HI, Iâ€™ve just joined the forum after reading some of the posts and finding such useful links to medical journalsâ€¦
In my first pregnancy everything was going well except for some leg swelling. After a 24 hour urine check for protein the consultant said that I was free to go home and that they would monitor the growth of the baby. I just had to see the nurse in fetal medicine to check the babyâ€™s heart beat and then I could go. The aforementioned nurse said that there was no way I could go home (despite the baby being fine) and argued with the consultant and admitted me to the ward (luckily!). By the next morning the doctors came running over to see if Iâ€™d had my breakfast because I needed an emergency caesarean (at 31 weeks) which had to be done under a general anaesthetic because my platelets were too low for a spinal anaesthetic. I had developed apparently developed HELLP syndrome but never really experienced any of the symptoms I have since read up about. All is now fine and my baby girl is a happy healthy 10 year old.
My second pregnancy (9 months later) was fine from start to finish but now â€“ (8 years later) my third pregnancy is beginning to show signs of troubleâ€¦
The consultant this time said that I couldnâ€™t have a doppler scan to check for trouble because the baby was to the same father as the first two and so there was very little risk of pre-eclampsia or HELLP again.. Luckily I was saved by the same lovely lady in fetal medicine who checked me in anyway when I had my anomaly scan. It appears that my blood flow in my uterine arteries has high resistance (way off the scale of 2.14 on the right, and just off the scale of 1.23 on the left) and notching. I gather from reading around theses arenâ€™t great results â€“ but any light thrown on this would be great!
Also, they donâ€™t want to see me for another few weeks and Iâ€™m rather scared after the first time with pretty much no symptoms how I will spot it coming this time. Any ideas? Iâ€™m thinking of hiring a blood pressure monitor (although I didnâ€™t actually have trouble with blood pressure the first time around until after the delivery) and buying some urine dip sticks to monitor the protein. Iâ€™m not sure thereâ€™s much else I can do other than hope but any suggestions would be gratefully receivedâ€¦
Sorry for such a long post.