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Pregnancy after Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome
« on: November 29, 2009 at 11:41 PM »
Karin from Australia has sent me her story to post here. About a week ago, she sent me a personal e-mail and I was so inspired by her that I asked her to share her story with you. I admire her strength and how proactive she was with her second pregnancy. A great attitude and strong fortitude is what I dream of helping moms of preemies build as they decide to continue to grow their families. I hope her story inspires you!
--Angela

Pregnancy after Pre-eclampsia and HELLP
It took much time and thought for us to have another child after our first child was born at 32 weeks due to severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome, our baby boy was very small and had many issues including the need to be placed on a ventilator. His first year of life was tough but he is now a healthy and happy little boy with only a few minor issues resulting from being born premature and under 3 pounds.

As for myself it took 2 years for my body, especially my liver, to recover from HELLP syndrome and once we got the all clear we decided to have another child. We knew that it would be another tough pregnancy and there was a good chance of having pre-eclampsia again, however this time we took no chances and went to the best OB we could find that specialised in this field.

Due to my history I was closely monitored from the start and put on all the pre-eclampsia preventative medications such as aspirin and
calcium. I was only working part time but gave up all work at 30 weeks and did as little as possible.

Things started to wrong again at 34 weeks, and I was put on blood pressure medication and constant fetal monitoring and growth
scans. I was told to stay home and rest as much as possible but at 35+5 weeks after another day of monitoring at the hospital my blood pressure was all over the place and I was placed in hospital on bed rest - the aim was to get to the magical 37 weeks.

I did not move from my bed except for a shower and to go to the toilet - each day consisted of fetal monitoring and medications every 4
hours. At 36+6 weeks I was given steroid injections and at 37 weeks I delivered by c-section a perfect baby girl that never saw the inside of a NICU or special care nursery and it is thanks to the doctors and nurses that I got my wish of having a "normal" birth and being able to have my child with me all the time from birth.

We have since decided not to have any more children, as I am simply not built for this baby-making thing and we are very grateful for the
two beautiful kids that we have :)

Karin
(You can learn more about Karin's first pregnancy here: www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/?p=181)


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Re: Pregnancy after Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010 at 06:50 PM »
WOW....what a great inspiring story. 

I too had HELLP Syndrome with my first pregnancy but had to deliever at 24 weeks and 4 days.  I had an emergency c-section and had a son, Jack, weighing 15 ounces and 11.5 inches long.  He stayed in the NICU for almost 5 months and is now actually a healthy 4 year old.  He is now (FINALLY) 50% for height and weight! 

I am currently pregnant with our 2nd child.  I am 28 weeks tomorrow and haven't really had any problems.  I am being monitored every week for cord blood flow and growth and she is measuring about 5 days ahead of schedule.  I am just on baby aspirin and prenatal vitamins.  My dr thinks I am going to get "weird" on him around 34-36 weeks but if not, schedule c-section at 37 weeks (due to a classical uterine insision the first time). 

I am so happy to hear that you made it that far.....and your rest and "relaxation" really paid off! 

Congrats!
happily married mama of a Jack (4) 24 weeks due to HELLP.  Currently 28 weeks pregnant with minimal complications thus far!!!