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A mother with Antiphospholipid syndrome shared her hard 38-week-4-day journey of pregnancy

After more than 38 weeks of pregnancy with Hong Ngoc Hospital obstetricians’ attentive care, Mrs. N.H.Hanh with antiphospholipid syndrome which caused blood clotting disorders had successfully given birth with immeasurable happiness.

Sharing about her conditions, Mrs. Hanh said that the antiphospholipid syndrome she got may be inherited from her mother because she also had suffered multiple miscarriages before.

While everything went smoothly the first time, she was quite worried this second time. During the pregnancy, she initiatively performed necessary tests to understand and have specialists manage her conditions.

Through research, Mrs. Hanh learned that this disease was dangerous for pregnant women which might cause miscarriage as well as other pregnancy complications, affecting the safety of both mother and fetus. She actively asked her friends and searched online for good doctors and reliable hospitals that could accompany her to have a healthy pregnancy.

Putting her trust in the experienced doctor…

After researching, Mrs. Hanh decided to choose Hong Ngoc General Hospital and Dr. Bui Xuan Quyen – Head of Obstetrics Department for examination and pregnancy management. She confided: “I was impressed by Dr. Quyen’s enthusiastic and dedicated consultation during my first visit, so for facilitating examination, I chose Hong Ngoc as the birthplace“. She also shared: “Every time I had a prenatal check-up, Dr. Quyen carefully advised about my diet, analyzed the baby’s development index, then reminded me of injection schedule and so on, making me feel very trustworthy and secure“.

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Acknowledging her conditions, Mrs. Hanh put her trust in Dr. Quyen during her pregnancy.

With the attentive care from obstetricians and her efforts, Mrs. Hanh successfully gave birth. The baby was born healthy after 38 weeks and 4 days. This was the sweetest achievement that proved her faith was in the right place.

“I have always believed that choosing Hong Ngoc is an absolutely right decision. If I have another baby, I will still choose Hong Ngoc and Dr. Quyen”. Mrs. Hanh emotionally shared.

How dangerous is antiphospholipid syndrome for pregnant women?

Antiphospholipid syndrome (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome) is an autoimmune condition. When a patient has this disease, antibodies in the immune system mistakenly identify phospholipid as a harmful substance and attack it, while phospholipid is a component of cellular structures. This attack causes cells to be damaged, leading to the formation of blood clots in the arteries and veins, which are dangerous for the health of the patient.

Pregnant women with antiphospholipid syndrome may increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and other dangerous complications since the formation and development of blood clots in the placenta interfere with the metabolism between mother and fetus.

To diagnose this syndrome, pregnant women need to take at least 2 antiphospholipid syndrome tests within 12 weeks. If the results are positive with antiphospholipid antibodies named anti-cardiolipin (one of the three antibodies) and the patient has a medical history of embolism or pregnancy complications such as intrauterine growth retardation, pre-eclampsia, stillbirth, recurrent miscarriage, and more, she has to be treated as soon as possible.

Note: Pregnant women with antiphospholipid syndrome should be detected early in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and be treated continuously during pregnancy.

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