Preeclampsia at 30 weeks

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2014 By Lara

My story begins the Saturday morning my phone went off saying today I was 30 weeks. I was so excited. I remember thinking I am 30 weeks my baby can live on her own if she had to. Was that a curse that I thought that way or way I just being a paranoid mom to be. No one very tells you the day you find out your pregnant is the day you start to worry about your child for the rest of your life. I had not even met her but I was already so protective of her. From about 20 weeks I started to swell really bad in my legs and hands. My doctor did not seem to be concerned. I was, but I thought well maybe I was just being really sensitive. My mother, mother in law and sister were concerned as well on... Read More

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

preeclampsia on three

Posted On Sunday, July 20, 2014 By Veronica

I had a normal first pregnancy but I swelled towards my third trimester my doctor was not concerned he said it was normal I delivered my son at 39weeks and 4days he was healthy but I keep swelling so my doctor prescribed me water pills and I was released. Then I got pregnant 3 years later I was good until I was 34weeks I started gaining alot of weight but I didn't feel swollen but my blood pressure was at135/90 the doctor wasn't concerned so I had an appt. Two weeks later when I was on my way to the doctor's appt I was having a hard time breathing so when my blood pressure was taken it was at 150/99 so the nurse had me lay down for an hour then check my blood pressure it was at... Read More

My preeclampsia story

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 By siobhan

Throughout my pregnancy I had always kept well, all my check ups were always good. At my 31 week check up my blood pressure was higher than normal. I was them admitted to hospital, where I was closely monitored as my blood pressure got way out of control; I was rushed down to labour ware several times. I was a walking time bomb; the protein in my urine went to 5+. This is when my consultant decided to give me am emergency c-section. I delivered my wee boy at 33 weeks: he weighed only 3lbs12oz. Thankfully he was a healthy baby and stayed in scbu for only 12 days. I have never been so scared in my life, not only for my baby's health, but my own. Mason is now 5 months and is weighing over a... Read More

31 weeks and pre-eclampsia

Posted On Tuesday, July 08, 2014 By Stephanie

Ever since I can remember, I always dreamed of having 2 kids. But pre-eclampsia has cured me of that. In July of 2012, a month before my 22nd birthday and just a month after losing my grandmother, I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant and should expect to have a St. Pattys day baby. We experienced the usual array of emotions, happy, scared, anxious, nervous, etc. I had a rather rough pregnancy. Constantly sick, couldn't eat or drink. Multiple trips to the hospital for IV fluids due the being dehydrated from the excessive vomiting. Bruised ribs from it as well. But even with all of that, baby was healthy and growing. So I was "ok" with constantly puking. I went to all my check ups, took my... Read More

God's miracle

Posted On Monday, July 07, 2014 By Natalia

I was 32 years old when my biological clock turned crazy and I had no other big dream than to have a little girl of my own. I was diagnosed with diabetes 6 years before and making 4 injections of insulin daily. I had quit smoking and tried to prepare my body for pregnancy, even if I knew very well the risks, being a doctor. To get pregnant was the easiest thing in this story. Afterwards, I had bleeding, contractions, prolonged risk of miscarriage in the first and even second trimester... Lytic perfusions, bed repause, etc but what gave me strength was the constant doctor's message that my little baby -a girl, as I wished- was completely all right. Beginning with the 19th... Read More

My name is Antonella Bartow

Posted On Monday, July 07, 2014 By Antonella

My name is Antonella Bartow, I am a pre-eclampsia hellp syndrome survivor, and this is my story. I was thirty-two weeks pregnant, and happy as could be. The nursery was...painted, the crib was in place, and the clothes were hung in the closet for the arrival of my son, Jason Anthony Bartow. February fourteenth, Valentine’s Day, was my high-risk doctor visit. I had had some tell-tale signs that made me worry -- spotting, high blood pressure, some early contractions. I tried to tell the nurse about it on that visit. Her answer was, how could I... Read More

32 weeks

Posted On Sunday, July 06, 2014 By cortney

My name is Cortney and durning my pregnancy, I had experienced extreme sleepiness and no urge to eat; I would sleep more then 12 hours at a time. After 29 weeks of testing, they came up with hypertension: I was order to be on bed rest. They immediately gave me the shot to jump start my daughter's lungs. And after 3 weeks of strict bed rest, I woke up for my doctors appointment: they took my b/p and it was 180/111. I was sent to the ER for more wonderful testing. And about 7:30 p.m they had to sign my life away and prepped me for an emergency c-section. All I can really remember is bursting out in tears and holding on to my mother, praying that my daughter was going to be ok. I knew we... Read More

Eclampsia out of the blue!

Posted On Friday, July 04, 2014 By Catherine

My pregnancy was a breeze. Hardly any morning sickness, no other complications at all. The last few weeks of my pregnancy I had ever so slightly raised blood pressure, but nothing anyone was concerned about. Delivery was prolonged and ended up with a c section, but apart from that- all was fine and baby was great. The next day I was still in hospital eating my lunch when apparently I went very pale and became unresponsive. Medical team were called to the scene, where I then began having an eclamptic seizure lasting 20 minutes until magnesium sulphate began to work. Was sent to intensive care for numerous tests, but all came back fine- only explanation was eclampsia with no preeclampsia!... Read More

My short and sweet battle with PET.

Posted On Wednesday, July 02, 2014 By Catie

I had a perfect pregnancy. My doctor told me time and again "Cate, you can't mess this up. Your body is amazing and you'd have to work really hard to hurt her", always with a smile. It made me feel very confident in my pregnancy and I completely credit his confidence in me for my extremely positive attitude during the whole thing. I was due July 31, 2009. On June 16 I went in for my first bi-weekly check up. By this time I knew the drill, take blood pressure, pee in a cup, Dr. Folley will feel around and measure, then I'll be on my way. The nurse had a strange look on her face when she took my... Read More

29 weeks and 3 days

Posted On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 By Kristina

My name's Kristina and at 29 weeks and 3 days with my first child I developed preeclampsia. I came home from work on a normal day; I had then gone out to the movies with my mother. Upon retiring home, my stepmother noticed how swollen my feet were. I was ordered to lay down and relax (I slept for 3hrs). When I woke up, I was urged to check my blood pressure which was abnormally high. I was instructed to head to the ER. When I had arrived my protienuria was extremely high and I was admitted the next morning. My blood pressure reached a high of 190/160 and a few hours later I was prepped for an emergency c-section. My daughter was born 10 weeks early weighing 2lbs 4oz. If it wasnt for the... Read More

Love, Strength, Miracle…

Posted On Thursday, June 05, 2014 By Monika

Love, Strength, Miracle…   Hello, my name is Monika I’m from a small European country – Bulgaria. I’ll tell you story about my experience of HELLP Syndrome. When I was 23 years old, my husband was 30. We had a dream – to have a baby and every day for two years we dreamed of that time to come. I fancied how I carry a life in... Read More

going back one year later...

Posted On Monday, June 02, 2014 By Amiris

A day like today exactly one year ago I was in the hospital. I was 30 weeks pregnant and awaiting for a miracle to save our little boy's life. He only weighted 2.8 pounds. I remembered when my husband kneeled down by my bed's left side, hold my hand and we prayed together. That was the last prayer because God answered really quick. Doctors were only waiting for my health to get worst and that moment... Read More

Brittany Ruth Oakley

Posted On Sunday, June 01, 2014 By Bessie

My very healthy, 19 year-old daughter’s near-perfect pregnancy ended in tragedy, immediately after she pushed out the placenta. The cause of death was cited as “intracranial hemorrhage”. On December 23, 2009, my daughter, Brittany, went to the OB-GYN for her weekly checkup. She was almost ready to deliver, and she had a normal checkup. On December 27, 2009, Brittany was in great physical condition, happy and feeling great! She had no known problems throughout her pregnancy, except for a little swelling of her legs during the 9th month, and unrelenting, severe back pain during the final couple of days. - On December 28,... Read More

Three Strikes

Posted On Thursday, May 29, 2014 By April

Our story starts not unlike most. We’re a happily married couple starting a family and enjoying the ins and outs of our first pregnancy. We’ve chosen a nurse midwife that we really, really like. The weight gain is not too bad as I expected to pack on pounds. There’s not one single moment of morning sickness. Our co-ed baby shower is a hit with more than 3o in attendance. Our baby girl wants for nothing when she enters this world! Around 30 weeks we get a phone call from the obstetrician’s office that we need to come in for an office visit. When we arrive the nurse midwife (the one we really, really like) advises us that due to the rising cost of malpractice insurance she... Read More

Preeclampsia 35 weeks.

Posted On Friday, May 16, 2014 By sarah

Hello my name is Sarah. I lost my son at 35 weeks due to Preeclampsia. It was my first time pregnant. Sunday April 20,2014: Easter Sunday, and also my mother's birthday. Around 3am I noticed my tummy and body alone just felt odd, and I didn't feel my son move who during sleeping hours was very active. My fiancé was at work he travels a lot and I texted him just telling him I didn't feel normal. Being this was my first pregnancy I didn't really think much of it bc I just thought maybe I was over stressing myself, so I laid back down and tried to go to sleep. I woke up around 10am: my belly was extremely hard and I still haven't felt my baby move so I really start to... Read More

postpartum preeclampsia

Posted On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 By melissa

Hello everyone, My name is Melissa and My fiance and I have two children. My first pregnancy with our daughter who is now 5 was completely uneventful. I felt great and never had any issues during or after delivery. When she was 4 and a half we decided it was time to have another baby but this time we needed the help of Clomid. It worked first cycle and I now have a son who will be one in a week. My pregnancy with him was hard from the start. Gushing bleeds from 8 weeks up until 13 weeks. Then I had gallbladder attacks at 20 weeks exact. Our daughter was a small birth weight baby so this pregnancy they kept a really close eye on me and the growth of our son. Every appointment was good and... Read More

Second time around

Posted On Friday, May 09, 2014 By Amy

This was my second pregnancy. I had been diagnosed while in labor with my first, though luckily we were both fine! We were not expecting to have our second so soon. I was breastfeeding and taking the mini pill but 4 months postpartum I was pregnant again! I found out at nearly 10 weeks. Worst three things for a long while was heartburn, "morning sickness" (took Zofran), and my hip which was a pain during my first pregnancy seemed much worse this second time (helped to go to the chiropractor for a while then towards the last couple of months just dealt with it). This time it started... Read More

HELLP and pre eclampsia at 19 weeks pregnant.

Posted On Wednesday, May 07, 2014 By eloise

Hi my name is Eloise, I am 20 years of age. I found out I was pregnant in November 2013. I had a beautiful first few weeks, no sickness or any bad symptoms. It was NYE when I first started getting pains in my upper abdominal area, but I thought nothing of it so I got send home early from work and just relaxed. If anything, I though it was trapped wind or something pregnancy-related. Then it stayed away for a few weeks untill I reached 18 weeks and I got severe pains this time so my partner took me to A&E at 3 am for them to send me away with antibiotics for a water infection. Anyway, a week later jon came in from work about 12 at night and I wad curled up in pain again and I was... Read More

I lost my eye sight from preeclampsia

Posted On Tuesday, May 06, 2014 By Susan

Hi my name is Susan I would like to share my daughter's story. My daughter is 19 years old, she complete high school last May, and had plan to go to collage in the fall. She met this guy after school had ended and falling madly in love with him and found out in September she was going to have a baby. She was so happy her eyes would light up when she talk about the baby. She went to all of her appointments at the OB-GYN office and gave a urine sample every time. She was thirty-three weeks and her last two appointments at the OB-GYN office they told her she had high blood pressure, and she saw two different doctors, but both doctors sent her out of the office without any medication. She... Read More

I survived Pre- and Post-Partum Preeclampsia

Posted On Friday, May 02, 2014 By Marnie

I am doing my first "Promise Walk for Preeclampsia" on May 3, 2014!  I'm excited to support the Preeclampsia Foundation's mission to reduce infant and maternal illness and death due to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.Here's my story. I nearly died twice due to preeclampsia with my last pregnancy. I developed preeclampsia with my first pregnancy, in 2010/11. However, it was controlled and I delivered a healthy 6 lb. 9 oz. little boy at 38-weeks.  With my second pregnancy (2013), my blood pressure was great (118/69) pretty much the entire pregnancy - until 32 weeks. Suddenly, my blood pressure spiked (to 145/90+). I was already high risk (advanced... Read More

A Brother's Legacy

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 By Katriina

My preeclampsia story begins with my mother. I was nine years old when she was pregnant with my brother, Zachary.  I remember sitting next to her on the sofa, her legs up on the coffee table,  "Watch what happens when I press my thumb into my skin," she said, and I watched the indentation stay.  And I pressed my thumb in, creating a shallow pit on her leg, as she closed her eyes and napped in third trimester exhaustion. 23 years later, I sat in my own living room, feet propped up on the coffee table, 31 weeks pregnant, and pressed my thumb into my shin.  And felt nearly sick to my stomach when the indentation stayed.  Something was wrong.... Read More

A miraculous delivery

Posted On Saturday, April 26, 2014 By Marianne

I was 29 years old when I got pregnant. Everything seemed perfect at the moment. I was scared about all the things a mother would be scared about (not making it through the first trimester, baby not being healthy, gestational diabetes, etc...). I was having a very good pregnancy with no symptoms at all. I thought it was great that I was able to enjoy my pregnancy without any symptoms or discomfort. My last trimester, I started developing heartburn (it didnt matter what I ate, everything would cause me heartburn). My doctor noticed that I had excessive amniotic fluid and decided to monitor me closely (every week). I had to give... Read More

Preeclampsia & HELLP

Posted On Saturday, April 26, 2014 By Alma

We were very excited as we prepared for our first in April of 1990. My pregnancy had gone well throughout and we were ready. I was 34 wks pregnant and one afternoon I began to feel pains. I wasn't sure if this was premature labor since this was our first. I called the doctor and tried to describe my pains. They felt it was gastric and not a big problem, but I should come in anyway to be sure. The pains were growing more intense and I had a feeling something wasn't right. Being the science nerd I am, I told my husband as best as I could that the pains were by my liver. Little did I know... We arrived to hospital and lo and behold... Read More

My battle with preeclampsia!

Posted On Thursday, April 24, 2014 By Tara

I just wanted to share my story in hopes of helping others! I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia right at 20 weeks with my first. I was put on meds to help control my bp but it steadily rose higher and higher. By 34 weeks I was admitted to the hospital on complete bed rest and to be monitored around the clock. I had pillows taped to my bed in case I had seizures and the highest I remember my blood pressure getting was 190/110. At 34w5d the dr came in and told me that my urine protein levels were dangerously high and that we needed to get the baby out now. That was a Friday... Read More

nightmare

Posted On Thursday, April 24, 2014 By lorena

When I was 14 yrs old I got pregnant with my first. Being pregnant at such a young age you dont know what to expect. I had no morning sickness I felt great. But when I hit my third trimester, I began to be fatigued and had blurred vision and would see spots. So at my next doctor visit at 35 weeks, I told my ob my symptoms so she checked my blood pressure and it was 140. So she said I want to see you in 2 days because my blood pressure was high. My boyfriend and I went back to my doc 2 days later and my blood pressure was 145 so she said go straight to the hospital. Now I'm all panicking because they weren't telling me anything.  So we got to... Read More

Pre-eclampsia ONCE, TWICE but not a third!! :)

Posted On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 By Kim

I was 25 when I got pregnant with my first child. The 1st and 2nd trimesters were great then the unthinkable happend. I swelled up so bad that I could not get my shoes on and I just did not feel right.  I went to the doctor and my blood pressure was very high and out of control. My doctor sent me to the hospital and tried to induce me, did not work. I had protein in my urine and very high blood pressures. We delivered at 36 weeks via c-section and had a very healthy baby boy. I was started on magnesium IV. Talk about horrible!!! I thought I was dying and I was terrified!!! 2 years later I got pregnant again and miscarried. Three years after the miscarriage I got pregnant... Read More

From 2 lbs 12 ounces to 4-years-old

Posted On Friday, April 18, 2014 By Gina

I'd like to share a story that certainly has been a success. After his mother's bout with preeclampsia and being born at only 2 lbs and 12 oz, a young boy is now living as a healthy, happy 4-year-old. Pace Tonn was born at 2:54 a.m. on December 31, 2009 at just 2 pounds, 12 ounces. At 12 weeks premature, Pace faced a 7-month long stay in the hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). On top of ventilator care, he also required blood transfusions and several surgeries. Although Keri was released four days after delivery, baby Pace had a long road ahead. The NICU was actually turned into a miniature surgical suite so that Pace wouldn’t experience any... Read More

A Year Later

Posted On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 By Hilary

The past two years have been a series of ups and downs.  I got married in August 2012 to a wonderful man and my best friend.  We started settling into our life together when our town (and house) was struck by Hurricane Sandy.  Our house was flooded and we lost everything.  We just rented the apartment, so we moved in with my in-laws until we could figure out what was next.  Around Thanksgiving I suspected that I had become pregnant and this was confirmed by a home test.  In early December I had an appointment with my OBGYN now that I was at about 6 weeks and for full confirmation. The pregnancy... Read More

How I learned the word help had 2 ll's!

Posted On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 By Amber

My first pregnancy was very easy.  I did not suffer from mourning sickness or fatigue.  At around 32 weeks I developed a very persistent and painful headache.  I took my blood pressure at home with an automatic machine.  My BP was high so I went to a friends home to have it checked manually.  It was still high.  I called and reported my readings to the dr and was instructed to come in and have it taken in the office.  My BP was high in the office with moderate amounts of protein in my urine.  I was given a stress test were my BP normalized by lying on my left side.   I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and sent home on bed rest.... Read More

Two Times Severe Preeclampsia

Posted On Friday, April 11, 2014 By Chelsea

My husband and I were married in June 2009. I had just graduated from college and had a vague plan of returning to school in 2010 to work on my master's. We found out we were pregnant in October 2009; this was not a planned pregnancy, but while we were both extrememly nervous, we knew it was a blessing and were very excited. With a due date of June 21st, we were off to a normal start. The morning sickness set in right at 8 weeks-it was daily and it was awful, but my mother with whom I shared an office at the time assured me it was normal. I ate constantly trying to curb the nausea and gained about 7 pounds by my 12th week. As my first trimester ended and my second began the... Read More

Post-partum Eclampsia

Posted On Friday, April 11, 2014 By sheila

Hi my name Sheila and I am a survivor of post-eclampsia. In 2006 I gave birth to a son that weighed 6lb. 14oz. and was so happy. See, I was told I may not ever be able to conceive. I had alot of problems one of which was polycystic ovarian disease, but to my surprise I did conceive, and had a pretty good pregnancy except for all the morning sickness that lasted basically the entire 37 weeks. I went into the hospital at 37 weeks to be induced because they were concerned about my placenta getting old. So went in and was induced and was in labor for 15 hrs. I had 3 epidurals which none worked on me. They decided to do a c-section because I wasn't... Read More

how I became the mother of an angel

Posted On Sunday, April 06, 2014 By Marie

I have a four year old son, and when he was almost three I met his stepfather. We soon started talking about having a child together, and we were very happy when we found out we were expecting. I now had so much more to offer this child, then with my firstborn, but I still couldn't shake the feeiling that something was wrong! The feeling was so bad, that I didn't tell people before I was 23 weeks. I calmed down eventually, but I got sick early in the pregnancy, already at 15 weeks my headaches started and my skin and hair looked awful. I itched everywhere, and had trouble sleeping. I remember thinking that no pregnancy can be this tough! But my doctor told us everything was FINE!... Read More

My pregnancies with preeclampsia

Posted On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 By Alexis

When I was just 17 years old, I became pregnant. I was just about to graduate high school and I was about to get married as well. The last thing I wanted during my pregnancy was something else to stress over and worry about. Three weeks before graduation and my wedding, I found out at my 13-week appointment that I had a low PAPP-A hormone (low pregnancy-associated plasma protein A). This in other words is a potential precursor to becoming preeclamptic. The doctor told me not to worry but they would have to keep a close eye on the baby and myself. At the time I had no idea what to expect or what it even meant. I cried a lot because I feared the worst possible situation, death, would... Read More

Gearing up for battle during my second pregnancy!

Posted On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 By Ashley

As I enter the 3rd trimester of my second pregnancy, I have begun to think a lot about the challenges I faced at the end of my last pregnancy. I guess in a way, I am gearing up for battle to try and be more prepared to face the struggle ahead. I haven't really spoken about it much publicly, but those who know me well know that I had severe  preeclampsia when my first son, was supposed to still be growing happily in my belly. Around 32 weeks I started swelling. Nothing extreme, just enough that I had to take my wedding rings off and graduated exclusively to wearing flip-flops. I brought this up with my doctor who was not concerned. It was summer after all and I had low... Read More

nightmare

Posted On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 By mattie

January 7, 2014 baby girl born color of baby blue she did turn to normal color. Mother and baby go home; when baby is about five or six days old, mother was taken to hospital to emergency room. The mother had three seizures back-to-back... mother admitted to ICU. Mother had a heart attack. The mother showed all the signs of preeclampsia at hospital where baby was born but was sent home. Now in ICU... in the emergency room blood pressure 257 over 110; mother is on meds for blood pressure and heart. Before all this the mother had no problems with high blood pressure or her heart. Baby girl is doing fine so far and mother is still on meds. I am the baby's grandmother and her mother's... Read More

My Baby "A'Yaan" is Resting in Paradise!!

