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Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 5:51am
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Joined: 07/23/2002 - 09:00

Conceived through IVF. First 3 weeks after embryo transfer, I was given Progesterone in peanut oil through a HUGE 2 inch needle in my butt, every day.
Found out it was to be twins within first few weeks [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Was terribly sick during entire pregnancy - when I waddled into the hospital at 37.5 weeks to be induced I was 10 pounds lighter than the day they transferred the embryos back into me. 3 weeks after the delivery I had lost a total of 40 pounds.
Was given pitosin. I had a vaginal delivery with an epidural. Baby A came out with no problems - Baby B (the PA one) - decided to flip around once he had some room in there, so they had to go in after him & drug him out butt first & face up. He was a in a little distress, but with some massaging and a little oxygen came around just fine.
Both boys were nursing within the hour. I nursed them for 8 months. I ate quite a bit of PB&J sandwiches during nursing for the protein.
Both boys had RSV at 6 weeks. Non PA son was hospitalized for 4 days - PA son stayed at home - lots of fun trying to nurse two boys in two different locations.
PA son was nicknamed Wyatt Urp. He seemed to urp half of everything he ate - but no one would ever worry about it because he was the bigger of the two boys, so they thought he must be getting enough. Looking back - I'm wondering if it was the PB I was eating.
After the RSV - no colds, ear infections or anything else until they were more than two years old.
Boys were given their first (and only) PB&J sandwich at 13 months - PA son took a wild ambulance ride to the emergency room. Awful reaction! Non PA son went and played at the neighbors during all the excitement.
PA child was dx'ed with Asthma at 2.5 years - but it only seems to appear when he's sick with something else - you know the kid, when he gets sick it always goes to his lungs.
Both sons have sensitive skin to soaps and laundry detergents.
PA son just finally got to see an allergist this week - we are waiting on the RAST results now. Non PA son has never eaten any more nuts, and I'm not sure if we'll have him tested too or not.

Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 6:57am
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

My DS was a planned pregnancy. I got pregnant on the first try.
He was born c/s because DD was breech three years before so he was a repeat section.
I ate PBJ almost every single day of my pregnancy. Who knew?
DS was sick by his fourth day of life, coughing, eating poorly. This continued until he had his tonsils out and tubes in at age 5.
He was diagnosed allergic to peanuts, milk, soy, oats, tomatoes and cod at age 5. By allergy testing, no reactions.
Every night while I breast fed him he would get ONE hive on his wrist. I could never figure that out, I guess I can now.
For every major holiday, every family get together DS was sick, for at least 5 years. Some of our friends never knew he existed because he was always sick at home.
Partly I blame our pediatrician who started him on cow's milk way too early (3 months) I know that now, and solid baby foods at the same time. I think he was exposed to too many foreign proteins too early.
If I had to do it over again I'd have suffered through the breatsfeeding until the police dragged him away from me. I would have never given him cows milk or any solids for a long time.

Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 7:10am
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I personally don't think too prying at all.
...describe your pregnancy (with PA child), labor, delivery, in terms of complications or lack
thereof. Conditions diagnosed etc.
Pregnancy with Jesse. My first pregnancy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Two false negatives with the home pregnancy test. When I thought I was pregnant with Ember, I didn't buy the home pregnancy test, let the pharmacy do it instead. In August month, so the third trimester, had a urinary tract infection and was worried about going into early labour because of it.
Remember going to emerg and was given an antibiotic for it. His labour was induced, although I was already in labour and didn't know it, because he was at least 7 days late.
2 ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy. Amnio.
Ultrasound with stress test when I was late delivering. Labour was just over ten hours.
Oh, he was also circumcised (or apparently) within the first twenty-four hours. Oh, when he did come out, he was taken away from me and put under a heat lamp for several hours.
His skin was extremely dry because he was late and apparently he was cold.
Ember, non-PA, labour for 23 hours, she was 4 days late, and I also had a false labour scare with her when I was 7 months pregnant.
Ember, one ultrasound, amnio and then ultrasound with stress test when I was late with her also.
Oh, epidurals with both of them.
Both babies seemed to have difficulty "latching on" and I remember being sent home from the hospital with Jesse with sugar water.
...describe your child's (PA child) first week of life in terms of complications or lack thereof.
Conditions diagnosed, etc.
Fine first week for both children, PA and non-PA.
...describe your child's (PA child) first year of life
in terms of complications or lackthereof. Conditions diagnosed, etc.
Really non-eventful first years for both PA and non-PA children. Jesse (PA) did everything earlier then Ember did (i.e., crawled, walked, got his first teeth). I breastfed Jesse for 5 months and Ember for only 3 weeks. Jesse was what I consider a colicky baby and lived on gripe water. Ember wasn't. Jesse also seemed to have more difficulty teething (I remember a lot of Anbesol). At 7 months of age, Jesse was "put under" to be re-circumcised. Nothing else during the first year really for either of them.
It wasn't until 18 months of age that Jesse was diagnosed PA and not until 2-1/2 did he have his first asthma attack. Environmental allergies also showed up at 2-1/2. Ember, non-PA, would have had some ezcema as a baby which Jesse, surprisingly, didn't, and I was quite sure that she would develop environmental allergies as young as Jesse did. She didn't until later as well.
Jesse, for his first year was a good eater and would try any of the assortment of baby foods. He didn't really move to grown-up food until he was 18 months old, whereas his sister did when she was a year old.
Also, both started milk right at the age of 1.
Nope, nothing really outstanding, I don't think, or abnormal or different about either Jesse or Ember, during pregnancy or afterward. I gained almost the exact same amount of weight with each child, and curiously, both of them came out weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited February 06, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 7:21am
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Just around the one year mark, I had to take Jesse to some type of specialist because his feet and hands seemed to be more orange in colour than they *should* be. They had to test him to see if he was processing his orange vegetables okay or not (I can't remember what it was all about now). I do know that I was told to limit his intake of orange vegetables to see if the orangeness went away. It did.
Jesse didn't have his first cold or virus until he was 10 months old. Poor wee Ember, of course, having an older sibling, ended up with her first cold/virus really quite young in comparison and at 4 or 5 months of age had full blown stomach flu for which her brother (at 2-1/4) was hospitalized because of dehydration.
Even looking at the years following one, aside from the diagnosis of PA and asthma and Jesse catching every cold or virus that seems to come along, I don't really consider anything terribly eventful or unusual about our lives, if that makes any sense. Ember is definitely hardier as far as viruses go, but then she has the difficulty with her eyes that her brother doesn't have.
I just know that I'm very thankful. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I'll go hug them now and they'll wonder if Mama has gone insane (again [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] )
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 8:29am
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Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

Sorry, I didn't see the first year thing. He had bad excema, his cheeks were always bright red. It really cleared up when we moved to the coast, we were in a very dry/cold area before. Other than that no problem.

Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 12:54pm
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Joined: 09/21/2000 - 09:00

dd is the oldest & not pa, ds is the youngest and has it.
pregnancy was pretty easy with both of them absent the normal morning sickness with dd and extremely tired with ds. Hate to admit but I smoked with oldest, quit when trying for the youngest. I recall eating a lot of lemons with both of them and have always enjoyed pb but don't recall consuming it in large quantities.
dd was 6 days late, ds 9 days late. tried vaginal with both but wound up with c-sections. ds showed some distress before the c-section.
nursed dd 9 months, ds had no problems sucking and actually sucked so hard that i could not take it - he went to the bottle at about 4 weeks.
ds had eczema pretty early on (6 months?) and if he got a cold, it went to his chest and required a doc visit. diagnosed with asthma approx age 4 and pa at 18 monts -- first exposure.
ds was never a good sleeper and has always been an adreniline junkie (started climbing by 9 months!)

Posted on: Fri, 02/07/2003 - 9:01am
mae's picture
Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

Pregnancy - at first, nothing out of the ordinary, a little "afternoon" sickness. At about 24 weeks I started having high blood pressure. At 30 weeks, the doctor put me on bedrest - pre-eclampsia. 3 weeks before DS was due I ended up in the hospital on bedrest. Gestational diabetes had set in.
Birth - ARGHHH! The evil doctor who thought that c-section rates were to high in our province wouldn't listen to my pleading for a c-section ( I was RH neg,too). After 56 hours of labour, he decided my pelvis was too small, but it was too late for a c-sec, as DS's head was out. Lost my vision for several minutes due to the skyrocketing blood pressure, evil doctor pulls DS out with forceps. I'm ripped to shreds, DS isn't breathing properly - doctor yells at my husband "go with your son" as they rush him off to the NICU.
DS spent the first week in the ICU - broken clavical (SP?), Bell's palsy (possibly from his temple being crushed by the forcep at one point).
We insisted him being breastfed when he was finally off the oxygen - several of the nurses kept reminding us that it was much easier for them to bottle feed. I was afraid after bottle feeding, he might not want to breastfeed.
8 days later he was released from the ICU
Within 4 months, the Bells palsy had disappeared. He threw up a lot, but was a pretty happy baby. No ear infections, a couple of colds...that's about it. Oh...one small spot of excema.
DD was a booked c-section after the last fiasco!!! She, too spent her first week of life in the NICU with a lung infection and jaundice. An ultrasound had also picked up a cyst on her uterus ( that's how we found out she was a girl!) - but it disappeared shortly after she was born.
mae [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] (who still gets birthing pains when I think about my first delivery!)
[This message has been edited by mae (edited February 07, 2003).]

