What's A-Parent

After 1,128 Needles, This Couple Welcomed Their 'Clexane Baby'

"That’s not a blanket!"

What's A-Parent is a series highlighting those who get real about the hardships that come with raising kids. These often untold stories help show parents they are not alone in their struggle, and are doing an amazing job.

Reddit user niamedregel shared a stunning photo of his daughter neatly surrounded by the many, many needles it took to have her. "That's not a blanket!" he wrote on Reddit. "Our second daughter after 11 years came about because my wife hero'ed through 1,128 needles." 

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While the couple was happy with having just one child for many years, they decided they wanted to bring a second into the world about two years ago. 

"Unfortunately sometimes it doesn't happen as quickly as it does in the movies," the Reddit user wrote. It took the couple a year to conceive. 

If that sounds surprising, you'll be even more surprised to learn there are millions of couples in the U.S. who struggle to get pregnant. "About 12 percent of women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, regardless of marital status," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Unfortunately, the Reddit user's wife had massive clots on her lungs eight years ago just after they had their first daughter. The cause was unknown, but she had to go on blood thinners ever since to prevent future clots. When the couple decided to get pregnant again, she switched from Warfarin, a tablet blood thinner that could negatively affect a fetus, to one called Clexane which can only be taken through injections. Clexane is sometimes prescribed in cases of recurrent miscarriage and can help to prevent blood clots from forming in the embryo and placenta. 

So, why 1,128 needles? The Reddit user's wife had to have an injection twice a day to prevent blood clots for the entire year it took to conceive her second child as well as for the duration of her pregnancy. "She is known as a Clexane Baby," the Reddit user wrote about his daughter. 

Stunning photos, similar to the one he shared of his daughter, have become a popular way to document the struggle many couples face to bring their new child into the world

Surrounding their children, or a symbol of their children, by fertility medicine and needles shows that their journey was a challenging one and reminds others facing similar situations that they're not alone

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