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Does HELLP mainly happen with underlining conditions?

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Does HELLP mainly happen with underlining conditions?

Postby ktsl123 » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:43 pm

by ktsl123 (297 Posts), Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:43 pm

I was just wondering if anyone knows if HELLP is mainly something happens to people with underlining conditions.
Son born healthy at 5lbs 8oz at 35 weeks +2 days due to Severe PE on 7-21-09
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Re: Does HELLP mainly happen with underlining conditions?

Postby bethgirga » Wed Jul 13, 2011 07:45 am

by bethgirga (5 Posts), Wed Jul 13, 2011 07:45 am

From my understanding "not always". I had HELLP with my first pregnancy. I was put on bedrest at 35 weeks because I had ONE borderline high blood pressure reading. As I was on bedrest I was monitored for liver enzymes and 24 hour urine collections. Suddenly I had HELLP. I am a completely healthy person, work out, eat well, normal weight, etc.
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Re: Does HELLP mainly happen with underlining conditions?

Postby angieb » Thu Jul 14, 2011 04:06 pm

by angieb (1192 Posts), Thu Jul 14, 2011 04:06 pm

Not in my case. I'd say generally it's a toss up.
Me (29) DH (30)
#1-Olivia Caetlyn-9-28-09-9-28-09, 23+2 wks, emergency classic c-section, class I HELLP, IUGR
#2- Lucas Oliver (rainbow baby)- April 2011, 36+2 wks, HELLP and pre-e free! (lovenox and LDA pregnancy)
#3-Matthew, late October 2012...mostly normal, 37 wks, (lovenox and LDA again)
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Re: Does HELLP mainly happen with underlining conditions?

Postby tree » Thu Jul 14, 2011 08:28 pm

by tree (819 Posts), Thu Jul 14, 2011 08:28 pm

Not in my case either. I think it is more common to find an underlying condition in women who had early or especially severe PE/HELLP, but I have never seen anything that suggests that most/many women with HELLP have an underlying condition.
Daughter born April 2009 at 35 weeks due to Class 1 HELLP
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