More Preeclampsia News

Saturday, April 28, 2012
A new study is out dealing with the risk for recurrence of preeclampsia and outcome of subsequent pregnancies. Whew, what a mouth full! This is a huge concern for former preeclampsia mamas. The results were based on former preeclamptics and non-preeclamptics. (Is that a word? lol)


Thanks to Caryn, a moderator in the preeclampsia forums, for explaining the results in layman's terms for the rest of us. Here is her nifty chart:



Condition                            our (pre-e) odds             normotensive (no prior history of pre-e)odds
delivery before 37 weeks      15.2%                              5.7%
delivery before 34 weeks      3.8%                                0.8%
abruption                              1.7%                                0.2%
IUGR                                   2.8%                                0.9%
preeclampsia                        5.9%                                 0.8%

It goes on to say that depending on whether or not you had a combination of these things, your odds could be a lot higher. Caryn explained, "If you had preeclampsia and an abruption last time, your chances of preeclampsia and something going wrong this time are 10.2 times higher than normal. Technically, I think they call that 'a lot higher'. If you had preeclampsia and needed to be delivered before 34 weeks, chances things go wrong are 6.5x higher. If you are a chronic, 5.3x. If you are over 35, 4.3x."

Let's take a look at my conditions.

Kerry's Conditions
  • Delivery before 34 weeks
  • IUGR
  • Preeclampsia (possible HELLP) 
Hmmm. That's three. Had I not delivered before 34 weeks, I may have had only a 3.8% chance of it happening again, 2.8% chance of recurrence for the IUGR and 5.9% chance of recurrence for preeclampsia. This means my risks are at least 6.5% higher across the board. There's also the possibility I have chronic high blood pressure. That would be another 5.3%. Luckily, after losing 32 pounds, my blood pressure is actually going down. So, maybe this wouldn't be an issue.

Overall, these numbers still aren't as scary as what I was originally told. I just might have to bring this up at my next doctor's appointment. Who knows, right?

5 comments

  1. Even though the odds are greater than the average normal pregnancy person, *most* people do go on to have healthy pregnancies. Especially us early onsetters. I had HELLP (the worst class) at 23 weeks, severe IUGR, severe preeclampsia, but made it to 36 weeks with no problems in my second pregnancy- no IUGR, no blood pressure issues at all. Stories like mine (horrible first pregnancy, relatively normal second) are more common than people who get sick again.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. I am a PA student but I haven't learn much about gynecology. I wish you luck with your adoption!

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  3. Who knows?? is right. All you can do is do your due diligence, and learn as much about the disease as possible..then armed with information, seek out a professional and see what their take on it is. I think that after the loss of a baby, we tend to think we're going to be that fraction of a percent or whatever that gets struck again..but statistically, the odds might be better than originally thought.

    I commend you on your fantastic dedication to not only learning more about pre-E, but also your continuing weight loss.

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  4. You just never know! I had HELLP and delivered my daughter stillborn at 23 weeks and a year and six days later delivered my second daughter kicking and screaming at 35 weeks.

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  5. Wow, its interesting how things get crystal clear when broken down with numbers and lay terms. As a mother of two, I am looking at pregnancies with a different lens. Reading your blog is very enlightening.

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