HELLP Syndrome with first pregnancy - can it happen again?

Daisy - posted on 07/09/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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Hello!

At the age of 27, I gave birth my beautiful daughter Zoey. She is the absolute joy of my husband and I. We always planned on having two babies, but after having Zoey those plans changed.

I bragged about how easy my pregnancy was going, I had no morning sickness, always had energy, I had it super easy. It wasn't until I reached 7 months that I noticed my legs swelling. My doctor asked me to watch my sodium intake and to keep my legs elevated. The swelling never went away. I would visit my doctor as scheduled and she never seemed overly concerned of my swollen legs. I asked her if I was at risk for toxemia or preeclampsia, but she said no because preeclampsia usually comes with a series of other symptoms...like severe headaches, protein in urine, etc. So with this being my first pregnancy, I trusted her. I gained 40 lbs in a 2 1/2 month time period. She never squeezed my legs or feet to see how severe mg swelling was nor did she put me on bed rest.
I reached my 40 weeks of pregnancy, still swollen as can be with legs that appeared to be elephant legs. One Friday morning, I woke up to get ready for work. I sat in bed for a while because something didn't feel right. I remember telling mg husband that everything looked blurry. I would try to focus on one thing up close and saw nothing, I focused on something far away and saw a little better. I figured my sugar was a little low. So I packed up some fruit to eat on my way to work, by then my vision was a little better. I never made it out the front because I couldn't see a thing.
I was admitted in the hospital that day and was being induced. I had Zoey the next day by normal delivery. My husband had to fill me in on this because I have no memory of that day because I had a stroke.
I woke up in another hospital with no memory of being pregnant or where I was. It was horrible.
I gained my memory back little by little. I had to learn how to feed myself and how to walk. I was diagnosed with severe HELLP syndrome. Doctors said I dodged a bullet...I was only given a 10% chance to live.

My NEW doctors including my neurologist ran several tests and told me I can have a another baby, but would run the risk of this happening again.

Has anyone had HELLP syndrome and had normal second pregnancy?

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