"I am now a stay at home mom with my rainbow baby, Gracelynn. My husband and I faced very little complications with Gracie. Some faith has been restored that we could have more children, however the loss of our daughter and the threat of HELLP never fully goes away. For now we are enjoying being a family of 3 here on earth and honoring our daughter in heaven.
At 22 weeks of pregnancy, I started having severe pain in my "stomach". The first trip to my OB resulted in some acid reducers and rest. By that Friday I was in so much pain I could go to work. I really couldn't get out of bed. I didn't want to eat or breathe. I went for another visit with my OB and she sent me to the hospital. The entire weekend was spent treating me for ulcers. My gallbladder checked out. The only thing that was found fluid and a fatty spot of my liver. Monday the high risk nurse came in my room to see me and decided to draw labs for HELLP just in case. They said they rarely ever see it this early, but my platelets came back extremely low, liver enzymes sky high and proof of hemolysis was there. For the next 2 weeks I had rounds of steroids and ultrasounds daily.
On August 2nd, 2012 my OB came in and said the baby's cord flow was reversed. She would either die in utero soon or we could go to c section (she was 24 weeks 4 days) as long as my platelets were high enough. They were.
I delivered a 13 oz little girl with my little nose and my husband’s feet. She lived an hour and 21 minutes. Losing Carly was truly the worst experience of my life. My husband thought he was going to lose me as well. We went on a year later to get pregnant with Gracelynn. On February 28, 2014 my rainbow baby was here and no HELLP. We know for future pregnancies we always have that risk. We are just trying to deal with the loss of our first baby and enjoy the love of our 2nd."