Friday, July 24, 2009

Pregnant...with Twin Boys!

So since I don't do anything normally on the medical front, I am now 17 weeks pregnant with twin boys (due in December). YAY!!!

We struggled with infertility resulting from my PCOS which led us to try fertility treatments for a year before successfully conceiving twins! PCOS doesn't appear to have any connection to Chiari, but after finally being diagnosed with PCOS and understanding what makes it worse (insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes), I was able to change my diet and take medication (Metformin) which resulted in my losing over 50 pounds post-decompression. While that alone didn't get me pregnant, I absolutely believe that it helped!

Just like with my Chiari diagnosis, I was able to find a reproductive endocrinologist that I trusted and who provided me with great care! Should you ever need one, I highly recommend Dr. Coffler at Huntington Reproductive Center for infertility as often as I recommend Dr. Oro for Chiari. :)

As I told another Chiarian, pregnancy is nothing compared to living with Chiari!!!

This is just my story of my experience with Chiari. Until I was diagnosed, I'd never heard of it, and I just want more people to be aware of it. I'm not a doctor, so don't quote me on any of this stuff - k? If you are looking for information about Chiari Malformation, a lot of the more informative posts are the older ones.