Originally Posted by sparklett
And really, really research the Brewer Diet. The folks at the Preeclampsia Foundation reject the claims of the Brewer Diet (also called Blue Ribbon Baby) and as someone with a background in biology, I tend to agree. Pre-e is not a dietary issue, it's a placenta issue that begins very early in the pregnancy. You can't eat your way into or out of pre-e. I, personally, would not adopt the Brewer guidelines for my next pregnancy.
It is definitely possible to have pre-e and/or HELLP recur in subsequent pregnancies. In general the earlier and more severe your pre-e/HELLP, the more likely it is to recur, but there are always exceptions.
And it seems as though there is no consensus on recurrence rates, simply because it is so dependent on time of onset, severity, family history, preexisting conditions, etc. I had severe pre-e and delivered my son at 32 weeks, and was quoted a 15% chance of recurrence by one MFM; another quoted me 60-90%.
In my case it was 100%, because I developed it at 29 weeks in my second pregnancy but made it to 34 weeks before delivery.
That said, not many women experience HELLP in more than one pregnancy, but it can happen. Multiples are a risk factor for hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
I definitely agree with the recommendation to see a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist before TTC again, and getting tested for underlying conditions such as clotting disorders, which are associated with increased risk of pre-e.
And I also echo the recommendation to visit the Preeclampsia Foundation forums if you haven't already!