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IVF and Pre-e and HELLP

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Re: IVF and Pre-e and HELLP

Postby Mari2013 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 03:48 pm

by Mari2013 (24 Posts), Sat Jan 25, 2014 03:48 pm

Caryn, I don't think you missed anything. Maybe he was just not aware? He didn't frame his answer as if it were based on recent research. Sometimes I think we delve deeper into the details of these issues than our doctors.
Mom to one amazing toddler girl, delivered at 28 weeks due to severe HELLP.
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Re: IVF and Pre-e and HELLP

Postby CptSpacely » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:13 am

by CptSpacely (12 Posts), Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:13 am

Mari2013 wrote: Sometimes I think we delve deeper into the details of these issues than our doctors.

I definitely think you're right about that--not that our doctors would admit it. :roll: And it makes sense when you think about it. A doctor, whether he/she is a "specialist", is really required to be a generalist in their area of medicine. They can't possibly have time to study in detail every facet of medical research that is applicable to every single patient that they encounter and have time to care for the patients themselves. Your MFM may be a specialist in hyptertensive disorders of pregancy, for example, but not necessarily be up on the research concerning the link between IVF and PE--I mean, there have to be hundreds of things that influence a predisposition to PE. Whether or not the doctor is fully abreast of all the recent research or not, I expect that he/she is going to answer your questions based upon their own personal experience with the disease, and their experience is by definition going to be limited. Not to mention that it's somewhat rare (at least in my experience :D ) to encounter a doctor that actually acknowledges the limits of his/her own knowledge. Anyway, this has been an interesting topic, and I'm glad you brought it up. I wish you the best in TTC your next child, and I'll be interested to learn how your next pregnancy turns out--so keep us posted!
DS: Born via C-section on 7/4/12 at 33w5d after sudden onset of severe PE. Now a happy, healthy toddler!
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