardly ever cries. Every doctor who has examined him has used the same word in describing him — he's "perfect".
Oh, and they found the IUD during my C-section (nothing wrong with the baby, I just have a very small pelvis and he got kind of stuck). It was in place, but as some reassurance: I didn't get pregnant on the IUD; counting back, I was pregnant when they put it in. Planned Parenthood didn't do a pregnancy test before they placed it — since I was on the NuvaRing at the time, the nurse assumed I couldn't be pregnant.
So, a happy ending to the biggest, most shocking story of my life. Thank you all for all the support, it was a tumultuous time, to say the least, and your kind words made me feel less alone.
(x-posted to iud_divas)