Posted On Wednesday, March 05, 2014 By Lakeidra

My husband & I found out we were expecting our first child together in July 2013, we were surprised yet thrilled. It was a great pregnancy until my 5th month of pregnancy, my husband started monitoring my blood pressure and there were times when it was elevated, I let my doctor know of the elevations, they said it wasn't running high in the office so they wasn't concerned about it, so another month went by with the same elevations until one day when I was almost 7 months, I awaken feeling sluggish & tired, just bad....so I went to the hospital to get checked on and low & behold, my blood pressure registered at 202/113 so... Read More

Loss, Survival, and Hope

Posted On Tuesday, March 04, 2014 By Marilyn

In Spring of 2012, I was pregnant for the first time…and with twins! My husband and I were happily planning for the arrival of 2 little girls, due in August. Then at 21 weeks, my feet began to swell at the end of the day.  At my visit to the OB/GYN that week, I questioned the swelling as well as the 125/80 BP I had. My baseline BP had been 105/60.  I was told it was within normal range, and the swelling was also dismissed as non-concerning. On Easter Sunday, 22.5 weeks, I could no longer fit comfortably in my shoes, and my BP on a home monitoring machine was 135/85. I knew I had an appointment in a few days with Maternal Fetal Medicine, and convinced myself I would be told... Read More

My Pregnancies

Posted On Monday, March 03, 2014 By brittany

Okay so hear is my story: My name is Brittany and I'm 26 years old. Baby 1 (2006): Quite an uneventful pregnancy, besides severe morning sickness and in and out of the hospital in the beginning to be re hydrated. I had an appt on my due date Aug 7 2006 and it was THEN... Read More

Waking Up From A Dream

Posted On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 By Ketan

To my surprise at 43 I became pregnant! Terrified of all the issues that could happen at my age with pregnancy, I made sure I followed all the suggestions to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Everything was normal and healthy at 18 weeks so I allowed myself to be excited for the first time! Words can not express my feelings of joy and pride to finally be pregnant after thinking all my life I could not conceive. Around 20 weeks my body began to swell and I felt so bloated all the time nothing felt comfortable about my body. My OB at the time reassured me this was all a normal part of pregnancy. My BP was slightly high but nothing alarming according to my care provider. At 23 weeks, while at a... Read More

Loss at 23 weeks due to severe pre-e, no MFM referral

Posted On Monday, February 24, 2014 By Valerie

I had severe pre-e in my previous pregnancy in 2009.   My daughter was born at 28 weeks at 1 lb and 4oz. I did not develop HELLP syndrome but just got high blood pressure, swelling, and protein in the urine.  Since my liver enzymes and kidneys fuctions were decreasing I got an emergency C-section.  Today my daughter is 5 years old and very healthy. Due to the conditions with my daughter, I waited to conceive again.  In Sept 2013, I was told that I was pregnant.  I asked my OB/GYN (who was my OB with my first daughter) about any new precautions/procedures I should do for this second round.  He told me no.  In week 22, I went to the hospital with upper... Read More

Severe Pre-Eclampsia at 38 weeks, with a happy ending. Lots of Photos.

Posted On Friday, February 21, 2014 By Ashley

The Birth of Sam"The Brave" Written 4/25/13 (12 days postpartum)   This is going to be really long.  And I'm not sure who will read it.  But before all the details become fuzzy, I wanted to write the experience as I remember it.... Read More

Ruptured Brain Aneurysm immediately after Pregnancy HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Thursday, February 20, 2014 By Karla

I suffered from a ruptured aortic valve brain aneurysm Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) on September 12, 2012 (at 41 yrs. old) and I thank God every day that I am mentally and physically fully recovered! Emotionally, I am still working on that. Here's my story. After giving birth to my daughter on August 27, 2012, I became very ill two (2) days later. My organs started shutting down, my blood pressure went extremely high and my platelet count went extremely low. After two (2) days of tests, I was diagnosed with Pregnancy HELLP Syndrome and immediately transferred from the... Read More

My HELLP story

Posted On Monday, February 17, 2014 By Erin

My pregnancy was a surprise, Brad and I had never planned to have children. I knew very little about the realities of pregnancy. I had never really looked into what can and does happen to a woman’s body while it incubates a precious little life. If you also have not, it’s a crazy bunch of stuff and purely amazing and disgusting at the same time, a bit like motherhood but that is another story all together. I had gestational diabetes and was being monitored weekly due to the medication that I had to take. I went to work Tuesday August 28th, like one does when they are employed. I wasn't having any significant symptoms. Moderate swelling, a little edema but it seemed... Read More

My OB let me down...

Posted On Thursday, February 13, 2014 By Kathleen

Let me start out by saying that I'm an older Mom (had my son at 40), and I've had high blood pressure since I was in my 20's.  When I first got pregnant, the first thing my Dr did was take me off my BP meds.  He told me that my BP would naturally go down during my second trimester, so I would be fine until then- and I was.  But keep in mind that I monitored my BP from home, at least once a day.  Everything was going soooo smooth, and I was getting very excited for my 3rd trimester! At about 7 months, I noticed that my BP was gradually rising.  I brought this up to my OB at each appt and she never seemed concerned.  Her medical assistant would take my... Read More

My beautiful Noah

Posted On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 By Indira

My husband and I started trying to have a baby for 5 years.  During this time we visited fertility specialists and ran countless tests.  We finally became pregnant naturally and were so ecstatic!!  Unfortunately, the happiness did not last long as I miscarried at 12 weeks.  After miscarrying my husband pretty much gave up but I was 39 and I felt like we still had a little more time to try.  Luckily I conceived and was super happy and careful.  Monitored everything I ate, did light exercise and rested whenever possible.  At 26 weeks I went in for my check up and I had elevated BP readings 145 /90.  My GYN was concerned sent me home on bed rest for the remainder of... Read More

My Preeclampsia Birth Story

Posted On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 By Mandi

It was a normal Wednesday.  I don’t even remember anything special about the morning – I went to work as usual.  Left in the early afternoon to make the trip to my prenatal appointment.  I was feeling especially large and definitely pregnant.  I remember making a comment to a co-worker on the way out the door that it was the last of my “two-week” appointments before I would move to the one-a-week ones – which was very exciting! I met my husband in the parking garage and we walked into the office building.  I checked in and sat down.  I remember feeling normal.  I got a text about a piece of foam I was trying to get for the... Read More

I Never Dreamed this Would Happen

Posted On Thursday, February 06, 2014 By Cana

 It was January 28th, my blood test came back positive and I was pregnant! Something I never thought was possible. I had two donated embryos transferred just eleven days before and now my dream of being pregnant and experiencing the joys that came with that were mine. My pregnancy was difficult from the start. I developed severe morning sickness which lasted 15 weeks, then developed a terrible stomach bug that sent my health into another downward spiral for several more weeks. I never developed an appetite until I was around 22 weeks pregnant. I finally began to feel better and gain weight. At my 28 week appointment everything looked great. I had... Read More

I didn't have high blood-pressure until AFTER the seizures!

Posted On Sunday, February 02, 2014 By Meghan

I'd had a friend who had been watching me very closely after we found out we were pregnant, she kept saying that she thought I was swelling too soon. I had asked the doctor MANY times about it and she just said I was fine but soon it was getting SO bad I wasn't really fitting in clothes that SHOULD have gotten me to 40 weeks (I like to prepare). The TED hose didnt seem to be helping and eventually I had coworkers doing a double-take as I walked down the hall, barely recognizing me. About a week before my next check-up I just felt like something was terribly wrong. The best I can describe was that I felt like I was a ticking time bomb, SOMETHING was about to happen and it wasn't... Read More

Had HeLLP & Preeclamsia with 2 out of my 3 pregnancies

Posted On Saturday, February 01, 2014 By Jeanne

I'm the mother of 3 young adults now, ages 24, 22 and 18. :-) I had preeclamsia and HeLLP syndrome with my first and last pregnancies (which are my 2 sons). I did not have those complications with my daughter (now age 22), but I did have "undiagnosed" gestational diabetes with her. Pregnancy #1: I was "Borderline" Gestational diabetic with him, and carried him full term. My water broke and I was not having much in the way of contractions, so my doctor had me wait 24 hours and then I went into the hospital and they put me on pitosin to get my contrations going. I started going down-hill during labor. I started running a fever, so they checked me (and the baby once he was... Read More

Ivan's Story

Posted On Friday, January 24, 2014 By Yolanda

One day on our way to our final sign off of the wedding venue, my husband and I spoke about kids... not the first time though, but we both decided that we didn't want to wait. We have no reason. That made me so excited cause I could not wait to be be a mommy.  Well our wish came true not long after we returned from our honeymoon.  All the normal signs was there and me and hubby decided that we gonna buy a home test... reading that the best time to do the test was first thing in the morning so we waited. That next morning bright and early I got up and did the test... few seconds went by the minutes and... Read More

My baby - Jaden

Posted On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 By Sharon

When I was 7 months pregnant (32 weeks) I had nausea, feet & hand swelling, shortness of breath & acidity. My doctor had told me that they were the symptoms of pregnancy.  Even my blood pressure was normal. On November 2013, I had severe pre-eclampsia which led to convulsions, headache, blurring of vision & pulmonary edema (fluid in my lungs) and was rushed to ER. My condition was so bad that they could not wait to give steroids for the maturity of my baby’s lungs. I was given Magnesium sulfate to prevent the occurrence of seizures. The baby was delivered... Read More

Walking for my children, one in my arms, one in Gods arms

Posted On Thursday, January 09, 2014 By Brandy

I am a 34 year old mother of 2. I say a mother of 2, because, even though you see only child in my arms, I have the privilege of having one with wings.   My daughter was born on June 25, 2009 via emergency c-section. Looking back now, it seems like a dream. I was oblivious to what was happening, but could see the fear in my husbands eyes. I remember trying to concentrate on hearing her, I couldn't wait to hear her first cries! It took a while, but there it was, my baby was here and perfect in every way. It's not the birth I had planned on, it's not the time she was expected. But, when the Dr. called and said it was the day, all the planning went out the window! I had... Read More

An Almost Picture Perfect Pregnancy

Posted On Monday, December 30, 2013 By Ellen

My pregnancy started like many others, I am sure.  My husband and I were excited, scared, worried and in love.  As our daughter grew, I went to all my routine Doctor's appointments with normal blood pressure readings, healthy weight gain and a strange feeling that our daughter would come early.  My family has a history of itty bitty babies so when she was estimated to be 4lbs 3oz at 35 weeks, we weren't terribly worried but the yellow flag was up.  Less than a week later, my right arm felt a little odd while I was trying to sleep so I shifted my weight and went to bed only to wake up around 1am with intense discomfort to my upper abdomen and my right shoulder was truly in... Read More

HELLP SYNDROME CASE

Posted On Sunday, December 22, 2013 By ZAINAB

Hello,  This is Zainab here from Kuwait, a Gulf country.. I am 23 years old female married for 1.5 years now. I was 5 months pregnant when suddenly I got diagnosed with HELLP syndrome with having platelet count less than 57 and blood pressure more than 180.. I was admitted urgently to the hospital and they took the baby as the liver enzymes were also high and protein was found in the urine. Just after that, my counts and condition started to improve and BP too. Now I am completely fine. I lost my baby on Nov 12, 2013. I had a wonderful five months of pregnancy, I went for all my check-ups... Read More

Mi Caso de Preeclampcia con Hell

Posted On Thursday, December 19, 2013 By Karen

Hola a Todos! Mi nombre es Karen Ortegón, vivo en la ciudad de Barranquilla en Colombia, tengo 26 años y hace cuatro meses tuve un parto por cesárea a las 29 semanas de gestación, por preeclamcia con Hell. Mi historia comienza desde los 3 meses de gestación, cuando se me empezaron a hinchar los pies levemente, asistí en varias ocasiones al médico por preocupación ante un caso de preeclampcia, pero los médicos siempre me dijeron que eso era normal, en mi país el sistema de salud es bastante deficiente, los controles prenatales si tu embarazo es normal osea no es de alto riesgo, lo controla una enfermera jefe o un medico general, hasta... Read More

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Posted On Tuesday, December 17, 2013 By Jenny

About 17 weeks into my pregnancy, I experienced a day where I threw up all day long. I hadn’t had morning sickness at all, so I was a little concerned, but Car and I assumed I had a 24-hour bug. The next day I didn’t throw up, but I simply didn’t feel well. I had a general feeling of unwellness from then on, but nothing specific. At about 17.5 weeks, the pain started. At first I assumed the pain, which was located just below my sternum, was heartburn. I’d never had heartburn, but I couldn’t imagine what else the stabbing pain could be, and everyone knows that pregnant women get terrible heartburn. The pain got progressively worse until I... Read More

"Sudden Swelling?" Well, Sort Of…

Posted On Friday, December 13, 2013 By R

I hardly noticed my swelling when it began, only that my ankles were stiff when I went up the stairs. I later thought it was normal pregnancy swelling. I had hit six months and had had a very easy pregnancy so far – I was due for some of the rotten side effects. Gradually I puffed up, so slowly I didn’t much notice, until it hit my face and others commented, causing me to look critically in the mirror for the first time. I called my doctor to make a note of the swelling, just for the sake of my records, because I knew my doctor liked to be very thorough in her notes. I had my next appointment in three weeks. A little less... Read More

Missed symptoms lead to eclampsia seizure

Posted On Monday, December 09, 2013 By Andrea

When you find out you are pregnant one of your first thoughts is of in 9 months time, walking out of the hospital with your little baby and taking them home. Not for a second do you imagine leaving the hospital without them and coming back to an empty house, while your little baby stays there in an intensive care unit. Apart from slight morning sickness in the early stages my pregnancy had been perfect. My 21 week scan showed a healthy baby boy and we were thrilled. All that changed on 28th August 2013 when I reached 27 weeks. I was at work when I discovered I was bleeding. I was taken to... Read More

SOMEBOBY MUST FÄ°ND THIS ILLNESS' SOLUTIONS

Posted On Saturday, December 07, 2013 By SIRIN

I lost my baby because of this illness. I had to birth my baby at seven months.

My blood pressure is still higher than 160/100 for the last 1 month.

I do not know how I can stand with this trouble. I have different feelings towards this world.

 

 

The Unexpected Journey

Posted On Sunday, December 01, 2013 By Shedina

It was October 2, 2013, the day I woke up with an excruciating toothache... yes, the wisdom tooth had begun giving me hell. At 25 weeks pregnant, I wanted to know what was causing so much pain literally overnight. I couldn't function at work; the pain was just too much to bear, plus the air condition system assisted in bringing on the pain. I went home and could only manage to eat crushed foods like irish potatoes and pumpkin; but even that was a chore. The following day, I went to the dentist to see if there was anything he could do. The first dentist looked in my mouth and told me I had an impacted wisdom tooth and that he would have to refer me to another dentist who could... Read More

Courage in the dark days

Posted On Monday, November 25, 2013 By Amiris

My husband and I got married in 2009. We wanted to have kids right away and living in Spain I got pregnant 6 months after we got married. The pregnancy was not what I expected. I felt so sick not just morning sickness but it was like my body had a really bad reaction to the pregnancy. I had headaches all the time and everything hurt. We use to live 30 meters from the beach and I use to go out to walk every day until i realized that every time I went to walk my hands got swollen, some people said that it was because of the ocean and the salt and to put my hands up when I walked, but it got to the point that I just could not walked any more, all my testing was perfect and because I was a... Read More

One pregnancy is more than enough for me

Posted On Monday, November 25, 2013 By Roxanne

Mine was horrible. Ill try to keep it short without missing anything. I was 20 weeks or so, just found out it was a girl. I was visiting my family in California and had this awful fever, felt like crap, sweaty, plus a heat rash to the point of blisters. It hurt to walk, stand, everything. I went back to Nebraska and went to my drs appt a few days later. I had a fever of 102.7 and the doctor noticed my feet were swollen. There was no difference between leg, ankle, and that bend to a foot. So she ran some tests, finally was able to get back ahold of me and I was told I have blood clots. Clots going to my lungs and causing pneumonia. I had to rush to a hospital an hour away, get a... Read More

My Guardian Angel

Posted On Monday, November 11, 2013 By Angelia

My daughter, Isabel, will be 1 in just a month. Last October, after my first 7 months of pregnancy being absolutely perfect, I began having an elevated blood pressure. At this point, I was having weekly check-ups. I wasn't so worried, my family (mother and teenage brothers) had just moved in with me, so I thought the high blood pressure was a result of stress. My doctor ordered me on modified bed rest, and to have Non-stress tests at the hospital twice a week. My blood pressure never went down, but it wasn't so high that they were too worried just yet. My doctor did find protein in my urine, so i had to collect my urine for 24 hours and take it back. The results of that urine weren't too... Read More

How I survived my near death experience of preeclampsia

Posted On Tuesday, November 05, 2013 By Latavia

Hi, I'm Latavia and I had a near death experience with preeclampsia. I was 8 months pregnant when I discovered my life would change forever. I went for a regular check up and noticed I was a little more swollen then usual. My doctor didn't think much of it because swelling was normal in a pregnancy. He put me on bed rest and told me to start eating healthier, less salt. He also took me out of school being that I was young I missed a lot. Weeks went by and the swelling had gotten a lot worse from my first visit. My next visit came around and my blood pressure was sky high. My face was swollen, my eyes, my hands, my arms, my feet. I was admitted into the hospital... Read More

Too Late...

Posted On Friday, November 01, 2013 By Tricia

What was supposed to be a normal Sunday turned into the worst day of my life. But first, I’ll tell you how my pregnancy was going. I was 20 years old living with my fiance, Dante, at the time. I worked 40 hours a week on my feet most of the time. I started swelling early in my pregnancy and it was summer time so we weren’t that worried then. Come around my 28-32 week mark, I was severely swollen and was gaining a lot of weight. I had asked my doctor to check further into pre-eclampsia but he assured me everything was “normal”. Being a new and young mom I trusted him when I should have trusted my gut.  On Sunday,... Read More

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

my story my fear

Posted On Monday, July 29, 2013 By Emily

My name is Emily and about a year ago I was diagnosed with preeclampsia. My blood pressure was really high and my doctor put me on a few different medicationss to counteract it, but nothing helped... it just got worse and my dose was upped again and again. This went on for about three months before we lost our daughter. I was 7.5 months along. my husband and I want to start trying again, but I'm really frightened that this will happen again and I'm not so sure that I'm strong enough to bury an other child.

For Noah. Severe Pre eclampsia, Placental Abruption at 38 weeks

Posted On Saturday, July 27, 2013 By Kristin

Hello all, We lost our son Noah at birth, at 38 weeks. He was born and died May 10, 2013. Noah is our fourth baby.  I have a history of pre eclampsia and had all of the warning signs. With Noah I had severe pre eclampsia and left undiagnosed and therefor untreated, I had a full placental abruption.  I almost died as well, but thankfully another Angel was there that day. The doctor who saved my... Read More

My little Jayson

Posted On Thursday, July 25, 2013 By Michelle

Hi: my name is Michelle Stewart and I am a survior of Preeclampsia.  I was 26 weeks pregnant with my baby boy Jayson Grady Stewart when I noticed my hands where very swollen.  This was my first pregnancy and I thought it was normal. I called my doctor and set up a time later in the day to be checked out.  When I got to the doctor's office they took my blood pressure three times all coming out to 180/100.  The nurse sent me straight to the hospital.  I had never heard of Preeclampsia so I thought it was no big deal that they strapped me up and took my blood pressure for hours.  I wasn't worried, I just thought they may put me on bed rest.  When they... Read More

HELLP Syndrome-First Pregnancy

Posted On Wednesday, July 24, 2013 By Danielle

My husband and I tried for over 2 years to get pregnant. We were told we would need to proceed with IVF.  So we had 3 embryos implanted and 1 of them matured into an exciting pregnancy for us. I was due on November 4, 2010. At 26 weeks of my pregnancy on July 27, 2013, I was at work and not feeling so great. My legs/ankles were very swollen but nothing else swelled. I was experiencing some vision problems. I went to my mom's office at the time she worked for an OB-GYN so one of the nurses could take my BP. Well it was extremely high. The OB/Gyn at her office told the nurse to run a urine test for my protein level. My levels were 7,000. I was immediately admitted into the... Read More

Grateful

Posted On Tuesday, July 23, 2013 By Sara

Our story starts out like most of them. We found out we were pregnant, and were very happy. We researched birthing options, and decided to have a birth center birth with a midwife. We went to all of our prenatal visits, and everything always checked out healthy and our pregnancy was "textbook"... until it wasn't. Around 32 weeks I noticed severe swelling. So much swelling... Read More

Eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome Survivor

Posted On Friday, July 19, 2013 By Kristen

Our first child, Ellie Katherine, was born on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 5:02 am via c-section. She was 4 pounds, 4 ounces, and 16 and 1/2 inches long and was born at 37 weeks gestation. Her birth was a total whirlwind, but I'll start with what was happening a week before she was born. I went for my 36-week checkup and I had elevated blood pressure and protein in my urine. I was also swollen beyond recognition. All three of these symptoms are characteristic of preeclampsia, and I had protein in my urine for several weeks in a row by now. Ellie's heartbeat was good and my belly measured normal, so the doctor had me lay down for about half an hour and then came back and did my blood... Read More

Clear Blue Difficulty: A Journey through a Difficult Pregnancy

Posted On Friday, July 19, 2013 By heather

Two blue lines. When a woman is trying to get pregnant that is about all she can think about. For me, it became an obsession in fact. My husband, Matthew, and I had been married for almost a year when we decided we wanted to try getting pregnant. Before any attempts were made on our behalf I went to my OBGYN for a preconception check-up. My exam and lab work revealed I was healthy and had the green light to try. Despite this reassurance from my physician that I was healthy and fit for pregnancy I could not shake this feeling I had that there was trouble ahead. At the time I suspected this trouble might be infertility. After one month of trying Matthew and I had conceived. On... Read More

Tiny But Mighty

Posted On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 By Jenette

My name is Jenette and I had severe Pre-e with elevated liver enzymes.  I didn't know I had symptoms until after I knew what Pre-e was. I remember 2-3 weeks before going to the hospital saying there was glitter in the sky at school. It literally looked like someone dumped glitter from the 2nd level. I'll try giving you the short story. On the evening Monday March 3rd 2008 (24 weeks 3 days) my mom decided to take my BP after a week of me complaining of headaches. She also said I... Read More

My Angel Oliver Born 14-06-2013

Posted On Friday, June 28, 2013 By nicole

Oliver's Story I remember when I found out I was pregnant, I was so shocked. I've always wanted to be a mom, we just did not think it would be that soon. It was the happiest moment of my life.  We did a few home pregnancy tests and they came back negative so I was not hopeful. But my partner was  convinced I was. So we went to the GP, I went in on my own and made my partner wait outside. When the nurse started to do the pregnancy test it was the most agonizing 5 minutes of my life. At first the negative line came up, I definitely was not hopeful. The nurse assured me... Read More

My Story-Destini

Posted On Tuesday, June 25, 2013 By Latoya

In 2006 we found out that we would be expecting our 3rd child. We already had two boys, so I was really hoping that my 3rd would be a girl, since I assumed that would be my last. In May of 2006 we found out we were expecting a girl; I was so excited. My due date was 10/28/06, so I had to go through the whole summer. :( Everything was going well in the pregnancy; I was not considered high risk at the time. I had preeclampsia with the boys, but not until actual labor at 39 and 40 weeks, so they really had no reason to think that the pregnancy would be any different. I continued to go to my monthly appointments and again everything was fine... then all of sudden around August 1, I... Read More

Journey Through Pregnancy with Twins and Preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, June 24, 2013 By Courtney

Well my name is Courtney and at the time I was 19 years old and found out January 2012 I was pregnant, later in January when I was 8 weeks pregnant, I found out I was pregnant with fraternal twins. I used to be a very small person but as the weeks went by I grew very fast. When I was 28 weeks pregnant I was the size of a single birth mother at 40 weeks. My pregnancy went great never had any complications at all things were going very smoothly. Oh and at 18 weeks I found out I was having two girls.  By the way my doctor never told me anything about preeclampsia at all, never read anything about it, I was completely unaware of it. On Friday August 9, 2012 I had my weekly regular... Read More

