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preeclampsia and how long was yours managed before delivery?

Postby mychaelelaine » Tue Mar 27, 2012 09:57 am

by mychaelelaine (195 Posts), Tue Mar 27, 2012 09:57 am

Hi guys,

I have a question. My doctor told me I didn't have preeclampsia @ around 22 weeks, 5 days. I lost my daughter at 23 weeks, 2 days. I'm pregnant again, 10 weeks. I'm nervous of course. I ended up with hellp also. My daughter was delivered stillborn. I'm praying I don't experience preeclampsia again but we're more prepared if that is the case. I'm just wondering how many weeks everyone's preeclampsia was controlled before doctors decided they had to induce?
10/17/2011 ~ Mychael Elaine was born sleeping. We miss and will always love you!
9/16/2012 ~ Michael Leon was born, God is so good! Severe pre-e again, induced at 34 weeks, c-section due to baby's heart decelerating with each contraction. 1 week in NICU. I'm done! :)
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Re: preeclampsia and how long was yours managed before deliv

Postby amjon » Tue Mar 27, 2012 06:13 pm

by amjon (62 Posts), Tue Mar 27, 2012 06:13 pm

I was also told I was fine at 26+1. She died on 26+5. My new OB thinks it was HEELP syndrome. I'm trying to see a MFM specialist before I become pregnant again, but the soonest the one had was May 2. :( I'm hoping another one can see me sooner. (The regular OB said he would already plan for an early delivery, possibly around 26 weeks.)
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Re: preeclampsia and how long was yours managed before deliv

Postby tree » Tue Mar 27, 2012 09:12 pm

by tree (819 Posts), Tue Mar 27, 2012 09:12 pm

I am really sorry for the loss of both of your daughters. HELLP is brutal.
Congrats on your second pregnancy. We will be thinking good thoughts for a long and boring pregnancy!
Our daughter was delivered a few hours after diagnosis. That kind of timeline is not unusual for HELLP. The average time between diagnosis and delivery for PE in general is about two weeks. Many posters seem to hang on for a relatively long time with slow moving PE, so it is possible.
Daughter born April 2009 at 35 weeks due to Class 1 HELLP
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Re: preeclampsia and how long was yours managed before deliv

Postby caryn » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:27 pm

by caryn (10131 Posts), Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:27 pm

There's usually a big difference in rate of progression between first and second pregnancies, because the fact that you have been pregnant before makes it easier for the placenta to implant and develop properly. So PE tends to be milder and later in subsequent pregnancies.

My PE was managed for slightly over two days before delivery, just long enough to get steroids on board. They started an induction, but things were going downhill too quickly and I got a Caesarean about 51 hours after they started the steroid shots - we just made it through the 48 hour window for acceleration of lung development.
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Re: preeclampsia and how long was yours managed before deliv

Postby kerisue » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:43 pm

by kerisue (623 Posts), Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:43 pm

I was diagnosed just a handul of days before delivering... it was very rapid, but I don't think that's the case for everyone.
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Re: preeclampsia and how long was yours managed before deliv

Postby mychaelelaine » Wed Mar 28, 2012 07:58 am

by mychaelelaine (195 Posts), Wed Mar 28, 2012 07:58 am

amjon wrote:I was also told I was fine at 26+1. She died on 26+5. My new OB thinks it was HEELP syndrome. I'm trying to see a MFM specialist before I become pregnant again, but the soonest the one had was May 2. :( I'm hoping another one can see me sooner. (The regular OB said he would already plan for an early delivery, possibly around 26 weeks.)


Wow! 26 weeks. So interesting.
10/17/2011 ~ Mychael Elaine was born sleeping. We miss and will always love you!
9/16/2012 ~ Michael Leon was born, God is so good! Severe pre-e again, induced at 34 weeks, c-section due to baby's heart decelerating with each contraction. 1 week in NICU. I'm done! :)
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Re: preeclampsia and how long was yours managed before deliv

Postby mychaelelaine » Wed Mar 28, 2012 08:03 am

by mychaelelaine (195 Posts), Wed Mar 28, 2012 08:03 am

Thanks so much guys! I wasn't expecting to see so many who delivered so soon after diagnosis. Kind of scary. I'm hoping if I do get it again PE and/or HELLP that it comes a lot later. I'm just praying to make it to a safer time (don't necessarily know what week that is). There is a lot that's being done differently this time around. I'm on baby aspirin, they've already gotten a baseline for 24-hour urine, and just monitoring very closely. So, I feel much more comfortable. Wish me luck!
10/17/2011 ~ Mychael Elaine was born sleeping. We miss and will always love you!
9/16/2012 ~ Michael Leon was born, God is so good! Severe pre-e again, induced at 34 weeks, c-section due to baby's heart decelerating with each contraction. 1 week in NICU. I'm done! :)
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Postby MomTimesThree » Sat Mar 31, 2012 08:46 pm

by MomTimesThree (571 Posts), Sat Mar 31, 2012 08:46 pm

We were diagnosed at 29 weeks and made it to 36w6d, when our induction was started, and lil' one arrived the next day- full term! We managed mostly at home until the end.

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your lil' one and wish you a long and uneventful pregnancy for this lil' sibling.
2008-Our Baby Girl, PTL born too early at 30w6d, Fought so hard... Forever Loved & Missed
2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w
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Postby mychaelelaine » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:19 pm

by mychaelelaine (195 Posts), Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:19 pm

Thank you! I'm feeling pretty confident. I have different doctors so that's a huge step in the right direction. Thanks everyone for your responses!!
10/17/2011 ~ Mychael Elaine was born sleeping. We miss and will always love you!
9/16/2012 ~ Michael Leon was born, God is so good! Severe pre-e again, induced at 34 weeks, c-section due to baby's heart decelerating with each contraction. 1 week in NICU. I'm done! :)
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Re: preeclampsia and how long was yours managed before deliv

Postby flori » Thu Apr 05, 2012 03:28 am

by flori (225 Posts), Thu Apr 05, 2012 03:28 am

I was told I had HELLP at around 5am and baby was taken via c-section at 5:27pm because of my labs going to poo. :(

Good luck in your new journey.
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