What do you mean HELLP?
Posted On Friday, February 22, 2013 by Sarah
The majority of my pregnancy was wonderful. I had kept up with my workouts, ate healthy, felt great! I had no reason to think that this pregnancy would be any different with my first. All my tests were coming back normal, I was gaining the right amount of weight and the baby seemed to be moving all over the place. At 33 weeks pregnant I began to have some abdominal pain that I thought was due to the baby's positioning, or possibly gallbladder. I began having the pain more often and mostly through the night. I let it go on for about a week until I called my doctor. By this time I was 34 weeks and only seeing my doctor every two weeks. The office told me to come on in, they took my blood pressure, did a urine test, all the normal things for an prenatal appointment. My blood pressure was slightly elevated, but not severe. I told my doctor what was going on and they set me up an appointment to have an ultrasound on my gallbladder but as a precaution he sent me to the hospital for blood work to rule anything out. I get a call a few hours later to go immediately to the hospital. I had HELLP Syndrome. I was admitted at 3:30pm, my son Luke was delivered at 6:23pm that very day. I had a platelet transfusion, two blood transfusions, 24 hours of magnesium.
My condition had remained undetected. I had no prior symptoms, and everything happened so fast. Had my doctor not ordered that test, my son and I may not be here today. Luke spent 2 and a half weeks in the NICU. He had fetal growth restriction, but other than that did very well! He is now almost 4 months old.
I am thankful to the doctors and staff that cared for me. I had no prior knowledge of HELLP syndrome, but hope I can educate others through my experience!
After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be ...