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PE vs. HELLP

Postby kmb1419 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 08:48 pm

by kmb1419 (33 Posts), Tue Mar 29, 2011 08:48 pm

Hi all!

Just another question that came to my head:

Are your chances better to have another child if you only had PE vs having HELLP? I hope that this makes sense. Some days I feel like I'm grasping at straws. Since I had HELLP with both pregnancies I probably I won't have another child but I was curious about this.

Thanks!
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Re: PE vs. HELLP

Postby kvirl » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:44 am

by kvirl (13 Posts), Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:44 am

Hi Kris:

I don't think so. I just met with my perinatologist on Friday and she indicated that PE can be just as devastating to the body/baby as HELLP. She said that everyone thinks HELLP is a severe form of PE, which it is, but it can also occur outside of PE, on its own. Therefore, you ultimately could have a severe form of PE that is not HELLP but just as dangerous to the body/baby.

So, what I came away with from that visit: you don't want either PE or HELLP.

I'm sorry you had HELLP twice. I'm thinking about trying again after one HELLP/placental abruption/loss baby experience and am trying to remain non-anxious.

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Re: PE vs. HELLP

Postby hani118 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 05:43 am

by hani118 (1 Posts), Mon Jan 12, 2015 05:43 am

Are your chances better to have another child if you only had PE vs having HELLP? I hope that this makes sense. Some days I feel like I'm grasping at straws. Since I had HELLP with both pregnancies I probably I won't have another child but I was curious about this.


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Re: PE vs. HELLP

Postby laney_p » Mon Jan 12, 2015 09:34 pm

by laney_p (63 Posts), Mon Jan 12, 2015 09:34 pm

There are a lot of factors that go into whether you will develop preeclampsia again. Generally, yes, the less severe your preeclampsia experience (with HELLP being a much more severe variant of the disease even in its milder forms), the more likely you are to develop it in a future pregnancy. But, that's no guarantee either way. Some women with no history of PE may develop it in a later pregnancy, and some women with HELLP may only have it in a first pregnancy. Generally though, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist would watch you extra carefully if you had experienced HELLP in one or more than one pregnancies. Same with preeclampsia.
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