Date night, Whole 30 Dinner Fail and MTHFR

Morning friends!

It’s Saturday yet I’ve been up since 5:00am… Why?  A little someone wiggled his way into our bed this morning and continued to toss and turn.  Keeping me wide awake.  I finally just got up to get some work done.  At least he stayed in bed and I’m getting some quiet time.  This time is actually one of my favorite times of day.  I know many people would much rather sleep in until 8:00 or later especially on the weekends.  I don’t mind getting up early to a quiet house, sitting down with a cup of coffee and having some alone time to read, work, or plan the day ahead.

This morning while I’m enjoying my cup of coffee and alone time, I’m delving into medical research on the MTHFR gene mutation.  Why?  As I mentioned last week I had an appointment with my doctor to review some recent testing I had done.  While all our chromosomal testing came back fine (phew!), I tested positive for the MTHFR gene mutation.  Don’t know what that is?  You’re not alone.  Many people have never heard of MTHFR and it actually wasn’t until recently that testing for it in correlation with miscarriage.

I’ll go into specifics on what it is in a later post but basically it’s linked to pregnancy loss so this could definitely be my answer.  AND it’s treatable!  Well, manageable but there have been millions of successful pregnancies in women with this mutation so we are very hopeful.  What’s frustrating is that I requested this test to be done two times prior to me asking my current doctor to test for it.  My previous OB brushed it off and my general practitioner had never heard of it.  Just another reason why we need to be our own health advocates!

Anyway, as I said I’m spending a lot time right now researching it and learning how to best treat myself naturally before having a doc write me a script.  I’m having some more testing done which will hopefully give me further information into how to best handle my MTHFR before and after conception.  So I will definitely keep you posted but if you or anyone you know has this mutation I would love to hear about it!

On a more positive note, we got to have a date night last night!  No pictures to show because it was a bit rushed.  We dropped The Love Nugget off at his preschool for their monthly date night.  $20 bucks for four hours of freedom.  So awesome!  Plus they feed them dinner, do crafts and play games.  He has a blast and we get some kid free time!  One of our goals this year is to rotate monthly date nights and this month it was my turn.  The Hubby was dying to see American Sniper since he had read Chris Kyle’s book and was a big fan.   Unfortunately the only time that worked for us was 6:00 and it was a 2 1/2 hour movie.  So we didn’t really have time to go to a restaurant for dinner.  I packed a few things for us to snack on then we popped into The Nugget to grab some Kombucha’s, Apple Chips, Egg salad, and Salami for The Hubby.   I ended up eating kale chips, apple chips and drinking a kombucha which was pretty much a Whole 30 fail for dinner but one night won’t kill me and it was all still Whole 30 approved.  The movie was good but definitely sad.  Everyone walked out of the theater silent and The Hubby really enjoyed it so it was a date night hit!

Today will include running some errands, grocery shopping, cleaning and getting a few things done around the house.  The weather is supposed to warm up to near 70 so hoping to get outdoors to enjoy the sunshine!  It’s been freezing here!

Hope you all have a great Saturday!

QUESTIONS – 

  • Have you heard of MTHFR? 
  • What’s the last movie you’ve seen?  
  • Weekend plans? 
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Comments

  1. I have no idea what MTHFR is., but that sounds like good news that it’s treatable 🙂 It’s really unfortunate though that it took so long for the testing to be done, and like you say, it’s important to be your own health advocate.

    I don’t remember the name of the last movie I watched. My husband and I had a random, unplanned stay at home date night on Thursday – wine and snacks with some netflix. It was great, but I miss actually going to the cinema. I don’t think we’ve actually done that since our son was born. You’ve reminded me to make time for that 🙂

  2. i’d never heard of that gene mutation. Interesting! And I agree that we all need to be our own health advocates. I hope you’re able to get things taken care of.

    Sounds like a fun date night! I’m trying to plan something fun for us to do tonight 🙂

  3. Definitely not a fail in my books. I saw American Sniper too – very emotional and incredible story.

  4. Glad you got out on a date night! We want to see that movie too. And I think your dinner sounds like you did a great job!!

  5. I’m glad that you are one step closer to finding out a way to help your fertility! Best wishes!

  6. Jennifer Wear says:

    I’m glad to hear the movie was good. I have really been wanting to see it. Date nights are few and far between around here, but I will be going at some point.

    I have never heard of that gene, but I absolutely believe in being an advocate for our own health issues since so many doctors now days are driven by the pharmaceutical companies.

  7. After 3 miscarriages my dr ran some blood test and I too tested positive for MTHFR. He explained to me that many people have the gene and some people don’t know because it’s possible to have a healthy pregnancy with it. He started me on folic acid and vitamin b. This is not what you would get in your regular prenatal pill. It has something like tripple the amount. I took this as well as my prenatal. What he told me is that with this gene your body does not absorb folic acid properly and we basically need to “overdose” on it. I was so skeptical, but after loosing 3 pregnancy’s, one being in my 15th week, I felt like I would try anything. Two months later I became pregnant and was blessed with a beautiful baby girl. 2 years later when thinking of going for #2 I went back on the vitamin, and became pregnant and now have a little man. Good luck on your research, hope this helps!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      First I’m so sorry about your pregnancy losses and happy to hear you’ve had two successful pregnancies since your diagnosis! That’s definitely promising to hear 🙂 I don’t know if my doctor is all that educated on how to best treat this diagnosis. Either that or he’s just waiting for me to have a few more tests ran to see how to best attack this situation. I’ve read quite a bit about it and am hoping to go about this as naturally as possible so I’m planning another visit to my naturopath. The prenatal he has me on has methylfolate which those of us with the MTHFR gene are more able to convert to folate. I’m also take a methly B12 and am starting methyl protect. I’m sure I’ll have to do more though since I was taking all those things when I was pregnant and that still didn’t help… My doctor is thinking I might have to be on blood thinners which really isn’t all that bad… Thank you so much for sharing your story as it definitely helps!

  8. I am glad you found a physician willing to take MTHFR seriously. Many women come to see me for MTHFR after their other doctors dismissed it as a real problem. Congrats on successful pregnancy.
    Blessings,
    Eric Potter MD

  9. I am glad you are getting some answers and it sounds very promising 🙂 I agree, it has been too cold around here lately! Glad to hear you had a nice date night and are doing well.