I am unsure of the relationship
between multiple births and HELLP syndrome. If anyone has any information
on this relationship, I would be interested to hear about it.
My name is Beth Butch and I gave birth to
a set of fraternal twins on 8/13/01. They were delivered via c-section
as the result of a diagnosis of HELLP. My full term due date for
these babies was 10/3/01. They were born at 32 weeks and 6 days. I was admitted into the hospital at 31 weeks
and 3 days because I was in pre-term labor. My labor had progressed
me to 90% effacement but I was not dialated. At this time, I was
checked into the hospital to stabilize the labor through the use of Breathine
(discontinued at 32 weeks) and Indocine.
It was not until a week later that the doctors
suspected HELLP syndrome. My blood pressure was elevated during certain times of the day and there was a slight
amount of protein in my urine.
On a Friday, blood tests were taken.
Follow up tests were taken on the following Monday. The blood tests
on Monday showed extremely high liver levels. Labor was induced and
I was given three hours to deliver my babies vaginally.
Because my labor did not progress, I was given
a c-section that evening and my children were born with minimal complications
(typical preemie issues).
After my children were born, I was given Magnesium
Sulfate for 24 hours to reduce the risk of seizures. This made my
c-section recovery very difficult - the restricted movement before and
after the delivery added to my pain.
It is now two weeks after my delivery and I
am starting to feel normal again. My children, Cassandra and Trevor, are still
in the NICU and will probably remain there for at least another few weeks.
Cassandra was 4 lbs 2 oz at birth and Trevor was 3 lbs 10 oz at birth.
Cassie is breathing on her own and we are trying to get her to feed via
bottle. Trevor still forgets to breathe occasionally so he has some
assistance in his breathing and he is starting to get breast milk via tube
- we are hoping he will be off his IV by the end of the week.
I believe that my condition was caught very
early and this avoided many issues that would have been life threatening
for my family.
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