6 weeks early and a survivor

Posted On Monday, November 17, 2014 By Maree

I arrived at my obstetrician's clinic on a Wednesday afternoon after work for a routine check up at 34 weeks in my first pregnancy. I had been feeling a little unwell, but just 'pregnant' I thought - big, uncomfortable, swollen, and perhaps like I had drunk a little too much coffee... I was diagnosed with very high blood pressure and 3+ protein in urea and ultimately with severe pre-eclampsia, despite so far maintaining a regular (albeit low) blood pressure of 90/60, even at my last appointment just two weeks prior. My obstetrician insisted on immediate hospitilisation - a great shock as I had planned on attending yoga after this appointment, and had another three weeks of work left...He... Read More

9 days in January: My birth story

Posted On Saturday, November 15, 2014 By Veronica

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
7:30am Waking up this morning, the only thing out of the ordinary was that my left hand was a little more swollen than normal. I thought it was a little odd that all of the swelling that I was experiencing seemed confined to my left side - my left hand, left foot, left side of my face. However, as fast as these thoughts entered my brain, they were quickly shrugged off as "symptoms of being 30 weeks pregant" (to the day) and/or from lack of sleep. As I got myself ready for our 8am checkup appointment, I randomly thought, "Anita probably has the flu and won't be there." Anita is one of our midwives, and like a... Read More

My Preeclampsia and Nicu story

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2014 By Amber

Well I guess I should start my labor story on Jan 7 2013 at 32w2d. It was a normal work day and I had a dr appt for the start of my 2x weekly NSTs. At the appt my BP was 175/99. Started the NST but couldn't keep baby on monitor. Had a u/s and she was sleeping but "breathing". Rechecked my BP and it was 169/100. Sent straight to hospital direct admitted for 24 hour urine and blood draws. Received the first of 2 steroid shots. Was on continuous fetal monitoring with bathroom privileges.   On Wed morning the first resident told me my levels were high but I could probably be treated as a outpatient. I was excited. Fast forward a few hours and the attending... Read More

Grayson & Necrotizing Enterocolitis. A story of love, loss & hope

Posted On Sunday, November 02, 2014 By laurel

During my pregnancy with my son Grayson, I became very ill. At 34 weeks I was rushed to the hospital for an emergency c-section. The doctor told me I had pre eclampsia as a response to my son's growth restriction. He told me I would have been dead within 48 hours had they not delivered my son. Grayson was born only 2 lbs 14 oz, when he was 7 days old he passed away from Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Here is our story of love, loss, hope, and a very special NICU nurse.

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Not understanding pre eclampsia

Posted On Friday, October 24, 2014 By kelly

I found out I had pre eclampsia during my 28 week check up. Midwife noticed my blood pressure was higher than usual, checked my urine and there was protein in it. Her quick thinking got me admitted to our local hospital to be monitored.  My blood pressure went up to 170/120 on day 4 of being in hospital, I was then transferred 45 minutes away to another hospital because the hospital I was in did not take baby's born under 30 weeks in their Scbu. On 29/09/2014 I was told after having an ultra sound that my baby had to be delivered that night by emergency section. The full effect of pre eclampsia set in on the Sunday night to early Monday morning. I was told the day... Read More

My Eclampsia & HELLP Story

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2014 By Jennifer

My story starts a little bit different than most, you see I had been learning about obstetrics for 2 years prior.  I am an Ob/Gyn resident and I was in my second year when I found out I was pregnant.  I had a completely uneventful pregnancy...until I didn't.  At 33 weeks, my blood pressure was mildly elevated and my doctor was concerned and asked me to modify my work schedule a bit and go visit the MFM.  Knowing a little too much, I called my doctor in tears after my appointment and asked him if I could maybe get steroids "just in case."  So, in the next few days I received my steroid injections and monitored my blood pressure and everything stayed "okay." ... Read More

running from HELLP

Posted On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 By Lindsay

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Hope for a normal pregnancy after severe pree