McKenna's Story

Posted On Wednesday, June 19, 2013 By Kellie

Our story began on Father's Day when we found out we were pregnant just after moving into our new home!  The first trimester was a doozy!  I threw up all day everyday and had many food aversions, but the first day of the second trimester felt amazing and was energized and able to actually eat!!!!  Everything was great up until I went in for my checkup at 31 weeks and my blood pressure was elevated.  I was sent home on bedrest and scared.  The next morning my OBGYN called and said she didn't want to wait until monday to check me again and wanted to see me checked in at the hospital for observation.  I am so glad she called by the time I got there my blood pressure was... Read More

Severe Preeclampsia & Anxiety

Posted On Tuesday, June 18, 2013 By Kimberly

I was ecstatic when I finally got a positive pregnancy test on Sept 11, 2011 after 2 yrs of ttc. Little did I know that my pregnancy and delivery would be life threatening and the most terrifying experience of my life. At 8 weeks I had to go to the ER because of spotting. The docs diagnosed it as a threatened miscarriage and sent me home to wait it out. Well by the grace of God the spotting ended and I continued to carry my baby. I thought that was the most traumatizing experience I could have, but boy, was I wrong. At 22 wks, I notice my little boy had significantly stopped moving. So my doc hooked me up to the NST machine and found out the cord was around his neck. After much... Read More

Postpartum Preeclampsia Two out of Three Pregnancies

Posted On Monday, June 17, 2013 By Michelle

I thought I would share my story of postpartum preeclampsia because prior to having it, I had never even heard of this condition! It started back in 2000, with the pregnancy of our son, Jonah.  Because it was my first pregnancy, I had no idea that I was having contractions at 34 weeks, I just thought the baby was "balling" up in me!!  When I went for a check up and during the examination, the doctor could feel the contraction and asked if I had been having those regularly, "Um, yes forever!"  That did it, complete bed rest until I delivered at 37 weeks, he was coming no matter what!  Thank goodness, he was happy and healthy!  We were sent home after 24 hours and we... Read More

Our story

Posted On Monday, June 17, 2013 By jay

When I found out I was pregnant my partner and I were both overjoyed; we were so happy and filled with excitement that we were in our own little bubble. This would be my second pregnancy and I didn't worry too much about any complications, my first child's labour had gone without a hitch , my son weighed a healthy 8lb 6oz and I was out of hospital that next evening. So I was hoping my 2nd labor would be similar. Everything went well throughout the pregnancy except for normal pregnancy symptoms of nausea and tiredness. I took early maternity leave at 33 weeks due to having sciatica it was difficult to work as I had to stand most of the day. I started aqua natal once a week which I... Read More

Our Story: Kylee, Mommy and Rainbow Babies

Posted On Monday, June 17, 2013 By Shelly

Our story began on January 13, 2004, at the age of 21 I learned I was pregnant with my first child. On April 5th, I learned my baby was a girl. I fit none of the typical risk factors for preeclampsia or eclampsia, except that it was my first pregnancy. My pregnancy was perfect until mid May, I began experiencing terrible headaches, noticeable swelling and pain that would not abate no matter what I did or what kind of medicine I took, and horrendous nausea, vomiting and heartburn. I reported these symptoms to the midwife who told me to cut down my salt intake (interesting thing to say to someone who can't keep anything down)! I had been reading  "What to Expect when... Read More

Preeclampsia led to stroke

Posted On Friday, June 07, 2013 By Lisa

I was very excited to learn I was pregnant with my daughter in Jan. 2011.  I was then 40 years old.  I have always been very healthy, so I had no concerns about my own well-being; my concerns were focused solely on my baby's health because I had conceived older than I had initially anticipated.  Most of my pregnancy was wonderful. The first health issue came at about the 6 month point.  I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, but I was able to keep this under control throughout the remainder of the pregnancy with diet and did not have to take any medication.  Later that month and into my 7th month, I began to swell in my legs.  Because we were having such a hot... Read More

Third time is a charm

Posted On Thursday, May 30, 2013 By Kelli

As my story goes, it all started with my first pregnancy back in 2009. I found out I was pregnant at 10 weeks after my ex beat me, so a little over two months when I found out. Everything seemed to be going great: she was just starting to move around and I could feel the little flutters of her flipping around in my tummy. At 15 weeks I ended up in the ER with strong cramps not feeling well, and the cold sweats… I knew something wasn’t right. So I went in; they told me everything was fine and it was just a UTI and sent me on my merry little way. Couple weeks later I felt like I had the flu, so I was back in the ER. Heartbeat was... Read More

HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Friday, May 17, 2013 By Lindsey

I had preeclampsia which was not noticed and then I had HELLP syndrome. I had not read much about it while I was pregnant. The doctor had told me that my baby was measuring in the 10th percentile at my ultrasound. I had swelling of my one leg and my face, I also had a rash on my back. The doctor said these were all normal. But she had sent me for a more in-depth ultrasound and a stress test. I went for those and before we got the results she asked me to go before the weekend on Friday just in case because the blood flow was right at the dot. Any lower and we would've been induced. By the time I showed up on Friday, I had been having really bad chest pains where I couldn't even... Read More

Thought I was dying :(

Posted On Saturday, May 11, 2013 By Alisha

I am a survivor of postpartum eclampsia. 5 days after giving birth to our little girl Madysin, I developed the worst migraine ever. Knowing I couldn't take care of her due to the horrible pain, I called my mom. She came over to help, called my ob and he prescribed me pain pills. The next day I felt thumping in my ears, still having the horrible migraine, so we decided to go to the ER. As I was getting dressed, I told my mom I needed to try and brush my teeth. I held my toothbrush in one hand and the toothpaste in another but I started crying... I had no idea how or what to do next something: so simple and easy, I couldn't figure out. I went and sat on the edge of my bed and was telling... Read More

Baby Cameron

Posted On Tuesday, May 07, 2013 By debra

Cam was my second child. My first child was 6 weeks and 4 day early and perfect other then early. So Cam was a week over due and all was fine my water broke and we headed to the hospital. Labor lasted 6 hours and Cam arrived. Things seemed fine. 2 hours later not so much... My blood pressure sky rocketed and I had a stroke and all organs shut down and bled out. My dr. had no idea what was going on as he had never had a case of post-eclampsia. I was placed in a coma for a week to get my blood pressure under control. The baby was fine me, but not so much. We both made it and are great. I had never checked my blood pressure before having my kids or I would have known. I had low blood... Read More

Fear and Frustration

Posted On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 By Debra

I got pregnant with my first son at 19, I always wanted to have kids young (mainly because my parents were older when they had me and my younger twin brothers and I wanted to be able to have fun with my kids). The pregnancy was not planned but Ive found that babies come when they want to, not when you want them to. The pregnancy started completely normally; I never even experienced morning sickness. The only thing scary about it was that I was a tiny baby (5lbs 13oz) and my twin brother were both just under 5lbs and I was only 4ft 10in and 90 lbs when I got pregnant and yet some how I was told I was going to have a 6 or 7 pound baby. I told the doctors that it was not possible... Read More

My experience with Pre-E

Posted On Monday, April 08, 2013 By Karrie

My husband and I were so excited when we found out we were expecting a little boy.  My pregnancy had been normal until I hit 24 weeks.  I noticed that my feet, ankles and hands were getting swollen suddenly.  I thought it was "normal" pregnancy symptoms since this was my first pregnancy.  I called my doctor and told her what was going on and was told, "it's normal to experience that with pregnancy".  A couple days later I started developing headaches that would not go away and some light headedness.  I thought again, this must be related to being pregnant.  After a week my feet had doubled in size from the previous week and I did not feel good at all.  I felt so... Read More

My HELLP Story

Posted On Wednesday, April 03, 2013 By Laura

On March 18th, 2012, John (my husband) and I found out we were expecting with our first child. It was only the month before that we started trying and prayed that God would bless our family. Due to my family's history of miscarriages and struggles to become pregnant, I did not expect for this event to be taking place so soon. At one of our first appointments, we found out that the baby would be due on my mother’s birth date, November 22nd, which fell on Thanksgiving Day 2012.... Read More

My rollercoaster adventure with Pre-E/HELLP syndrome

Posted On Tuesday, April 02, 2013 By Courtney

My pregnancy story starts with an emergency cerclage placed at 23 weeks 3 days for an incompetent cervix; almost 5 weeks of subsequent hospital bedrest; and following that, 7 weeks of strict bedrest at home. My story ends with me being induced at 36 weeks and 3 days due to rapid onset of pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome and staying 5 days in the hospital due to high blood pressure postpartum. I have had borderline hypertension since before my pregnancy, with it spiking at doctor's appointments due to my white coat syndrome that would cause me severe anxiety when getting my blood pressure taken. Once I relaxed my blood pressure was about 130/80 usually. So at my twice weekly... Read More

I had preeclampsia and I didn't know...

Posted On Friday, March 29, 2013 By Bonnie

I am 20 years old and have a 1 year old son Cooper. He is my first successful pregnancy; my first two were miscarriages. I was 3 months pregnant when I found out I was pregnant and was overwhelmed. I spent so much time trying to organize all my important appointments and find a hospital to book myself into very quickly. I knew very little about preeclampsia but I did know that some of my family suffered from the condition in multiple pregnancies. When I alerted my obstetrician he informed me that preeclampsia is not a genetic disorder so I needn't worry myself too much about the condition. Two weeks before my 3rd obstetrician appointment I had started to "blow up" through my... Read More

Jackson, Born 7/21/11

Posted On Thursday, March 21, 2013 By Crystal

It was about 6 weeks before my due date when I went to the doctor's office, planning to ask to be put on bed rest. I had been gaining weight at about 10 pounds per week, which I knew was not normal. My skin was stretched to its max, and I was in pain all over, constantly. My job required me to be relatively active, and it hurt to even sit at my desk. When the doctor checked my blood pressure, it was a little high, so they had me stay for observation. I called my husband, since I knew something wasn't right. The doctor came in to tell me they had also found protein in my urine and thought it was the beginning of pre-e. I was admitted into the hospital on Monday, and by Tuesday I... Read More

Bohden Zabroski became our angel 12-30-12

Posted On Wednesday, March 06, 2013 By Lindsey

The stork arrived at the Zabroski's on the August 5th, 2012. We were more than elated to receive such good news of our first child arriving in April 2013. In November 2012, we received even more amazing news that God has blessed us with baby boy! We instantly named him Bohden Eugene Zabroski, which is Ukrainian for "God's Gift". Little did we know how fitting his name would be. I couldn't wait to decorate his room with all my pinterest ideas. I put together pennants for his room decorations. It was all finally starting to come... Read More

My Story

Posted On Friday, March 01, 2013 By angela

My name is Angela and I got pregnant with my son Ayden when I was 18. I was an active person before I got pregnant and would run 3 miles a week. My first trimester and half way through my second trimester was great. I had no issues at the time and thought it was going to be an easy pregnancy. I would try and stay active by jogging during my pregnancy but that's what got me into trouble. I started to notice blood and immediately called the doctor. That same day I was admitted into the hospital for having contractions at 5 months and I was given magnesium sulfate for about a week. I was... Read More

sandra story

Posted On Thursday, February 28, 2013 By sandra

hello my name's Sandra and I had preeclampsia two times. The first time I had preeclampsia, I was pregnant 12 week and I lost my baby boy.  The second time that I had preeclampsia I had baby girl. I was 26 Weeks pregnant and she weighed only one pound and I don't think one should suffer and it be 8 month and I still haven't had my daughter home. she is still at hospital. I hope all the women who had preeclampsia take care of themselves because this not good to have preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia

Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 By Kim

Almost four years ago I gave birth to my amazing son, but not before suffering from Preeclampsia. I began showing signs of preeclampsia around 34 weeks, but wasn't diagnosed until 39 weeks. Fortunately, I went into labor even before my test results came back. I know in my heart that I am meant to be a mother again, but I'm terrified of going through preeclampsia again. I'm hoping to meet other women who have suffered from preeclampsia with the first pregnancy, but have gone on to have a second, third, or even more children. 

Hope after a pre-eclamptic pregnancy

Posted On Tuesday, February 26, 2013 By Nicky

After I had lost Keira our little girl on the 2nd January 2012. I was really upset and I never believed that I would have a wonderful pregnancy with no issues and or problems. In March 2012, once my gynae had come back from maternity leave for having her baby the same day I lost mine,she gave me a call. And she told me I should wait at least a year before I try again to fall pregnant. I had done a lot of reading and checking this forum for answers as to how long I should wait to try again. All I ever wanted in the whole wide world was to become a MOM. At my check-up with the stand in gynae I asked him how long should I take to start trying again..... He answered me and... Read More

What do you mean HELLP?

Posted On Friday, February 22, 2013 By Sarah

The majority of my pregnancy was wonderful.  I had kept up with my workouts, ate healthy, felt great!  I had no reason to think that this pregnancy would be any different with my first.  All my tests were coming back normal, I was gaining the right amount of weight and the baby seemed to be moving all over the place.  At 33 weeks pregnant I began to have some abdominal pain that I thought was due to the baby's positioning, or possibly gallbladder.  I began having the pain more often and mostly through the night.  I let it go on for about a week until I called my doctor.  By this time I was 34 weeks and only seeing my doctor every two weeks.  The office told me to... Read More

Preeclampsia/emergency C-section at 23 years old.

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 By Nicole

I'm so relieved to finally be able to tell my story to people who understand what I went through. No one quite knows how traumatic my birth experience was. Right after high school I was diagnosed with endometriosis and was told it would be very difficult to conceive if I ever wanted kids. I was heartbroken. A year later I began dating my current boyfriend. We've been together 4 years this month. In December of 2011 I took a pregnancy test because I was late and my boobs were killing me. I didn't think it would be positive, but to my surprise it was! As the months went on, I had a few bumps in the road. I was 1 in 4 for down... Read More

HELLP Max make a difference

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 By angela

Little did I know that my Thanksgiving break from the last month of nursing school would be spending admitted to the local hospital by my OB doctor. Looking back, fora few days I wasn't feeling well. Friday I had indigestion, so I thought. Saturday and Sunday I didn't feel right, not much of an appetite and I told my family I felt nauseous. Monday, I would get hot on and off and I thought I had heartburn. The office staff had me go into the office when I called to tell them I was fine, but wanted them to know that yesterday i had the worst "heartburn" ever. I have never had it before so I didn't know what it was suppose to feel like. I told them what I did to try to relieve... Read More

Reid Nicholas Ziska Born into Heaven on November 10, 2012

Posted On Friday, February 15, 2013 By Becky Whitman

 On November 10, 2012, my family’s lives changed forever.  My sister and brother in law, Rikki & Nick Ziska were expecting their first child, a baby boy.    A little background:  Rikki is 35 years old.  She has an auto immune disease (Ulcerative Colitis).  On November 7th, she had an appointment to have her monthly Remicade Infusion at the Med Center here in Omaha.  Before beginning the infusion, her blood pressure was unusually high, so they called her Ob/Gyn to let him know.  He requested that she go to the hospital for monitoring of her pressure.  Rikki was kept overnight on the 7th for monitoring as they could not get her... Read More

Severe Preeclampsia at 32 weeks

Posted On Thursday, February 14, 2013 By Sommer

My story is like many others who have suffered from preeclampsia during their pregnancies. My first son was born at 39 weeks because I developed preeclampsia out of nowhere and they rushed me into an emergency C-section. He was born weighing 6 pounds even. I had commented to my mother a few weeks earlier that I thought he had stopped growing. Always trust your instincts! It took 4 years before I decided to try again and have another child. I had been told by several doctors prior to my first child that I would never conceive naturally. I told my husband and myself that we had 1 month to conceive our second child naturally and if it didn't happen, then it wasn't meant to be. Later... Read More

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

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

Experienced Preeclampsia

Posted On Friday, October 19, 2012 By Gia

I struggled with getting pregnant with our first child.  We had started trying after I had been on the pill for about 7 years, and finally went off, tried and tried to get pregnant.  Was referred to the fertility clinic to see as to why I was not getting pregnant.  Both my husband and I were tested for any infertility concerns, I was not ovulating they were unsure why.  Therefore we went ahead with having the procedure done for IUI.  I found out I was pregnant about 3 weeks later via blood test.  We were thrilled and beyond excited to be expecting.  As time went on, I was extremely ill throughout my entire pregnancy, never kept anything down, throwing up all day and... Read More

My Little Miracle....... We Survived Preeclampsia!!!!

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2012 By Marie

My name is Marie. I first found out I was pregnant in November of 2008. After trying for what seemed like ever my husband at the time and I decided to quite trying. That's when it happened!! I found out that I was about 6 wks along and it was the biggest joy of our lives! I followed every rule in the book for a healthy pregnancy. I quite smoking immediately, I ate right, I followed all my OB's guidelines.      It was late December when I made my first trip to the ER. I noticed I had swelling in my hands and feet, to the point I could not get my wedding rings on. Even my socks were feeling incredibly tight. I was  seen in the regular emergency room and was told I had... Read More

Lucky baby girl

Posted On Monday, October 15, 2012 By Megan

My name is Megan. I was 21 when I had my baby girl. She was due in March and pregnancy was going great. When I was 30 weeks along I noticed swelling, but thought it was just part of being pregnant. My checkup came and I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. That very day I was admitted to the hospital because my blood pressure was high. They checked my urine and the next day my doctor came to see me. She said my protein count was high, but if I stayed on complete bed rest, I could go home along with my prescription of blood pressure medicine and very low sodium diet. So I went home and did everything I was told. A couple days later, I felt bad and decided to check my... Read More

Someone with my story??????

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2012 By Xiomara

In my 1st pregnancy I had severe preeclampsia at 34 weeks, I had had a c-section. I was on the verge of death by negligence, basically because of my doctors. When I was in the... Read More

Netaniah's birth

Posted On Tuesday, October 09, 2012 By Gladys Motlalepula

First of all, I would like to thank you for giving us this platform. I am also an Eclampsia survivor and would like to join an organisation that will help spread awareness of this disease.I'm in Botswana and a new mom to a 3 month old adorable girl, Netaniah Jeslyn Lebogang (Tswana for give thanks to the Lord). My case was quiet severe as I was still pregnant when it occurred.When I reached 36 weeks, my gynecologist removed the McDonald’s stitch he had put on me @ 16 weeks. 3 days later, I woke up with this headache I have never experienced b4 in my life. My mother asked me to call my brother to come and take me to the hospital but upon picking up the phone... Read More

lost my baby due to PET at 26 weeks

Posted On Saturday, October 06, 2012 By Rama

Dunno where to start from. This was our first baby, and we were both excited and happy. At week 20, the doctor came to say that my OS was incompetent, so he put stitches and I was on complete bed rest. By then I had some swelling in my hands and puffiness of the face (esp nose). Rest all things were normal. Even the thyroid test was normal. At week 26, when I went to the doctor for a routine check, he found my face swollen, but no swelling in my legs and no protein in urine. My BP was 110/80. Baby was doing very well and I could feel every activity in my womb. The doctor just told me to get my BP checked after 2 days. After 2 days my BP went as high as 160/100. So he... Read More

Noah James

Posted On Wednesday, October 03, 2012 By Jerri Marie

On the morning of August 21, 2012 I woke up at 3am with the worst headache I have ever had in my entire life. I had headaches throughout my pregnancy but this was like no other I had ever experienced. My boyfriend was on nightshift so I laid in bed with a bag of frozen peas on my face until he came home at 9am. I had taken some tylenol but nothing was touching it. He suggested I lay on the couch, relax and wait for my doctors appointment that day, which was at 3.45pm. Feeling absolutly terrible I called my doctor to see if she could get me in sooner because I just wanted to sleep all day. She said no she was booked tight so just wait for my appointment. At about 1030 the headache was so... Read More

Cooper's Story

Posted On Thursday, September 27, 2012 By Nicole

In December of 2005, I was enormously pregnant and going into my eighth month with our son, Cooper.   Things were progressing normally until I was about 32 weeks and got a nasty winter cold.  I am your typical Texas allergy sufferer that lives on Claritin 90% of the year and that wasn’t working anymore so I switched to the hard stuff – Sudafed.  Now anyone with high blood pressure knows that Sudafed is a big “no-no” and I do now as well.  At my doctor appointment that week I sat in the waiting room for what felt like forever.  Mentally thinking of all the projects on my desk at work that I needed to wrap up, what we were missing from the... Read More

The Story of Cooper’s Arrival

Posted On Thursday, September 27, 2012 By Kristen

I had severe edema (swelling) beginning around 32 weeks in my pregnancy. I was sent to radiology to check for clots in my legs. I was so swollen that my shoes didn’t fit and the loosest of socks cut off my circulation. The doctor put me on bed-rest at 34 weeks for pregnancy induced hypertension. I was sent to the hospital twice a week at that point for non-stress tests.Bed-rest to me involved staying at home taking care of daily household duties but not necessarily confined to the bed. Throughout that time, however, I was lucky to have Church members bring me meals and took an early maternity leave from school with no planned lessons. Even though I was on bed-rest, I... Read More

Plans to prosper and not to harm...

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2012 By Loren

My daughter, Summer Lynn was born February 26, 2010. A beautiful red head with bright blue eyes. She is now 2 and a half. Her father and I are blessed by her daily. Her journey getting here was not as blissful. I came to my OB/GYN unaware of the reason behind my frequent headaches and inability to wear my tennis shoes. My OB/GYN told me that I had preeclampsia and must be put on bed rest. For my family at that time this was not anywhere near something we could handle financially. But I did as I was told. After a month of bed rest nothing changed and only became worse ending in ecclampsia. I was induced. After 36 hours of labor I decided to finally get an epidural. The epidural... Read More

Loss of my baby girl

Posted On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 By Sibusiso

I discovered I had hypertension when I was pregnant on my first visit to Ob/Gyn, I was already 14 weeks pregnant. Then my blood pressure was 140/90. I knew nothing about blood pressure and pregnancy and I was not on any hypertension medication. Just because I was feeling fine, I just thought everything was okay. As the pregnancy was progressing at 26 weeks my feet suddenly started swelling. A part of me knew something was wrong but on the other hand I was on denial telling myself everything was okay. On the 27th week I went to see the Ob/Gyn and my blood pressure was 160/110. I was admitted to the hospital for bed rest where the baby was being monitored and she was okay, I could feel her... Read More

Delivery at 34 weeks with my daughter, considering trying to conceive again....

Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 By Melissa

Having had type 1 diabetes for 17 years my pregnancy was high risk from the start. Things just seemed to go from bad to worse. At 20 weeks my cervix started shortening, and at 29 weeks I was hospitalized for preterm labor, and then on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy. Everything was fine and the bed rest was working, I went in on a Friday for my bi weekly non-stress test at 34 weeks, my blood pressure was a bit high so to be on the safe side I took a urine test for protein and came back at +4 which mean I had excessive protein in my urine. The doctor came back to tell me I would deliver that day. I was sent right over to Labor and Delivery and put on pitocin and mag. Well of... Read More

One Long Week, and the Birthing of Our Baby

Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 By Bianca

Written by my husband Justin. August 15, 2012 Original story (with more pictures) here. My mom recently described my wife as the “most happy pregnant girl she’d ever met.” And she was right. For... Read More

My beautiful angel

Posted On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 By Judi

My beautiful angel

Gavins Birth

Posted On Monday, September 10, 2012 By Lori

Hi my name is Lori. My and I husband tried for months to have a baby. After a couple of pregnancy tests, one came out positive! I couldn't believe it: I took two just to make sure. Then we went to the doctor's and was told that we were having a baby!! We were so happy! My pregnancy was pretty normal, though I did end up having gestational diabetes. In the middle of my pregnancy, I got really bad headaches and started seeing spots, so went to my doctor.. They told me there must be something wrong with my brain for me to go to an eye doctor. So I went... Nothing was wrong. Headaches went away but at times I still saw spots. Months went on; I did have some swelling in my right foot... Read More

Livia Angelica

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 By Stephanie

We found out we were pregnant on October 6, 2012, my wedding anniversary. Even with the surprise I was mentally prepared this time. However, I was constantly worried about preeclampsia reoccurring. I was seen in a high risk pregnancy clinic and my doctor was so concerned about the preeclampsia but I was in denial that I would get it again because I felt like I was doing things different. But the truth was I was already at risk since I had it in a previous pregnancy at 23 weeks. When I made my 24th week without any symptoms I felt blessed. Then at 31 weeks pregnant my pressure went up. By the time we got to the hospital it was 181/102. I was rushed through triage. I met with so many... Read More

Emmalynn

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 By Stephanie

Emmalynn was a surprise and honestly I was not mentally prepared to be pregnant. But losing her changed the way I felt. I was 5 months pregnant and i felt sick, pain in my abdomen. My doctor was away on vacation so I decided to go to labor and delivery. As they checked my vitals they were shocked to find my pressure high. This was also the first time I noticed the swelling and the first time I heard the term "preeclampsia." I was rushed to another hospital where they handled high risk pregnancies. I was not prepared what I told next. They said that the baby was weak and she wasn’t moving much, that there was a possibility we would need to deliver because my condition was... Read More

Evans Birth

Posted On Saturday, August 18, 2012 By Sarah

This story starts out like any other pregnancy story. My husband and I found out we were pregnant on September 13, and found out we were due May 27. We were very excited and nervous of course, like any first time parent would be.I had a very easy 1st and 2nd trimester. No morning sickness, I gained weight normally, I was right on track for my May baby, right up until March 29.On the morning of March 29, I had a serious headache, which headaches are normal for me, so I didn’t think anything of it. I came to work like always, and by 11 am couldn’t function because of this headache. I took 2 Tylenol and it didn’t... Read More

Gabe's Story: HELLP @ 23w2d

Posted On Friday, August 10, 2012 By Emily

This is the story of the sweetest little baby boy, the light of my life, and how HELLP stole him away. My soul rejoices that he existed, but my heart aches that he is gone. We found out I was expecting in January, 2012. When I told my husband Joe, he warned me not to get too excited because a lot of things can go wrong early on, but we were both thrilled to finally be starting this new chapter in our lives. When I went to the OB for the first time, they did an ultrasound. At only 10 weeks old, our little baby was moving like crazy in there, growing away. My due date was set for September 1. Our excitement grew as the weeks passed. I felt great during the first trimester... Read More

Preeclampsia @ 19 yrs of age

Posted On Sunday, August 05, 2012 By Kathryn

My name is Kathryn Ross, and I had a baby girl when I was 19. I carried my daughter very well for almost nine months. I went to my routine doctor appointments with my OBGYN, and took my vitamins daily. I never consumed a drop of alcohol or did any drugs while pregnant. I had the perfect pregnancy. I did not experience morning sickness, never had high blood pressure, and I honestly can say I felt good being pregnant and had a lot of energy at times. I remember my last doctor visit very well. September 9, 2003. I went to the doctor and had my weight, blood pressure, etc. checked, and everything was fine. My due date was September 18, 2003. I remember very well the doctor telling me... Read More

My Katelyn Story

Posted On Friday, August 03, 2012 By sunshine

Hello, My name is Sunshine. I became pregnant with my daughter as a surprise. THE BEST gift ever given to me. Starting at 24 weeks my blood pressure started to increase slowly. My physician being the wonderful doctor that she is, watched me close. At 27 weeks my blood pressure was very elevated. I was eventually put on bedrest at 30 weeks. My doctor wanted to get me as close to 40 weeks as possible. After close monitoring in the hospital and at home my protein was elevated to where she didn't want to risk anymore. I delivered my daughter at 37 weeks after being induced. After 18 hours of labor and 40 minutes of pushing my beautiful daughter arrived and HEALTHY! That was my main concern.... Read More

Don't let this silent killer kill your dreams! I had it twice!

Posted On Thursday, July 26, 2012 By Nancy

Don't let this silent killer kill your dreams! I had it twice!

Diagnosed while in labor

Posted On Sunday, July 15, 2012 By Amy

I had a great pregnancy. I didn't ever get sick or have any real limitations that stopped me from doing anything. I even helped my husband when we moved into our second floor apartment at 8 months along. My back hurt sometimes and I had heartburn real bad to where I ate a lot of tums, but still can't complain. About 6 to 7 months into my pregnancy I started having RUQ pain. I went to the ER about it once and OB triage once. The ER did nothing and triage kept me for about 6 hours, did blood work and sent me home. Then, around 8 months I couldn't sleep or lay on my right side. I was almost paralyzed by the pain if I laid on my right. It hurt... Read More

My Daughter & I: Pre-Eclampsia Survivors

Posted On Tuesday, July 03, 2012 By Macee

    My husband and I were married March 17, 2011 on the beach on Oahu in Hawaii. After coming home a week later, I started feeling different. Another week went by and I noticed other things: eating more, unusually sore breasts, and fatigue. April 2nd was supposed to be THE day, so when nothing happened, I bought a pregnancy test. I took the test and was prepared to patiently wait the three minutes, but it showed up right away....positive! I thought I was reading it wrong so I reread the instructions two more times before silently freaking out in my head. I quickly took the test, with instructions, to my husband and stuck them in his face. I told him to... Read More

Our Angel Madi

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2012 By cynthia

My granddaughter Madi Rae Street was born June 30, 2011 and sadly passed on July 2, 2011. She was born 16 weeks early by c-section due to severe preeclampsia. Madi did well at first even though she was only 1 pound 12 oz, and they lowered her oxygen, but her little body couldn't take it and she developed pulmonary embolism.  There was nothing more they could do, so on July 2nd she passed.This saddest day was originally supposed to be a happy day: my youngest son's wedding. Madi's dad, my oldest son, was there with us, along with his daughter Rachel, Madi's sister (who was herself 8 weeks early because of preeclampsia). My daughter-in-law felt my son should be there for his... Read More

Eva's Story

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2012 By Eliza

My husband and I were excited to find out we were pregnant with our first child in 2007.  It was not a planned pregnancy but, we were ready to start our family.  My first couple of months during the pregnancy was normal.  I felt good but tired.  I was hungry more often than not but, everything seemed ok.  Shortly after the third month something changed.  I was sick daily.  Most of the time without warning and no control over vomiting.  I constantly felt like something was wrong with the pregnancy.  Being that it was my first time I had no idea what but, I found myself in the office of our midwife almost... Read More

Success after a loss

Posted On Wednesday, June 20, 2012 By Britani

Has anyone loss a baby @ 22-23 weeks and was able to have a healthy baby after that? I just loss my son @ 22 weeks and I want to try again.

Heart Problems at 22?

Posted On Thursday, May 24, 2012 By Natalie

Hello I'm Natalie, I'm 22 years old and I had my first child three months ago. A healthy bouncing baby boy who weighed in at 5lbs 11oz on March 1st 2012. I was going to my doctor visit like normal had a healthy bill every time... One visit around 30 weeks I had my b/p go up and they ordered me to do a twenty-four hour urine test. I called for the results and they came back perfect--no problems; no red flags. Next couple of visits my b/p read normal. I complained of swelling but my doctor wrote it off; never looked at my legs or feet. Go back on the 37 week visit and my b/p was back up again. So another urine test was taken... The results differed from last but they saw no red... Read More

Losing an Angel on Easter

Posted On Thursday, May 17, 2012 By Ashley

http://ag5308a.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/angel-easter/

I wrote about my experience with HELLP syndrome in my blog.  I hope that you will read it and find comfort in knowing that you are not alone.  I am very much interested in raising awareneses about this terrible illness so please feel free to contact me. Sending you all mothers of Angels a big hug.

From "textbook pregnancy" to eclamptic seizure

Posted On Wednesday, May 09, 2012 By Cathy

HELLP syndrome at 16 weeks pregnant! giving birth to our baby girl

Posted On Monday, May 07, 2012 By kelly

Before my case I hadn't even heard of HELLP syndrome, and I didn't know much about pre-eclampsia. Since developing HELLP and giving birth at 16 weeks I have started to raise as much awareness about the condition as I can. I have created a Facebook page (hellpsyndromeangels) and posted on the pregnancy and baby forums to warn others of what happened to me, and the signs and symptoms to look for. It seems the majority of people are like I was and have never heard of it let a lone know what to look out for.  NHS UK state on their website that HELLP and pre-eclampsia can't happen until at least week 20 of pregnancy, I am proof this isn't true and I've written to the chief executive... Read More

Should more have been done

Posted On Wednesday, May 02, 2012 By nicola

My daughter was 30 weeks into her pregnancy when she started to show more serious signs of preeclampsia. She had been getting headaches, and had been uncomfortable throughout the pregnancy, but at 30wks her vision become blurry and her speech was affected and her hands where tingling. I took her to hospital, she spent several days there, and they said it wasn't dangerous levels, it was borderline, that her labour would probably be easier; all nice calming words. I was aware that preeclampsia was dangerous to both mother and baby, but thought they must know what they are doing and didn't want to panic her.  Unfortunately after they sent her home and at 32 weeks, Tara was... Read More

My experience with HELLP Syndrome (3rd pregnancy)

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2012 By Kaylee

April 10th of this year I was 21+7 weeks pregnant with my second son when I delivered and found out I had developed HELLP for the second time. I had another emergency c section and had to get put to sleep because my platelets were to low to stay awake. My son was born 8 ounces and was so precious and tiny. He had no chance because he was too little. My whole pregnancy was perfect and I was excited because every time I went to my doctors appointments, I was always great with protein and blood pressures. One thing they always told me though was that I was extremely dehydrated, they told me that wouldn't affect anything. I had a docs appointment a week before I delivered and I was... Read More

My experience of Severe Preeclampsia/HELLP Syndrome (2nd pregnancy)

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2012 By Kaylee

In September of 2009, I had my first son via emergency c-section at 26 weeks. He weighed 1lb 5 oz. He was IUGR. I had developed severe preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. I had new doctors and a new hospital this time compared to my first pregnancy. They did not have me on any medications just my prenatals. My symptoms were very different compared to my 1st pregnancy. I had no swelling, no headaches. Just abdomen pain that had gotten severe and the pain moved to my back. It started at 25 weeks. I thought I was just having indigestion but when I went to L&D I found out that I developed HELLP syndrome. My blood pressure was very high so I also had preeclampsia. They wanted to deliver my... Read More

My experience of Severe Preeclampsia (1st pregnancy)

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2012 By Kaylee

In September 2008 I had my daughter via emergency c section at 26 weeks due to severe preeclampsia. She weighed 1 lb 9 oz. Her first month of her life was spent in the local hospital and she became severely sick from NEC and was transferred to a children's hospital an hour away where she spent the remainder of her NICU stay for 3 months. She is now 3 years old and is healthy as can be. I am so thankful that she is. It all started around 24 weeks when I was becoming swelled up in my face and ankles, but with it being my first pregnancy I thought it was normal. Then I started to get headaches that were becoming so bad. I went to L&D at 25 weeks and was admitted for 5 days because of my... Read More

Kya Joy- My Diamond in the Sky

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2012 By Danielle

  My name is Danielle Q. I'll be 23 in 2 months and this is the story of my very first and only pregnancy. My fiancee James and I had a perfect pregnancy up until about 20 weeks. The day we had our first big ultrasound was going to be the most amazing life-changing day of our lives. That was the day we found out if we were having a boy or a girl. I've never been more excited for anything than I was for this! We were pretty sure it was going to be a girl.... Read More

How preeclampsia changed my life

Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2012 By Lisa Hollister

I am the mom of a survivor of preeclampsia/eclampsia. My 18 year old daughter came to live with me after having numbness on her right side, weight gain, swelling, "sharp" headaches, confusion and blurred vision. She was 28 weeks (7 months) pregnant. She was told by the small town doctor after staying a night in the hospital and going to her clinic for follow up that she suffered from high cholesterol and migraines, she was 23 weeks pregnant at this point. She had been with me for about a week when one night she said she didn't feel right. She had been having bad headaches over the past few days and was retaining a lot of water. We had planned... Read More

Wanting To Have Another Baby But Terrified After Having Preeclampsia TWICE!

Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 By Bethany

All my husband can talk about is us having a son. He wants a son that he can watch growing up playing baseball, football, being a tough little cookie... a son that can remind him of him as a little boy growing up. A son to carry on the family name. However, despite me being pregnant 4 times before, we've had all girls. One is deceased. Out of the 4 pregnancies 2 of them I had preeclampsia. And because of that, I'm terrified to try one more time for a boy. There's a part of me that gets excited about possibly becoming pregnant and having a new baby - the possibility of maybe finally having a son is exciting. Of course if we ended up with another girl, we'd love her just like we... Read More

Ruptured Placenta and low amniotic fluid

Posted On Thursday, March 22, 2012 By Sujata

My sister in Nepal is in her 27th week of pregnancy. 7-8 days ago she suffered bleeding. Doctor identified 3.4cm rupture of her placenta and advised complete bed rest at the hospital. Her blood pressure began to shoot up to 150/100. Urine test showed protein. Two days ago she was administered medicine for BP. Today BP has reached 120/80. However the placenta rupture has increased to 6.1cm and the amniotic fluid has decreased as of today. The doctors attending to her say that this is a very serious stage for the mother and the baby. Doctors suggest terminating the baby. I was wondering if anyone has any advice regarding her condition and the course of action she should... Read More

My PE story(ies)

Posted On Friday, March 09, 2012 By nursemommy

Family photo.

I didn't know I was sick....

Posted On Thursday, March 08, 2012 By Sarah

During my pregnancy, every test, check-up and ultrasound looked normal.  My doctor gave me permission on Dec. 20th to drive to North Carolina (from Ohio) so I could be there for my husband's return from deployment.  After spending 7 months of pregnancy without him, I was determined to make the trip.  During my pregnancy, I experienced some back pain and swelling but was told this was normal, especially for the third trimester, so I didn't think much when on Christmas day my feet were very swollen.  (I thought it was from the salty foods from previous day).  I continued on my trip to Camp Lejeune, and was able to see my husband return from... Read More

My story of survival: Severe Pre-Eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and DIC

Posted On Thursday, March 08, 2012 By TaMyra

This is my story of survival. This is also my daughter's story of survival. At 22 weeks, I noticed my feet were extremely swollen, and I could barely breathe. I thought it was just normal pregnancy symptoms, until the doctor said my BP was 170/11!! I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 23 weeks. It was way too early to have my baby. We were given steroids immediately for her lungs, in case an emergency C-Section was needed. I was also given Magnesium sulfate, so I wouldn't seize. This medicine made me feel like I was dying. I was put on bed rest and admitted to the hospital. I... Read More

Finding My Light Through All The Darkness

Posted On Tuesday, March 06, 2012 By Destanee

Dark Saturday December 11, 2010, I had a really bad headache... stronger than the others. I didn't have headaches throughout my pregnancy however for the past 3 days I was having them. But I shrugged it off since I called my OB's office and one of the nurses said it was "Flu Symptoms." Me and my fiance Steve were at his family party and I sat there feeling fine for the first 5 minutes then all of a sudden I got a migraine and felt really weak. All I had to do was give him a look and we were out the door. I then called my mother and asked her what I should take to get rid of this and luckily she was with my aunt (a nurse) and knew that it was because my... Read More

Fighting For Life: My Story of Post Partum PE and HELLP

Posted On Monday, March 05, 2012 By Anne-Mari

  Six days after delivering my second child I awoke to my heart pounding out of my chest and throat, I felt like death, couldn’t breathe, and my right leg was extremely swollen. I assumed the swelling was normal reaction to all the IV fluids from delivery and I was having an anxiety attack from the past months events, but the ER doctor told me a different more frightening story. ... Read More

My Journey through Preeclampsia

Posted On Sunday, March 04, 2012 By Jessica

To begin the story of my journey, I was 26 years old, happily married to the love of my life, and pregnant with our first baby. The pregnancy was a pleasant surprise, and from the very beginning we were adamant about taking great care for our new arrival. I would take a handful of vitamins everyday, as well as exercise and eat healthy to make sure our little one was getting all the things he needed. We read books, planned, and I even kept a daily journal of my pregnancy as a keepsake for his future. My pregnancy was progressing beautifully, and I was lucky to have a very smooth pregnancy- I didn’t even have a single day of morning sickness!When I was 20 weeks... Read More

Am I the only one who had PE and a Trisomy 21 baby?

Posted On Saturday, February 25, 2012 By Kimberly

I got pregnant with my first son Ryan and got married at the age of 18.  I had one complication while pregnant with him, and that was I could not stop eating.  I ate everything I saw and well… it showed because I gained almost 75lbs with him.  Besides that self-inflicted mishap with Ryan I had nothing wrong in that pregnancy. My beautiful 10 lb, 3 oz baby boy was born October 4, 1996.   After a while of being married and having a new baby so young my then husband decided I was not the one for him, I enlisted in the Navy and off to the Gulf right after boot camp.   I met people went all over the world fell in and out of... Read More

2½ years later

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 By Leanne

and ironically only 9 week before the due date of the next baby here is.

Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome took my babies’ lives

Posted On Friday, February 03, 2012 By Shawn

When I conceived Ava and Noah via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) at 40 years old I was taking a low dose of high blood pressure medication.  I was never warned about preeclampsia and had no idea that 1 in 3 women carrying multiples develop preeclampsia.  I was so desperate to have a baby after three very long years of trying to conceive that transferring two blastocysts seemed like the right thing to do. At 18 weeks I was put on bed rest after a trip to the emergency room when my blood pressure spiked.  I remained on bed rest until I was admitted into the hospital at 24 weeks and 5 days for severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.  When I was... Read More

Plan a 2nd pregnancy in June 2012 after severe preeclampsie 4years ago

Posted On Thursday, February 02, 2012 By laetitia

Hi,

As the title mention, I plan a 2nd pregnancy soon. I'm foreign and looking for somebody in a similar case near my area (DC-MD area) to share experience and interesting, useful and helpful information.

All the Best.

Titia

 

preeclampsia took my baby girl to heaven.

Posted On Wednesday, February 01, 2012 By Raphaela

Tomorrow (2nd Feb 2012) would have been the happiest day of my life. It would have been the birth of my first baby, my baby girl. Instead of tears of joy there would be tears of sadness. Why did she have to go?????? Leaving me and daddy all alone... what have I done wrong to deserve this? My story was a happy love story. I met my boyfriend 8 years ago, fell in love and after all those time together, we decided to try for a baby. After 4months of trying I was pregnant for the first time. What a joyful moment it was. Everything was ok during the first trimester apart from the vomiting. During my second trimester, I noticed that my feet, hand, face and nose was getting... Read More

The Road to Recovery from a HELLP Syndrome Pregnancy

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2012 By Jill

Within 6 months of our wedding day in October 2003, my husband Jeff and I unexpectedly found out we were pregnant. Like all happily expecting, first-time parents, our trepidation grew into excitement and joy as my belly grew and both of us devoured What to Expect When You Are Expecting.We found out in May that I was pregnant and spent the summer debating which of the NYC borough names would be most appropriate for our offspring. . . you see, I had decided long ago that I would name my children after my favorite city and we had nailed down the name if the child were to be a boy. Fletcher Manhattan. But there was still a bit of a debate going on for the potential... Read More

Death a day away: 1st pregnancy

Posted On Saturday, January 28, 2012 By jackie

I am a survivor!!   I was pregnant in my 7th month and was told by an OB DR, "Welcome to pregnancy!" when i informed her about my swelling. My BP and urine samples were all normal that week. With in the next couple days I started getting abdominal pain, and thinking it was just from constipation, so I took some powder and waited for it to kick in for 3 days. The pain just got worse and started to affect my breathing. Finally, Christmas morning came around and my husband and I got up and ran to the only open CVS 30 min away and got some milk of magnesia. We got home and I took it, then immediately threw it up. I thought it just didn't mix with the juice I drank with it. I... Read More

Lyla Flynn

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By melissa

I  have two daughters, Mia is 4 1/2 and Lyla is almost 14 months.  I got sick during about my 5th month with Lyla.  Terrible nose bleeds, back pain, low weight gain, blurry vision....Constantly going to my doctors saying something was wrong but being ignored...at 31 weeks I went into my doctor for a check-up and was told they were checking me into the hospital....Lyla was showing like a 27 week old and I had a lot of protein in my urine.   That night they told me that they would give me something to help my body get ready to deliver the following morning....Cervidil was given to me and it caused me to start having contraction.  They took... Read More

Thank you Kangaroo Care

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By Jasmine

After several years of trying to get pregnant, my husband and I were finally going to be parents. I found out in January 2010 that I was expecting. It was the most amazing feeling ever. Other than sleeping through most of the first trimester, my pregnancy was perfect and I was glowing.It was the week after my baby shower in July 2010 when my body became very swollen. I immediately made an appointment with my obstetrician, who after routine tests, told me that I was suffering from preeclampsia. My blood pressure was too high and I had a significant amount of protein in my urine. My perfect pregnancy had shifted to a high risk one. However, I was told that it was manageable. I... Read More

The Story Of Keira Our Little Angel

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By Nicky

It all started with another kidney infection... The second one in a month. It was the morning of Old Year’s Eve. I tried to phone my gynae’s rooms to see if they might possibly be in but, they were not there. But they had a voicemail on their phone and it said if there are any emergencies or problems to go to the labour ward at the hospital and they will be able to help you.Off we went to the Labour ward…told them what had happened and told them the previous evening I also had a few drops of pure clean blood after I went to the bathroom. They told me to give them a urine sample and told me to lie on the bed. They took my blood... Read More

The process of Motherhood

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 By jennifer

  Every woman’s road to being a mother is different, none is easy. Mine starts at a young age, when my greatest concern was the love of my boyfriend (bf then, soon-to-be my husband). The last thing I wanted to do was have children, I saw motherhood as a thankless job, and I really wasn’t interested at working at any job –especially a thankless one. But as fate would have it, in my first year of college when my worldview dictated that humanity was not only depraved & worthless but hopeless to boot - it was no longer just me I had to be consumed with worry about on this doomed planet, but a tiny infant too. ... Read More

Presley Ann's Birth Story

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 By Lauren

On Tues. Oct.19, I measured small for the second week in a row. With a history of pre-e that can be alarming. They sent me for an ultrasound that showed the baby at 5 pounds 5 ounces. At 37 weeks that put her in the 7th percentile. So we went to the hospital for an NST and lab work. I was sent home and told to return the next day for results. They ran another NST. My BP's were coming in slightly high but nothing alarming. They told me I was fine and sent me on my way. My next appointment was Tues Oct. 26 baby was still measuring 2-3 weeks behind. They decided to talk induction. They kept bringing up the fact that I had pre-e. I was extremely confused b/c the week before I was told I was... Read More

Baby Liz's Dramatic Entrance

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 By Lauren

  On Feb. 24 (my birthday) I stayed up all night getting things together because I knew in my heart that something was happening the next day. I finally made it to bed around 5:30 the next morning.On Feb. 25 I was awoken at 10:00 to my midwife telling me I only had a few hours to get things together I was being induced that day due to my high BP and high protein levels (over a 4000). I called my husband at work and he came home as soon as he could (well after he found his keys that the guy at work thought would be funny to hide). We arrived at the hospital and they hooked me up to half a dozen monitors and began round 1 of Cervadil. The first round of... Read More

Preeclampsia and HELLP changed our lives.

