I am wondering if anyone out there has been diagnosed with Antiphospholipid Syndrome?
I developed pre-eclampsia with my first (and only) pregnancy. I know I don't have to explain to you all what a miserable and frightening experience that was. Now my husband and I are discussing whether or not to try again. My OBGYN referred us to a perinatologist, with whom we met and discussed the risks. She recommended the extensive bloodwork that tests for clotting disorders and so we went ahead with it. My OBGYN assured me that the clotting disorders are very rare and was confident that I had a 99% chance of the results being negative.
Well, that 1% chance seems to have my name written all over it, and I came back positive for the Lupus Anticoagulant Antibody. We are meeting next week with the perinatologist again to discuss the results, but in the meantime I am really eager to know more.
Has anyone else experienced this? What does it mean for future pregnancies? With aspirin and/or anticoagulant treatment, is pre-eclampsia avoidable or merely managed? Any insights anyone might have would be very, very appreciated!
Elizabeth Ann (9-20-02, PE at 35 weeks)