Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Saturday, February 09, 2013 By Erin

5 years ago this past January I was blessed to have my healthy little 5 lb 2 oz daughter via induction, she was born at 36 weeks. I had a normal pregnancy for the most part (in the beginning) the normal morning sickness throughout the 1st trimester.  During the 2nd trimester the morning sickness tapered off a little bit, but still had the occasional nausea and vomiting.  I worked at a pharmacy Monday-Friday, which consisted of me sitting at a desk all day long.  All my checkups had been normal up until December 7, 2007 I was sitting at work taking calls from patients when all of a sudden my nose started gushing blood, it bleed for about a hour and a half, it... Read More

HELLP & preeclampsia survivors to become 2013 Charlotte Promise Walk Mission Family

Posted On Monday, February 04, 2013 By Kristi

In early December of 2010, my husband and I found out we were expecting! We were scared and excited all at the same time! I had a great 1st trimester and was thinking to myself  “hey, this isn’t so bad!” As soon as I hit my 2nd trimester all of that changed; I had all-day sickness and was just plain miserable! I worked as a nursing assistant in a small, local hospital and one day I felt weird. I had one of the nurses on my floor check my blood pressure and compared to my norm, was a little high.  I called my doctor and he wanted to see me the next day.  He did all kinds of tests, eventually diagnosing me with preeclampsia.  Being in... Read More

Two-time survivor and now 2013 Dallas Promise Walk Mission Family

Posted On Monday, February 04, 2013 By Christine

I hadn’t been feeling well for a few days.  I decided I would go in to work super early and give directions to the staff and then go home and go to the doctor.  I got home and lay on the couch until 8 am when Dr. C’s office opened and then called in to see if I could get an appointment.  I gave the receptionist my symptoms, upset stomach, no appetite, back pain, gas and she said to come in right away to see the nurse practitioner.   When I got in the room with... Read More

I was very lucky!

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 By Margie

I was working in the local hospital as a Radiographer when I got pregnant.  During the time that I worked there, there were at least 2 others that were pregnant...  The ob-gyn practice I chose was across the street, and I knew all 4 of the doctors. Due to morning sickness I gained too much weight, but my Gestational Diabetes test was negative and all my other checkups were okay.  About a month before my due date I had early labor, so I went in the hospital overnight and received hydration/drug therapy. In my first trimester I saw the other ladies in the department with swollen ankles, and I said "I'm not going to get those."  They said 'oh, sure.'  Well, I... Read More

Pre-eclampsia, Stillborn, Caylin-May

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 By Christina

Hi my name is Christina and I want to share my story. Just this past April 2012, my boyfriend, Mark, and I found out we were expecting a baby. Not only were we scared for the reality of being new parents, we were so excited and thrilled to know we will have a little one this year. I'm not in the greatest shape, however, my doctors didn't seem too worried about my pregnancy. I had regular visits every few weeks to check up on the baby and me. I remember the first time my doctor did a sonogram and we heard her heartbeats; to this day I can still hear them. Also keep in mind, I worked at a Starbucks, and actually just got transferred to an even busier location. Working 40 hours a... Read More

Ronan Kane my sweet little angel.....By Jaime Bennett

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 By Jaime

Well I guess I should start from the beginning: It started when I met my husband, we wanted to plan a baby safely so I went to a baby doctor and had an HSG test done. The results were that I could never get pregnant and well a few stressful months later I received the wonderful news that I was pregnant. My husband and I could not be happier. My husband already had two wonderful sons that I think of as my own and they were very excited as well. We found out that it was a little boy and were very thrilled. I was a baby born early due to preeclampsia, and was very fortunate to survive. I had Ronan through an emergency c-section at 24 weeks of gestation. He lived for 1 month and 9... Read More