Posted On Friday, January 06, 2012 By Tanalee

Preeclampsia and HELLP changed our lives.

Reflections

Posted On Monday, January 02, 2012 By Karey

At the dawning of each new year since 1993, I find myself reflecting on that year and the circumstances leading up to it and the achievements since. I've written about it numerous times as I do now. I have so much to be grateful for and it all began somewhere around New Years Eve 1992. I was invited to a New Years Eve party that night and declined at the last minute as I wasn't feeling well and was just over 30 weeks pregnant. The first 3 months of 1993 are a blur. The facts (some are remembered, others have been told to me): As the morning of January 4th dawned, convinced I had the flu, I called in sick to work. (I worked for my Ob/Gyn, thank God, so he called to check on... Read More

God is so Great, So Strong there is nothing he can not do!

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2011 By Jesse

After trying for a year in total and having a miscarriage at 3 months along, my husband and I rejoiced to find we were again pregnant! At 15 weeks I had awfully painful cramping and rushed to my doctor, a ultrasound showed a low lying placenta, causing me pain. I soon quit my job as a cleaner and stayed at home mostly and trained horses on the side (without any more physical activity then walking, no lifting, riding etc.). This helped keep the cramping to a minimum and my 20 week ultrasound showed a lifted placenta and I had no more pain. Yeah God had healed this! I had a perfect pregnancy until around the 8th month or so. My legs begun to swell, and my blood pressure... Read More

All I want for Christmas is to prevent at least one family from suffering this unimaginable loss

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2011 By Lucy

Without you I feel so Empty, Cheated, Robbed, Broken. Without you even in my happy moments are ruined because I feel your absence, and hate myself for having to going on without you. I would have given my life to spare your Mommy and Daddy this pain.

Grandma Loves and Misses you so very much now and for the rest of my life..

If you are reading this PLEASE go to www.youtube.com search and view  444SJC  or The Story of Scottie Jordan Cartagena, and share with as many people as possible; if we're lucky perhaps we could prevent at least one family from suffering this unimaginable loss.

Liyah's Song

Posted On Thursday, December 15, 2011 By kimaiya

Where do I start, it's been almost 7 years and still seems like yesterday that this "song" was forever engraved in my mind and heart! I told myself that I would keep this to myself, it's much easier that way, or so I thought, but i've been inspired, oh yes inspired, and I'm gonna share my story, as sad as it may seem to some, it has a happy ending, a blessing that came my way on October 25th, 2004 and a miracle that appeared itself, or should I say herself on December 30th, 2009! You see, the saying "time heals all wounds" holds true, and sometimes it takes witnessing the struggle of another person and the way they overcome to inspire you, and yes i've been inspired!! So here it... Read More

I dont want an Angel I want my Grandson

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 By Lucy

This is my Story, I have lost my 1st Grandson (Scottie Jordan Cartagena) and my Faith and don't know how I could ever get it back nor do I know if I even want it back.April 2011; The 1st thing that came to my mind when I heard I was going to be Grandma for the 2nd time was, how could I love another as much as I love my Layla, and then when I saw my grandson's sonogram picture for the 1st time, I knew; it just happens. How could one heart hold so much love?October 5 2011; I planned my Grandson's funeral. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. The last time I came close to this kind of lost and pain was when I had to plan his grandfather's funeral which... Read More

Our little miracle

Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2011 By Melita

My fiancé and I were very surprised the day we found out we were pregnant, and scared of the prospect of becoming parents... but once the initial shock wore off, we were also very excited about how our lives together would change. I had the dream pregnancy.  I had mild morning sickness to 12 weeks which caused me to drop a few kilos before I began to gain and then my weight gain was very minimal and I was constantly being told how small I was looking which at the time I was very proud of but now I know it probably wasn’t a good thing.  I lived in the country and worked for a city company so I was constantly on the road travellng to and from the... Read More

my 50/50 chance

Posted On Thursday, November 17, 2011 By Elaine

I'm Elaine, 27, and I experienced pre-eclampsia during the birth of my son Bradley, who is now 6. I was overdue and was getting a stiff neck. The midwife came out and said that my blood pressure was very, very high so I got rushed in to the hospital and the next minute I was tied to a hospital bed with 5 drips and blood pressure machine and was told I had 50/50 chance of surviving the birth. I had an emergency c-section and my son was delivered safely, weighing 8 pound 11. He was a big boy. I was then told I was very lucky.

Remembering Gia

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 By Gina

My Baby Girls...

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 By Meredith

I am the mother of five—but I only get to kiss two of my children goodnight so far.  I have two boys, Thomas and Henry, and two daughters, Bridget and Elsie.  I also have another little boy on the way.  Thomas is six, plays t-ball, gymnastics and thinks Justin Beiber is cool.  Henry is three, adores his big brother, loves Mickey Mouse and is becoming such a little boy, no more toddler.  Bridget and Elsie died an hour after they were both born. They should be nearly four years old.It was my second pregnancy and we were shocked with spontaneous twins.  Once the surprise wore off, we adjusted to the idea and to the... Read More

my little LJ (Please Read)!!

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 By crystal

Me and my boyfriend tried to get pregnant for over a year, and when it finally happened we were so excited. I was so happy: all that was wrong was the normal things, nausea, vomiting, and eating. When I was 20 weeks along, we found out we were having a boy who we would name Larry Lewis Rich Jr. At 26 weeks, I found out that I had mild preeclampsia. I was scared, but the doctor said I shouldn't be worried because it was just mild and I would be ok. Well I was really sick and my feet were way too big to fit in any of my shoes. I started to get stretch marks on my legs because of how swollen they had gotten. So the doctor did a 24-hour urine; well no one got a hold of me, so I... Read More

My three year journey on trying to have a child

Posted On Monday, October 17, 2011 By Shawn

Hi, my name is Shawn and this is my three year journey on trying to have a child which so far involves miscarriage, fertility issues, severe preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, death and surrogacy.I keep telling myself there has to be a reason that I’ve gone through everything I have.  Am I supposed to learn a lesson or am I supposed to share my journey and struggles with others that have had similar situations.  I’m not sure that I’ll ever know, but I do know that for me this is what I need to do to keep the memory of my beautiful twins Ava and Noah alive.  I have to think I have not gone through all this... Read More

Pre-Eclampsia and Gestational diabetes in 3rd pregnancy.

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 By Amy

Many people develop pre-eclampsia in their 1st pregnancy, but that wasn't the case with me. Other than terrible nausea, I had very healthy pregnancies for my first two. Pregnancy #3 came along and I had gestational diabetes around 18 weeks. I followed a very strict diet and did not need insulin. At week 33, my blood pressure jumped. I took a 24-hour urine and the protein level was around 60. I took another 24-hour urine the next week, it was up to 300+ (now officially pre-eclampsia). At week 35, the protein jumped to 1600. I was swelling pretty badly, which is new for me - I did not swell even a little with my previous two. Early 36 weeks, because of the persistent headache and... Read More

Re: GUILT...has anyone else experienced this?

Posted On Sunday, October 09, 2011 By Lisa

My husband took me back to UCLA (where I was in intensive care for weeks) and walking the halls was odd. The nursing staff would first see my husband and smile and then their gaze would land on me and they would stand stock still, stare with a shocked expression.  It was as if I were Lazarus come back from the grave and they could not believe their eyes. It made me feel so strange.  For weeks afterwards I told my husband, "I feel like they are family that I left behind and I need to bring them out."  He said, "No honey, it's their job to be there. They want to be there."  But I had a hard time believing him (with my emotions.  I understood... Read More

"One and Done"... Not Always a Survivor's Mantra

Posted On Thursday, October 06, 2011 By Janel

After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be honest, preeclampsia tends to put a damper on a mother's hopes for carrying other children!   The health risks mean that many of us in the preeclampsia community state "one and done" with certainty that it is the correct choice for our own health and... Read More

nearly died of HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Saturday, September 24, 2011 By Lisa

I lost three naturally conceived pregnancies and did many failed fertility attempts before deciding to move on to DE IVF (at the advice of several REs).  However, at the advice of a therapist whose help I sought to deal with the grief I also had immunological and clotting tests run and I came up positive for APA with elevated NK count.  My RE said I should move on to DE and if I got pregnant I should take low dose prednizone during the first trimester and inject lovenox, a blood thinner, for the duration of the pregnancy.  I did both with my pregnancy, achieved with the help of an egg donor (first two possible donor cycles cancelled due to problems with the... Read More

Here we go again!

Posted On Thursday, September 01, 2011 By Amy

I had our son when I was at 35 weeks.  I had a sudden onset of preeclampsia.  He was born by emergency c-section and spent 3 weeks in the NICU.  Besides being small and having some respiratory distress he was very healthy and has and is a very active child.  We just found out we're pregnant with our 2nd child!

Elliot Kyle

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2011 By Ellery

God saved me as 19 years of age. I am sharing this testimony with you first, because if it hadn't been for God's divine intervention in my life, I wouldn't have made it through this traumatic event. I was raised in being told about God from my mom and grandparents, but I come from a very broken household. My parents divorced when I was 12. My dad was an alcholic and was imprisioned for DUI manslaughter for 10 years. Every day I woke up wondering what was the purpose for my life, why was I created? I struggled with feelings of depression and lonliness and tried to supress it with drugs, sex and friends. An addiction to cocanie eventually lead to a nealy fatal over-dose. After that, I... Read More

The Most Traumatic Event in My Life

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2011 By Kristina

My husband and I had tried for almost 3 years to get pregnant.  I had given up all hope when one day in January of 2006 my period was late and I decided to take a pregnancy test.  The first one I took didn't look like it was changing after I stared at it for 30 seconds, so I just tossed it in the trash.  Later that day while I was using the bathroom I happened to look in the trash can and noticed that there were two lines on the stick.  Not just one. The next morning I took another test, then took a shower.  When I got out I looked at the stick and noticed that there again were two lines!  I was so happy!  But I had to go to... Read More

My Five Children

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 By Busisiwe

All the stories I’ve read have a happy ending.... In 2002 I met my future husband, JB, funny, loving, kind and honest. I fell pregnant in April 2003 at a grand age of 24 - never ever having been on any contraceptive. I was more scared of having disappointed my parents than at actually being pregnant- I loved it - I wanted the baby!!! Naively, we thought all would go well, all we had to do was wait 9 months, and hooray we are parents. Though unprepared, we went on to prepare for the new arrival, attended antenatal clinics and all. But at 20 weeks, while at work, I felt excruciating lower abdominal pains, called the ambulance and was taken to hospital and... Read More

Our own angel "Kimberly"

Posted On Friday, August 12, 2011 By Girlie

On October 2010, I was so happy when I found out that I was pregnant with my first child. It was so easy for me because I didn’t experience things other women did, like morning sickness or nausea and other uncomfortable situation that a pregnant woman always encounters.  Before that, I don’t have any medical history that need attention or can cause problem with my pregnancy. I go to my OB regularly for my prenatal and had all the laboratory test done and happy to say that it all went right and they don’t see any problem with me and my baby.  So I thought I was so lucky to have normal pregnancy. We were so happy... Read More

2 Time Post-Partum Hypertension/Preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, August 08, 2011 By julie

I just delivered my son, via a second c-section, a month ago.My daughter's birth almost 2 years ago was not a smooth process.  I endured a 36-hour labor of pitocin, getting an epidural after my water broke.  I stalled at 5 centimeters and had to be delivered via c-section.  I had my baby girl on 10/24/09 and she was 10 lbs. 8 oz.  I was not diabetic. The recovery was painful, and I was swollen like a grape.  My eyes were so puffy.  My toes were spread out on my feet and I couldn't bend them because my feet had swelled to much.  But despite this, my blood pressure only started to rise slightly on my last day in... Read More

HELLP Syndrome (my story)

Posted On Thursday, August 04, 2011 By Lisa

I didn't get pre-eclampsia, instead moved rapidly from eclampsia into full-blown HELLP that gave me a stroke, ruptured my liver, and put me in a three-week-long coma from which the doctors were not certain I'd emerge. I was blessed with world-class medical care, completely paid for by my Union-provided medical insurance.  I also had amazing friends and family who helped care for our infant daughter, so that my husband could be with me every step of the way, advocating on my behalf.  Now, more than a year later, I am finally finishing up cognitive therapy and re-testing to qualify for my driver's license again. I am blessed because my daughter and I both survived... Read More

Cooper Landon

Posted On Wednesday, August 03, 2011 By Elizabeth

I remember how excited we were when we first found out I was pregnant. It was November 8, 2010. I had taken a pregnancy test by myself because I wanted to surprise my husband with the news. After taking the test I was ecstatic and went to the store where I found a bib that said “Daddy’s hugs are the best.” My husband gives the best hugs so I thought this was perfect. I wrapped the bib and went... Read More

How I lost my baby at 7 months to preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2011 By flora

After the birth of my son in 2001, it was now 5 years having a Norplant and I felt that it was now was good time to try and have another baby so I had Norplant removed. I immediately conceived in 2006 and so I thought it would be a similar to my first pregnancy which was smooth with the usual morning sickness. I attended antenatal clinic at private hospital where they had a package which was cheaper, I thought than having a private doctor. At about 5 months in the pregnancy I started swelling all over my body but I didn't think it was anything I just thought it was just normal pregnancy weight.  During my... Read More

My journey through pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes

Posted On Thursday, July 07, 2011 By winter

I got pregnant when I was 19 years old. I had a perfect pregnancy, until one day i woke up and couldn't recognize myself. I went outside for fresh air and put my feet down and they wre so swollen my toes didn't touch the ground. My next doctor's appointment was 3 weeks away. When I went in for my monthly checkup, they did all the usual tests and did not say a word, just looked at me as if they wanted to say they were sorry and that they knew what was laying ahead for me. When my nurse practitioner came in she rechecked my urine and bp, then gave me a prescription and told me to take it with me to labor and delivery along with my test results. i was sent home about 8 hours... Read More

Twice A Survivor

Posted On Tuesday, July 05, 2011 By Kristen

Like many of those involved with the Preeclampsia Foundation, Kristen Simmons has a unique story of survival, but Simmons' case included a very unusual complication. In July 2009, Simmons developed severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome shortly before the birth of her daughter Sydney. Sydney was born not breathing, but was successfully resuscitated, while her mother bleed internally, going into multi-organ failure. Simmons ended up needing a liver transplant only days after giving birth and was transferred from her home state of New York to a high risk facility in Pittsburgh, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma for weeks. "Life had changed so drastically it was very... Read More

More questions than answers

Posted On Sunday, June 26, 2011 By Ashley Snyder

My pregnancy was nearly perfect. I felt better than I had my entire adult life.  I didn't have any morning sickness, I avoided many of the typical pregnancy complaints. I absolutely loved being pregnant.  Then at 36 weeks I went to my OB told me I was measuring big and sent me for a follow up ultrasound at the hospital.  I was 36 weeks 4 days.  I arrived at the hospital nervous, but not too concerned after all I felt fine and baby seemed to be doing well.  Thankfully my husband was by my side.  There had been a debate on whether he should take more time off work for another appointment.  I was happy we would get to see baby one more... Read More

The Devastation (and Hope) of Preeclampsia: One Mother's Story

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2011 By Eleni

Written April 2002: On March 23, 1998, the EMTs from the ambulance wheeled me into one of the labor & delivery rooms and were preparing to transfer me to the bed when the waiting perinatalogist on call snapped at them to leave me alone: "We don't have time for that!" The ultrasound machine was waiting and the doctor checked my pregnant belly, and then looked at my husband and me, "I'm sorry," he said. "It's too late." In confusion, desperation and amidst the spreading fog of semi-consciousness, I begged him, "Can't you do an emergency c-section and save the baby? Can't you do something? There must be some mistake!"... Read More

I didn't LOOK like I had pre-eclampsia...

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2011 By adelphean

My second pregnancy was uncomfortable from the start, but by 16 weeks my OB had me monitoring my blood pressure and going to an internist for medication.  Both she and the internist I saw for blood pressure medication told me that I had chronic high blood pressure that had only been detected because of the pregnancy and additional monitoring.  However, I had never had high blood pressure at all prior to the pregnancy. I also had not had the intense and days-long headaches I was experiencing.  They were written off as hormones or maybe the blood pressure and I was told that they would lessen once my body got used to the Aldomet I had been... Read More

Hellp Syndrome

Posted On Wednesday, June 08, 2011 By megan

 I lost my baby Gabriel on April 9th, 2011. I went to the hospital vomiting and with pain in my upper right abdomen, and my doctor told me it was trapped gas and sent me home.  Three days later I was in so much pain I went back to the hospital, and my liver was failing, my platelet count was down to 7,000.  I ended up being transferred to another hospital and they had to deliver my precious angel.  I was only 22 weeks.  My baby boy only weighed 7 oz. and 9 inches long.  This is by far the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I really don't know how to cope.  The hardest part was telling my eight-year-old twins that their baby... Read More

The Story of Baby Josephine

Posted On Wednesday, June 08, 2011 By Shell

This morning, I was walking my children down the driveway for their very last day of the school year. My son went to the mailbox and handed me a stack of envelopes. On the very top was the newsletter for the Preeclampsia foundation. I had wondered at first if it were only a coinincidence, perhaps this newsletter was sent to all women, or perhaps I was meant to receive it today. Because only moments before my son handed me the mail, I looked at my little girl, proud, that today would be her last day of Kindergarten, and I looked up to the sky with a grateful smile, because I remember the very day I almost lost her. On October 22, 2005, I was rushed to the hospital in the back of... Read More

A Dad's Perspective...

Posted On Monday, June 06, 2011 By Todd

I generally like telling horror stories, but this one is hard to tell.  I always end up trying to reassure people that what happened at the end of my wife's second pregnancy is very rare, but then I have to admit that I have met many women who suffered from preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.  So it's not so uncommon.  And worse, it seems inexplicable. My wife was seven months pregnant with our second child and it was the week after we had thrown her a baby shower and a few days after another favorable doctor's visit.  She told me she felt like she was catching a cold or something, and she went to bed saying she was ready for this pregnancy to hurry... Read More

Noah Ryan, 26 week preemie

Posted On Monday, May 30, 2011 By lauren

My boyfriend Ryan and I were already going though a hard time, with him losing his job and then trying to find a new place to live, when I found out I got pregnant on birth control. But none the less we started preparing for this new bundle that was coming.. At 5'6 and 115 pounds, my weight slowly increased, and by the time I was 5 months, I had only gained about 8 pounds. Nobody knew I was pregnant, and I didn't feel pregnant either. No morning sickness, tiredness or any problems, so I planned... Read More

Me and Preeclampsia

Posted On Saturday, May 28, 2011 By Lisa

  Please feel free to share this link with every pregnant women you know, every women who is trying to get pregnant so they know to tell their... Read More

A happy ending!

Posted On Thursday, May 26, 2011 By erica

Well I'm one of the lucky ones.  I was able to hold my 1 pound baby, with the life saving cords, and breathing machines attached to him.  I was able to watch him grow and breath in life and turn out to be an amazing 8 year old boy with no medical problems... I was one of the lucky ones!!  On May 25, 2003, we didn't feel very lucky.  After spending 3 days in the hospital with severe preeclampsia, pain began to creep up my back and I began to throw up.  Little did we know that after several hours of these symptoms, I would be screaming "take the baby!"  The pain became so unbearable and I couldn't breathe, I just needed relief.  With... Read More

Looking for help, please.

Posted On Wednesday, May 25, 2011 By Kyisha

This is my fourth baby, so you would think I have this down by now. I have been having some odd symptoms that I am not sure what is the cause. Someone recommended that I look up pre-eclampsia. What has been happening: A month ago (24 weeks pregnant) I was having cramping and pain in my belly. When I went to be checked out the doctor said I had white blood cells and protein in my urine and that I should take antibiotics because I had a UTI. Turns out that the test for an infection came back negative. Fast-forward to a month later (29 weeks and 4 days pregnant) I began having the same pains only worse. So I went to be checked again. The doctor seemed extremely rushed and... Read More

Trust your instinct

Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 By S.

