by rgrwife (76 Posts), Mon Aug 02, 2010 02:47 pm
I know what the definition of HELLP is, but what exactly does it mean...what does it do (or what would it do if untreated) to your body? I know the low blood platelets have something to do with clotting? I found out after my c-section that I had HELLP. So I don't know if the doctor found out before, during or after the c-section. She did say that I was on the severe end of the spectrum and that I was lucky that they delivered me that day. So if it had been a few days later, what would have happened? Would my blood have stopped clotting? Would they not have been able to do a c-section?
Also, I was wondering if there was anything I should ask at my six week appointment. I had tests for underlying disorders before I got pregnant (I don't have any). Should I expect or request to do any labs? Or will I be pretty much back to normal? I'm on bp meds now, I was on them for six weeks after the birth of my first son. I expect my blood pressure to sort of taper off and return to normal like it did with my first.
Any insight is greatly appreciated!