Lessons learned from pre-eclampsia and HELLP

Posted On Monday, January 28, 2013 By Laura

Four and a half years ago, my son was born at 31 1/2 weeks, at just over 3 lbs, due to severe pre-eclampsia.  Unfortunately, after delivery, my pre-eclampsia worsened and I developed HELLP post-partum.  Despite the harrowing experience, I count myself very lucky - my son has minor preemie developmental issues, but is otherwise healthy and I recovered after two rounds of mag sulfate, a week in hospital, and a course of beta blockers. A year later, we made a hesitant decision to proceed with a second pregnancy, and luckily the pre-eclampsia did not reoccur.  I took low dose aspirin daily under the recommendation of my doctor during that pregnancy, which worked for me... Read More

jonathan jr

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2013 By jessica

on January 1st, 2013 at 2 am I woke up with what felt like unbearable heartburn. So I took some tums and tried to go back to bed, but after an hour it was still there. So I woke up my fiance and told him I need to go to the hospital. When I got there, they put me in a room and took my blood pressure. I had already been getting some high blood pressure results from the doctor and was already on blood pressure medication. My blood pressure that morning was 200/130, so they had me lay down and they checked it every 20 minutes. They then took my blood and found I had high liver enzymes and checked my urine, which had high amounts of protein in it. So after 3 hours, they gave me some... Read More

HELLP survival story

Posted On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 By Jana

I was a very active 27 year old and I worked hard throughout my pregnancy as crop adviser.  I walked about 5 miles a day in potato and grain fields.  I felt very good throughout the pregnancy except I had problems with having a lot of braxton hicks contractions.  At 35 weeks I woke up in the night and had incredible abdomen and back pain.  I was hospitalized for 48 hours and the regional hospital almost flew me out to Denver or Colorado Springs where there is a NICU. My liver levels went down and my blood pressure was only moderately high when I was having sever pain so I went home and was on complete bed-rest.  I ended up making two more trips to the hospital and on... Read More

One of the Lucky Ones

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2013 By Katie

Hi, my name is Katie and here is my story.  It took my husband and I just over 12 months to conceive after 3 miscarriages.  I was 33 when we started trying and we were getting ready to go through lots of testing to find out why I couldn't sustain a pregnancy.  Finally we fell pregnant and I was able to keep it.  I was ecstatic when I hit 12 weeks and the scan showed a perfect baby comfortably snuggled inside me.   I am a primary school teacher and decided that I felt so good that I would work up until 2 weeks before bub was due (what a mistake that was!).  So fast forward to 33 weeks and I had had a cold for several weeks and was coughing like crazy and felt... Read More

Severe Preeclampsia Almost Killed my Sister-in-Law this week...

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2013 By Tania

On Janurary 2, 2013, Beth had been told by her Co-Worker, Nathan, to go home. She started having difficulty breathing while at work. Shortly thereafter, my brother Jonathan rushed her to a nearby hospital where she underwent all the routine test plus, some. The on-call doctor for the OB that night was called in urgently to inform us that Beth had severe preeclampsia, a life threatening disease that occurs with an at risk pregnancy. ...(Eclampsia is most often characterized by a rapid rise in blood pressure that can lead to seizure, stroke, multiple organ failure and death of the mother and/or baby according to the... Read More

My Story!

Posted On Wednesday, January 09, 2013 By cierra

Hello, My Name Is Breanne. I got pregnant with my son at age 15. I'm 18 now and he is two! I had many problems with my son's health through out my whole pregnancy. The doctors said he had Down Syndrome and that he would have a kidney problem; because of these problems I saw two doctors a month not just one. I also had an Ultrasound each month along with stress tests twice a week. It was December 9th 2010, I went in for my stress test. Well my blood pressure was really high, I was having contractions, and I was dilated to a 2. I was sent to the hospital, who then diagnosed me with preeclampsia. Since I was only thirty five weeks, I was in the hospital till... Read More

Eclampsia at 29 weeks with my twin girls

Posted On Tuesday, January 08, 2013 By victoria

I found out I was pregnant with non-identical twins at my 12 week scan in February 2011. I had a difficult first 14 weeks with bad nausea but after this I began to feel well and enjoy my pregnancy. At 27 weeks my feet and hands were swelling pretty rapidly, to the point I couldn't fit into my shoes or put my wedding ring on. I went to see my midwife who sent me into hospital to be checked out. My blood pressure was 145/88 (compared to 100/60 at start of my pregnancy) and had all the tests carried out and was let home. This was the first time I heard the word pre-eclampsia and it was explained to me but I was told I didn't have it but was told what to look out... Read More

