I developed HELLP syndrome at 35 weeks pregnant, although it's wasn't diagnosed until 37 weeks, after which I had a beautiful, little baby boy via emergency caesarean.
For those who don't know what HELLP is, it is a rare and serious form of pre-eclampsia. HELLP stands for Haemolysis (rupture of the red blood cells),
EL stands for Elevated Liver enzymes in the blood (reflecting liver damage), LP stands for Low blood levels of Platelets (specialised cells which are vital for clotting).
My symptoms were upper back pain, which after being diagnosed was put down to my liver being so inflammed it was causing so much pain, and then later nausea, hot and cold shakes, fever, sweating, oedema and protein in my urine.
I had never heard of HELLP until about 5 hours before my son was born. And have found it hard finding information about it, and would love to hear about other mum's experiences with HELLP.
Jakson is now 13weeks old and is amazing and getting cheekier by the day!!!