by sarahkm (86 Posts), Fri Mar 08, 2013 03:22 pm
I too had HELLP come on very suddenly in my 37th week (I had a normal prenatal appt. 48 hrs before our tragedy happened) and my placenta abrupted leading to our son being stillborn. I was told not to get pregnant again mostly due to my poor kidney function...I was on dialysis for 3.5 months and my kidney values did not improve as fast as wanted/expected after that.
So we had been trying to adopt for the past 4 to 5 years. Now I am expecting again after getting the ok to get pregnant from my OB and MFM. My kidney function has improved and my blood pressure is quite stable. So far things are going well. I'm at 17 weeks. I'm being seen every 2 weeks by my OB at this point and have seen the MFM once so far, but will see him again at my 20 week ultrasound.
I did have an echocardiogram when I was in the hospital which showed some mild abnormalities due to the HELLP syndrome, but then had another 1 year later and things looked better. I don't remember them saying anything about having an enlarged chamber.
I think it is a very good idea to consult with an MFM and go through your history, maybe even talk with another OB that is know for high-risk care. Get as educated as you can about HELLP and preeclampsia, this website is a great resource!
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Mother to Nathanael James born still 12/31/2006 at 38 weeks. Class I HELLP sydrome, placental abruption, acute kidney failure.
Expecting again-due date August 16, 2013 (Folic Acid, LDA, Prenatal vitamins, BP meds, Vitamin D, Slow release Iron)
Elias Nathanael born healthy 07/28/2013 at 37 weeks 2 days, 5#11oz. No signs of HELLP or preeclampsia! Tear noticed in placenta after delivery.