My baby - Jaden

Posted On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 By Sharon

When I was 7 months pregnant (32 weeks) I had nausea, feet & hand swelling, shortness of breath & acidity. My doctor had told me that they were the symptoms of pregnancy.  Even my blood pressure was normal. On November 2013, I had severe pre-eclampsia which led to convulsions, headache, blurring of vision & pulmonary edema (fluid in my lungs) and was rushed to ER. My condition was so bad that they could not wait to give steroids for the maturity of my baby’s lungs. I was given Magnesium sulfate to prevent the occurrence of seizures. The baby was delivered... Read More

Walking for my children, one in my arms, one in Gods arms

Posted On Thursday, January 09, 2014 By Brandy

I am a 34 year old mother of 2. I say a mother of 2, because, even though you see only child in my arms, I have the privilege of having one with wings.   My daughter was born on June 25, 2009 via emergency c-section. Looking back now, it seems like a dream. I was oblivious to what was happening, but could see the fear in my husbands eyes. I remember trying to concentrate on hearing her, I couldn't wait to hear her first cries! It took a while, but there it was, my baby was here and perfect in every way. It's not the birth I had planned on, it's not the time she was expected. But, when the Dr. called and said it was the day, all the planning went out the window! I had... Read More

An Almost Picture Perfect Pregnancy

Posted On Monday, December 30, 2013 By Ellen

My pregnancy started like many others, I am sure.  My husband and I were excited, scared, worried and in love.  As our daughter grew, I went to all my routine Doctor's appointments with normal blood pressure readings, healthy weight gain and a strange feeling that our daughter would come early.  My family has a history of itty bitty babies so when she was estimated to be 4lbs 3oz at 35 weeks, we weren't terribly worried but the yellow flag was up.  Less than a week later, my right arm felt a little odd while I was trying to sleep so I shifted my weight and went to bed only to wake up around 1am with intense discomfort to my upper abdomen and my right shoulder was truly in... Read More

HELLP SYNDROME CASE

Posted On Sunday, December 22, 2013 By ZAINAB

Hello,  This is Zainab here from Kuwait, a Gulf country.. I am 23 years old female married for 1.5 years now. I was 5 months pregnant when suddenly I got diagnosed with HELLP syndrome with having platelet count less than 57 and blood pressure more than 180.. I was admitted urgently to the hospital and they took the baby as the liver enzymes were also high and protein was found in the urine. Just after that, my counts and condition started to improve and BP too. Now I am completely fine. I lost my baby on Nov 12, 2013. I had a wonderful five months of pregnancy, I went for all my check-ups... Read More

Mi Caso de Preeclampcia con Hell

Posted On Thursday, December 19, 2013 By Karen

Hola a Todos! Mi nombre es Karen Ortegón, vivo en la ciudad de Barranquilla en Colombia, tengo 26 años y hace cuatro meses tuve un parto por cesárea a las 29 semanas de gestación, por preeclamcia con Hell. Mi historia comienza desde los 3 meses de gestación, cuando se me empezaron a hinchar los pies levemente, asistí en varias ocasiones al médico por preocupación ante un caso de preeclampcia, pero los médicos siempre me dijeron que eso era normal, en mi país el sistema de salud es bastante deficiente, los controles prenatales si tu embarazo es normal osea no es de alto riesgo, lo controla una enfermera jefe o un medico general, hasta... Read More

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Posted On Tuesday, December 17, 2013 By Jenny

About 17 weeks into my pregnancy, I experienced a day where I threw up all day long. I hadn’t had morning sickness at all, so I was a little concerned, but Car and I assumed I had a 24-hour bug. The next day I didn’t throw up, but I simply didn’t feel well. I had a general feeling of unwellness from then on, but nothing specific. At about 17.5 weeks, the pain started. At first I assumed the pain, which was located just below my sternum, was heartburn. I’d never had heartburn, but I couldn’t imagine what else the stabbing pain could be, and everyone knows that pregnant women get terrible heartburn. The pain got progressively worse until I... Read More

