Breastfeeding After HELLP Syndrome

It is my pleasure to write this Blog for you. Enjoy reading it. Breastfeeding is best for your baby. Breastfeeding is particularly important for babies who are born premature, especially after their mom has experienced hypertensive diseases in their pregnancies, HDP. In fact, some women who are diagnosed with pre-eclampsia will develop HELLP Syndrome. Preeclampsia happens when a woman is pregnant and her blood pressure rises usually after her twentieth week. HELLP Syndrome is a group of symptoms that occur in pregnant women. HELLP Syndrome was named by Dr. Louis Weinstein. It stands for H, hemolysis, which is the breaking down of red blood cells, EL, which stands for elevated liver enzymes and LP, low platelet count.

Some of the symptoms of HELLP Syndrome are a headache, nausea, vomiting, pain after eating, abdominal or chest tenderness and upper right side pain, shoulder pain, bleeding, changes in vision, swelling. You may have high blood pressure or protein in the urine.

See your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms. How can someone prevent themselves from getting HELLP Syndrome? Before getting pregnant, make sure you are healthy by eating properly, getting enough rest and exercising daily. During your pregnancy, make sure you go to regular prenatal visits. Inform you the doctor of any family history, with HELLP Syndrome. Understand the warning signs and contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of these signs. The severity of HELLP Syndrome is classified into 3 categories. Class 1 is severe. Class 2 is moderate and Class 3 is mild thrombocytopenia, platelet count in your body. It is severe if your platelet count is under 50,000/mm3, moderate if your platelet count is 50,000 and 100,000/mm3 and mild if your platelet count is 100,000 and 150,000/mm3. Treatment for HELLP Syndrome is a blood transfusion if bleeding problems continue. Corticosteroid medicines help the baby’s lung develop faster, medicines treat high blood pressure, magnesium sulfate infusion to prevent seizures.

In conclusion, the prognosis for HELLP Syndrome is good as long as you are diagnosed early. If HELLP Syndrome is undiagnosed or untreated,it can result in life-threatening complications for both mom and baby. Therefore, make sure you have regular prenatal checkups. Encouraging and supporting new moms to breastfeed is so important, so we can improve the physical and mental development of preemie babies. Enjoy your time with your baby and enjoy you your journey breastfeeding your baby.For further information visit: www.preeclampsia.org