Hi everyone,

You probably remember me from these two posts in December:

Post #1

Post #2

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)

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24 Responses to A final update to my bizarre saga…

  1. RolNobody says:

    WOW. What a story!

    Congrats on your healthy baby boy and it’s great to hear that you’re doing well too!

  2. Hteall says:

    Congrats on a healthy kid and a healthy parent! That is definitely an amazing story and I hope that all continues to be happily amazing for you!

    (I am also at least a little jealous at mild-mannered babies; mine was an attention-demanding extrovert from pretty much day 1. Or, in her pre-mature c-section case, day -60 or so. O;> )

  3. StiNope says:

    Congratulations!

  4. Remoma says:

    Wow! That’s pretty amazing. Congrats to you and the family!

  5. Inone says:

    My goodness. That’s a little man who *really* wanted to be here!

    Congrats on your unexpected joy!

  6. Rrgra says:

    That’s exactly how I look at it — he had decided that he absolutely was ready to be here.

    It’s sort of comforting when I feel like I’m not sure what I’m doing, I just tell myself that he has a plan and all I have to do is do the best I can. And barring that, hand him off to his father 🙂

  7. Ylrspb says:

    THAT IS MY BIRTHDAY AS WELL. So of course he’s perfect!

  8. EilYes says:

    Bless your heart. Big things are out there for little Colin. <3

  9. Eix007 says:

    I remember your posts! What a shock. I am so glad to hear that your baby is healthy and arrived with no issues. Many congratulations.

  10. Gni007 says:

    I remember your posts! That first one, so heartbreaking. I’m so, so happy it turned out well. Congratulations!

  11. SboNobody says:

    Congratulations – so glad all went well!

  12. Swo007 says:

    Congratulations!

  13. AetFire says:

    i’m glad everything went well! i was thinking of you the other day, so i’m glad you posted 🙂

  14. Egneeva says:

    Heh, so having an IUD inserted does not make for early abortions in an emergency contraception way 😉 Where did I read that….

    Anyway, congrats on your little surprise 🙂 He has plans…

  15. Uoyva says:

    I believe it is only the Copper IUD’s that can be used for EC, not the Mirena. Furthermore no form of EC is actually an abortificant, they really only work to prevent conception.

  16. SseNope says:

    Exactly. All IUDs primarily work by killing the sperm and eggs. Copper IUDs do so because the copper is the active ingredient, but Mirena does so because having a foreign object in your body triggers your immune system to release prostaglandins. Those prostaglandins do the dirty work. (I think? If I’m wrong, someone please correct me.) The levonorgestrel in Mirenas also creates a cervical mucus plug and sometimes prevents ovulation, like with POPs. Of course, these three prongs of efficacy take a week or so to fully work, so it’s not effective immediately (unless you get it inserted during your period).

    The “prevents implantation” is not 100% ruled out, but it’s very very rare. And even if IUDs worked by preventing implantation (old hypothesis was that it irritated the endometrium), it’s my impression that it’s very hard to dislodge an implanted zygote.

  17. Rrgra says:

    They did give me misoprostol for the insertion, which could have caused a miscarriage. I’m chalking it up to sheer stubbornness on his part.

  18. TakFru says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been thinking about you and your story and am SO glad to see an update. Enjoy that lovely baby of yours!!!

  19. Ybaoma says:

    Congratulations! And welcome to the world, Colin. 🙂

  20. GniNet says:

    Whoa, that’s an amazing story. I just found out I’m pregnant but I’m only a little over four weeks along … I can’t imagine finding out at such a late stage! Although it would be kind of cool to only have to wait three months. I’m happy you and your son are doing well. Sounds like a shocking but very good outcome.

    Congratulations!

  21. GniNet says:

    Actually I read your other posts and that does sound like a really stressful, scary time for you at first, so I’m sorry to have sounded glib. I’m still happy it all worked out well!

  22. YzzNet says:

    WOOT now THATS a happy ending!!!

    Good luck and bright futures for all of you!

  23. Bobspb says:

    Wow! What an amazing story! I’m so glad it all worked out in the end. Congratulations on a healthy baby.

    P.S. What, no pic? 😉

  24. 010Na says:

    Congratulations! Your story should be published in a magazine for wonderful miracles or something. It’s very magical 🙂

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