Women with HELLP Syndrome and Subsequent Pregnancies
HELLP Syndrome is the condition that encompasses a combination of syndromes. “H” stands for hemolysis, a condition in which breakage of red blood cells takes place. “EL” stands for elevated liver enzymes and “LP” stands for low platelet count. Platelets are essential for blood clotting.
Common complications of HELLP syndrome are preeclampsia and eclampsia of pregnancy. Approximately 25 percent of pregnancies suffer from HELLP related complications.
Symptoms of HELLP Syndrome:
The symptoms of HELLP syndrome include:
- Feeling of being unwell
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain in the upper part of the abdomen
- Frequent bloating and swelling of tissues
- Increased protein in urine
- Elevation in blood pressure
- Low blood sugar levels in advance stages
Consequences of HELLP Syndrome:
The consequences of this syndrome if left untreated include:
- Restriction in the growth of fetus, if required then early delivery
- In case this syndrome has developed after 34 weeks of gestation, or mother’s condition becomes critical due to this syndrome then also urgent delivery remains a cure
- Even after delivery in such situations, mother can suffer from rupture in liver, bleeding or even death.
Women who have suffered from the syndrome of HELLP in their first pregnancy also fear similar complications in their later pregnancies also. So, it is essential for such women to be careful and follow all the instructions of their medical consultant for safe and healthy babies.