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Who says we cant have babies!!!


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  • Who says we cant have babies!!!

    Some of you may remember me freaking out a year and a half ago because an ignorant cardiologist said people with HCM cant have babies. Thanks to Lisa, and some others here and a great specialist at Duke I knew that it was okay for me. Well all I have to say is........ I am a mommy again
    In August I had a healthy beautiful, 8lb 4 oz baby boy named Hunter!! Pregancy and delivery were both wonderful!!
    2.6 Septal Measurement
    ICD Aug 2010 (pushed into it over 6 abnormal beats...hate it!!!)
    "I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special"
    ~Steel Magnolia's~

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    congratulations Gayle,that is wonderful news.a baby is such a blessing my daughter will be one in oct.I cant believe a year has passed already.I am so happy for you and your family.all the best mike OB
    One day at a time.


    • #3


      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


      • #4
        Gayle, I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!



        • #5

          I had my first myectomy about 7 months after the birth of my daughter. We wanted more children, so I asked my cardiologist and his answer for 8 years was "In time".

          We got tired of waiting and I became pregnant with my son. They wanted to do an abortion, but we said, "God wanted us to have another child, so I will not have an abortion".

          My cardiologist told me that since I would not abort this child, I had to have a C-section.

          Our son was born December 3, 1978. His due date was December 25, 2005. Michael (our son) was surely a gift from God.

          Women with HCM certainly can have children. There are many of us here that have and live to tell.

          Take care


          • #6
            I have a 34 year old daughter and I had HCM then. Of course at the time they did not know what it was.

            Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
            ICD&Pacemaker 1996
            Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
            Mom of Kaye.


            • #7
              I have a 4 year old son. I knew I had HCM when I conceived him. I decided to have children purposefully. I was followed by my cardiologist and my high risk OB during the pregnancy. I delivered vaginally with no real complications. My son is the light of my life. I wouldn't do it any differently now (well, maybe I would not have had that epidural, but that is another story). I pray that he does not carry the gene, but if he does, I will know how to deal with it. Congratulations on your new son. I hope that you have time to get a little sleep now as busy as you must be!
              Daughter of Father with HCM
              Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
              Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
              ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
              Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.


              • #8

                Diagnosed 2003
                Myectomy 2-23-2004
                Husband: Ken
                Son: John diagnosed 2004
                Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

                Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


                • #9
                  Wonderful news! Congratulations to all of you!



                  • #10

                    I had two babies knowing I had HCM and did great both times. Pregnancy is actually often well tolerated with HCM as our blood volumes increase which is beneficial. Natural childbirth is recommended as epidurals are contraindicated with HCM. I wanted to go natural anyway and they both were wonderful, exhilirating experiences.

                    p.s. I am glad I had them before my myectomy, however!!
                    Dx: HOCM 1991, Myectomy/Mitral Valve Repair @CCF July 19, 2005. Wife and Mom of two: ages 5 and 3.


                    • #11
                      Congratulations on your non- complicated pregnancy and on the birth of your new little one. It is so nice to hear your good news and that all is going well for you. Any pictures?

                      Best to you and your family, Pam
                      Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
                      Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
                      Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
                      SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
                      [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
                      Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
                      Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
                      Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin


                      • #12

                        I am happy to hear that all has gone well. I hope you are feeling well and getting some sleep!

                        Best wishes to the entire family!
                        Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                        YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                        Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                        lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                        Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                        Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                        Currently not obstructed
                        Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


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                          I have tried to past a picture into a post here and cant make it work. I will keep trying. I never pass up an opportunity to sho him off!
                          2.6 Septal Measurement
                          ICD Aug 2010 (pushed into it over 6 abnormal beats...hate it!!!)
                          "I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special"
                          ~Steel Magnolia's~