I've become so absorbed in learning everything I can about PE (symptoms, risk factors, what can/can't help prevent it a second time around) that I forget that I had HELLP. "Atypical" HELLP according to my MFM (no H), but HELLP nonetheless.
Looking back I had the URQ pain from 21w3d. I went to L&D that night because of the pain but after some IV pain meds, it subsided. Doctors originally thought it was a gallstone, which ultrasounds proved I did have. The pain came back once in a while until week 24 when I had a mild form of it daily until it got so severe I had to go back to L&D. I didn't have any swelling or massive weight gain at all, but I did have +2 protein in my urine at 24w6d. Baby came the morning of our 25th week.
So now I'm pouring over stories of people who've had it in subsequent pregnancies and am terrified. I had just gotten used to the idea of everything possibly turning out okay next time, but this monkey wrench is killing me. Now I wonder if I should even worry so much about PE or if I should focus my obsession on HELLP? My hope was born through reading the stories of successful pregnancies following PE, but now I realize that I am not in that group of women. I'm not sure how to handle this.
I guess I just needed to share.