HELLP Survivor

Posted On Thursday, November 19, 2015 By Kristin

I had been having a lot of pain in my ribs on the right side for a week or so before I went into labor. I never mentioned it to my doctor because I just though I'd twisted funny or carried something I shouldn't have and pulled a muscle. I was taking Tylenol to try and alleviate the pain.   On the night of November 6, 2012 I went... Read More

Preeclampsia: a major threat to mother and child health

Posted On Thursday, November 19, 2015 By Sumona

Pregnancy is the period where a mother nurtures her baby in the womb and develops angiogenic (blood) as well as emotional bond. The family relishes this period, while pampering the expecting mother, and looking forward to welcome their next generation. I was not an exception; every antenatal check-up assured me everything is normal and going well. Pregnancy, however, is not a simple process and the entire scientific community has been struggling to understand the dynamics of this mind that starts with a single cells and ends in a full human child. Since, the entire process happens within the confines of the mother’s womb and the slightest disturbance during... Read More

HELLP Syndrome loss at 20 weeks

Posted On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 By Michelle

My journey with HELLP did not end like many HELLP journeys end. While some people who get HELLP have it in their 3rd trimester and both the mom and baby are able to be saved - that was not my story. I'd like to share that my story somehow had this "fairytale" ending after losing my first and only child but my story isn't there yet. 

You can read about my journey on my blog at www.hellpwhathealsme.weebly.com

I hope to keep this up to date with follow-up doctors apt, lessons learned and hopefully, one day updates on a future pregnancy and a healthy, living baby.

Preeclampsia at 30 weeks

Posted On Wednesday, October 28, 2015 By Sarah

It took my husband and I two years and three early losses to finally get a pregnancy to stick.  Thankfully the first half was uneventful, but by 24 weeks my midwife noticed my fundal height was measuring short.  Ultrasounds revealed that the baby was measuring behind by a couple of weeks.  Small babies run in my family, but I started googling SGA and IUGR, and through IUGR discovered preeclampsia.  My blood pressure, always on the low end (105/65 at the first prenatal appointment), was creeping up throughout the pregnancy, rather than dropping like it was supposed to around 20 weeks.  I started to think that this would probably happen... Read More

PE in second pregnancy causes suspicion over first.

Posted On Monday, October 26, 2015 By Janine

in 2011 I had a wonderful, simple first pregnancy. At 38 weeks my BP elevated slightly and rather than show concern I was induced and had a simple 4 hour labour. Having had a history of mild Hypertension prior to pregnancy, not much more was thought of it and the BP never quite returned to normal before 7 months later when I got pregnant with number 2. 29 weeks again of simple and uneventful pregnancy came to an abrupt end when my Dr called saying my BP was a little high and I should visit the Women's Assessment Unit for a brief check. I stopped by and after several BP checks and protein checks and several hours a decision was made that I had PE and would not be discharged until after... Read More

Just Like Missing the Prom: My HELLP Experience

Posted On Monday, September 28, 2015 By melissa

Many women, when they reach the sixth month of pregnancy, start to think about the “essentials” they need to get prepared: what will the nursery look like? Do I have enough clothes? Disposable or cloth diapers might be questioned. And of course, the unmistaken fear that the hospital bag won’t be packed on time. My mind was most definitely on my “hospital bag” in this, my second pregnancy because the check list this pregnancy is much different than the last time. I am not worried about the baby’s coming-home gown, a breast pump, comfortable PJs, or slippers---I have one article of clothing on my mind and that is all I believed I needed… A PROM DRESS. Yes, you... Read More

Preeclampsia survival

Posted On Saturday, September 19, 2015 By Rashel Masters

I was pregnant for 35 weeks when my blood pressure spiked.  I had never had blood pressure or cardiovascular issues before.  My O/B told me to get a blood pressure monitor.  I bought an Omron and monitored my pressure at home.  The O/B had me do a 24 hour urine collection to test for protein. The analysis came out borderline.  I kept monitoring my pressure until the following Friday when I was 36 weeks pregnant.  That was January 23, 2015. I went to my O/B for a normal check up that morning.  They measured my pressure and it was high.  My O/B decided to reschedule my upcoming ultrasound... Read More

