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

baby boy

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2012 By Alicia

My fiance and I just got back from a Model T Tour in Vermont late Sunday night. We decided to shower and get some sleep because I had a doctors appoint at 9 the next morning. Through out the trip I got really swollen and gained lots of weight. I couldn't understand why, I was eating healthy and didn't really stray from my daily routine. My feet and legs were so swollen and hurt to even walk my fiance would have to help me walk and bring me ice pack after ice pack. When the next morning arrived, we woke up and got ready for what we thought was going to be a quick routine appointment. We got called into the doctors office by the nurse, she took my blood pressure and told me to lay... Read More

Finally adding my voice...

Posted On Wednesday, December 12, 2012 By Sarah

I have spent countless hours on the Preeclampsia Foundation webpage reading and researching, but I have never added my story until now. The further I get from my pregnancies, the less frequently I obsessively mentally rehash my experiences with pre-e, and the more my memories of the ordeal have gradually dulled; considering the trauma at the time of the events, I am thankful for this usually diminishing pain, but then I'll read a piece of news about another woman experiencing this complication and my memories all come rushing back to vividly haunt me for a few more days and I'm right back here checking stats and brushing up on the latest medical findings. In hindsight, I wish I had... Read More

My Survivors

Posted On Monday, December 10, 2012 By Patricia

My two healthy children have wiped my memory nearly clean of the trauma of their two separate births and first months of life. Both my daughters were born entirely too soon--by all standards. Lily was born at 29 weeks, 5 days. Chloe, at 31 weeks. Both were cheated out of ten weeks in the womb--ten cozy, cuddling weeks to grow big, develop strong lungs and you know, finish the whole gestational process like God intended.I would have sold a kidney to experience the last 10 weeks of pregnancy. And my babies, my babies were in no hurry to be born. I never went into labor, never even had a Braxton Hicks nor did I make it to a birthing class. There were no embarrassing... Read More

beautiful baby boy

Posted On Monday, December 10, 2012 By charmaine

Hello- many people don't know much about pre-eclampsia; I didn't until I had it. This is my story. My name is Charmaine Dawkins and I was 17 and he was 22 when we started trying for are first baby together. I am very mature for my age and we decided we were ready. I fell pregnant first time trying. I was shocked because it can take months, but then I realized there was a beautiful baby growing inside of me and we were so happy. Our family and friends were filled with joy as they could see we were so happy.I had horrible morning sickness day and night: I would not be able to keep anything down, but I dealt with it. We had all the normal scans and everything was perfect. On my... Read More

pregnant again

Posted On Monday, December 03, 2012 By sharon

I suffered from preeclampsia and was officially diagnosed with it at 33 weeks,was concerned about it as midwifes picked up high blood pressure and protein in urine at 28weeks. At second check-up, blood pressure was still high and they decided to send me for blood tests. My gynecologist said I should consider a c-section and natural birth may no longer be an option. When I was 32 weeks was sent to hospital to have steroid injections and had my urine monitored; was released the following day. A week later at check-up, we realiszed baby wasn't growing and my doctor said I would have to have to have a c-section the following day. I had another steroid injection: this was to help my... Read More

I was 27 weeks pregnant with my second child andI went to my doctor's office

Posted On Friday, November 30, 2012 By Michelle

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Found Dead

Posted On Friday, November 16, 2012 By lisa

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, I found my Daughter-in-law dead - just sitting on the toilet.  The autopsy revealed she died from preeclampsia and our sweet baby Jack at 34 weeks gestation died when his mother's heart stopped beating.  She had been in the hospital 3 times in two weeks for abdominal pain, swelling and headaches and was on bedrest at the time of her death.  She had been to the doctor just the day before and had lost 2 pounds, was feeling great, her swelling was greatly diminished and her blood pressure 142/90 - she was always compliant with diet and bedrest restrictions and took her blood pressure every two hours. This was her first pregnancy.  I cannot... Read More

Lila Rose

Posted On Friday, November 16, 2012 By Sofia

Growing up in a community where teen pregnancy was very common, my high school did a lot to keep us from wanting kids at a young age. They would assign babies with computer chips that needed to be fed n changed at all hours day or night, they would show us videos of live births and tell us how hard life would be with a child at such a young age.  The live birth videos alone were enough to scare me through my teenage years, my 20's and even a bit of my 30's but at 32 I was expecting. My parents had not had a grandchild in 13 years, and it would be a first for my in-laws! It was surreal, I was excited, nervous and any other emotion you can imagine. April 22, I arranged for my family... Read More

A survivor of Preeclampsia

Posted On Friday, November 16, 2012 By mahjooba

I consider myself a survivor of this disorder. During my first pregnancy, I didn't even know what preeclampsia was. My doctor hadn't even discussed it with me. Even when I was sent to the hospital due to very high levels of protein in my urine at 39 week, no one mentioned preeclampsia to me. As a result, my son was born only four pounds, and I didn't have a clue to what had caused him to be so small. I had done my part with everything right (I could have died from preeclampsia. I wish my gynecologist had told me. Perhaps he wasn't familiar with it either).With my second pregnancy, twins, I decided to research my son's low birth weight, the high blood pressure, water... Read More

