Just wanted to mention that I just finished participating in the research study you are talking about. I hope that the info they got from me helped! It was also fun to go to Vermont for the first time and explore!
I'm now 34 weeks into my 2nd pregnancy after having HELLP almost 7 years ago and ending up in acute kidney failure at that time. I too have chronic hypertension (though it is controlled on a very low dose of BP meds now) and chronic kidney disease. I got the ok after allowing my kidneys to recover as much as possible and getting the creatinine below 2.0 (normal is below 1.0). So far this pregnancy has been completely normal and my BP and kidneys are stable. My BP has stayed below 120/80 for the last few months. I'm being monitored very closely with several ultrasounds and NSTs and blood testing.
Best wishes in your TTC efforts! It took us awhile, but it was most likely due to my age.
Mother to Nathanael James born still 12/31/2006 at 38 weeks. Class I HELLP sydrome, placental abruption, acute kidney failure.
Expecting again-due date August 16, 2013 (Folic Acid, LDA, Prenatal vitamins, BP meds, Vitamin D, Slow release Iron)
Elias Nathanael born healthy 07/28/2013 at 37 weeks 2 days, 5#11oz. No signs of HELLP or preeclampsia! Tear noticed in placenta after delivery.