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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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HELLP Syndrome

HELLP is a scary pregnancy complication that can put mom and baby at risk. Here's the scoop on how to know if you could develop HELLP, and what to do if you do.

What’s the best way to treat HELLP syndrome?

Pregnant moms with HELLP usually get admitted to the hospital. Bed rest, blood pressure medication, blood transfusions and a medication called magnesium sulfate can help manage the condition. Your doctor may also order special steroid shots to speed up your baby’s lung development, in case an early delivery is necessary.

Once baby’s born, you’re likely in the clear: Most HELLP symptoms go away within two to three days of birth.

What can I do to prevent HELLP syndrome?

Sorry but you can’t, since the cause is unknown.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have HELLP syndrome?

“I’m grateful. HELLP syndrome can quickly be life threatening, and I recognized the signs, insisted that my OB see me even though I had an appointment already scheduled for two days later. I’m grateful that DS was as healthy as he was.”

“Sophia was burn on June 8 at 10:12 a.m. after 23 hours of labor and an emergency c-section because of HELLP syndrome. I am on the mend and should be just fine, other than never being able to have a vaginal birth because apparently women with HELLP syndrome have a one in three chance of having it in a future pregnancy and no doctor would take that risk. I’m a little sad, but all in all, I have a beautiful little family.”

“We were diagnosed with HELLP at 37 weeks and I had a very low platelet count and was going into liver failure. All my research seems to say that it’s more likely to happen again with the next pregnancy and that worries me because, what if it happens sooner than 37?”

Are there any other resources for HELLP syndrome?

American Pregnancy Association

March of Dimes

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Preeclampsia

Hypertension During Pregnancy

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-- Deborah Ottenheimer, MD, ob-gyn at Ottenheimer Healthcare in New York

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Reminder: Medical info on The Bump is FYI only and doesn't replace a visit to a medical professional.