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HELLP and MTHFR

Postby twolfgram » Thu May 01, 2003 09:36 am

by twolfgram (388 Posts), Thu May 01, 2003 09:36 am

Now I am worried and confused. I've had HELLP Syndrome and diagnosed homozygous for MTHFR. The perinatalogist said to take baby aspirin and use heparin therapy in any future pg. Will the heparin hurt me as far as the history of HELLP is concerned? I don't want to take any unnecessary risks. Any advice would be helpful.

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Re : HELLP and MTHFR

Postby expert on call » Tue May 13, 2003 09:45 am

by expert on call (297 Posts), Tue May 13, 2003 09:45 am

The MTHFR mutation is very common. 10% of the caucasian population has this mutation. While heparin and baby aspirin can be used in women who have had HELLP--many professionals use folic acid 1-4 mg per day to address the deficit caused by MTHFR. This is less invasive therapy. I would go back to my perinatologist and discuss this option with him or her.

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Re : HELLP and MTHFR

Postby expert on call » Tue May 13, 2003 09:45 am

by expert on call (297 Posts), Tue May 13, 2003 09:45 am

It should be noted that heparin does have side effects--you should discuss these with your perinatologist.

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Re : HELLP and MTHFR

Postby twolfgram » Tue May 13, 2003 10:51 am

by twolfgram (388 Posts), Tue May 13, 2003 10:51 am

Thank you for your response - a followup question is this - I was on prenatal vitamins with both pregnancies, and still had the abruption at 29 weeks with the second. Both my OB and my perinatalogist said this was probably due to the MTHFR mutation. Is that correct and is there not enough folic acid in the prenatals or did I start taking them too late - I was 11 weeks along when I found out I was pregnant. The perinatalogist said we'd need to start the heparin at about 42 days.

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