It's been a little over 6 months since I had an emergency c-section to deliver my baby and halt my eclamptic seizures. I learnt I was pregnant back in April of 2010, when I was 32. My husband and I had pretty much decided we did not want to have a child, so the news was unexpected, but nevertheless welcome. My pregnancy started off with nausea, some actual vomiting, and a lot of gagging. Alas, it never went away. I was nauseated pretty much 24/7 and for all 34 weeks of my pregnancy. During the first trimester I was miserable enough that my work suffered and I got a prescription for it although I never did take the medication. I had one decent month during my second trimester when the... Read More

Preeclampsia: A True Story

Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2011 By sasha

Preeclampsia: A True Story by Sasha Frasier on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:19pm In honor of May being Preeclampsia Awareness month, I would like to share my story, Sierra's story. I encourage any other women who have experienced this often overlooked and underdiagnosed... Read More

Cooper's Story

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 By Kristy

May 20, 2011 would have our Cooper’s First Birthday.   My pregnancy with his older brother Davis could not have been more perfect.  No swelling at all, my BP actually decreased 10 points during pregnancy, went two days past my due date before I was induced because Davis was on the large side.   So naturally I was expecting the same with Cooper’s pregnancy two years later.   From the beginning, Cooper’s pregnancy was harder for me.   On April 30, I had a monthly checkup.  One ankle had just swollen up which I thought was odd and I even talked with the doctor... Read More

My Little Angel

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2011 By Nadene

My husband and I have been together for about 9 years.  We started dating when he was 18 and I was 19.  I was always skeptical about young couples since we both were at an age that we would be doing a lot of growing and changing so we never even mentioned marriage until we were together for several years.  We finally got married 09/11/10, after being together for over 8 years.  After we got married, since I was turning 28 just a few short months after the wedding, we agreed we would stop using all forms of contraceptives.  We both really wanted children very badly.  On 01/06/11 I got a positive test, and a blood test from the doctor showed... Read More

This is my story.

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2011 By Beth

My husband, Steve, and I had dreamt of a large family for many years before we decided we were ready for our first child. Things were rocky from the beginning with fears of infertility due to endometriosis. Despite these concerns, I became pregnant very quickly, though trouble continued to come our way. 2 days after learning I was pregnant, I started having signs of a miscarriage. I was taken in for an ultrasound and told that the baby that should have been visible by now was not there, in other words, there was an empty gestational sac. I was supposed to be 7 weeks pregnant at this time and the OB assured me that "something" should have been seen. He sent me home and told me to come... Read More

wish me luck on my 2nd pregnant

Posted On Saturday, May 14, 2011 By siti

Hi, my name is Siti Sumarti from Jakarta, I got preeclampsia on my 1st child. Lucky me, I can birthing with normal on 41 weeks, I hv high protein on my  urine (+2), and high blood presure 160/100. I almost give up and asked doctor to surgery but he told me to calm down. and I got induction and bed rest for 3 days before deliver. so traumatic for me...and now im pregnant 18 weeks (my 1st child now 8 years old). Honestly im a bit scared that I will have preeclampsia again..but I hope it won't happen again. Wish me luck... and bless all women in the world (sorry if my english was not really good).

My Miracle

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2011 By Glenda Kump

I would like to share my story with everyone!! I got married young and had 3 wonderful children.  The pregnancies and birth were great with no complications.  I got divorced after my 3rd child was born.  10 years later, I met and married a wonderful man.  We decided that we wanted to have a baby of our own and we were successful and got pregnant immediately.  I went to all my appointments and procedures and everything was looking great.  We found out that we were going to have a girl!!!  At 32 weeks, my blood pressure was high so I went to the ER and they admitted me, thinking that it could be my gall bladder.  My blood... Read More

Randall's Birth Story

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2011 By Patty

 Randall’s Birth My story begins with a hospital stay of 33 days beginning at 27 weeks gestation before my 5th and final baby’s birth. I once again was put on bed rest for preeclampsia, a dangerous disorder of pregnancy that includes a rise in blood pressure, protein in the urine and usually swelling, visual disturbances and headaches. It can be very serious with a risk of maternal stroke or seizure and growth retardation or placental abruption for the unborn baby. I was very upset the day my midwife told me to go to labor and delivery to be checked out for PE once again. I had spent 3 weeks on hospital bed rest and delivered my... Read More

What If...

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2011 By Gayla

My husband and I had been trying to conceive for a year and a half with no luck, so we began fertility treatments and became pregnant with triplets via IUI.  I  had a perfect pregnancy (considering it was times three) up until 30 weeks.  I began to swell a lot and the doctors ordered ultrasounds on my legs to check for blood clots.  My blood pressure was not yet high at that point so they didn't take it too seriously.  At 32 weeks and 3 days I began to cramp horribly and told my husband that I had to go to the hospital.  As soon as I arrived they inserted a catheter and began monitoring my urine and blood pressure.  I was admitted... Read More

Fifteen years ago...

Posted On Tuesday, May 03, 2011 By Jenny

I think my story is a little out of date, after looking at some other women's stories here, but I hope it will help! I was 23 when I had my son, my only child, and had a difficult pregnancy symptomatically, although without any true complications - severe vomiting and nausea in the first trimester, migraines in the second (I had them prior to pregnancy as well but they worsened for a time in mid-pregnancy, the worst I'd ever had), and then various small issues toward the end.  I dilated to 2 cm very suddenly 3 weeks before the due date and then stopped, having nothing but severe, unproductive, Braxton-Hicks contractions for the next 5 weeks.  Finally, a few days... Read More

24 weeks: Severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2011 By Jeanette

When my husband and I decided to get pregnant it happened in no time at all; I am 34 years old and no one in my family had ever suffered preeclampsia. During my pregnancy I experienced no nausea at all and other than feeling sleepy, the first trimester I actually felt very well. I had attended my doctor checkups every month and everything looked normal. Andy was developing normally and we were thrilled about having a baby boy. Mid-February 2011 I went to my medical checkup and everything was just right; my blood pressure was 100/60 as I always had it and I was 22 weeks pregnant. The following two weeks I started feeling tired again and I had experienced a bit of headaches. I... Read More

Out of the Blue

Posted On Saturday, April 23, 2011 By kristin

Eloise was born at 24 weeks and 5 days. I had a very normal pregnancy until week 23. Friday, March 25th, I woke up very early, around 3am, and felt something was wrong. I quickly found I was bleeding and got very scared. My husband was out of town on a church retreat so I was home alone. So, I called my parents who called an ambulance. I was rushed to the hospital. My husband was finally located and rushed back to to town by a friend. The doctors found that my normally low blood pressure had sky rocketed so I was kept Friday night for observation. I... Read More

My Little saint Thomas

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 By Eunamia

It all started on the 1st April afternoon,  at 14h00 I was chatting with some colleagues at work, then by 15h00 I had this sharp pain below my rib cage , I felt nauseas and somewhat light headed. I asked a colleague to take me home. I called my gynae on the way home, who then told me to take a panado and have some rest, she thought it was just baby stretching. Shortly, after I got home, fortunately my husband was home and he phoned my gynae again and took me in to see her. After seeing me, she then said I should be admitted in hospital because of my high blood pressure. She also ordered blood tests. Whilst in hospital that evening, my gynae came to speak to my... Read More

3 time survivor

Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 By Nicole

Hello, My name is Nicole.  I am 34 years old and have 3 children.  I am a 3 time survivor of preeclampsia.  My first pregnancy was going smooth until my 28th week.  It all started going downhill when I had a severe headache for a couple of days.  When I called my doctor, they said to immediately go to the E.R.  When I arrived my blood pressure was 180/130.  Within the hour, I was helicoptered to a different hospital and my son was delivered with in 12 hours by emergency c-section.  They were not sure if I was going to make it, but luckily I did.  Unfortunately because of the prematurity, he did have brain... Read More

The Lucky Ones

Posted On Monday, April 18, 2011 By Jamie

After about 1 ½ years of marriage my husband and I decided we were ready to have a baby.  We were pregnant in no time and aside from the nausea and constant vomiting, I had a perfectly normal pregnancy until about 37 weeks.  I thought I was going into labor and so I headed to labor and delivery to be checked out.  I was not in labor, but my blood pressure was so high so I was kept overnight.  I was sent home the next day on bedrest but went into labor that night and delivered a healthy 6 lb, 9 oz baby girl.  We named her Carly.  I was on the dreaded magnesium drip for 12 hours and then they turned it off.  I was... Read More

The Long Dark Tunnel

Posted On Wednesday, April 06, 2011 By Kristina

The story, “The Silence is Deafening” could have been my story. While I was reading it, it occurred to me that I too was on my way to being discharged from the hospital at one point and the fact that my blood pressure (BP) spiked, probably saved my life. It not only spiked but remained high and erratic. Lucky me! Thankfully, my story had a different ending than Joan’s.  My heart goes out to her husband and family. The loss of this woman is a tragedy. My experience taught me many things, not the least of which was the duality of life. Until this happened, I had a very naive understanding of life. As this story... Read More

My Little Angel Everett

Posted On Tuesday, April 05, 2011 By Errin

It was a regular routine OB appointment, I was running late do to my boyfriend and we were, well I was fussing like usual.  Yet, this time my blood pressure was high. I was told to come back in two days. I get there and my BP was 200/120. Next thing I knew I was being rushed to labor and delivery, when I got up there, all I saw was doctors that seemed extremely nervous.  All I remember was hearing turn off the lights, keep off the lights, we don't want her to seize.  I felt normal and just wanted to get back to work. I heard them ask my boyfriend if I looked swollen, I didn't I looked and felt normal. And, just like that I was being transferred to another... Read More

Autumn and Sydney Spear - Written March 6th 2008

Posted On Friday, April 01, 2011 By Autumn

It has been 6 days since we lost our first baby, our daughter Sydney Josephine. I feel like I have been in a time warp and come out somewhere on a March day. Two weeks ago was much like any other few days of my 5th months of pregnancy except that I had noticed my face and hands were much more swollen than usual when I would wake up in the morning. They would usually go down by the end of the day but start again the next. My shoes and boots weren’t fitting as well either. Thursday February 21st I called my mom who is an OB Nurse Practitioner and asked about the signs and she suggested I call my Doctor and get my blood pressure checked. I had looked in the mirror again at... Read More

One Month ago.....seems like forever

Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 By Tricia

I wanted to share more of my story, it will be one month today that I had to deliver my baby girl Rylee. I think about her often, and miss those little kicks in my belly. I would have been close to 27 weeks now. This whole experience has really changed the way I veiw life. It has positively changed me. I truly believe Rylee was my angel, she saved me so I could continue living with her brothers and rest of her family. The first week after losing her was really rough, I couldn't make sense of anything. I wanted a daughter so bad and all the plans I had with her were soon wiped away. leaving the hospital without her was a gloomy experience since I had to do it twice. I was readmitted after... Read More

First Child - Severe Preclampsia & HELLP

Posted On Thursday, March 17, 2011 By Sarah

I so far had a normal pregnancy. All my prenatal visits went well and I never got sick during my pregnancy (though in the beginning I did get carsick). And then this happened... I was 28 weeks pregnant and it was 1 o'clock Wednesday morning. I had only slept for an hour or so.  I woke up with a feeling of nausea and what felt like severe heartburn. I had experienced these same symptoms only 2 nights before, but thought it had been something I ate (maybe bad chowder) and I was ok the next day. But this was much worse than that. I could not lie down in bed. I tried to lay on the couch, nothing could make me comfortable.  I felt like I... Read More

Hunter Presley

Posted On Thursday, March 03, 2011 By Carla

Hello, I lost my first child, Hunter Presley, on Aug.03 2005 due to severe preclampsia. After a routinue checkup at 21 weeks pregnant, I mentioned to the OB that I was concerned about PE. Not knowing really what it was, I listened to him when he said, "It's way too early for preeclampsia." Well, at 23 weeks pregnant I was omitted to the hospital on a Monday morning. I delivered Hunter, stillborn, two days later.

Heartbroken, I returned home and eventually to work. I had great support from family and friends. I also found great support from this Foundation.

In memory of Hunter Presley Gaydos,

Carla M. Gaydos

devastating Loss

Posted On Wednesday, March 02, 2011 By Tricia

hello everyone, I am so glad to have found this site. I recently suffered a loss of my precious daughter Rylee. I had to deliver her at 23 weeks though she was only measuring 21. I never had symptoms with my other 2 pregnancies. never had a problem with high blood pressure. My doctor says that the placenta from conception was abnormal. he also said it was a rare case, though it happens. I never felt so empty, lost and devastated. I truley believe in god's plan. I plan to try for another child, just not sure when. at this time I just wish I was still carying my Rylee girl. I am taking it one day at a time. I know it will be good for me to share my story and also listen to... Read More

March 1, 2011.

Posted On Tuesday, March 01, 2011 By Lucienne

It is 12 years ago, today,that my daughter Elizabeth died. I share this story with everyone—knowing our experiences with HELLP will last our lifetime and the memories of loss and sickness have changed us. I don’t remember Elizabeth well. I barely met her. I remember being given last rights. I remember wondering if my daughter  would outlive me.  I remember being told she had just a 10% chance of living. It seemed like a good %. I remember giving her my middle name because it was the only thing I could think of giving her. I remember... Read More

Holdon

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2011 By Johanne

Dear Preeclampsia Foundation and Community, I signed up on your website back in September 2010, 2 months after my son Holdon passed away in the NICU after only 3 and half months of life. He was delivered via emergency C-section at 28 weeks when it was discovered that I had preeclampsia and was experiencing HELLP syndrome. It is now nearly 6 months later since I first signed up on this site and almost a year since our son was born and I am finally able to bring myself to tell our story.  I am 34 years old (32 when I became pregnant). This was my first pregnancy, I am not overweight, have never had high blood pressure prior to the week I delivered, or any of the other... Read More

283 NIGHTS After I DO

Posted On Monday, February 21, 2011 By MARSHALL

Most people graciously wait for that minute to say “I DO” and kiss the brides of their dreams; for me, it was mixed feelings of great exhilaration and long-sought adventure, to hold the lady of my dream and journey through time!   It was about Yuletide in the year 2008 and the atmosphere was best for any memorable event. Wow! Finally after six... Read More

My First Born

Posted On Thursday, February 10, 2011 By Jasmine

I was so happy when I found out I was pregnant, however I was still in college and I knew my family would not approve. Some people even brought up abortion as an option. I already had two abortions, and I deeply regret them. So I was a little on edge about how to break the news to my family. Most of my family was disappointed, but not mad. The entire pregnancy was smooth compared to stories I've heard about pregnancy being awful. I went to a monthly prenatal check-up as usual, but this time the nurse told me my blood pressure was 110/70 which is below average. The following month the nurse told me that my blood pressure was a little high,... Read More

My preeclampsia started at 15 weeks and I delivered at 25

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2011 By jana

Hi there - I am a preeclampsia survivor ( so to speak ) I conceived with my 2nd child and was due to deliver 6/2008. Come 15 weeks into my pregnancy, I began to have symptoms and I was not sure what was going on. I had never even heard of this disease. My Dr. dismissed the fact that it was preeclampsia and brushed me to the side... around 22 weeks I finally went to another doctor on my own and they ran some tests. My protein in my urine was 11,000.00. I had to be rushed to the hospital, and at 25 weeks I delivered my son Cade! He was 6 months old when he passed away. His little lungs did not have time to develop. This is the hardest thing we have ever gone... Read More

HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2011 By Stephen

In 1995 my wife develope HELLP Syndrome at week 26.  In order to save her life, our daughter Taylor was delivered 14 weeks early, weighing 1lb, 14 ounces.  Thankfully, my wife slowly recovered from her blood pressure numbers doubling, very low platelets and kidney failure.  Our daughter lived for 2 months in NICU and never came home.  She developed NEC and we had to make the difficult choice to take her off of life support.

My wife and I went on to found the HELLP Syndrome Society to honor our daughter, Taylor.  The HELLP Syndrome Society merged with the Preeclampsia Foundation after 15 years of existence.

Johanna's Story

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 By johanna

In August 2002, my husband and I found out I was pregnant. After miscarrying the previous year, this pregnancy was met with caution at first, then grew into complete joy when we saw the heartbeat.  During my pregnancy, I loved seeing my belly expand.  The doctor said I had a ‘text-book’ pregnancy. I gained only 28 pounds, exercised regularly and waddled to and from work on the train.  Despite the typical swelling of my hands and feet, and lower back pain, I loved being pregnant. Sunday morning, April 20, 2003, I awoke to contractions. I was 1 week from my due date. Contractions had woken me before, but unlike the previous... Read More

Kailey's story, Her first 2 months due to Preeclampsia

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 By Kristina

Donovan's Story

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 By Jennifer

Blink. White lights then nothing. Blink. White lights. No, white walls. People. Noise. Someone is holding my hand, but I can't move. White walls. I can see a television high on the wall. It's off. I can see a crucifix to the right of the television. I must be in a hospital. Good. That's where I should be. But where is my baby? Am I still pregnant? Is he alive? The only thing I am sure of is that I am alive. My husband is by my side repeating the words, "You're in the hospital. The baby was born. The baby is okay. You are in the hospital the baby is okay... the baby is okay." My mother in-law is here. She was in Indiana on Friday. That's thousands of miles away. What day is... Read More

The lost innocence of pregnancy

Posted On Thursday, January 13, 2011 By Jamie

My husband, Adam,  and I could not have been more thrilled when we found out we were pregnant. There was no discussion had or decision to be made... I would use the same doctors I had gone to for ten years.  OB/GYNs are baby docs, they know about babies and their mamas; what's to think about? Having never been pregnant before, I had no idea what to... Read More

The Silence is Deafening

Posted On Thursday, January 06, 2011 By Todd

My wife and I met in 2001 during a press event at our company. I had just landed from a devastating divorce; she from a disappointing long-term relationship that hadn't led to marriage. We hit it off immediately. Though I had a daughter from the previous marriage, what I was missing was the sense of family togetherness. What she wanted more than anything was kids. In 2006 we were married in a dream ceremony in Florence, Italy. A year later we were pregnant with our first child and on May 25, 2008 - a day after my wife's birthday - our daughter entered the world, albeit 6 weeks early. My wife was diagnosed as gestational diabetic... Read More

Story of preeclampsia, hellp syndrome and my two beautiful children, one in heaven with angels.

Posted On Tuesday, January 04, 2011 By Kaylee

I'm 24 years old and in both of my pregnancies had severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. My firstborn was born at 26 weeks gestation, 1lb 9oz 13" long. This was severe preeclampsia. During my ultrasounds at my check up, they noticed she was a little smaller than normal size for the gestation week I was at. It started around 23 weeks- I was swelling up everywhere, I would wake up and barely open my eyes, wasn't able to stand long because my feet were so swollen, as well as my wrists and I had horrible headaches that wouldnt go away. At 26 weeks it was severe.  I was told to come into the hospital where I was admitted on hospital bedrest for 5 days. They... Read More

December 22, 2010

Posted On Monday, January 03, 2011 By Patricia

When December started I figured that with Christmas and the New Year approaching it would be filled with shopping, work, and dreaming about my baby due in March. It started December 8th after a job interview when my legs and ankles swelled up out of no where. I figured I was starting to retain water or something. 25 and my first pregnancy I had no idea what was going on so on it went. A few days before my December 16th OBGYN appointment I noticed that other than my legs swelling to the point of not being able to walk, and the fact that I couldn't breath much, a cut on my left breast was leaking fluid. To my OBGYN it was all normal. She took my blood pressure and... Read More

In Loving Memory of Shirley

Posted On Friday, December 31, 2010 By Johnson

On November 3rd, 2006, Shirley gave birth to baby girl Carina. She was born healthy and weighted 7 pounds 2.5 ounces. In a tragic twist of fate, she did not live to see her beautiful baby. Shirley suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke during delivery and fell into a coma. With profound sadness, she departed us on November 5th, 2006.

For details, please check http://www.myShirleyKo.com.

 

My story

Posted On Tuesday, December 28, 2010 By Alexandra

Five days before my due date I started to feel sick and had a headache. I went to Walmart to check my blood pressure and it was 150/ 100. I called my ob and she advised me to go to labor and delivery. When I got there, my blood pressure was 146/ 100. They asked me to lay on my left side, so it came down to then 127/ 90. They did several labs including preeclampsia, and they were all negative. The nurse said that I made my blood pressure go up. I didn't agree with her of course, but I was fine and went home. On my last week of pregnancy, my feet were swelling so much that they would get numb... Read More

Pregnant and at High Risk for Preeclampsia Again

Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2010 By Takisha

I am a 31 year old mother of three beautiful baby girls. With my last pregnancy I suffered with severe preeclampsia, which resulted in my daughter having to be delivered at 29 weeks. She weighed 2lbs 13oz. It was the most horrible, terrifying thing I have ever had to go through. Now, I am pregnant with my fourth child and my risk of developing it again is higher than 70% according to the doctors. Needless to say that I am mortified to think of having to go through that again. I know now, that I should pay close attention to certain things, something I didn't know of with my last pregnancy. All I can do is pray that it doesn't hit us as swiftly and severely as it did with my daughter. I... Read More

Eclampsia Saved My Life!

Posted On Wednesday, December 22, 2010 By Kimberly

My name is Kim and I am the proud mommy of 2 handsome boys. Gabriel is 4 and Isaac is 3. I had a very difficult pregnancy with Gabriel from the very beginning. I became terribly sick in my first trimester. I lost my ability to walk thanks to my body producing too much of the relaxin hormone in my second trimester. Finally in my 3rd I developed severe preeclampsia. My doctor dismissed the idea and allowed me to continue to full-term. I was swollen beyond belief and began getting very sick. My blood pressure was average and I didn't have any protein in my... Read More

37.5 weeks.