Posted On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 By Amie

I won't go into great detail about my first two pregnancies. Basically I had severe pree with both. Emergency c-sections; first baby born at 36 weeks. Second pregnancy born at 34 weeks, 1.5 week nicu stay. So thankful that my children and I survived but I was feeling down about how the pregnancies went and were cut short. I thought I would never be able to have another baby. 3 years after my 2nd baby I got pregnant with my 3rd. I am happy and so thankful to say I had a 9 lb. 6 oz baby girl delivered c-section at 39 weeks!! No problems NO PREE!!! I took supplements and prayed! There is hope! Never give up and dont let fear take over your life! 

me llamo angelica

Posted On Wednesday, October 08, 2014 By angelica

Hola me llamo Angelica, y quede embarazada en junio del 2012. Fue muy emocionante saber q tenia un bb dentro de mi ♡♡♡  no imagine la alegria q se sentia, mis padres se enteraron y mi papa se molesto ya tenia 7 semanas, bueno y me resondro pero igual me senti mal porq no pense q reaccionaria asi :/,ese dia ala madrugada me dolia el corazon y no.podia respirar y a 1era hora fuimos al.medico, y vi a mi embrioncito :) pero tambien ya tenia presion alta :/ y el dr me dijo q esta mal eso,porq sino no podria continuar con mi embarazo :(. Luego volvi a mi casa, y mi suegra empeoro d su cancer, y mi marido me dejo sola en en mi.embarazo x estar pendiente d su mama :/ y... Read More

My story part 1

Posted On Tuesday, October 07, 2014 By crystal

My story starts 13 years ago: O was 16 and pregnant coming from a big family myself I never saw myself having kids, but there I was 16 and pregnant. Of course being so young, I had my mom's help with going to Dr appointments and helping get ready for what was to come. Around 20 weeks I started to have back pain. When I went to the Dr they said I might have a small bladder infection and sent me on my way. On my next visit, my blood pressure was really high. They stuck me in a dark room and told me to relax for a while. 30 min later, they took my blood pressure again and it only went down a little. My doctor sent me up to labor and delivery. There they started running test and an... Read More

scariest time of my life.

Posted On Saturday, October 04, 2014 By Caitlin

I was twenty years old when I had my first born, my daughter Kylie. I had a reasonably perfect pregnancy with no signs of complications throughout. I went to my ob-gyn on july 26, for my scheduled visit. Still no signs of any problems, she said it was my choice to be induced that night or wait for my water to break seeing as how the next day (July 27) was my due date. I decided to wait, to see if I can go into labor on my own. That night, I felt the worst pain of my life. It felt like I was being continually run over by a semi truck. My vision kept going out, and I started throwing up. Kylie's dad asked if I needed help, and I told him to call someone to come help me. When he went to... Read More

My Little Liam

Posted On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 By Nicole

I am 20 years old and just delivered my first child six weeks ago. Preeclampsia has run in my family for about four generations now. My Great-grandmother, great-aunt, grandmother, aunt, and mother all had it so we expected that it was a possibility for me to get it. I told this to my doctor as soon as i found out i was pregnant. He either didn't record it or didn't remember it. In any case at 22 weeks I went into the ER becasue i had sevear Hypertention and didn't feel my baby for a few hours. I had a blood pressure of 165/115 when I got there, but the hospital that I went to didn't have a maternity ward so didn't think anything of it and sent me home. I tried to call my doctor four... Read More

two fetal death

Posted On Thursday, September 18, 2014 By faith

My name is Faithfulness. I am 27 years old. Here is my story of struggling to be a mother. Life has tortured me to the maximum; I have cried day and night just trying to be a mother. To cut the story short, I first got pregnant when I was 23 years, but at 32 weeks, I remember very well, i had gone just for a checkup and the doctor told me that the baby's heart isn't beating. To me I didn't understand what it met at all, because I thought I was dreaming, but later I was told it was due to preeclampsia. It was my first time to hear such a word but it left me with the pain that I can't explain even if I try. But I thought it won't ever happen to me again, but the second time, it was... Read More

My struggle with pre-eclampsia

Posted On Sunday, September 14, 2014 By Courtney

During my 25 week midwife appointment, my urine sample picked up a trace of protein - not enough to be concerned of she said. My blood pressure pre-pregnancy, lower number around 60-70, at this stage it was 92, once again I was told not high enough. During the upcoming weeks I was suffering my severe headaches, spots in my eyes and awful swelling. I was back and fourth 4/5 sometimes more, to my local day assessment unit to have full blood counts, urine checks and blood pressure checks. It came back that my platelet count in my bloods were very low. I then got diagnosed with thrombocytopenia, although I... Read More