"Sudden Swelling?" Well, Sort Of…

Posted On Friday, December 13, 2013 By R

I hardly noticed my swelling when it began, only that my ankles were stiff when I went up the stairs. I later thought it was normal pregnancy swelling. I had hit six months and had had a very easy pregnancy so far – I was due for some of the rotten side effects. Gradually I puffed up, so slowly I didn’t much notice, until it hit my face and others commented, causing me to look critically in the mirror for the first time. I called my doctor to make a note of the swelling, just for the sake of my records, because I knew my doctor liked to be very thorough in her notes. I had my next appointment in three weeks. A little less... Read More

Missed symptoms lead to eclampsia seizure

Posted On Monday, December 09, 2013 By Andrea

When you find out you are pregnant one of your first thoughts is of in 9 months time, walking out of the hospital with your little baby and taking them home. Not for a second do you imagine leaving the hospital without them and coming back to an empty house, while your little baby stays there in an intensive care unit. Apart from slight morning sickness in the early stages my pregnancy had been perfect. My 21 week scan showed a healthy baby boy and we were thrilled. All that changed on 28th August 2013 when I reached 27 weeks. I was at work when I discovered I was bleeding. I was taken to... Read More

SOMEBOBY MUST FÄ°ND THIS ILLNESS' SOLUTIONS

Posted On Saturday, December 07, 2013 By SIRIN

I lost my baby because of this illness. I had to birth my baby at seven months.

My blood pressure is still higher than 160/100 for the last 1 month.

I do not know how I can stand with this trouble. I have different feelings towards this world.

 

 

The Unexpected Journey

Posted On Sunday, December 01, 2013 By Shedina

It was October 2, 2013, the day I woke up with an excruciating toothache... yes, the wisdom tooth had begun giving me hell. At 25 weeks pregnant, I wanted to know what was causing so much pain literally overnight. I couldn't function at work; the pain was just too much to bear, plus the air condition system assisted in bringing on the pain. I went home and could only manage to eat crushed foods like irish potatoes and pumpkin; but even that was a chore. The following day, I went to the dentist to see if there was anything he could do. The first dentist looked in my mouth and told me I had an impacted wisdom tooth and that he would have to refer me to another dentist who could... Read More

Courage in the dark days

Posted On Monday, November 25, 2013 By Amiris

My husband and I got married in 2009. We wanted to have kids right away and living in Spain I got pregnant 6 months after we got married. The pregnancy was not what I expected. I felt so sick not just morning sickness but it was like my body had a really bad reaction to the pregnancy. I had headaches all the time and everything hurt. We use to live 30 meters from the beach and I use to go out to walk every day until i realized that every time I went to walk my hands got swollen, some people said that it was because of the ocean and the salt and to put my hands up when I walked, but it got to the point that I just could not walked any more, all my testing was perfect and because I was a... Read More

One pregnancy is more than enough for me

Posted On Monday, November 25, 2013 By Roxanne

Mine was horrible. Ill try to keep it short without missing anything. I was 20 weeks or so, just found out it was a girl. I was visiting my family in California and had this awful fever, felt like crap, sweaty, plus a heat rash to the point of blisters. It hurt to walk, stand, everything. I went back to Nebraska and went to my drs appt a few days later. I had a fever of 102.7 and the doctor noticed my feet were swollen. There was no difference between leg, ankle, and that bend to a foot. So she ran some tests, finally was able to get back ahold of me and I was told I have blood clots. Clots going to my lungs and causing pneumonia. I had to rush to a hospital an hour away, get a... Read More

My Guardian Angel

Posted On Monday, November 11, 2013 By Angelia

My daughter, Isabel, will be 1 in just a month. Last October, after my first 7 months of pregnancy being absolutely perfect, I began having an elevated blood pressure. At this point, I was having weekly check-ups. I wasn't so worried, my family (mother and teenage brothers) had just moved in with me, so I thought the high blood pressure was a result of stress. My doctor ordered me on modified bed rest, and to have Non-stress tests at the hospital twice a week. My blood pressure never went down, but it wasn't so high that they were too worried just yet. My doctor did find protein in my urine, so i had to collect my urine for 24 hours and take it back. The results of that urine weren't too... Read More

How I survived my near death experience of preeclampsia

Posted On Tuesday, November 05, 2013 By Latavia

Hi, I'm Latavia and I had a near death experience with preeclampsia. I was 8 months pregnant when I discovered my life would change forever. I went for a regular check up and noticed I was a little more swollen then usual. My doctor didn't think much of it because swelling was normal in a pregnancy. He put me on bed rest and told me to start eating healthier, less salt. He also took me out of school being that I was young I missed a lot. Weeks went by and the swelling had gotten a lot worse from my first visit. My next visit came around and my blood pressure was sky high. My face was swollen, my eyes, my hands, my arms, my feet. I was admitted into the hospital... Read More

Too Late...