Posted On Thursday, December 16, 2010 By Sara

I am not sure how to start this story out. Brings lots of sad memories. My fiance' (at the time) was away at Air Assault school in Georgia while I was in Maryland. He had got medically dropped for breaking his hand. The same night while he was waiting to fly back I started to feel really sick, and contractions were back to back with no break. I was persistant on waiting an hour or until I had six within the hour. They eventually stopped after I got up and walked around, and drank water. He got home the next morning, and the rest of the weekend I was fine. I went in on March 16th, 2009 for my regular 38 week scheduled appointment. Little did I know this was the day I would welcome my now... Read More

Surviving Preeclampsia and Learning to Live- by Renee Feagan

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 By Renee

I am a severe preeclampsia survivor. I still dream about January 18, 2006.  I vividly hear the shrill of my daughter's heart alarm as her tiny heart has stopped beating from inside me, I feel my body convulse uncontrollably, and I see the panic in the nurse's eyes as she yells for help.  The last thing I remember before the anesthesiologist put me out was staring into the harsh glare of the operating room lights and crying to myself - is this how it all ends? In one way YES, that is how it all ended.  Ending a way of life - through surviving preeclampsia I am learning to live my life.  So, during this time of year of giving thanks, here is what a... Read More

I was diagnosed at 27 weeks and 5 days

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 By Jennifer

I found out I was pregnant in Jan 2010, 6 months after I had gotten married.  I was estatic because my younger sister had just announced that she was expecting two weeks earlier!  We would talk on the phone everyday about how we both hoped they were girls and how we would dress them alike and all the bows we woud make. My pregnancy was progressing great until May.  I am a teacher and I remember the day of TAKS retakes I had to stand and walk around a lot. I was exhausted and my feet and hands were very swollen.  I couldn't even take off my wedding band, even though it was digging into my finger.  I also remember having pain... Read More

Severe Post-Partum Preeclampsia

Posted On Wednesday, November 24, 2010 By Laura

The day after Halloween I went to my 35 week OB appointment.  Everything seemed to be a whirl-wind from the moment I stepped into his office until I was rushed to the OB Triage area of the hospital with complications due Preeclampsia.  I was surrounded by a team of eight doctors as they informed me that they needed to get my baby out or both our lives would be in jeopardy.  ... Read More

Hola a todas

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2010 By

Hola a todas, les contare mi historia, tenia 27 semanas y cuatro días de gestación, cuando empezó mi calvario, me desembarazaron porque mi presión arterial se altero, ademas que empece con un cuadro de infección urinaria, descenso de plaquetas, en fin un cuadro terrible, el cual conlleva a la remisión a urgencias, y a que los médicos decidan desembarazarme, y me diagnóstican preclampsia Help 1, el médico que me atiende de alto riesgo enfatiza en que va  a tratar de salvar mi vida y la de  mi bebe, me realizan una cesárea, y esta dura no mas de una hora, después aparezco en una habitación... Read More

HELLP Syndrome Story

Posted On Saturday, November 20, 2010 By Victoria

My pregnancy was moving along absolutely perfectly. We had only had one hiccup, a threatened miscarriage during week 7 of my pregnancy. But munchkin was fine and my pregnancy progressed and progressed. We moved to Georgia two weeks before my husband left for Basic Training, and while i was 32 weeks pregnant. I was measuring big, but my doctor's didn't seem to be worried about it, so i didn't either. After my husband left for Basic, it was my job to figure out the insurance and start making the doctor's appointments to make sure everything was still going alright. Two weeks after my husband left, i finally was able to get everything straightened out so that i could see a doctor. I was 36... Read More

Oliver's Story

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 By Tamika

Where to start, we are about to celebrate my beautiful son's first birthday and as exciting time as it should be I feel overwhelmed with emotions on his early arrival due to Preeclampsia.  Oliver's story starts as most do with a pretty uneventful first 28 weeks where I had no problems at all only the occasional morning sickness bout.  My blood pressure had started hovering up around 26 weeks and the hospital I attended asked me to come back at 28 weeks. At that point there wasn't really much to worry about my blood pressure was borderline I had slight traces of protienuria but still within normal ranges.  At 28 weeks they decided a few days resting in... Read More

Damsel in Distress

Posted On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 By Ty

At 26 weeks pregnant, I nervously walk into my doctor’s office around 4 pm for an emergency appointment I scheduled the night before. See, for the past few weeks walking had become difficult due to the amount of swelling in my feet. I typically wear a size 8 in shoes however the week previously I purchased a size 10 wide, no lace shoe, just so my feet could fit comfortably. Of course I discussed my concerns with coworkers, friends, and family but the response I received was that “swelling was normal” along with pregnancy stories of wobbly swollen feet. But I was only 26 weeks. Is this much swelling really normal this... Read More

My Daughter's Story

Posted On Monday, November 15, 2010 By shadow205

I first came here in 2004 and found the friendliest, most compassionate and helpful people that you could find anywhere. I was concerned about my daughter who had developed Pre-E late in her pregnancy. Before it was over with she went on to develop HELLP & Sheehan's Syndrome. She also had continuing medical problems post part om. It took about a year and a half for her blood pressure to return to normal and for her adrenal gland to begin producing cortisol again. I am not going to go into detail here, it's just too long, her story can be found by searching "shadow205." There are a lot of posts and information. What I would like to say is that... Read More

Multiple Blessings

Posted On Wednesday, November 10, 2010 By Anna

My pregnancy was one surprise after another.  We planned to get pregnant, but that was as far as "our plan" went.  We only saw one heartbeat at the first ultrasound, but at the second ultrasound, they showed me two babies.  I started having contractions around 22 weeks and was put on terbutaline pills.  That was about the same time my blood pressure started creeping up.  Because it is normally very low - 90s/50s, my husband kept asking the doctors if it wasn't a little too high.  Every response was, "it's high for her, but not that high."  At my 29 week check, I was 1 cm dilated and 80% effaced.  I was admitted to Labor... Read More

Heidi Lynn Hillman-Mueller

Posted On Wednesday, November 10, 2010 By Cindi

Heidi was a very healthy 34 year old woman expecting her first baby in November of 2008. On November 7th Heidi checked into the hospital with Labor pains, once they did the lab work, they realized how bad it was and deciided to go ahead and do a C-Section. Abby was born a healthy 7lb 3 oz baby girl. We got to go into to see Heidi around 4:00 PM but were told not to excite Heidi as they were trying to keep the blood pressure under control. At 7:30 they put Heidi in the ICU to observe her for 24 hrs. On November 9th Heidi suffered a seizure was vented, and then rushed to surgery to try and stop the bleeding. On November 13th we had Heidi airlifted to anothe Hospital that was bigger and... Read More

This Is MY Testimony...

Posted On Monday, November 08, 2010 By Fathiyyah

They say you don’t know how strong you are until you actually have to be strong. And to be honest, the last time I ever felt strong was after my daddy died. It was almost like a forced strength because everyone and everything else around me was crumbling before my eyes. In some strange way, I think I carried that same strength throughout the years, just saving it for the moment that I would need it again. And surely did I need it beginning February 5, 2010. It’s funny how sometimes it takes tragedy and trials to make a believer out of some people. As much as I’ve tried to deny myself of these feelings, it holds true for me.... Read More

Preventing Preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, November 08, 2010 By Sarah

I was recently a guest blogger on a local website for mothers. I wrote about preventing preeclampsia to share my own experience and to spread awareness in my community. Here is the link to the article I wrote: http://triadmomsonmain.com/_blog/My_Blog/post/Preventing_Preeclampsia/ Here is an exerpt from that article: I certainly didn’t think that I would ever have to worry about having a serious pregnancy complication like preeclampsia or that I would have to be induced 5 ½ weeks early in an effort to save... Read More

My Story

Posted On Friday, November 05, 2010 By Chris

I was discharged from the hospital 9 days post-partum, after 4 days of IV iron bolices, and some sort of hemoglobin shot to help get my blood chemistry going in the right direction, with a j-tube to keep draining all the fluid that had third-spaced into my abdominal cavity.  Post-surgery, besides the 40 mg of Lasix I was receiving via IV daily to start getting the water retention off; over 3 litres of fluid, (word picture: over 3 bottles of pop) came out through the j-tube in my abdomen.  During surgery I remember the one surgeon apologizing to the other, I think his initial incision left a rooster tail of fluid that squirted the surgeon opposite him.  She in turn... Read More

Two Miracle Girlz

Posted On Friday, November 05, 2010 By Kristina

My Preeclampsia Story "Two Miracle Girlz" My name is Kristina Lowman, I am 32 years old and a two time preeclampsia and HELLP survivor. This is the quick brief story. My pregnancy started out great.  I... Read More

Twice 1996-2010

Posted On Thursday, November 04, 2010 By Lisette

My name is Lisette and I am 36 years old, I reside in New York City. It all started in 1996 when I was just 22 years old, I was working and hardly rested...was stress due to work. At about 24 weeks my body started acting funny. I recall being in the pool and getting these horrible pains around my shoulder and arm. I was rushed to the hospital where later that day I was told that I had preeclampsia. They gave me 3 shots of steroids to help with the babys growth. After being admitted for 1 week I had seizures and the illness progressed to eclampsia, it was a life or death situation blood pressure was outrageous 185/110 so I was rushed to deliver by c-section. My baby was born at 25... Read More

Surviving Preeclampsia and Learning to Live

Posted On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 By Renee

I am a severe preeclampsia survivor. I still dream about January 18, 2006.  I vividly hear the shrill of my daughter's heart alarm as her tiny heart has stopped beating from inside me, I feel my body convulse uncontrollably, and I see the panic in the nurse's eyes as she yells for help.  The last thing I remember before the anesthesiologist put me out was staring into the harsh glare of the operating room lights and crying to myself - is this how it all ends?  In one way YES, that is how it all ended.  Ending a way of life - through surviving preeclampsia I am learning to live my life.  So, during this time of year... Read More

2 time Preeclampsia Survivor

Posted On Saturday, October 30, 2010 By Kimberlee

Preeclampsia was something I simply glossed over in the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book and I was never told about it by my doctor. I was 19 years old and pregnant with my son. My blood pressure rose over several doctor visits but it was not caught. While being admitted to the... Read More

I wasn't diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome until after I insisted that there was something wrong

Posted On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 By Adrienne

I wasn't diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome until after I insisted that there was something wrong and lab work was done.  (I had chest pain and did not feel good at all.  I also had blood in my urine.) My counts were so low that I was called by my doctor directly and ordered to immediately go to the hospital.I had to be put under general anesthesia and was even thanked by my doctor for being so persistent or I/our son would have died!  We had a doctor before that miss this and just dismissed me as having heartburn without doing any tests.  (Basicallly, he blew me off as just a "nervous" pregnant lady!)  The jerk even was the on-call doctor while I was in the... Read More

I am currently 25 years old. My story begins June of 2008 when my daughter

Posted On Sunday, February 21, 2010 By Christina

I am currently 25 years old. My story begins June of 2008 when my daughter was conceived. I am a paramedic so I was familiar with pregnancy things with seeing people and delivering babies. So when I found out I was pregnant I was so excited. I continued to work with some heavy lifting but I always tried to use my legs and arms. All the guys would give me a hard time and say I couldn't do it. I knew I could and I never felt like I was jeopardizing my pregnancy. As the months passed and my belly got bigger, it was harder to do things because I was so tired and began to swell. (I would take my boots off and have an impression of my sock that would stay for hours!)  I had planned on... Read More

I felt fine. I had a scheduled doctor's appointment in February 27, 2006, at 32

Posted On Saturday, February 20, 2010 By Maya

I felt fine. I had a scheduled doctor's appointment in February 27, 2006, at 32 weeks. After checking my blood pressure twice, and asking if I was "okay", my doctor sent me straight to labor and delivery. I was terrified! My husband was deployed in Iraq, and all I could think about was him not being there to tell me it was going to be okay. I didn't realize that I would soon be giving birth to our first child, alone. I had no warning signs. My head didn't hurt, no blurry vision, no excessive weight gain, and no pain. I felt fine.  An ultrasound determined that because my blood pressure was so high, blood flow was restricted to my daughter. At 32 weeks, she only weighed 3 lbs. Now, I... Read More

When I was 16 weeks pregnant, I went in for my appointment and was told

Posted On Friday, February 19, 2010 By Ann

When I was 16 weeks pregnant, I went in for my appointment and was told my blood pressure was slightly elevated, but we will just keep an eye on it. At my 20 week appointment, my BP was still elevated and my doctor decided to put me on labetalol as a precaution. On the labetalol my BP was finally starting to normalize. At around 28 weeks I started to retain water. I didn't think much of it; I thought it was normal to experience swelling. At 28 weeks I started to go in weekly for non stress tests and protein checks. Around 33 weeks my BP medication was increased and the swelling in my feet was so bad I couldn't wear any shoes but flip flops. At work, I started to notice that I could go all... Read More

My name Is Abigail S. I was a young woman expecting a baby at 19

Posted On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 By

My name Is Abigail S. I was a young woman expecting a baby at 19 years old. I didn't find out my body was developing a child until I was about 4 to 5 months pregnant. It wasn't until after I started going to my doctor visits regularly and taking my prenatal vitamins did I feel fine. I thought to myself, "Man this pregnancy is going to be a walk in the park."  I, like many other young mothers did not know anything about preeclampsia and was concerned and worried when I started to gain at least ten pounds a month. Along with the weight gain I developed high blood pressure which I thought was just something genetic since my mother also has high blood pressure. My body also... Read More

My story begins 8 years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first baby

Posted On Saturday, June 05, 2010 By

My story begins 8 years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first baby together. My pregnancy began as a typical pregnancy with morning sickness and water retention or so I thought. About 12 weeks into my pregnancy I began to become ill with blurred vision, pain around my kidney area and vomiting. I had just been in for a doctor's appointment and made another one. They set me up for a sonogram for the next day, September 11, 2001.I did not make it to my sonogram appointment. I had spent my entire evening ill, and soaking in a warm bath of water to relax me and get rid of the pain I was feeling. I called my doctor at 4 am. He advised me to go to the emergency room. There I had... Read More

Two years ago I decided it was time to have a child. My first born.

Posted On Sunday, May 30, 2010 By tere

Two years ago I decided it was time to have a child. My first born. A baby girl. She was active and kicked and it was just amazing. Until that day, the day it all hit me. I woke up one morning with a headache that I just couldn't

Hello I am 35 years old and 14 weeks pregnant and showing some protein in

Posted On Friday, February 19, 2010 By Gail

Hello! I am 35 years old and 14 weeks pregnant and showing some protein in my urine. I had preeclampsia with my first son and the doctor told me I had toxemia which I never understood for years. I was a week overdue when I went to the hospital feeling really horrible with a headache, bad pain in the upper abdomen, and vomiting. I decided to go to the hospital myself since I was only a 5 minute walk away and I didn't tell my family. When I got there I was admitted right away and was being monitored. I had high blood pressure and protein in my urine. I didn't know what was going on because no one was explaining anything to me. They were just panicking and doing this and that and telling me to... Read More

Currently I am 36 yrs old and had my first child in 1996 She is

Posted On Thursday, February 18, 2010 By Lisette

Currently I am 36 yrs old and had my first child in 1996 She is going to be 14 yrs old this year 2010. With my daughter I had her at 25 weeks due to preeclampsia. My blood pressure was 180/120. I had a seizure and it was not a pretty experience. My daughter received the three steroids during my pregnancy to try to expedite the organ growth of the baby. Well I gave birth and she was 25 weeks and weighed only 1 lb. She stayed in the hospital for two months but thanks to the lord that my baby today is a beautiful young lady. After 13-14 years I decided to get pregnant and currently am 14 weeks and very frightened, Doctors tell me not to worry. This pregnancy is with a second marriage... Read More

I would like to share my story about the birth of my daughter, Janalee.

Posted On Thursday, February 18, 2010 By Leslie

I would like to share my story about the birth of my daughter, Janalee.  I was due with her on December. 23, 2009.  This was my second pregnancy, 12 years after I had my first.  I was 32 years old when I became pregnant and this was a planned event.  My first pregnancy, also a daughter, was textbook.  I went through the normal sickness in the beginning it lasted through the first trimester, I felt great during the second, and began to feel tired during the 3rd as my belly grew larger and larger!  I was due with her on August 27th and went into labor late in the day on August 25th then having her on the morning of August 26th.  She weighed 9... Read More

I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and at my initial OB appointment my platelets were

Posted On Monday, February 15, 2010 By Meghan

I am currently 13 + weeks pregnant and at my initial OB appointment my platelets were found to be low in the 120s. I was then referred to hematology that rechecked my platelets approx 1 week later and found them to be 110. They did not seem to be concerned until they got down into the 70s but wanted me to get my blood checked at each OB appointment. The next week at my OB appointment they were down to 90 and now I am having to go to the perinatal doctor. I am just starting to get a little worried. Are my platelets going to continue to drop at this rate? Even though it is early, am I heading down the HELLP path? Is there something wrong with me or with the baby? I feel fine other... Read More

In March 2009 I found out that I was expecting our first child. We had

Posted On Friday, February 12, 2010 By Jamie

In March 2009 I found out that I was expecting our first child. We had been praying for and trying to conceive a child for almost 2 years at this point, so we were overjoyed and thankful to have received such a blessing! For the last couple of years I had not had a visible menstrual cycle. I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian syndrome, indicated by the amount of testosterone in my system, a big weight gain over three years and my lack of a period. We were prescribed Clomid, but I was confused by my... Read More

My daughter was born at 28 weeks. She weighed 2 lbs. 5 oz. I had

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 By angela

My daughter was born at 28 weeks. She weighed 2 lbs. 5 oz. I had never been so scared in all my life. They told me before I gave birth to her, she would not cry. She did however struggle to make a squeaky, almost kitten meow sound. She was on a ventilator for only 2 hours and it was room temp air, not oxygen. To everyone's amazement, she was only in the hospital for about 30 days. She came home at 4 lbs. even. She is now 11 years old. No learning disabilities or growth set backs. We are so blessed. She truly is a miracle baby. Today, I am writing this story from bed rest. I am 24 weeks and having symtoms of... Read More

I became pregnant very young at 18 years old. At around 5 months I was

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 By

I became pregnant very young at 18 years old. At around 5 months I was informed at a checkup that my baby was showing up a little smaller than she should've been on the utlrasound. The nurse told me that since I was small, it may just be genetic. But I was sent to a specialist anyway. The specialist informed me that I was going to develop preeclampsia and that my baby would most likely be delivered early, "But we're gonna try to keep her in there as long as we can" he said.The very next day I woke up to severe back pain and fell to tears. I told my grandmother, whom I was living with at the time, and she was worried and asked me to call my mother. I did. My mother took... Read More

I remember waking up a week before having my stroke with my whole face, legs

Posted On Monday, February 08, 2010 By Darlene

I remember waking up a week before having my stroke with my whole face, legs and feet being completely swollen. The night before I had my stroke, I remember telling my husband that I think they would induce my labor. That following morning, I was so swollen that I could only take baths. While I was taking my bath, I remember having my stroke in the bath tub. The paramedics rushed me to the hospital and performed an emergency c-section. My daughter was born at 6 months. Now, my daughter is a year old without any complications!! I thank God everyday for blessing me with my daughter and my life! I could have died without ever seeing my child

I never quite know where to start on a story involving as

Posted On Monday, February 08, 2010 By Vanessa

    I never quite know where to start on a story involving as many details, as well as gray-areas, as my story does. So, I will begin with the fact that it was my first pregnancy (and only, so far) and I had began my sobriety at the first knowledge of conception. Therefore, my body was going through both hormonal changes as well as homeostasis adjustments, which made it that much more stressful physically and mentally. I went from 114lbs at conception to 189lbs at the time of labor. Not once during my doctor's office visits did they express any concern for my blood pressure levels OR my protein levels. The only concern was the swelling of my lower legs/ankles that... Read More

My beautiful son Alfie-James Paris was born sleeping due to severe preeclampsia on December 22nd

Posted On Sunday, February 07, 2010 By kimberley

My beautiful son Alfie-James Paris was born sleeping due to severe preeclampsia on December 22nd 2009 at 8.35 a.m.I went to the hospital in the early hours Tuesday morning December 22, 2009 as I was in a lot of pain. I was actually in labor. The nurses tried to find Alfie-James's heartbeat but they couldn't find it. That's when mine and my boyfriends' world's fell apart. They told us he may have died. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. How could my perfect son be dead? They then got the consultant to do an ultrasound but they couldn't find his heartbeat. They told me he was dead. They then told me I would have to give birth to him naturally. It was heartbreaking having to go... Read More

I survived but our son did not. He was stillborn at 34 weeks. I had

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2010 By

I survived but our son did not. He was stillborn at 34 weeks. I had an appointment at my doctor's office two days before this happened and the nurse indicated in the medical record that there was protein in my urine sample which told them that there was a problem with my kidneys. She did not tell the doctor of this and I was sent home to rest rather than be hospitalized to be observed.Two days later I became very ill with pressure in my abdominal area. I went to see my doctor who sent me to the hospital in Waterloo and contacted a OB-GYN to look at me. By the time I got to the hospital my kidneys had failed and my blood pressure was so high that they gave me two shots of magnesium to... Read More

I had my first child at a young age, 18 years old. I was having

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2010 By

I had my first child at a young age, 18 years old. I was having a girl. Everything was going well up until my 25th week of pregnancy. I started to notice my ankle swelling for a few days. I thought I was retaining water but wasn't. I woke up on May, 21, 2009 and my whole body was swollen. I went to the nearest hospital. I was there for a little over 3 hours and the doctor came in and told me I had preeclampsia and was being sent to a hospital in Pontiac.So I went and four days later, at only 26 weeks and 0 days I had a beautiful baby girl at 6:53 a.m. She weighed 1 pound, 4oz and was 12 inches. My original due date was August 31, 2009. My daughter lived for 3 weeks and 2 days and... Read More

When I became pregnant with my son in the summer of 2008, everything seemed like

Posted On Friday, May 21, 2010 By

When I became pregnant with my son in the summer of 2008, everything seemed like a dream. I had an absolutely perfect pregnancy. I experienced minimal morning sickness, did not gain very much weight, and basically felt physically amazing. As I neared my due date, I became pretty confident that things were going to be cake, as everything else had been. When I went to my 37 week checkup, I felt great and was looking forward to another perfect appointment. That was when the nurse looked concerned when taking my blood pressure. She took it again, then again. THAT was when the doctor came in to let me know I was spilling protein. She made a quick diagnosis of Preeclampsia and scheduled me to be... Read More

I have had two battles with preeclampsia. The first was with my son, who

Posted On Friday, May 21, 2010 By

I have had two battles with preeclampsia.  The first was with my son, who was also my first pregnancy.  I went along with a fairly normal pregnancy.  I did have a lot of swelling and weight gain, but my Dr kept telling me that was normal.  It was at my 38 week check up that they couldn't get my baby to move during the NST and my blood pressure was high, so they sent me over to another office to have an emergency ultrasound to make sure the baby was ok.  He looked good, but my BP was still high, so they sent me to labor and delivery and said I was being induced.  Being my first baby, I was scared to death.  The induction went fairly well, but then they... Read More

It all started Sunday, Jan 31st. I woke up early in the

Posted On Friday, May 21, 2010 By

   It all started Sunday, Jan 31st.  I woke up early in the morning, around 6 a.m. feeling really sick. I thought it was the usual routine of morning sickness because I had morning sickness throughout the entire pregnancy. My boyfriend started to get concerned because he thought I was dehydrated from all the the vomiting and nausea. I decided to call my OB and he told me to go to the hospital. My mother met me at the hospital because my boyfriend was on his way to church. When I got to the hospital the OB said I was dehydrated and... Read More

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Posted On Wednesday, September 22, 2010 By ROMINA

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My name is Chilumba Kakusa Yabe I am a Zambian aged 37. I have been

Posted On Thursday, September 16, 2010 By chiluyabe

My name is Chilumba Kakusa Yabe I am a Zambian aged 37. I have been trying to have a baby for the past 5 years now, & everytime i get pregnant my blood pressure shoots up abnormally from 20 weeks, & three of my babies have died in my tummy but with the last one my doctor decided to operate on me after 28 weeks of taking all kinds of highblood pressure medicines but the baby died after two days due to the fact that there is no proper equipment in my country that could help a very small baby survive, this has made my life very miserable especially when i see most of my friends with children. I would really love to have a child and experience the joy of being a parent. I would... Read More

I had my first child, Brook-lynn, on February 14, 2007. I had just turned

Posted On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 By

I had my first child, Brook-lynn, on February 14, 2007. I had just turned 19. That pregnancy was great! No problems at all. I just gained 90+ lbs, because I took the phrase eating for two literally! Then, I became pregnant with my second child, Cheyenne. Everything with that pregnancy was going great.....or so I thought! About 33 weeks into my pregnancy I started seeing flashing spots in my vision and I grew more and more dizzy. So for about a week I just ignored it and said to myself, "Well, like they say,'Every pregnancy is different.' " But, things just started getting worse and I was getting weaker as the days went on. So, I told my husband at around 34 weeks. He... Read More

Hey my name is Jessica. I got pregnant when I was 22 years old and

Posted On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 By

Hey my name is Jessica. I got pregnant when I was 22 years old and throughout my entire pregnancy I was sick 24/7. I found out I was pregnant a week into it so it felt like I was pregnant forever. Anyways through out my pregnancy I was sick day and night the first 2 months I had lost 20 lbs. I couldn't keep anything down and I was in and out of the hospital for dehydration and would stay a day or two and go home. Seemed like no pill would help me. I work at the hospital myself. And I work 12 hour nights and as my pregnancy went on I started getting massive headaches and the doctors thought it was just pregnancy related. So I was put on medicine for that and it seemed to help. Well when... Read More

I had preeclampsia when I had my son 10 years ago. Since then, I have

Posted On Sunday, February 07, 2010 By Paula

I had preeclampsia when I had my son 10 years ago. Since then, I have had trouble recognizing voices on the telephone, even those of people very close to me. I recently learned that this condition is called phonagnosia. It usually results from brain injury or stroke. There is a case documented of someone who had it from birth. Since I didn't, I wondered if it resulted from my preeclampsia? Has any one else had this experience?

