by kara (6614 Posts), Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:17 am
For sure you should see a specialist. We suggest that all women who have had preeclampsia or HELLP, see a specialist. They can run underlying disorders testing before you get pregnant to see if there was some underlying reason you developed HELLP, and if there is they can help you get treated. It's not just about checking your baselines (though that is important, too. Check out this web page for Peri/MFM specialists in your area. www.smfm.org I'm always wary of doctors who don't want to refer, particularly when the history shows that the problem would be out of their scope. Very few OB's ever get to see HELLP in a patient. SO unless he/she has MUCH experience with HELLP and severe PE, then off to the specilaist you should go if possible. Much of the time a peri/MFM will oversee your care. So you will have regular appointments with your normal OB, and a few appointments with the PERI. If something looks funky, the peri will order additional testing, and make sure you and baby get appropriate care. I felt so much better after seeing a perinatologist that I liked, when trying to decide about having another child. Good luck!