3 Times Blessed

Posted On Sunday, September 13, 2015 By Louanne

My first pregnancy was difficult as I was sick from day one till the day I delivered. At 36 weeks, I woke up with a headache like I have never had. I called the doctor and saw him that afternoon. I was spilling protein in my urine, my BP was 220/150 and my hands were swollen. They sent me directly to the hospital and I was there for a month as my baby was very tiny. Due to fetal distress, she was delivered at 40 weeks by emerg c-section. She weighed 5 lbs, 4 oz but was fine. I continued to have bp issues but was put on meds to control it. After losing 50 lbs my bp came down, and I got pregnant again. No issues other than at 38 weeks I started having contractions, so she was... Read More

Pre-eclampsia and my crazy last 4 days of pregnancy

Posted On Thursday, September 10, 2015 By Ali

My first (and only so far) pregnancy was "interesting" to say the least. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and was very careful to monitor my blood sugar as directed, and never had an issue with my sugar being "out of bounds" - unless I ate restaurant italian food, so I just avoided that. My blood pressure was picture perfect at every appointment. Late in my third trimester, my daughter was big, and I was so short. I spent a lot of time in physical therapy trying to realign my pelvis which she kept moving out of whack! "Just a few more weeks" I kept saying to myself. My 41st week mark came and went. I was starting to get restless (and a little hostile!). They ordered an ultrasound... Read More

Hope for baby hunter

Posted On Friday, September 04, 2015 By Natasha Robinson

Today I received news that a dear friend of mine Bethany who is expecting a baby boy named Hunter in November was diagnosed with severe Preeclampsia. She's 30 weeks pregnant but the baby is measuring at 25 weeks. He's not growing at a normal rate and he's having trouble receiving oxygen. Bethany was told tonight that no soon to be mother ever wants to hear she will have to give birth to her precious baby boy Hunter very prematurely they have scheduled her for a c-section this weekend. Knowing Hunter is gonna have to fight for his life outside of the womb on behalf of my friend Bethany I would like to ask for many many prayers. My heart weighs very heavy for her. Knowing what she's up... Read More

Karin's Story- HELLP

Posted On Monday, August 31, 2015 By Karin

I remember looking through your stories when I was 35 weeks pregnant, and getting myself all worked up thinking my severe headache was a sign of Preeclampsia. Turns out, that was one case where Dr. Google was actually helpful. So, I thought I would add my story, in hopes that someone frantically googling symptoms finds it helpful as well. Last year around this time I was 35 weeks pregnant. My pregnancy had been pretty textbook up until this point. I had been seeing a midwife, taking my prenatals, getting regular exercise, and gaining just the right amount of weight. My midwife used to end each appointment by saying "Everything looks beautiful, see you in a few weeks." In my third... Read More


Posted On Thursday, August 27, 2015 By Luiremar

En el año 2012 quede embarazada, aun recuerdo como si fue ayer cuando nos confirmaron la noticia, tenia tanta ilusion era mi primer hijo, lamentablemente al tercer mes de empece a hinchar y mi medico tratante me decia que era normal que guardara reposo, a la semana 27 recuerdo era  sabado 2 de marzo, me comenzo a dolor el estomago yo pensaba q eran gases pero llego un momento en que no aguanba el dolor, cuando me llevan al medico, le dicen a mi esposo que tengo la tension muy alta y que me tienen que hospitalizar, al cabo de unas horas empece a convulsionar, como el hospital donde me llevaron no reunia las condisiones para intervenirme,ya que el... Read More

My birth story

Posted On Wednesday, August 12, 2015 By Ushma

In June 2013, we found out I was pregnant and we were ecstatic! We had no idea it would happen so fast and felt truly blessed. My pregnancy was quite typical – I experienced the usual symptoms such as morning sickness, heartburn, fatigue. Every appointment, I would walk in with a long list of questions for my doctor. As a health services researcher, I knew I should speak up and ask questions…but it was now more important than ever. The doctors and nurses all said it was normal…the doctors weren’t worried and for the most part, neither was I.... Read More

