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

Family History of Preeclampsia

Posted On Friday, October 11, 2013 By Wendy

Hello, My name is Wendy, and I suffered from preeclampsia. I knew nothing about the disease until I was at my 8 month check up. I had been feeling horrible, puffy, my feet looked like little hams and my toes were swollen. Walking was a chore. I was tired and uncomfortable. I attributed all of these items to just being 8 months along. I never experienced carrying to full term. Here is my story... On Monday, April 16th, 2012, I was scheduled for a 4D Ultrasound at my hospital. When going through the vitals with the nurse, she notified me that my blood pressure was WAY TO HIGH. I told her I was fine, I had a bad day at work and I was just walking so it will go down. The... Read More

Misdiagnosed Preeclampsia : My baby girl passed and I almost passed away as well.

Posted On Thursday, October 03, 2013 By Lisa

My daughter was born sleeping at 32w 5d 11-16-12. I almost passed away as well 11-20-12; the day of Elyssa's funeral due to undiagnosed preeclampsia and chronic hypertension.  My BP was almost 200/90 and I had mental confusion and memory loss. I did not even remember my husband or that I just had a baby at all. I was hospitalized for 4 days and luckily regained some of my memory and was able to be discharged and survived. I am very fortunate to be alive today. On 11-6-12 I went to a Dr visit and my BP... Read More

My Experience with Preeclampsia

Posted On Tuesday, October 01, 2013 By Ashley

I'm Ashley. I had a very rough pregnancy with twin boys. I had preterm labor. At 35 weeks I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and was to be induced right away. First, I had an amniocentesis test done to make sure my boys' lungs were mature. If they weren't, I was to be transferred to a bigger hospital with a NICU. Thankfully, they were mature enough to be delivered where I was! For weeks leading up to my diagnosis, I was put on procardia to keep my uterus from contracting. I was swelling slowly, week by week. The week before I was induced I had gained 11 pounds of fluid. I was hugely swollen! My feet looked like tissue boxes. I was literally swollen from head to... Read More

my eclampsia experience and doubts on my present situation

Posted On Monday, September 30, 2013 By DISI

hi I'm disi andrade alforque 32, preeclampsia survivor.  Last year November 19, 2012 I early deliver my child at 34weeks true CS because of my preeclampsia condition and praise God we both survived. What I worry now is my present condition: my monthly period suddenly doesn't come last September 11 which I expected, now to confirm my condition I bought a pregnancy test kit and test myself and it has a positive result. What I worried now was my doctor's advise b4 as she said to be safe, I should reach the three years before I get pregnant again. If not, might my case may repeat? :(( and now it's too early. It's only 10 months since the last time I... Read More

My Miracle

Posted On Saturday, September 28, 2013 By Michelle

Born September 1 7lbs 12oz 21 1/2in. After the death of my first baby, Jayson, due to preeclampsia it was a long scary pregnancy. But with my doctors help and a combo of medications there was no high blood pressure no preeclampsia and we made it to 40 weeks and 3 days. After 3 days in labor and a successful c section I brought miss Brooklyn Makayla into the world happy and healthy!

Late HELLP diagnosis

Posted On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 By Amy

I swear I'll try to make this short, but that's easier said than done! At just 6 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with chronic hypertension. When it came time to do the gestational diabetes test, I was diagnosed with it as well, as I beyond failed it. I was referred to a high-risk clinic at that time. I don't remember the exact timeline, as so much was constantly going on while I was pregnant. I was give the 24-hour protein urine analysis just as a baseline due to the chronic hypertension. The results came back and I was labeled as borderline pre-eclamptic. Due to the uncontrollable gestational diabetes, at 36 weeks pregnant, I went in to have an amniocentesis done to see if my... Read More

HELLP SYNDROME - My Survival Story

Posted On Monday, September 23, 2013 By Becky

On 12/26/12 I was admitted for severely high bp (I had no prior history). While in there, it rose to 220/112 & they thought I was going to have a stroke at 30 weeks pregnant. I spent New Year's and 8 days in the hospital. Was released and told to go on bed rest till I gave birth. Some protein in my urine so they said I had gestational hypertension and early preeclampsia, which they could manage. 1st night home an unbearable pain in upper abdomen, I felt like I was going to die. Called doctor; was told "its the baby pushing up" and normal pregnancy problem, to take a hot shower and go... Read More

My HELLP Experience.