Posted on: Fri, 02/07/2003 - 9:50am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Both pregnancies went well (only my son is confirmed PA, daughter has not been exposed nor tested).
My son (first one) was induced on his due date. I was forced-dilated to 3 cm before they induced, and 12 hours of labour later, I was at 4cm. ARGH. Luckily, in a sense, at that point things started going badly and I ended up with an emergency csection. Son's heartbeat couldn't be found anymore, and I was bleeding. The placenta has started to abrupt. Son has not suffered though, no lack of oxygen or anything.
For my daughter, I chose a Csection (we get the choice once you've have a csection), and I chose 2 weeks in advance cause I wanted NO LABOR at all! LOL.
CSection planned for 7AM, and what do you know? Labor starts at midnight! ARGH.
We made it to the hospital at 3:15AM, I was at 5cm. Since I asked, no - demanded, the csection right away, they didn't give me any pain killers. at 3:40, I was at 10, and ready to push. Yet again, heartbeat disappeared, and I was bleeding, so the csection went ahead.
Turns out the scar from the first csection split open, and her shoulder was already outside of the uterus. Had I pushed, she'd be dead.
First year was uneventful for both, except for a bit of excema in winter, mainly due to dry heated air. My son's first cold was at 2 years old! Not a single day of sickness before that.

Posted on: Fri, 02/07/2003 - 10:10am
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Joined: 06/08/2002 - 09:00

Pregnancy: Uneventful other than gaining a whopping 80 pounds! (YIKES)
Birth: Vaginal delivery w/epidural. Obgyn had to use vacuum after continued pushing due to an overdose of the epidural! Zoe came out after 2 suctions, didn't breath for about 5 minutes...they had to stick a tube down her throat. She had a large hematoma on her head which lead to jaundice. After d/c from hospital, Zoe's jaundice got worse and had to be readmitted to Children's Hospital for a week; at which time she was given cow's milk b/c I couldn't produce enough breastmilk.
First year: Didn't sleep well. Zoe would grunt and push in her crib whenever she slept--the longest was 15 minutes. I had to hold her or have her sleep w/me in bed to let her sleep for more than 2 hours at a time. Her weight and height was great--90th percentile until 9 months. She was diagnosed w/several food allergies (including peanuts) at 9 months when she anaphylaxed to cow's milk. She had bouts of really bad eczema outbreaks due to more food allergens that were not diagnosed but were found out by trial and error w/food introductions.
Currently: Zoe is now 2 y/o. Has pretty good skin; still some eczema but not as bad as before. Height and weight in 50th percentile. We're still praying she will outgrow most of her food allergies!

Posted on: Fri, 02/07/2003 - 11:46am
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Joined: 01/26/2003 - 09:00

Wow. Not too many 'smooth' stories listed here. I'll add another to the bunch.
First pregnancy with boy/girl twins. Labour at 25 weeks, was stopped with drugs. Hospital for weeks and weeks. Home for 2 weeks or so. Labour at 33 weeks or so, stopped with drugs. Admitted. Home for 11/2 weeks readmitted due to concerns with fluid. Asked to be induced 1/2 week early (37 weeks, 3 days-they induce there at 38 weeks) so I could have my own ob. Induced, had dd (non pa I hope) vaginally after 13 hours or so, epidural. Had pa ds 21/2 hours later by section, posterior position, not doing too well, I had a fever.
He came out, sick, not breathing well. Admitted to NICU, lung infection. Lots and lots of antibiotics. Looked premie, seemed sickly, big head and eyes. (but cute of course=)
NICU for 8 days. Breastfed and supplemented as my milk was so long in coming. Hard hard days.
Breastfeeding going well. I didn't eat hardly any peanut butter while nursing, but had some while pregnant.
Diagnosed with external hydrocephaluas at 6 months. (benign extra water on outside of brain, no effects on developing, big head, should resolve itself) He is in 50% or just below for weight and height, 125% for head. Still waiting for it to come down, but doing ok, on a growth curve same as body, but above it. No drugs, benign=)
He had eczema as a baby, nothing major. Both did. Used special cream. Tons of diaper rashes, both.
Now 2, just found out a few weeks ago ds pa. Maybe I'll get dd tested too. See allergist in March.


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