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Did anyone else have H.E.L.P.P. Syndrome?

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Nickinha Mon 04-Apr-05 15:05:47

I had this when pregnant with dd- resulting in her being 2 mths premature and weighing 1.4kg. She seems absolutely fine now, but I am nervous there might be long term effects of this syndrome.

Anyone with pearls of wisdom out there?

Nickinha Mon 04-Apr-05 15:34:48

I guess not..,

BeachedWhale Mon 04-Apr-05 15:35:04

Hi Nickinha,
Hope you are feeling well again now. I know from my own experience how frightening this can be.
I had this with my first (twin) pregnancy resulting in them being nearly 2 months premature. My kidneys failed and I was quite poorly for a few weeks after they were born and I was treated with a series of blood plasma exchanges. This was four years ago. The DT's were/are fine if still a bit underweight for their age. I probably took a good 6 months to a year before I felt normal again. My kidneys have recovered to almost full function. I have had an annual check up at the hospital ever since with no probs. I've just had another baby and I was v.worried the whole way through but everything was normal with no repeat of the Hellp and not even any raised blood pressure/pre-eclampsia issues. At the time I was ill, I don't think I appreciated how sick I was and I scared myself afterwards by looking things up on the internet. One thing that really helped me was to get an appointment with my specialist at the hospital to talk about my fears and my prognosis and to clear up any questions I had. I would recommend doing this if you are worried. I'd always sailed through life in good health and getting HELLP really knocked me for six mentally as well as physically.

Nickinha Mon 04-Apr-05 15:40:35

thank you for your post beachedwhale, I have to say that everytime i get a slight pain in my stomach (usually it was from over-eating), I think its all coming back and start getting serious anxiety fits, everytime it was just normal pains and then I feel silly. Whenever dd gets sick (a touch of the flu etc.) I get these guilt trips thinking she is sicker than her sisters because of the hellp.... Maybe I should follow your footsteps and go se a specialist to talk about this. THANK YOU for your advice.

Prufrock Mon 04-Apr-05 16:00:58

A friend of mine had HELLP and had to deliver at 30 weeks. Her dd is nearly 4 now and shows no signs at all of being affected by her early start. She also went on to have another totally normal pregnancy.

Nickinha Mon 04-Apr-05 17:28:59

thats what i wanted to hear, thanks prufrock

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