Originally posted by tree
Welcome, and sorry you had to find us here.
How old is your son? I am glad to hear he is doing well now. My little peanut is not such a little peanut anymore. She was born at 35 weeks because I also had HELLP, spent about 3 months on O2 due to altitude, and has done really well since then. We also struggled with breastfeeding. The lactation consultant at the hospital said it is pretty common with HELLP, and there are many women on the board who have had problems along with a bunch that were able to breastfeed. HELLP is different in each person.
My daughter is 15 months old, and I am just starting to think about having another baby. I am not nearly ready yet, but I feel like I could be next year. I need to find a good MFM to talk to about that. My doctor didn't instill a lot of confidence in me about another pregnancy. I learned here that another doctor would probably be able to do that.
As for long term consequences, most doctors will tell you that there aren't any. There is a lot of recent research that suggests that there are some increased risks for cardiac problems later in life and thyroid problems. I finally feel "normal" again this summer. It took me about a year. Most people feel better much sooner.
Originally posted by tree
We live at about 8500'. The neighborhood Moms told me that the babies (even at term) sometimes come home on O2 up here. I was a little surprised that both O2 companies knew our neighborhood before I heard that. We ended up on O2 again when she got RSV in March. That was much more difficult and also very common. There are some downsides to having babies at altitude, but nearly all of the neighborhood kids are very healthy anyway.
Cannulas make breastfeeding difficult, but our problem was me. Fortunately, she my daughter wasn't terribly picky and we were able to breastfeed a little for a few months. It made me feel better about the whole thing.
Let me know if you hear of a good MFM. Nearly all of the MFMs I have found on the internet are down in Denver or further east, and I am just burned out on doctors to make the trek out to see one of them.
Originally posted by MilesyMommy
I ended up with HELLP with DS1. Kind of like you... I had no outward symptoms, just high BP as my pregnancy progressed. At 36 weeks, the midwife sent me to L&D because it was so high, and they ran labs, I was immediately induced for PE/HELLP. Luckily, we did not experience IUGR, Miles was 7lbs 6oz. He had feeding issues, I did BF but had to supplement. He was always on the low end of the percentiles for weight. He's 3 1/2 now, at the 36%. There's nothing wrong with being on the low end. Beleive me, I asked and asked and asked the peds about it. Always hard when your child doesn't seem to gain weight like other kids.
I knew I wanted more kids, learned more about PE and HELLP that scared me more. But I wanted another child, and I knew that holding the baby and seeing him smile and listening to him coo and all the future smiles and giggles and hugs were worth the months of worry and the possibility of loss. DS2 is 10 months old now. Only PIH, no PE, no HELLP. I was worried, so worried the entire time. It was so hard to enjoy the pregnancy. I came here to vent and share and have people that understood what I was going through.
Good luck with your decision!
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