Anyone else deliver a baby at 20 weeks give or tak

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Re : Anyone else deliver a baby at 20 weeks give or tak

Postby brandi101 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 00:47 am

i delivered my daughter at 27 weeks though she had only survives until 25 weeks and did not know i had pre e with her til i got pregnant again thats when they found it and protein s def

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Postby weybridge05 » Mon Dec 28, 2009 08:45 pm

you are so welcome. Please keep me posted and let me know how things work out with you. oh, I have not used fb in years :-)

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Postby atvlady » Mon Dec 28, 2009 08:30 pm

Thank you Rana. My and your story goes close together. I live in VA and in a part that it is hard to find any specialist. I do have a WONDERFUL OB who has a plan lined out for me. I feel confident that I will have a baby next time, I just gotta get my health in line. Thank you for your story! It gives me much hope and I need all I can get! Thank you so much!

I think I just found you on FB!

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Postby weybridge05 » Mon Dec 28, 2009 08:09 pm

hello yes, I did at 21 weeks. I just posted this on the main site but I wanted to share my story with you. I am 36 now and your story stuck a cord with me - good luck to you!

Hello all, August 2008 I was rushed to the hospital after my doctor had called me at 8 am telling me that she thought I had Hellp syndrome and that she feared for my life. for about a week I had severe pain in my back, I felt very tired and my urine was turning a rust color. After thinking it was a pulled muscle for 6 days until my urine turned a burnt umber color, I finally went to see my regular doctor thinking that I had a uti, never in a million years did I think that both my life and my baby's life were in danger. It took a few days of tests but finally, at 10:30 pm on Sunday night (2 days into my hospital stay) I was diagnosed with level1 hellp syndrome. My little angel was born Sept 2nd at 21 +2 days, he was still born and I was devastated. I had no symptoms of PES and had just been to my ob for my check up a few days before with everything being normal and I had never heard of HELLP syndrome before. I was dazed and confused and what made things worse was the more I researched things on the internet, the grimmer the outlook seemed. I found this forum and reading everyone’s blogs helped a little but I was still absolutely terrified about trying to have a baby again. A few months later, much to my surprise, I was pregnant again. I called my high risk ob to set an appointment and knew what to tell the receptionist in order to get an appointment right away (my ob and I had already talked all this through) but he was, ironically, on paternity leave. I was so intent on working with him (he was not my ob for my first pregnancy but took care of my whilst I was in hospital - he was amazing and had the best bedside manner of any doc I have ever met and I completely trusted him!) so I went to his clinic anyway and met with another more Jr doc. She told me that I had 50% chance of getting hellp again and an even higher chance of getting PES (even thought I did not have that last time) I remember going home that day and crawling into bed and staying there for the next 2. I also blogged that day and got such overwhelming support from everyone on the forum that I felt much better. My OB was so upset when I told him the story and said “ statistics are important to know and to consider before you get pregnant, once you are already pregnant, why focus on that since there is nothing you can do at that point. Its important once you have made the decision to try again, to stay as positive as you can and set little milestones for your self to work towards”

Anyway, luckily my MFM had already planned out the course of care we would take, something I strongly recommend you to do if you are thinking about getting pregnant again - this way you know what is in store and it gives you a sense of control, like you are being proactive and doing something to protect yourself and your little one. I started baby aspirin at 7 weeks as well as lovenox shots in the tummy (even though I have no underlying disorders) I had monthly visits through my first trimester, then bi-weekly for my second and by my third I had a weekly appointments. We also conducted monthly growth tracking ultrasounds and drew blood work every visit checking platelets, liver function etc. No planned bed rest as my doctor felt that there is no connection between stress and the disease but he also supported me in leveraging the flexible work benefits my company offers and I was able to work from home a little more frequently which allowed me to get a little more sleep.

In spite of my nerves, particularly around 20 - 24 weeks, I had a normal pregnancy all the way through till I was 34 weeks and 5 days - that morning I woke up bleeding. My husband rushed me to the hospital but by the time I got there the bleeding was already slowing down. For a while we thought that I was in early labor but after lots of tests and being on monitors all day, I was told that I had a minor placental abruption - so minor that they could not even see it on the ultrasound. My doctor kept me in the hospital for a week for monitoring me, he took me off the lovenox but kept me on the baby aspirin. Being in the hospital was stressful but also comforting since I had 2xs daily nsts, my blood pressure was checked several times a day and so if anything was creeping up, they would know right away. I was also surrounded by other women on the maternal special care ward and so it was a built in support system. By the 8th day in the hospital my bp went up enough for the doctors to order blood work and a 24 hr urine test - which after 26 nail biting hours was negative and my blood work was all normal too- I guess the stress of everything was starting to get to me and was showing up in my blood work. At this point I was nearing 36 weeks so my doctor suggested an amnio to see if the baby's lungs were mature enough for me to deliver early, they were not but since the bleeding had stopped and everything else was normal aside from the weird bp spike that had already leveled out, he allowed me to go home (on modified bed rest) and we scheduled an induction at 37 weeks. My amazing little boy, Deven Ryan, was born at 37 weeks and 1 day he weighed in at 7 lbs 11 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. He is now 4 1/2 months old and is just the most wonderful baby in the world.

I have been reading some of the new posts out there and am reminded how scary it all is, how painful and confusing it all seems and how hard it was to find success stories on subsequent pregnancies particularly with people that had Sever Hellp so early. So I wanted to share mine with you. Please let me know if there is more you would like to know, I will say that if you are reading this and are in the new england area, I would strongly recommend you going to the MFM clinic at ***** where, at least for my family, the most wonderful doctors that gave us hope and supported us as a family are.

Sorry for such a long note – I wish you all hope and healthy pregnancies.

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Re : Anyone else deliver a baby at 20 weeks give or tak

Postby lgw » Thu Oct 01, 2009 08:41 pm

21 wks first pg; 36 wks 2nd pg., but hospitalized at 32 wks. Was very closely managed during 2nd pg, but was less medicated due to me being in significantly better physical shape.

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Postby lola1971 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 01:51 am

With my 2nd pg, I made it to 28 weeks and 5 days. I started to show signs of pe at 26 weeks. My pg was managed with aggressive bp meds. it was a rough pg at the end and my baby was a preemie. BUT my little one is alive and doing well. I have the peri and the level 3 NICU to thank for that. She is home now and needs to gain a little weight but overall- very healthly. good luck to you- I know it is very stressful and hard to not worry now.

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Postby atvlady » Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:53 pm

Awesome thanks Caryn.

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Postby caryn » Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:50 pm

Delissa, she'll probably be around shortly, but search user name "jenndola". (She had HELLP at 19.5 weeks, then with very aggressive management with Enbrel got to 29 weeks or so with each of her subsequent pregnancies.)

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Anyone else deliver a baby at 20 weeks give or tak

Postby atvlady » Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:01 pm

Am asking to see if any of you delivered at 20 weeks or there abouts. I am curious as to your subsequent pregnancies. How far along did you get and when did pre-e and/or HELLP strike? Also, was your subsquent pregnancies managed with increases in BP meds? Thanx


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