Trista’s Baby Exclusive: Preeclampsia Nearly Killed Me

Trista and Ryan SutterAfter struggling to conceive for two years, Trista, 34, finally became pregnant in November 2006. “EPT sent me about 100 pregnancy tests, and I discovered I was pregnant with the very last one,” Trista says in the new issue of Us Weekly.

But things got scary during Trista’s ninth month. Her doctor found protein in her urine and tested The Bachelorette star for preeclampsia, a potentially fatal hypertensive disorder that typically occurs toward the end of a pregnancy. “I was terribly nauseous and in a lot of pain,” she says.

Trista was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome (a complication of preeclampsia). “The risks are seizures and coma, so they kept me overnight for observation,” Trista explains. “I can’t remember much of the next day. My liver was failing. The only cure for HELLP syndrome is to have the baby, so they induced me.”

After six hours Trista’s levels kept getting worse. “I knew something was wrong when the doctor looked worried.” Ryan tells Us, “They said there was a chance her liver could rupture. They were trying to get us to make a comfortable decision to go with a C-section. Eventually we said if Trista’s health is deteriorating and we’re jeopardizing the baby’s health, then do what you have to do.”

To read more about the birth of Trista and Ryan Sutter’s son Maxwell Alston Sutter on July 26, 2007, including details on the family’s home life, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands this week.

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