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I Had Never Heard Of HELLP Syndrome Until It Nearly Killed Me

I skimmed the books, I had many friends who had children before me and talked with them frequently, I visited my Obstetrician regularly, I took a prenatal class -- all the things a worried first-time mom does. All this, and HELLP syndrome was never discussed.

My first pregnancy was a hard one. I had frequent morning sickness that never went away. I was placed on Diclectin at about six or seven weeks because I couldn't keep simple foods down. I was told it would fade as I got closer to my second trimester, but it didn't. I read about how morning sickness was a good sign and that it meant my HCG levels were high, so I tried to take small comfort in this.

At our 18-week ultrasound,…

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 I Had Never Heard Of HELLP Syndrome Until It Nearly Killed Me

HELLP Syndrome has a global maternal fatality rate reported to be as high as 25 per cent and a fetal mortality rate of 7.7 to 60 per cent. With these numbers, it scares me that it's not talked about (more, or at all).

HELLP Syndrome

My name is Miranda Sherman and I was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome July of 2000. Many women each year are diagnosed with this pregnancy complication, and some women even pass away from the effects. To learn about HELLP read through my site.

Preeclampsia Foundation

HELLP syndrome was named by Dr. Louis Weinstein in 1982 after its characteristics: H (hemolysis, which is the breaking down of red blood cells) EL (elevated liver enzymes) LP (low platelet count) HELLP syndrome can be difficult to diagnose, especially when high blood pressure and protein in the urine aren't present. Its symptoms are sometimes mistaken for gastritis, flu, acute hepatitis, gall bladder disease, or other conditions.


It is characterised by: •H aemolysis •EL (elevated liver) enzymes •LP (low platelet) count NB: most isolated cases of thrombocytopenia in pregnancy are due to gestational thrombocytopenia, where the platelet count falls to 7-150 x 109/L, often late in the second or in the third trimester, rather than due to HELLP.

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