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This is something that is close to my heart and I want everyone to be aware of. HELLP Syndrome is something that had a major effect on my best friend at the end of her pregnancy with her daughter and is something that is now affecting her friend who is 32 weeks pregnant with twins. Luckily for my friend, it didn't present itself until she was 37 weeks pregnant and her daughter was born without complications. Our daughters are exactly 2 weeks apart and were due 5 days apart, so it was very scary for me to be 36 weeks pregnant and having my best friend call me at 7 a.m. almost a month early to tell me she was a mommy already. My plan was to call her later in the day and tell her happy birthday! (She and her DD have birthdays 1 day apart from each other) It was a very scary situation for them and us. The only cure for HELLP Syndrome is delivery of the baby. My friend's liver had begun to shut down only hours after getting to the hospital to be monitored. This isn't something that only affects unhealthy people, my friend is a chiroprator and one of the healthiest people I know. She ate perfectly, exercised, took all the right supplements and still had this happen. So please, keep an eye on your blood pressure gals! That's what ended up saving my friend and her baby! She noticed something was wrong and called her Dr. immediately. And also say a little prayer or have a little thought for her friend and her twins. Thanks.
I am wondering the same as Amy. What were her symptoms etc. This is scary. I had high liver enzymes and a fatty liver before I got pregnant. It was due to me being over weight, and they said it is common in over weight women and usually goes undiagnosed. My dr's know about all this though, but my blood pressure has been ok I guess. The highest it was was 132/82, a bit higher than normal, but they didn't seem worried at all.
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Really, her only sign prior to being diagnosed with HELLP was higher than normal blood-pressure, but she was never even diagnosed with pre-e or hypertension or anything. At her 36 week appointment her BP was higher than it ever had been but she wasn't spilling protein or anything yet. Her OB told her to keep an eye on things and call if ANYTHING changed. Because of her chiropractic training and interest in women's health, she knew when her BP starting going up again. She also had a few other things start to happen that week - headaches, tingling in her hands (I think) that caused her to worry. When she got to the hospital the night of her birthday she was spilling protein in her urine and her BP was dangerously high. This was all just a few days after her regular check up and it was the week after Christmas. Once she was at the hospital, they did a blood panel and it was confirmed that her liver had begun to shut down and she needed to deliver her DD immediately. Her DH barely got back to the hospital and she had to have an emergency c-section under general anesthesia.
But she was never put on bed rest, never had ANY sign of anything other than just slightly high BP until 36 weeks. I don't know what her friend has had so far, I'm guessing high BP and other signs. I'm also guessing that she knew to ask to checked for HELLP due to my friend's issues with it.
Can you have HELLP without having high blood pressure? I'm only wondering because I frequently experience all of the symptoms mentioned in the wikipedia page, but my BP is always low (112/59 last time I checked). The only symptom which I don't experience often is tingling in the extremities.
Krissy, I don't think so. Hypertension is the main sign of there being something wrong. Once your Dr. sees your BP go high they will check your urine for protein spillage and also order a blood work-up to check your liver enzymes and platelets. But if it is a concern, make sure you bring it up to your Dr!