mechanical valve and pregnant ? ?!

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extraordinary

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i want to know if any women in here can share her experiment if she has a mechanical valve and been pregnant is it even possible or there is no one who done that as it is too risky ??
I'm on On-x have one child pre the mechanical valve and now feels like i wanna have another and i regret it so much making that choice as I'm afraid i just have to live with just one child a
 

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I was under the impression that it was certainly not advisable, but I am not a doctor. Speak with a high risk obgyn. I was 42 at the time of my surgery - had mechanical - but found it interesting that my doctor never asked if I was done having children! I don't know if lovenox or heparin are substitutes for warfarin (which can be dangerous during pregnancy), but I thought the other concern was the increase in blood volume with a mechanical valve. I could be wrong.
 

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I am 27 and recently had my valve replaced with a tissue valve as my husband and I plan to have children. My cardiologist says that while mechanical valves are typically advisable for younger patients, tissue is preferable if you're looking to have kids, as no complications with warfarin. That being said, he did say it's possible to have a healthy pregnancy with a mechanical valve but more juggling with the blood thinners (I believe the safe choice is the heparin shot but don't know the timing during pregnancy). I would chat with your cardiologist and probably a high risk on/gyn as to what your options are.

Best of luck!
 

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Check on your options to determine risks to both you and your child of a pregnancy - ask your cardio for a referral to a perinatalogist (risk risk OB-GYN). I didn't know I had a heart issue prior to having children, but when I got pregnant with my twins with my bad native valve it went pretty darn badly. Both I and and one of them coded during the delivery and they were born at 27 weeks requiring a long hospital stay and for me to both quit my job and hire a full time nanny to care for their intensive medical needs for the first two years. We are very fortunate that they don't have any serious disability requiring lifelong care. So do ask questions about your risk of needing to deliver early or other risks to your child's development as well as your own health. And consider impacts on the family you already have of your or your child's health problems or disability. Don't feel bad about your valve decision. You just have to see what your options are from here and make your choice about what's best.
 

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hi, doctors would be my main port of call to answer this as they are the experts, it is generally thought mech valves and pregnancy don't go well together but am not a doctor,
 

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Did you ever get any good information in response to your question? I've had a successful pregnancy post-AVR, on a mechanical valve and ACT. While you're best served to see some specialists, I can tell you about the options I was presented and what I did.
 

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