my experience with eclamsia

Posted On Thursday, August 06, 2015 By Rachel

Almost a year ago I woke up in hospital to find that my baby had been born. I had, and still have, no memory the day she was born, or indeed the few days following.  I had three eclamptic seizures at 31 weeks pregnant. Hind sight is wonderful, but sometimes i do feel immense grief at the fact that none of my symptoms were picked up until it was too late.  I had had a normal and healthy pregnancy, traveled overseas and had low blood pressure throughout. At 29 weeks my blood pressure started to increase, and over the next two weeks more and more symptoms began to appear. ... Read More

my story angie

Posted On Tuesday, August 04, 2015 By angelie

Currently I'm in a hospital just being diagnosed with HELLP syndrome. It causes my kidney to stop functioning. Just worried about my condition. It's been days, but still no development... Can you help me please... What can I do to stimulate my kidneys to work again?

my PE story

Posted On Friday, July 31, 2015 By ruth

I had had a rough first trimester with lots of nausea, then at 15 weeks discovered my partner had been unfaithful a few years back - a really difficult time emotionally, just when I started to feel well physically. We worked through things with counseling, but I was still feeling very down a lot of the time. By 28 weeks I was having visual aural migraines every few days, which was unusual for me, but I had had them in pre-pregancy around period time and had also had one at 6 weeks. My BP was normal and I had no proteinuria so I just assumed migraines were hormonal. By 30 weeks I was feeling tired and 'spaced out' a lot, but thought was just late pregnancy... Read More

Janah Esther

Posted On Thursday, July 30, 2015 By ANA

2 de abril del 2014, Fui a mi cita de rutina, mis pies estaban hinchados no podía calzar zapatos, mis manos y cara estaban hinchados, había subido de peso 20 libras en un mes, tenia 33 semanas de embarazo, y la doctora no podía creer lo que estaba pasando la presión estaba alta, yo no sentía ninguna anomalía en ese momento, siempre tuve la presión mas baja que alta en todos mis chequeo, de inmediato me envió al hospital, cuando llegue la presión estaba mas alta, y me diagnosticaron preeclamsia severa, me pusieron cualquier cantidad de medicamentos para poder controlar la presión y poder suministrarme los inyectores que madurarían los pulmones de mi bebe, lograron mantenerme en... Read More

Vivir, despues de mi pesadilla...

Posted On Thursday, July 30, 2015 By Rocio

Hola, mi nombre es Rocío, vivo en Canelones, Uruguay. Y esta es mi historia... en 2014 quede embarazada de mi primer hijo, el cual fue buscado por 9 ardos meses,luego de recibir la enorme noticia, siempre se me hicieron los controles rutinarios, mi embarazo fue hermoso,feliz sin ningún tipo de riesgos.Hasta las 36+4 semanas, un sábado corriente a las 9 am tenia mi cita con gine para control cómo siempre, por algún motivo del mundo ese día me acompañó mi madre,se sentía un aire extraño, como si supiera q ese día iba a conocer a mi bebe.Llegamos a la consulta y mientras hablaba con mi doc,la enfermera me tomaba la presión, al finalizar, se le acercó al doc y le susurro en... Read More

God Saved Us

Posted On Thursday, July 30, 2015 By kaleigh

March 25th 2015 I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. She was born at 36 weeks, weighing 5 lbs and 17 1/2 inches long. Her original due date was April 16th 2015. It was the best and worst day of my life. I had a very easy pregnancy from the start. I never had morning sickness, mood swings, or high blood pressure. I had a very happy pregnancy. On March 25th 2015 I went to my regular 36 week doctor appointment. My blood pressure was 140/ 80 so my midwife went ahead and sent me over to triage at OU children's... Read More

Kelly's story

Posted On Monday, July 27, 2015 By kelly

My name is Kelly Warren and I'm from Thomas Co., Ga. I am 20 years old and I had preeclampsia during my pregnancy too. I had high blood pressure problems, swelling all over, tremendous weight gain, and protein in my urine. I was very sick. I would get dizzy from standing to long, and my feet would swell so big after standing for so long as well. Nobody in my family believed that I really was sick and didn't feel good, until I was hospitalized for 3 months before I delivered my baby boy. I fainted a few times in the hospital as I was going to get some test done for the protein count in my urine. It was the most scariest time in my life. My due date was originally... Read More

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