All Posts Tagged ‘HELLP’

  • Reflecting On Alexander’s Birth Story

    Monday, August 2nd, 2010

    Last week I wrote about my birthday and birthdays in general and how the day of our birth evolves, over time, into two or three sentence descriptions by our mothers.

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  • When Things Don’t Go As Planned: Preeclampsia

    Monday, October 5th, 2009

    As I continue the discussion on home-birth I’d like to share with you my experience with Alexander’s birth. It is an excellent example of how unexpectedly things can change.

    I was really healthy during my pregnancy. A week before my December 24th due date, my water bag broke in the Christmas card aisle of our local drugstore (that’s another story) and within a few hours I was in booming labor. However, when I arrived at the hospital, my blood pressure was extremely high, 180/120. My normal blood pressure is about 90/60. I had noticed my feet were pretty puffy but did not realize that I had gained 9 pounds (in fluid) since the previous day. Shockingly and randomly, I had preeclampsia and was developing something called HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzyme levels, and a low platelet count) syndrome, the most severe complication of preeclampsia.

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