How a 36yrs Old Women Overcame her High risk Pregnancy
It was with much trepidation that Pranitha (name changed) welcomed the news of her latest pregnancy. Like every young woman, eager to have children and to complete her family life, she too was full of joy and anticipation. Married for eight years, she longed for her bundle of joy.
But having already gone through three miscarriages and with multiple health issues, the 36-year-old’s journey to motherhood had been particularly arduous. So when Pranitha discovered she was pregnant again, she and her husband decided that they would do all they could to bring this baby to the world. They went to Fortis Hospitals, where utmost care and the right treatment by experienced gynaecologists helped Pranitha deliver a healthy baby without complications.
“Since I had lost three pregnancies, I was extremely anxious about this one. We wanted to get the best possible care so that there was a fighting chance that this time there would not be complications. One of my friend’s had delivered at Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road under Dr Anita Mohan and was happy with the experience, so as soon as I came to know I was pregnant I went to consult her. Now I am so glad about that decision,” says Pranitha.
The mother-to-be was quite overweight and had earlier been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Coupled with this, were her repeated miscarriages, which made the pregnancy high risk. The loss of multiple pregnancies and the disappointment of not being able to have a child for the last eight years had made the young woman psychologically vulnerable.
Hypothyroidism is a disorder wherein the thyroid gland produces an inadequate amount of thyroid hormone and in a mother during pregnancy, it may result in developmental delay in the child. Studies have shown that children born to mothers with hypothyroidism during pregnancy had lower IQ and impaired psychomotor (mental and motor) development. If properly controlled, through thyroid hormone medication, women with the disorder can have healthy, unaffected babies.
“When she came to us, Pranitha was overweight and during the pregnancy her weight kept steadily increasing upto about 110 kgs. She and the baby were closely monitored as she had hypothyroidism and had already experienced three miscarriages. We put her on medications to ensure the problem was well-controlled. We also started her on Heparin injections, as it assists in proper placental formation and helps in ensuring that the baby gets good nutrition,” informed Dr Anita K Mohan, consultant gynaecologist at Fortis Hospitals.
Everything seemed to be going well for the mother-to-be and her unborn baby, when a routine test done to check Down’s Syndrome (a developmental disorder) in the baby turned out to be positive.
“She was shattered. Even we were shocked at the result. Normally, to confirm the diagnosis, a second test, Amniocentesis (a prenatal test in which a small amount of amniotic fluid is removed from the sac surrounding the fetus to test for chromosomal abnormalities or infections in the baby)is done. But the pregnant woman just refused it saying whatever happens, this baby is a gift of God and she would keep it. So we also decided to give the baby our best shot and hope for the best,” adds Dr Anita.
Pranitha went through the pregnancy without any problems and the little one was also growing well. The baby boy was delivered through Caesarean section and turned out to be a healthy normal child.
“Despite the initial screening test being positive of a developmental problem, my baby was absolutely normal. It was a dream come true for me and my husband and this was made possible only because of Dr Anita and her team at Fortis. If I ever have another child, I will only consult her,” says an elated Pranitha.