I heard from my RE a couple of days ago. He called at 6:30pm still working away at the office. My OB’s office had faxed him my results and he wanted to discuss them with me...one of the only times I have been called from that office without me initiating the contact! He told me that he does not believe this MTHFR mutation is the cause of my miscarriages. Through our own MTHFR research (including tons of advice from you guys – thanks!) and after talking to him, we have learned that basically this gene mutation can cause problems with your body metabolizing folic acid, which is obviously very important during pregnancy. It can also cause blood clotting, also not a good thing while pregnant. Some doctors have just began testing for this mutation while other doctors still do not test for it. Research is still being conducted and some sources say that the mutation definitely causes repeat miscarriages, other sources say there is not a direct connection. The problem is is that no one knows…and that is so frustrating! If we found something that was definitely the cause, that had a proven “treatment” it would make this a teeny bit easier. But the not knowing is so annoying. If we “treat” this it may or may not solve anything. Grrr.
Back to the conversation I had with the RE. He said that he thinks the best plan of action will be to begin taking a new prenatal vitamin that contains the active form of folic acid, so that my body will not have to metabolize it. The vitamin is called Neevo and on the bottle it is described as “medical food”. I thought that was quite funny for some reason…he also said that I should begin taking a baby aspirin a day and possibly go on heparin if and when we get pregnant again to prevent blood clotting. Another recommendation was to not see the genetics counselor but instead to see a hematologist in Mobile who has done research on this gene mutation. (I haven’t cancelled that appointment yet though in case we decide to still see the genetics counselor after talking to the hematologist.) I like that idea…we will be sticking to 2 cities and she specializes in it! After many a phone calls to my OB and RE, we were able to get an appointment set up with the hematologist for the week after next! MUCH sooner than the genetics counselor! We will also see the RE on the same day after we have met with the hematologist to discuss our plan of action.
So, over all I guess I am feeling a little bit better about it all. Still not excited :) but glad we are getting some answers and will be talking to someone who knows about the MTHFR gene mutation soon. I just have to trust God that He’s got this under control!!!!