According to preeclampsia.org HELLP stands for hemolysis, (which is the breaking down of red blood cells), elevated liver enzymes (indicating liver failure) and low platelet count (platelets help your blood clot).
To most of us that makes absolutely no sense, and diagnosing HELLP can be frustrating because the symptoms are often mistaken for other factors including, but not limited to gastritis, flu, and gall bladder disease. Basically, the majority of doctors will tell you that HELLP Syndrome is a very severe case of preeclampsia, but others will tell you that HELLP Syndrome is completely separate from HELLP.
In a nutshell HELLP affects your blood cells and liver, and can lead to any or all of the following:
There are three classes of HELLP Syndrome; mild, moderate, and severe based on platelet levels, but these levels are not set standard throughout the United States.
As of now there is no way to prevent HELLP Syndrome, which is why it is especially important to regconize the symptopms of HELLP.
Preeclampsia.org suggests these four things to help you help yourself in regards to HELLP Syndrome:
"The physical symptoms of HELLP Syndrome may seem at first like preeclampsia. Symptoms reported by the pregnant woman developing HELLP syndrome may include one or all of the following:
Signs to look for include:
Some women have no symptoms. Watch the video below on 7 symptoms every pregnant woman should know.