Some 8 years ago, my teacher friend had "toxemia" and swelled up like a balloon, but went full term and had a bouncing baby boy--beautiful, and recovered quickly.
That was the first time I had heard of it.
I was diagnosed with PIH at 32 weeks, PE by 34, and gave birth to Gracie at almost 37 weeks, only for her to not live through delivery due to an abruption caused by HELLP. Honestly, I thought once I got through that first trimester, I was home free and even said when diagnosed with PE at 34 weeks, "What's the worst that could happen? Grace will be born early and might need a little oxygen?" Now, I have eaten those words. It is so serious, and even though I had read the little blurbs in the pregnancy encyclopedias, I never had any idea the gravity of this debilitating syndrome.
A cousin by marriage, only two weeks behind me in her pregnancy, after hearing of Gracie's death, and my illness, recognized the symptoms in herself a week later and delivered a little boy two weeks later. If only people would find out about it BEFORE they developed it.
The whole lack of public education and disinterest is frustrating.
mommy to Grace Elizabeth,
born still 11-03-03 at 36wks and 5 days
due to PE & HELLP
Bel Air, MD