Pregnancy; Pre-eclampsia; Stillborn

Posted On Sunday, January 06, 2013 By Claire

At 17 years old, about to turn 18, I found out I was pregnant. It was a really tough thing to accept and deal with as we were still living in my partner's mothers house and it wasn’t really suitable for a child. I also had always suffered from PCOS, and doctors were always telling me that I would have trouble with fertility. For a whole year I was unprotected because I figured if I was to get pregnant, I’d let it happen because my chances were low anyway. Then I was studying and decided I’d rather wait until I got some sort of degree and set my life up before thinking about children. The doctor put me on the pill to regulate my hormones and to prevent pregnancy at... Read More

Our experience with preeclampsia

Posted On Thursday, January 03, 2013 By Shana

I was 29 weeks pregnant when I developed PUPPPS (Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy).  It was basically a rash caused by the pregnancy and according to my Dr. there was no cure except delivery.  I was basically stuck with the constant and painful itch that covered my chest, belly and legs. I was miserable, but thankful my little baby boy was doing great!  Then at 32 weeks I went in for a normal prenatal check up.  The nurse checked my BP and told me to lay down on my left side and she would be back.  Turns out my OB wasn't in that day and I was going to be seeing a nurse practitioner. But to my... Read More

Miles' Story

Posted On Sunday, December 30, 2012 By Robin

My husband and I decided to start a family in January of 2011. I promptly went off the pill and hoped that I would get pregnant quickly. It took about a year for me to finally get a positive reading, and 4 short weeks after that happened, I found out I was having a miscarriage. That was January 2012. Things weren’t progressing on their own, so I had a D&C on January 11, 2012. I was devastated and convinced the only thing that would take away the pain was getting pregnant again as soon as possible. So, in April, when we could try again,... Read More

preeclampsia but still survived

Posted On Wednesday, December 26, 2012 By Ujitha

Hi My wife is pregnant with our 2nd baby with delivery dates on 14th of February 2013 to a baby-boy, but will have planned to deliver by C-section on January due to diabetic problem. Up to today (26-12-2012) our baby is 32 weeks and 6 days. Before about 3 weeks ago, exactly on 7th December she was hospitalized due to high BP(150/100) and high blood sugar(FB-199). Before this day (7-12-2012) two times she visited to our VOG for consultation due to high BP when check at the clinic but above both two times when check with VOGs' presure machine BP was ok. But continuously her UFR result got plus with albumin (I think protein in uria) for since two months back. Also... Read More

My preeclampsia history

Posted On Thursday, December 20, 2012 By SANDRA

I was 20 years old and pregnant with my first child, a girl. I was already in maternity. I remember one day as I was walking on the street, my right eye saw black. I had swollen hands and feet. I went from store-to-store to find a shoe that would fit my balloon-like swelling. I found a senior citizen style shoe and walked with that for the next few days. My mom saw me and right away called my doctor. He was preoccupied with the birth of his own daughter. I was told to go see him on Friday. This was Wednesday. I got to his office Friday morning; he took my blood pressure sitting, then laying. I was 23 weeks along and was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia. I was admitted to the hospital... Read More

HELLP Story

Posted On Tuesday, December 18, 2012 By Kelley

  I have read many of these stories and am absolutely heart broken. My son Gray was born on August 21, 2011 at 36 weeks. His delivery process began one week before when I noticed that my stomach was very tight...hard as a rock. I was very tired and had pain that would come and go in the upper and right side of my stomach. I drove myself to the hospital twice that week and admitted myself into L&D. My blood pressure was elevated slightly, but they sent me home both times without any other instructions. I felt silly that I had driven myself up to the hospital and there was nothing wrong with me. When I got home that morning from my second trip to the hospital I started... Read More

Preclampsia took my little red boy

Posted On Saturday, December 15, 2012 By Sonia

I just wanted to share my story and see if anyone has experienced the same.  I had a baby boy back in 1999, he is now 13 yrs old.  In January 2011 I found out I was expecting a baby. Everything was fine until my growth scan was done in April and I was told my little girl was too small, but the Dr. assured me that it may be due to the fact that I was small and maybe that's why this baby is small.  Then in early July (about 28 week gestation) I was rushed into the ER with severe abdomen pain, where I was told my little girl no longer had a heartbeat.  The Dr at the ER told me the baby may have been dead for at least a couple of weeks.  I was then sent to a specialist and got... Read More

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