HELLP STORY

Posted On Monday, November 12, 2012 By Krys

Hi everyone!! I've been on this website reading many sad/encouraging stories since 6/17/12... two days after my precious baby girl was born. Some background- I have an healthy 8 year old; no complications during pregnancy. I have a healthy 2 year old; no complications with that pregnancy either. Third pregnancy, I noticed different things that I'd never experienced before. Went to prenatal checkup's blood pressure ran in 130's over 80's. The doctor that delivered my first two was not my doctor for my third pregnancy. I worked for an OB/GYN and decided to let him deliver my 3rd. Well he was deployed to Afghanistan (reserves) so during my second trimester there was a... Read More

william joseph eckerson the 2nd

Posted On Saturday, November 10, 2012 By amber

Hello my name is Amber. I am 23 years old. I already know a pain most parents don't have to feel. I had to bury my son before he even got a chance to live. He was 29 weeks when I found out he no longer had a heartbeat. I went for an appointment on a Wednesday and had told my doctor I had severe swelling in my hands; it didn't go away, and that they went numb when I slept every night several times a night. I also told her about flashing lights I saw if I turned my head a certain way. On that Wednesday, I also had high blood pressure and proteinuria, the biggest signs for preeclampsia. They sent me home with a bunch of tests to do and follow up with a doctor in 1 week.... Read More

preeclamsia cara a cara con la muerte

Posted On Thursday, November 08, 2012 By maria

Todo comenzo cuando apenas tenia 19 años en el 2007, y esperaba a mi primer hijo Jomar, en esa espera los primeros meses fueron muy bonito e inolvidables. Empezando el 3er trimestre comenze a notar como me hinchaba execivamente, la cara, las manos, las piernas y tobillos. Pensaba que todo era parte del embarazo. Llegue gracias a Dios a mis 39 semanas cuando el medico me envio de emergencia para el hospital a practicarme una cesarea de emergencia. Dentro de todo mi hijo salio perfectamente nacio el 30 de octubre de 2007 y midio 21'' y peso 7'11 lbs, nacio a las 12:57 de la tarde era un bebe precioso. Luego del parto la presion seguia alta 140-90 como una semana adicional, tenia cruces... Read More

my preclampsia experience...

Posted On Monday, November 05, 2012 By lisa

I woke up on the 19th of April feeling good with the usual pregnancy aches and pains. I was booked into the local doctors for a routine check up that afternoon. I went to the doctors, where she took my blood pressure and a urine sample. She looked worried and asked if I had transport to the hospital. I told her I did; she told me to go straight to the hospital where I was admitted through A&E. After a short wait, I was landed in a wheel chair headed for the maternity ward... Nurses and doctors ran around me doing tests and traces on my baby. Soon after I was sent for a scan, where I was told my baby was a little small for its gestation. The doctor then came in and... Read More

preeclampsia...what ?

Posted On Thursday, November 01, 2012 By Katie

I became pregnant in late April 2010; throughout my entire pregnancy I was sick. Morning sickness was horrible, I was throwing up just about every morning. I went to all my normal prenatal visits and of course had to pee in a cup to check all my levels. A few times the nurse told me I had too much protein in my urine and told me to make sure I drank plenty of water and eat healthy. How can you always eat healthy with all those pregnancy cravings?! In September of 2010 I switched doctors due to a change of insurance and also because I didn't care for the doctors I was seeing. I had found out I was having a girl and couldn't be more excited!! I had met and loved my new doctor.... Read More

Preeclampsia and prematurity force difficult separation

Posted On Thursday, November 01, 2012 By Jennifer

Prior to the birth of my second son, I was aware of prematurity in a general sense. I knew what the word meant. I knew a few friends, family members, and acquaintances who had dealt with the early arrival of an infant. To me, prematurity meant a baby who was probably no more than a month early and who might be slightly smaller than the 6 to 8 pound newborns that I was used to seeing. Prior to the birth of my second son, I was even less aware of preeclampsia. I had heard the word before and even knew of a case or two. I looked it up in my pregnancy book out of curiosity and dismissed it almost immediately. Blood pressure had never been a problem for me before and seizures were... Read More

Hannah's Story

Posted On Monday, October 29, 2012 By Suzanne

I lived in Mississippi at the time of my first pregnancy. I had an OB right out of med school, and by the time I went to my regular appointment at 26 weeks, he didn't play around. He said I had severe preeclampsia, and said he witnessed two women who died of PE during his residency and it wasn't going to happen to me. He put me in an ambulance to Mobile, Alabama, and said that the hospital I was headed to was amazing and they would take great care of my unborn daughter and me. He was right. I owe the staff at the hospital everything for saving my life and the life of my daughter. I was so very sick that my parents and husband were told that the baby and I may... Read More

31 Weeks/28 Weeks

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2012 By LaTonya

I have 2 children the 1st I delivered in March of 2004 at 31 weeks with having eclampsia. I never knew of the term and it came out of nowhere, with severe headaches and a seizure. I delivered a healthy 3 lbs 8 oz boy and he was in the hospital from March 18th till April 20th. Now it's 8 yrs down the line and I end up getting preeclampsia again, even though I knew the symptoms I never thought it would get to eclampsia. Blood pressure was through the roof high and the docs found protein in my urine. The docs got it to settle down but it crept back up on me again and I gain 5 lbs overnight, while still in the hospital. Nevertheless I delivered a 2 lb 9 oz at 28 weeks and I'm patiently... Read More

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