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Scheana Shay Diagnosed With HELLP Syndrome After Giving Birth To First Child!

Scheana Shay reveals she's been diagnosed with HELLP syndrome after giving birth to her first child, a daughter with her boyfriend Brock Davies.

“Almost 24 hours after being induced, my blood pressure was extremely elevated,” the Vanderpump Rules star wrote via her Instagram page on Tuesday, April 27.

Shay was first diagnosed with preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication where high blood pressure can affect the liver and kidneys. However, the issue progressed and she explained it “turned into HELLP syndrome,” which is a severe form of preeclampsia, according to Mayo Clinic.

HELLP stands for hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells), elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count. HELLP syndrome can be a life-threatening complication for both mom and baby, and it typically requires the immediate delivery of the infant, reports Us Weekly.

However, the reality star was actually diagnosed after she gave birth to daughter Summer Moon Honey Davies on Monday, April 26.

“My doctor said I was lucky, and we caught this just in time to treat as it’s very unusual to be caught so late, in postpartum,” she explained.

Shay recalled being “on a magnesium drip that made me extremely lethargic and flu-like, shivering uncontrollably to the point where I felt like I was seizing.”

Symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia include high blood pressure, severe headaches, changes in vision, upper abdominal pain and decreased urination, reported the outlet. The causes of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome are unknown, but those dealing with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and having multiples (twins, triplets etc.) are at greater risk.

“I am still being monitored closely for elevated liver enzymes and low blood platelets and not sure how much longer we will be here,” Shay revealed.


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