Platelet Question

Have you suffered from HELLP syndrome or had a pregnancy complicated by an underlying disorder? Discuss your concerns here
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Re : Platelet Question

Postby caryn » Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:24 pm

Those are a little lower than normal, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you're trending towards HELLP -- there's something called "benign thrombocytopenia" that happens in some pregnancies too. And platelets can be pretty variable.

You're being monitored fairly closely, but I know it's probably hard for that to ease your mind considering what happened last time. I'm guessing the plan is to move to Caesarean if your pressures hit 140/90 without labor, or if some other ominous symptoms appear?

Really, what you want here is to be able to come to some consensus about what the best plan for your care is, in consult with your OB/MFM. If your OB believes that a VBAC is still appropriate care for you but hasn't convinced you, I'd ask again until you get an explanation that makes sense. :)

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Re : Platelet Question

Postby sam10 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:29 pm

If you are concerned about your intended VBAC, I'd talk to your MFM or OB. I am sure they will weigh all risks and benefits including your platelet count. If you had a classical c-section, I would be surprised if they let you go for a VBAC.



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Re : Platelet Question

Postby char_ » Mon Apr 05, 2010 05:58 pm

Sorry its 118000, 125000, and 120000. So I know they are too low. I don't know how I managed to miss the "1" in all three of those numbers. That's what I get for posting a message too early in the morning.

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Re : Platelet Question

Postby caryn » Mon Apr 05, 2010 02:39 pm

By "18" I think they must mean 180,000 -- because there's no way you'd still be pregnant with 18,000. So then 25 is 250,000 and 20 is 200,000?

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Platelet Question

Postby char_ » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:08 am

I developed HELLP syndrome during my failed induction with my son. My platelets went from low (110000) to dangerously low (60000) in a matter of hours. Now in the last couple weeks my platelets have started to decrease again. They were 18 went back up to 25 and now there back down to 20. The rest of my lab work is perfect, and my blood pressure is "behaving" but increasing(borderline hypertension). I'm getting bloodwork every 3-4 days but OB doesn't seem to concerned since the rest of my lab work is coming back normal. I'm 38+2 and seriously considering asking for a repeat c-section ASAP rather than the VBAC I was going for. Do you think that's jumping the gun? Should I just trust my OB on this whole platelet issue


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