My sister just lost a baby at
6 months due to HELLP syndrome. She wants to try again, but we are
all worried about reoccurance. There seems to be a lot of contraversy
as to the safeness of subsequent pregnancies after HELLP.
My name is Stacy Neidlinger. I had a little
boy (Nathan) December 13, 1997 due to HELLP Syndrome.
I have had chronic hypertension treated by medication
since I was 20 yrs old. I got pregnant when I was 23 yrs old.
During my fourth month, I noticed tunnel vision
at times, and sometimes it felt as though my eyes were "falling asleep"
or tingling. I told my OB, and she told me not to worry.
I started swelling, quite a bit, around 6 1/2
months. I had to have my wedding ring cut off my finger. I
went to the doctor for my normal check up. I told her I feared preeclampsia,
she told me not to worry, every pregnant woman thinks she has preeclampsia
- you pregnant women read too much. She gave me a 24 hr creatnine
clearance test, and everything came back fine.
Two weeks later, I began to feel uncomfortable.
I felt like I had a
pole up my rear end. I couldn't sit - it
was uncomfortable. The next
morning, I awoke in labor though I wasn't sure
it was labor at the time.
I went to the hospital to get checked out after
contractions for four hours. They took
blood and urine samples and
found that my blood pressure was elevated, my
liver and kidney enzymes were way off, and there was so much protein in
my urine it was the color of dark tea. My platelets were 45,000.
They rushed me via ambulance to Bronson Hospital where I delivered via
c-section a baby boy who weighed 3 pounds 6 oz. His name is Nathan.
Nathan was in perfect condition, he needed no
oxygen assistance, he just needed some poundage, and a little assistance
eating. They gave him an apgar of 8-9.
We recovered well.
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