Posted On Friday, September 13, 2013 By Elizabeth

My story begins October of 2012, when I found my husband and I were expecting our first child. We were beyond thrilled to experience bringing a new life into this world. My pregnancy started out rocky. I experienced severe morning sickness for the first four months. I was given zofran to make it through my work day as a reading teacher, and re-hydrated at the hospital once as well. I also experienced a night of severe side and back pain which the emergency room chalked up to implantation. Finally at 4 months the nausea began to dissipate and I was ready for the joy of pregnancy to begin. It didn't. I began to become very tired and out of breath. It was difficult to climb the... Read More

My HELLP Story

Posted On Monday, September 09, 2013 By Shannon

I'm not even sure where to begin. My family and I are survivors of HELLP Syndrome. Up until a month before my due date, I had what I thought was a relatively normal pregnancy. I felt incredibly nauseous the first trimester, like a million bucks the second trimester and fat, tired and swollen for much of the third trimester. Our little girl was full term and I didn't have many of the symptoms a lot of women have prior to being induced. On April 22 (exactly one month before my due date), I was put on bed rest. I had mentioned to the Dr in a few previous visits that my ankles were very swollen. They would examine them and tell me that's a normal part of pregnancy, which I... Read More

Two time HELLP survivor

Posted On Sunday, August 18, 2013 By Joann

I have had HELLP with both my previous pregnancies. And now I am expecting my third child. I am wondering when the other shoe will drop. When will I get sick this time?  The farther along I get, the more I worry. I have been lucky though with my previous pregnancies. I and my children have survived without problems. With my first child I had a very normal pregnancy until I was diagnosis with gestational diabetes. It was difficult at first to adjust to the diet and medicine, but as a nurse I understood the need for good control of my blood sugar. I also knew that having diabetes put me at a greater risk for preeclampsia. But I had hope everything would work out okay. Everything... Read More

Answers

Posted On Wednesday, August 07, 2013 By Christina

It's been about 4 years and 1 month ago, that I gave birth to my 2nd daughter, on July 10, 2009.  The pregnancy started out normal and then about 4 months into it I started feeling sick, and having headaches.  At about six months, my family decided to take a little vacation and visited a local zoo.  After that I swelled up.  At my six month appointment they did the normal testing.  Everything came out fine, but my normal blood pressure was a little high, so they reassured me that everything was fine.  They did want to do a blood test and a 24hr urine test so I went to the lab for that right way.  But everything came back normal.  The only thing the doctor could... Read More

Postpartum chronic hypertension with no high BP for full term pregnancy

Posted On Wednesday, August 07, 2013 By Priyanka

Hi, I delivered a boy last year August. I had a great absolutely normal, full-term pregnancy with not a single incidence of high BP or swelling. However, I started bleeding the day I completed 9 months. Got admitted, BP normal, BPP, NST normal. Since labour did not progress for nearly 12 hours, I was induced after which I started leaking and BP increased to 150/100. My OB decided for a C section and BP was back to normal during and after delivery. I ws discharged after 3 days.  3 days later I started feeling weak and heaviness in head, pain in eyes, swelling in left foot. Checked BP... 180/110... Was rushed to the hospital: ECG was normal. The next 3 days was under... Read More

Postpartum Preeclampsia With Lasting Health Effects

Posted On Saturday, August 03, 2013 By Ashley

I am a new mom that was hospitalized for postpartum preeclampsia in Nov. 2012, 5 days after I had my baby, I had a slight fever and a severe neck/headache. When I returned the call to the nurse that had called me for my postpartum checkup, a different nurse answered, NOT normally in charge of that. Amazingly, she helped save my life. She told me to see the doctor. (Afterwards I found out that many nurses there would have said it was just my milk coming in, and I was fine). She was an angel. I arrived at the doctor, and was admitted to the hospital immediately when they took my blood... Read More

My experience with Preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome

Posted On Friday, August 02, 2013 By Leslie

Hello, my name is Leslie B. I along with my two boys, Brody, 5 years old and Nicholas, 3 months old, are survivors of preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome. After having this condition with two pregnancies, I have felt a strong conviction to help bring awareness to this often "silent" but very serious condition. It really hit me when I was at a playdate with my boys, and a woman there expressed that she was so miserable being pregnant that she had prayed she would get preeclampsia so she could deliver early and "get" to have a c-section so she didn't have to endure a long labor. I was stunned at the idea that someone would want to have this, but I also kind of understood because although I had not... Read More

My story

Posted On Wednesday, July 31, 2013 By Dana

My name is Dana and I developed preeclampsia in my 28th week. It was considered mild, but I was still hospitalized because my blood pressure was 175/95 and I was having severe headaches. By the following week, I had developed HELLP syndrome and my son had to be delivered by c-section. I almost did not make it through the delivery. Although my son was only 2.7 lbs, he was pretty healthy and only stayed in the NICU for 6 weeks. He is 6 months old now and doing amazing! I have always wanted multiple children but am absolutely terrified of going through this again. My entire pregnancy was unpleasant with two surgeries in the first two months to remove one of my ovaries because of a... Read More

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