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3rd Trimester of Pregnancy and MG

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I can not believe how time has flown by since we first found out we were expecting. At times it still feels like a foreign concept as we await the arrival of our little boy.

For me, the 3rd trimester felt a bit like a 'hurry up and wait' game. At times, there seemed to be too many pressures, classes, appointments and nesting to attend to but all I could really do was be prepared-ish and wait.

Here are some tips I picked up during this time:

A squeeze until the end

As baby takes up more and more room your lung capacity is decreased. Make sure to monitor your breathing and be assertive with your PHC when it is more than being 'pregnant and out of breath' and rather MG related.

With this squeeze indigestion and acid reflux often increases. Thankfully most over the counter antacid liquids, like Gaviscon, are safe for MG mommies. Make sure to double check your brand.

The baby shower 

For me, this could only be described as 'A coming together of supportive woman to bless o…

Second Trimester with Myasthenia Gravis

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The second trimester is typically said to be the best time of your pregnancy. For me and my growing belly, I have to agree. With nausea settling and my bump actually starting to be visible, here are some of my second trimester highlights and advice for MG mommies.

Appointments:

The Gynecologist was very insistent on seeing me every month as to monitor baby and my progress. While at times this seemed excessive it was always worth the sneak peek at our baby and to know that all was well. Our 20-week scan was at a specialized fetal assessment center for an in-depth evaluation. Currently, there are no known side effects of the medication I am on or having MG per say on the baby therefore this was to clarify any abnormailites.

When going for any tests relating to abnormalities in your baby it is best to have an idea about what your decision would be if that test comes back positive. This also means that if you are placed in a high-risk category for anything you can decide if you want furthe…

Shower hour - personal care management for MG warriors

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Shower hour! .

As evening approaches so can the fearful thoughts: 'Do I have enough energy to shower, without putting myself in danger?' 'Can I do it myself or do I once again need to ask for help?'


Here are some of my tips and tricks for personal care management for MG warriors and those suffering from fatigue.

1) Choose the right time for you

Some of us have more energy in the morning and feel somewhat recharged when we wake. Personally, I struggle to get up in the morning and the thought of still having to shower, especially on a cold morning puts me off even more. I choose to shower at night to avoid the race against the clock in the morning. As showering can be very tiring, I can also safely rest after completing this task.

2) Have the right equipment in your shower 

- Handles/ Grab rails: Most showers are not equipt for persons with disabilities. Extra handles are cheap and easy to install. I have purchased some from the local pharmacy that sucks to the wall. This…

Myasthenia Gravis and Dogs

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1)Can you tell us a bit about Bailey?
Bailey is now 6 years old (born 7 March 2011). She is a Saint Bernard. She is very sweet-natured, very protective and a very sensitive soul. She is very intuitive of emotion and can feel when one of us needs comforting. But just as with humans, the cortisone can make her a bit irritated. She LOVES cheese and plain yoghurt to the point of addiction, and of course any attention.
2)When did you first notice her symptoms? 
We noticed the first symptoms a few weeks after Bailey got spayed. She has Acquired MG that was triggered by the anesthetic used during the operation. She was 1 year old. Her hind legs just started to give way and she couldn't stand up anymore. This slowly escalated to her front legs also until she was paralysed in all four legs. By then we took her to the Vet a couple of times already to try and diagnose. They came up with anything from hip dysplasia to a broken pelvis. We then took her to Bryanston Vet Hospital, where they have a…

1st Trimester of Pregnancy and MG

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I was late but not certain. I crept out of bed early and found the pregnancy test I had bought the day before. So many times before I had taken this test and seen a negative result, but this felt different.   After doing a silent happy dance, much to my dog's amusement, I silently climbed back into bed, waited for my husband to wake up and prayed a thankful prayer. as I'm not very good at keeping secrets I woke him after 10 min to share our happy news!


The first trimester is characterised medically by the first 3 months of pregnancy.
Personally, it's been 3 of the most exciting, but anxiety provoking months of my life.
If you have just found out you're pregnant or are planning here are 5 things to remember.

1. Choose the right Dr for you, preferably prior to conception. 

Make sure to find a Dr. that will work with you and neurologist. First prize would be someone who has guided a woman with MG through her pregnancy. I asked my neurologist for a referral and saw my Gynae…

Myasthenia Gravis and Pregnancy

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Myasthenia Gravis and Pregnancy
It took us 8 years to get to the point where we could confidently decide to have a baby. Before this, MG had made my health a bit of a rollercoaster ride. From having a thymectomy, three admissions for IVIG and three admissions for Plasma exchange, three different immunosuppressive drugs and a host of other drugs my body had finally got the combination that it needed to stabilise. I was in what I called a drug assisted remission.
After consulting with the Gynecologist and Neurologist and getting the thumbs up we were warned not to get our hopes up for at least a year, given all the trauma my body had gone through. And then five months later, almost unexpectedly I knew I was pregnant. Confirmed by tests we are now embarking on a new adventure! I will do a series of blogs focused on MG and pregnancy during this exciting and scary time so stay tuned!

Firstly I wanted to share some of the most important facts regarding MG and Pregnancy:
Things to think about as …

Storm waves or Learning Curves

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When I was younger, my parents owned a small sailing boat. We spent many relaxing days sailing on both the Vaal and Hartebeespoort dam. My Dad was our Captain, My Mom, deck hand and myself a 6-year-old Barbie Princess obsessed self always in my lumo life vest. When on board I always had my life vest on. My Mom was strict about this. 
One sunny morning we headed out on the Vaal for a sail around the island.Half way through our trip the clouds started coming in. Not worried I continued playing on deck.
I can only remember snip bits from there onwards. The wind getting colder and it starting to rain. The boat going from a gentle rock to almost keeling over. My Mom getting me to sit just inside the door of the cabin to protect me from the waves now washing the deck.
Maybe it was because of the chaos on deck and the overpowering elements, but I can't remember any sounds. No screaming or crying. In fact, I can't even remember being that scared. I do remember praying.  When I didn&#…