I am currently about 4 weeks pregnant. I have one healthy child and have had two miscarriages. After the birth of my child and my second miscarriage, I found out I have Factor V. I was told that I would have to take Heparin shots twice a day during my pregnancy. I'm very nervous about the side effects of this drug to myself and my unborn child. I had lots of complications during my second pregnancy (the only one that resulted in a live birth). I developed a uterine infection and had an emergency C-section. I'm very worried about bleeding to death during delivery of this child or developing a life threatening blood clot during or after the pregnancy. I'm currently taking a low dose of aspirin every day until I can get in to see my OBGYN, because I read on-line that that can help prevent a miscarriage. Can anyone give me more information about what I might be facing during this pregnancy and what increased risks my unborn child and myself might face?
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replied January 16th, 2009
My wife also has Factor V and has had 2 miscarriages and she is now pregnant again and is about 5.5 weeks. She is already lovenox shots which you only have to take once a day compaired to heparin shot twice a day.

We have a friend that was also on the shots and had no problems at all. Baby is nice and healthy and mom too.

She is now having some cramping just tonight that have her concerned but I am trying to just tell her that she will be ok.
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replied January 27th, 2009
Unfortunately, I started bleeding. I bleed off and on several times, but bleed for three days in a row last week. The first two times I went to the doctor, they found the baby and its heartbeat. On the third day, the baby had died and the sac had already detached. The baby's death and sac detaching occurred in about 12 hours, which was rather quick. I'm worried that I didn't need the heparin and it possibly caused me to bleed and the baby didn't get enough blood supply. I hope you have a happier ending...
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replied January 27th, 2009
I am sorry to hear about your loss. It will be ok and I am sure you will get through it. It is so hard to tell if it could have been not being on heparin as the problem unless you would have gone to a highrisk doctor that could have possibly seen a bloodclot.

You will be in our prayers.
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replied January 29th, 2009
I actually was on heparin. My concern is that the heparin shots CAUSED the miscarriage. I'm afraid it made my blood too thin. I started taking baby aspirin when I got my first positive preg test. Then heparin at four weeks. I only started bleeding after taking heparin for several weeks. I'm supposed to be referred to a specialist after my next appt. Good luck with your pregnancy! Thanks for the prayers...we need them. Thank God we have a beautiful, healthy child at home already!
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replied February 25th, 2009
factor v
i also have factor v and i am pregnant at the moment. i already have one child who is a healthy boy(3years old) and thats when i found out i had factor v and was put on aspirin tablets from 8 weeks and come 30 weeks went on clexane injection daily i had them in my thigh not my stomach.With my second it has been different i took aspirin (astrix) tablets from the time i found out about 4 weeks they did make the morning sickness worse,then from 12weeks i have had the clexane injection ever since, i am now 25 weeks and will be taking them all they way till the end and 2 weeks after.i havnt had any toubles with my first and this one.
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replied December 13th, 2012
Heprin does not effect the baby, its injected into you. It never reaches the baby. However the asprin does effect the baby. My sister's first pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage at 6weeks, then a year later she gave birth to her daughter, her third pregnancy ended as a still born at 7 months, and she gave birth to her second daughter 2 years ago. After her second daughter was born she had to get blood work done for a new job, and thats when they found she had factor v, and told her this is why her third pregnancy ended as a stillborn. Once she found out about the disorder, I went to see if I also had the disorder and sure enough I do. So they told me if and when I become pregnant to start taking baby asprin. So I became pregnant in June 2011, and started taking the baby asprin. I miscarried at 6 weeks. I am now currently pregnant and have not taken baby asprin and i am almost 10 weeks! I have an appt with a specialist to see if I got the disorder from one parent or both. If you get the gene from one parent it is minor, if both it is major. If you have minor factor v, your doctor may suggest just monitoring you, or baby asprin if youre blood clotts easily already. Major factor v usually requires a treatment such as the heprin shot. My OBGYN told me that asprin goes to the baby, but the heprin shot does not.

I hope this helps anyone that may have had questions about it.
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