Hope after HELLP Syndrome

On July 10th, 2009 I developed HELLP Syndrome and our beautiful, tiny son Levi was born at 31 weeks.  He is now almost 18 months and is a strong, healthy toddler.  I am writing this blog because after Levi’s birth, my husband and I toiled over the decision of whether or not we should have another child.  Initially the answer seemed clear… No, the risk is too high!  Over the course of a year, God softened our fearful hearts and brought peace.  After talking with a specialist, discussing the risks, the odds, the unknowns… we decided that we would be open to another pregnancy and allow God’s perfect timing to take place.  It took us over 2 years to conceive Levi and now after only 4 cycles from when our decision was made, we found out on Christmas that we are pregnant with our second child. 

I had spent a lot of time searching websites and forums about HELLP Syndrome seeking answers over the past year and a half.  I realized that I found the most comfort from women who shared about a pregnancy after HELLPS.  That is why I am writing this blog.  I would like to share my story of Levi and my journey of Baby to spread HOPE to other women just wanting to know the results of a pregnancy after HELLPS.  I do not know what the outcome will be, it may be a difficult one to share or it may be filled with relief and comfort, but I know that the end result will be JOY as God brings another life into this world.  He saw us through our first pregnancy and I have faith that He will bring us through another.

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2 thoughts on “Hope after HELLP Syndrome

  1. Nicole says:

    I am ssooo happy you shared your story!! I googled vbac after hellp and your blog came up. Your story is almost identical to mine!! I am reading the beginning and how crazy it is because my son is almost 19 mon and I feel prompted to write a book about our experience over the past year and a half!! We to we’re moving to a new house and I felt fine other than fatigued and swelling. We lived with friends for a couple of days and after 12 hours in our new house I was admitted to thd hospital with pre-e. 4 days later developed hellp in a matter of hours and had to have an emergency c section at 31 wks. My son too was 9 weeks early!! I am blown away about how similar our stories are, and the crazy part .. My OBs name was Dr. brown!!! Omg I just got chills!!! I am encouraged reading your story about Asher, as my husband and I have been considering what is next for us for kids. I go back and forth. I have only read a few post but plan to read them all because I do believe God directed me to your blog for hope!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your willingness to share your story!! It has already given me hope and I am praying for a vbac next time around and for a healing birth experience if the Lord willing. Any advice you can offer would be great!! Btw he am not currently pregnant but we are thinking about trying come spring.

    • Thank you Nicole for sharing your story with me. I am always amazed by how God orchestrates people and experiences in our lives that connect us with others, helping us find healing but where we are able to help others as well. It continues to bring me peace and joy when I know that I can help spread God’s hope to others. The only advice that initially comes to mind is that if you go into another pregnancy, be okay mentally and emotionally with whatever outcome happens. God saw you through it before and can do it again. I am grateful for my experience with HELLP syndrome and with having had a preemie. It was definitely a difficult trial but I am happy with the woman I have become because of those experiences. Besides carrying full term is a beautifully miserable experience in and of itself. Hahaha! I was HUGE with Asher, didn’t even know I could physically get that big… definitely harder to loose the baby weight, but possible. 🙂 I hope you have an amazing experience and write about all of the adventures that you encounter!

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