Posted On Friday, November 01, 2013 By Tricia

What was supposed to be a normal Sunday turned into the worst day of my life. But first, I’ll tell you how my pregnancy was going. I was 20 years old living with my fiance, Dante, at the time. I worked 40 hours a week on my feet most of the time. I started swelling early in my pregnancy and it was summer time so we weren’t that worried then. Come around my 28-32 week mark, I was severely swollen and was gaining a lot of weight. I had asked my doctor to check further into pre-eclampsia but he assured me everything was “normal”. Being a new and young mom I trusted him when I should have trusted my gut.  On Sunday,... Read More

My rough but rewarding journey!

Posted On Tuesday, October 22, 2013 By Ashley

Everything about being pregnant was easy for me at first, I loved being pregnant. I was single most of my pregnancy, and my child's father was a big stress. I got my own place, and decided I was raising my daughter with or without him. I was doing great, and then all of a sudden, things turned for the worst. I noticed I was getting dizzy, and feeling really bloated alot. I could barely wear my shoes, and I could not even see between my toes. I had my manager take my blood pressure at work, and it was really elevated. She took it numerous times before I decided to call the doctor. I called the doctor, and I told them what it was, they wanted me to come in as soon as possible. I went as... Read More

Preeclampsia before delivery & after

Posted On Friday, October 18, 2013 By LATOSHIA

I was just shy of 37 weeks when my issue with preeclampsia was discovered. It was time for my routine check up when the Midwife's office noticed the protein in my urine was high.  I also had major swelling in my legs and feet, which I thought was just a common symptom of pregnancy.  I had started having minor headaches that I was relating to allergies.  I consider it a "God thing" that this day I was called back by a nurse that I didn't normally see.  She also had gone through preeclampsia with her first child, so she knew what I was dealing with right off.  She shared a brief story with me of her experience before they sent me over to the hospital to have a catheter urine... Read More

My angel forever!!

Posted On Thursday, October 17, 2013 By Lindsey

My husband and I decided to wait a couple of years before trying to conceive, with work schedules and school we decided to wait.  Finally we decided to start trying and we got pregnant right away with our first child, we were both so excited.  Everything was normal within the first few months, and I did not have any morning sickness.  On our 20 week check up/finding out the sex visit, we were told to go to the hospital.  My blood pressure was high and was swollen in my legs and feet,  the doctors diagnosed me with preeclampsia.  Within days we were faced with a decision to give birth or for me to have surgery.  I gave birth to our beautiful daughter Lillie on... Read More

Lucky to be alive

Posted On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 By Ani

As the title reads, I am lucky to be alive. Last year, I was very surprised when I got my positive pregnancy test. I was still a student, finishing up college; unmarried, and not sure where I was going in life. My son changed everything! My boyfriend at the time (now husband) was thrilled, he couldn't wait to tell our families; I, on the other hand was extremely nervous! As time passed, things got better and I became more comfortable with the idea of a baby. I had read about preeclampsia, my doctor had warned me about a few of the symptoms but I didn't believe it could happen to me. I remember my grandma continuing to tell me that she lost her first baby due to,... Read More

Katie & Ethan's Story of HELLP

Posted On Friday, October 11, 2013 By Katie

Ethan will be turning 3 at the end of this month (October). The month of October always brings up some scary memories and emotions for me... I never thought I would have a difficult pregnancy or labor. After all, why would I? Only two years earlier I had given birth to a healthy, nearly 8 pound baby boy. That pregnancy was free of complications. Birth was easy... Got to the hospital at 7cm dilated - got an IV and epidural and 7 hours later baby came out! However, I was completely wrong! The pregnancy of our second son was troubled right from the start... A lot of pain and discomfort, poor... Read More

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