My Preeclampsia-HELLP Syndrome Story

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 By maegan

“You’re going to have this baby today!”, the nurse said as they wheeled me into the delivery room. I had just arrived at the hospital, just after midnight meanwhile experiencing the worst headache of my life as well as three weeks with the flu. The nurse said that my labs had come back and I had severe Preeclampsia. Previously, I had never been sick, nor had I ever been admitted to the hospital, so I was a little bit nervous leading up to the delivery. My entire pregnancy was perfect until the last three weeks as my blood pressure started to escalate, but always came back down below... Read More

Grateful for my life

Posted On Friday, August 08, 2014 By Sara

I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 30 weeks pregnant with my first son. I spent 4 weeks in the hospital before the doctors decided that my life and the baby’s life was at more risk each day that passed. I gave birth to my first son on January 25th 2001. I was in and out of consciousness through the entire delivery. I was hooked up to different machines and extremely scared. I remember the conversation I had with my mother before giving birth. There was a ton of paper work to sign that at 17, I was unable to understand. I had to make a decision on whose life to save in case of an emergency. Me or the baby. Ultimately my mother made the decision for me. My son was not... Read More

Pre-eclampsia, provoco el dolor mas horrible de mi vida, perder a mi bebe!!

Posted On Wednesday, August 06, 2014 By cecilia

Hola buen dia, mi nombre es Cecy y les quiero compartir mi historia con la preeclampsia. Hace 6 meses yo me encontraba felismente embarazada de una hermosa princesa, tenia mis chequeos contantes tanto con el medico particular como el del servicio social, a los 6 meses de embarazo todo iva bien, no se veia ningun rastro o alguna alerta para que me diera preeclampsia, cuando tenia 24 semanas de embarazo al salir del trabajo, mi espos y yo tubimos un accidente automovilistico, que gracias a dios fueron puras perdidas materiales, pero en ese momento por el impacto comenze a sentirme muy nerviosa  e inquieta, como todo paso tan rapido y no paso mas que daños materiales nos... Read More

My story

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2014 By Tori

My pregnancy had been fairly normal through my first and second trimesters.  I had bleeding early on and we thought we would lose our baby, but it turned out to be nothing.  We found out we were expecting a girl and everything progressed as normal.  My third trimester was chaotic - my teenage brother was hospitalized for 3 weeks and I spent my days back and forth between his hospital, my doctor appointments, and home.  I started to get awful back pain and the swelling set in.  I noticed that I was starting to get bad headaches but figured it was due to the stress so I didn't tell my OB.   By 36... Read More

My preeclampsia story

Posted On Saturday, July 26, 2014 By mad

My whole pregnancy i was very healthy. I ate all organic foods, I made sure I had my 3 cups of veggies and 2 cups of fruit a day (at least) I went to all my prenatal appointments on time, took all my prenatal vitamins on time, made sure I ate every couple hours a little something so I could feed baby, etc. The one thing I didn't stick to was excersisng. I was on my feet for 8 hours at day as a chef and I ran back and forth back and forth in the big kitchen. By the tine I got home the last thing in the world I wanted to do was walk some more. Now thinking back I wish I would have to stay in better shape. We lived in Calif orbit at the time and decided when I was 32 weeks pregnant... Read More

My preeclampsia story

Posted On Thursday, July 24, 2014 By pearl

So it started out really great I had no morning sickness, felt great, nothing to worry about. Then at about 28 weeks I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and asked my husband if my face looked weird. He just said no. Well on my way to work I met my dad. He looked at me and said "I don't like the way yoyou look I think you should call your dr". Being that my dad always thinks the worst of everything I didn't pay much attention.  Then I got to work. Workmate #1 "you look tired". Workmate #2 "something is wrong with your eyes". Boss (my brother) "what'd wrong with you?".  So to make everyone happy I called my dr. She told me to find the nearest pharmacy and take my... Read More

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