Paula Barvin

Hi my name is Maribel,In May 2006 I found out that I was pregnant. This

Posted On Friday, February 05, 2010 By Maribel

Hi my name is Maribel,In May 2006 I found out that I was pregnant. This was going to be my third baby. On September 19 I noticed that I was very swollen and I went to see my doctor. When the doctor was checking to see if the baby was okay, she could not hear the baby's heart beating so the doctor sent me to the ER asap. When I arrived @ the ER my blood pressure was 190. It was very high so they immediately decided to give me an ultrasound to see if the baby was okay. ( I was only 17 weeks pregnant at the time) When they checked they realized that my baby was already dead. This was very devastating for me. This had never happened to me before. The doctor told me that I had... Read More

When I found out that I was pregnant May 2001 my husband and I were

Posted On Sunday, January 31, 2010 By Rachel

When I found out that I was pregnant May 2001 my husband and I were so excited!!  This feeling quickly turned into one of anxiety when my bloodwork came back with all my"numbers" low and the call from the doctor saying that I was probably going to have a miscarriage.  We were so upset, this was our first pregnancy and we wanted this so much.  Fortunately for us things turned around and my numbers went up and we saw the heartbeat.  My pregnancy was mostly typical after that.  I was diagnosed with an ulcer at 5 months gestation and had to be put on many medications for this but the baby was doing well.  One morning when I was 39 weeks I woke up with what I... Read More

Our Little Miracle Life After HELLP Syndrome As I sat with my photographer

Posted On Sunday, January 31, 2010 By Nikki

Our Little Miracle Life After HELLP Syndrome    As I sat with my photographer taking maternity pictures in late August of 2008, I never thought I would be faced with such critical decisions about my health... Read More

I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia at about 32 weeks to the day. I had

Posted On Saturday, January 30, 2010 By Kimberly

I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia at about 32 weeks to the day. I had severely limited vision and a protein count of about 3000. My nightmare really didn't begin until doctors got involved. After my son was born an (unknown to us) umbilical catheter was inserted and it pierced his heart. Nothing was said or attempted but they did an x ray and moved it knowing what happened. He died 5 days later of cardiac effusion all because of incompetent medical care.

At 31 weeks, I was having what my doctor quoted a boring pregnancy .

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 By Dawn

At 31 weeks, I was having what my doctor quoted a "boring pregnancy".  She commented that not very much was going on with me, I barely looked pregnant, and my blood pressure was remarkable.  Well that was Wednesday and what may have been her unexpected prediction to something much worse to come.  On Friday, I woke up feeling very uncomfortable and was unable to wear my work shoes or my pants.  I scrammbled to find footwear that fit and was forced to wear a very uncomfortable pair of flats.  Within a few hours of arriving at work, I noticed that my legs were extremely swollen and I couldn't bear to sit.  I approached my nurse friend and she said that my... Read More

My name is Danairi Alfonso and on Halloween 2008 I first discovered to be pregnant.

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 By danairi

My name is Danairi Alfonso and on Halloween 2008 I first discovered to be pregnant. My boyfriend and I were so surprised and thrilled. We were so anxious to tell everyone but waited couple months till we let our news out. I was 23 yrs old, healthy, read a lot of pregnancy books, ate healthy and took my prenatal vitamins.

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I was 32 weeks pregnant when I had suddenly gained over 20 lbs. in one

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 By Sara

I was 32 weeks pregnant when I had suddenly gained over 20 lbs. in one month, and I was only 19. I had headaches and swelling, but never thought anything about, I just assumed it was normal to swell and an occasional headache couldn't mean anything serious. My doctor immediatly called me in to her office and did a urine test for protein and check my blood pressure. It was positive for protein and my BP was around 170/100. It all happened so fast and it was so scary. I was receiving care from a hospital that lacked the ability to care for such an early delivery so I was transported by ambulance to a civilian hospital which had state of the art NICU. I was sent to Labor and Delivery and was... Read More

On July 20, 2009 I went in for a 32 week u/s. I was measuring

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 By Christine

On July 20, 2009 I went in for a 32 week u/s. I was measuring small from the outside, so my obgyn scheduled an u/s to make sure the baby was growing correctly and there was enough fluid, etc. Everything looked great and the baby was actually slightly bigger then her gestational age, which was a healthy sign. My 1st pregnancy was going perfect. On July 26th I woke up around 4am with severe upper abdominal pain, blurred vision, and an indescribable headache. I had no idea what was going on. I drove to the emergency room and there the triage nurse took my vitals, asked me a series of questions, and put me back in a room in the emergency department. By this point I couldn't sit still the pain... Read More

A year ago, I was feeling pains in my stomach. I was pregnant for the

Posted On Wednesday, May 19, 2010 By

A year ago, I was feeling pains in my stomach. I was pregnant for the first time and thought... maybe these were just Braxton Hicks, but I started noticing my urine was getting darker and darker and it caused concern. I wasn't sure what was going on because I was a model patient. I hadn't had any problems in my first 32 weeks of pregnancy. We went to the doctor and they found there was a high level of protein in my urine and my blood pressure was elevated. I met with the doctor and she was concerned but said to go home, take it easy, do a urine test over the weekend and to bring it in to have multiple days tested. I took a stress test and baby was fine. I could tell I... Read More

A happy, healthy married woman, I was 21 years old when we found out we

Posted On Saturday, May 15, 2010 By

A happy, healthy married woman, I was 21 years old when we found out we were going to have our first baby! We were over the moon! I got pregnant in late may 2009 and was given a due date of February 26th 2010. I would be 22 at the time. I was being sent to a high risk practice in a fabulous hospital where I live in Baltimore, MD. However I was not high risk, or at least not at the time, but God knew and thank God I was with the practice I was!My grandmother had placenta previa with my mother. The doctors did not think my grandma or mother would make it. Both did. When My mother got pregnant for the first time she developed preeclampsia and had no idea. She went into labor at 35 weeks... Read More

My son was born in early March of 2010. I was only 28 weeks pregnant.

Posted On Tuesday, September 14, 2010 By

My son was born in early March of 2010. I was only 28 weeks pregnant. I had suspected Preeclampsia due to the 12 pounds I gained in two weeks. When a urine test and blood pressure check confirmed it, I cried and cried. I was terrified for my baby, I had never considered prematurity before. I was ambulanced to Toronto and monitored continuously. I felt like a pincushion and was trying very hard to remain calm. My husband stayed with me the whole time in my room. We were trying to wrap our heads around the long hospital stay ahead.Our son was delivered via C-section 4 days after I arrived in Toronto. He was 2.2 pounds and the frailest thing I had ever seen. I got a quick... Read More

I had a normal pregnancy other than the fact that I was hyperemic in the

Posted On Tuesday, September 14, 2010 By

I had a "normal" pregnancy other than the fact that I was hyperemic in the first trimester.  I was considered an "elderly" OB at the time because I was 34 years old.  I did not gain a great deal of weight during the pregnancy, only 28 pounds.  I led an active life working as the Supervisor of a small hospital Blood Bank.  I had expected my baby to be born sometime early in June.  It was still May and the doctor seemed content with the progression of the pregnancy, in fact he worked at my hospital, so I felt secure that if anything would happen I would be in good hands.  My glucose test had come back slightly elevated at the prescribed 29 week check, so I... Read More

My name is Diane Williams, and I am a mother of a preeclampsia survivor and

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2010 By Marjorie

My name is Diane Williams, and I am a mother of a preeclampsia survivor and a healthy currently 13 month old granddaughter, Lilleonah.Kata had an almost perfect pregnancy. At 36 weeks, Lille stopped moving. She had been very active since about 18 weeks. Martin,( Kata's boyfriend and Lille's dad) Kata, and I went to the L&D. Her BP was okay and they took a urine sample. The nurses were able to get the fetal kicks and we were sent home about 2 hours later with Kata's urine sample sitting on the tray left untested.  The feet were so swollen she could not wear shoes.  She had daily headaches and was sleeping almost 16 hours a day if not... Read More

I was about 24/25 weeks along, when I just had thats feeling something wasnt right.

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 By Jill

I was about 24/25 weeks along, when I just had thats "feeling" something wasnt right. I was small, I kept thinking when will my "bump" appear? My doctor never measured me. I started noticing my ankles and feet started swelling and I knew that just wasnt normal especially for how little I was and I hadn't gained much weight. I told my doctor and she said it was normal. I didn't believe it. I wish I had insisted more.April 18, 2009 I was in the mall, and I started having pains in my upper right abdomen and I thought it wasnt right and so I had an ambulance come I to get check out. They brought me to the hospital (a different one because I was unsure of the hospital I wanted to deliver... Read More

Hello, My name is Jennie. I was 23 when I became pregnant the first time.

Posted On Sunday, January 24, 2010 By Jennie

Hello, My name is Jennie. I was 23 when I became pregnant the first time. It was only 5 months since my husband and I were married. It was a bit of a shock but we were so excited. My pregnancy started out good until I had some issues at work. I worked at a hospital in dietary and had to carry,push and pull a lot of heavy equiptment and stock. One day while at work I felt really crampy and just the general feeling of uneasiness like something was wrong. I was only 9 weeks into my pregnancy so I was really scared that I was miscarrying and of course I had just been in the middle of lifting something very heavy. I went immediately to the er. After a long couple hours and 2 ultrasounds... Read More

My first son was born four weeks before his due date because of preeclampsia. We

Posted On Thursday, January 21, 2010 By Olga

My first son was born four weeks before his due date because of preeclampsia. We were lucky to avoid major complications but the whole experience was terrifying. I and my husband never talked about it after our son was born as it was the most frightening thing that ever happen to us. We were simply grateful to be alive. To get pregnant for the first time we went through infertility treatment, so it came as a total surprise to learn 5 years later that I was pregnant again. We were both happy and devastated. Those who know what it takes to have another baby after preeclampsia would understand. Our first son was born in the USA. I got pregnant for the second time when we... Read More

It started the Sunday before Christmas, of 2007.I had gone swimming with some girlfriends to

Posted On Friday, May 14, 2010 By Debra

It started the Sunday before Christmas, of 2007.I had gone swimming with some girlfriends to take the mounting pressure of baby belly off my back.The water felt so good, I was weightless! The next day, I had this awful pain in my side. I figured I had over done it at the pool, and decided to rest up.The pain got worse as the days went on. Christmas was comical. I was on the living room floor, in the most intense pain of my life. I still thought "Wow, this must be practice contractions." I wasn't due for another four weeks. I'd convinced myself that I would be going overdue, and having a ten pound baby. I was excited! I wanted to be that woman waddling around,... Read More

I developed HELLP Syndrome in my 36th week of pregnancy with my son. I had

Posted On Friday, May 14, 2010 By goldie

I developed HELLP Syndrome in my 36th week of pregnancy with my son. I had been experiencing high blood pressure readings since the 2nd trimester and was monitoring at home. My husband and I had gone out to dinner on January 11th, 2007, and that evening I didn't feel so well. I thought it was indigestion from dinner, but no matter how many Tums I took or how I tried to get comfortable, nothing worked. I was having some mild right quadrant pain, but nothing severe. Finally, at about 4:30 in the morning, I remembered something my OB had said at one of my recent visits. He told me to get medical attention if I started having pain in my upper right quadrant, and I remember... Read More

Today, I can tell you I celebrate the fact I have a beautiful and healthy

Posted On Thursday, May 13, 2010 By

Today, I can tell you I celebrate the fact I have a beautiful and healthy baby girl, but things didn't start out so well!Here's a little background on how me and Brooke's journey began. Around my 28th week of pregnancy, I was begining to have signs of preeclampsiaia. My symptoms were all the regular ones, like high blood pressure, blurred vision, headaches, severe water retention in the legs/feet/face. I was  progressively becoming more sick. So, to make a long story short, in my 30th week I was hospitalized... Read More

My son was born October 25, 2009. He wasn't due until December 1, 2009.On

Posted On Thursday, May 13, 2010 By

My son was born October 25, 2009.  He wasn't due until December 1, 2009.On October 14, 2009, I went to the emergency room in my hometown because I was feeling a lot of pain.  Turned out I was having "threatened pre-term labor". They sent me to another hospital right away where they are known for their NICU.  2 days into my stay in the hospital I caught H1N1 and they placed me in isolation for a week.  The doctors continued to monitor my blood pressure and checked my urine for protein.  On October 24, 2009, I was diagnosed with HELLP.  My son had to be delivered right away. I delivered him on the 25th. There was blood in my urine and... Read More

Hello -I had an up and down pregnancy last year. I was told I had

Posted On Thursday, May 13, 2010 By

Hello -I had an up and down pregnancy last year. I was told I had a 1/8 chance of having a baby with down syndrome so I did an amniocentesis and found he would be okay. It was the most scary time of my life. 1/8! I couldn't believe it since I was 34 and thought I had better odds than that. Anyway, at 29 weeks for my regular check up I went in to my appointment letting my ob-gyn know that my swelling had gotten worse and I was down to only one pair of comfortable shoes. She felt my legs and immediately told me she was going to admit me to the hospital that night and I was done working until the baby came. Of course I was in total disbelief! I had 2 1/2 months to go, how was this... Read More

When working as a labor and delivery nurse one never feels that all the things

Posted On Saturday, August 21, 2010 By

When working as a labor and delivery nurse one never feels that all the things you watch out for for your patients could ever happen to you. The "rules" of pregnancy, drinking sufficient water, eating healthy, kick counts, etc... all the things done that most of the patients we see rarely do and yet even in doing all these things as one is supposed to the unthinkable still can happen.At work on a Wed, laboring a 36 week ruptured anorexic teenager with only one other nurse available due to staffing shortage, the day continues to get more and more stressful. The patient reports " I don't eat because I can't get fat and I want to nurse so I can lose as much weight as possible."... Read More

On Jan 6, 2009 we found out we were pregnant after trying for approximately 8

Posted On Saturday, August 07, 2010 By

On Jan 6, 2009 we found out we were pregnant after trying for approximately 8 months and we were overjoyed. My pregnancy was watched by my GP for the first 30 weeks until I had to go see an OB/GYN. I normally have lower blood pressure but through the pregnancy my blood pressure had gone up to more normal levels which didn't concern my GP but she was keeping an eye on it just in case. I met with the OB/GYN at 30 weeks and everything was normal, same with the 33 and 35 week check ups. My ankles and feet had started to get quite swollen but the doctor wasn't concerned since it is normal for pregnant women to have swollen feet. After my 35 week check up (which was a few days after 35... Read More

Hello, my name is Tonya and I was told all my life I wouldn't be

Posted On Monday, August 16, 2010 By

Hello, my name is Tonya and I was told all my life I wouldn't be able to have any children. Well to my surprise I got pregnant with my daughter Tianna Nicole. I was horribly sick during my pregnancy from about 14 weeks on. Everyone was telling me it was normal pregnancy symptoms but I felt like something was wrong. My mom went with me to one of my appointments and she noticed on the blood pressure machine that mine was high.Since about 14 weeks they (OB Clinic) was telling me I had protein in my urine but they never did a 24 hour urine catch. After this appointment my mom talked me into switching to a private practice instead of a clinic. My first appointment with the private doctor he... Read More

I was very blessed to have wonderful doctors throughout my pregnancy. Everything seemed

Posted On Friday, August 06, 2010 By

 I was very blessed to have wonderful doctors throughout my pregnancy.  Everything seemed fine...morning sickness, a little swelling, but nothing out of the ordinary.  I did call the doctor's office one morning and got a doctor that was not mine...my lips were swollen...he said not to worry, so I didn't.A few weeks later, I went in for one of my first "every week" appointments...I guess I was about week 34 or 35...my last appointment had been 2 weeks earlier.  I felt really horrible, and did not want to eat because I felt so sick.  I even had taken to sleeping sitting up....I told my husband I felt like I was drowning if I was lying down (he told me I... Read More

HELLO EVERYONE. I'M NEW HERE I HAVE ALOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT TRYING AGAIN AFTER MY

Posted On Thursday, August 05, 2010 By

HELLO EVERYONE. I'M NEW HERE! I HAVE ALOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT TRYING AGAIN AFTER MY DAUGHTER ("ALIANA") PASSED SOON AFTER I DELIVERED HER DUE TO SEVERE PREECLAMPSIA ON MAY 16, 2010.. I WAS 5 MONTHS PREGNANT & SHE WAS 22 WEEKS, 11 IN. & 14 OZ.
MY ANGEL IS NOW IN A BETTER PLACE WITH ALL THE OTHER ANGELS & MY FATHER, GOD.
IF ANYBODY HAS ANY ANSWERS TO HOW YOU DID IT..  IF THERE'S ANYBODY THAT TRIED AGAIN & HAD SEVERE PREECLAMPSIA BEFORE & EVERYTING WENT FINE.. PLEASE.. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR  STORY!

My story begins on August 4, 1997. I was 32 weeks along with my first

Posted On Tuesday, March 02, 2010 By Regina

My story begins on August 4, 1997. I was 32 weeks along with my first pregnancy. I woke up that morning with severe abdominal pain and I had chest pain. We called my doctor and I went over to their office right away. My blood pressure was skyrocketing and I was spilling protein in my urine. The doctor sent us to the hospital immediately! As soon as we got to the hospital, they started hooking me up to all of the monitors and my blood pressure was 188/118. They immediately started me on Magnesium Sulfate and my doctor came in and said that he was delivering my baby in one hour. He then took my husband outside the room and told him that I had developed HELLP syndrome. My liver and... Read More

I am hopeful that writing all this out will better help me cope and deal

Posted On Wednesday, January 20, 2010 By Christi

I am hopeful that writing all this out will better help me cope and deal with my pregnancy. February of 2009, I found out I was pregnant. That was amazing news after many years of trying and many rounds of fertility drugs due to PCOS. I fell to my knees and began to cry and thank my Heavenly Father. The first 4 months were difficult due to morning sickness. I made it through by taking Zofran three times a day. I had prayed for this child over and over again and decided that I would try and do everything right. I ate really well, worked out, and just took really good care of myself. My little girl was so active all throughout pregnancy. Months 4-6 were so much fun. My energy returned... Read More

I had successfully given birth to two very healthy baby boys, with very uneventful pregnancies,

Posted On Wednesday, January 20, 2010 By Shannon

I had successfully given birth to two very healthy baby boys, with very uneventful pregnancies, I joked that I was made to have babies.  I never even read the chapters or articles in the pregnancy books or magazines that discussed possible problems, thinking "that won't happen to me."  How wrong I was!  My third pregnancy (another boy) had me extremely swollen, ridiculous really, I had to buy new shoes just to find a pair that I could get my feet in.  My blood pressure stayed steady and continually tested negative for protein in urine, so the Dr. basically told me I was having a run of bad luck with this one and stay off my feet as much as possible and keep them... Read More

I had, what many would consider, a perfect pregnancy -- until I got sick.

Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 By Lisa

I had, what many would consider, a "perfect pregnancy" -- until I got sick.  At 28 weeks I had a great prenatal appointment with no complications and appropriate weight gain.  Two days latter I had a spitting headache all night that was very difficult to control.  I swelled up like a balloon, and for some reason I just stopped urinating.  I called my doctors office in the morning to ask just how much Tylenol I could take without harming my baby.  Wisely, the nurse asked me to come in to have my blood pressure checked.  Grudgingly, not wanting to be sick, I stopped by my doctor's office on my way to work.  Sure enough, I had very high blood pressure. ... Read More

After renovating our house for 2 and a half years, after struggling financially for most

Posted On Sunday, January 17, 2010 By Van

After renovating our house for 2 and a half years, after struggling financially for most of our 10 years together our life had finally taken shape.  Our first daughter was now 3 and my wife had just given birth to our second daughter.  Life was grand and my wife looked like an angel and so happy.  You see she did not like being pregnant and was scared when our first daughter was born but the second was much different.  She was immediately in love and looked like an angelic mommy.  Just as my wife was being discharged the pediatrician on staff informed us that they would be submitting our new born into NICU and given antibiotics in fear that she had a systemic... Read More

Hi,I had never heard of HELLP syndrome before. In fact, I didn't know much about

Posted On Sunday, January 17, 2010 By April

Hi,I had never heard of HELLP syndrome before. In fact, I didn't know much about preeclampsia either, as I had a healthy first pregnancy and didn't worry myself with such complications. I read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" but always skipped over the part about complications in pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my second son, I remember doing this, saying to myself that this would be a perfect textbook pregnancy as well. Boy, was I so wrong.About one to two months before I delivered, I was getting swelling in my face, hands, and feet. I also experienced tingling in my fingers. I mentioned this to my OB/GYN and he said that I had carpal tunnel - which was common in... Read More

It has taken me a long time to write this story, my story. It

Posted On Wednesday, March 03, 2010 By Whitney

Hi my name is Adryan,I am Lisa's son. My mom was pregnant with twins and

Posted On Thursday, May 13, 2010 By

Hi my name is Adryan,I am Lisa's son. My mom was pregnant with twins and her due date was Dec 23. She was married to my dad who beat her. One day he beat her and she went into labor and had them both on September 25, 2009. My sister was born Lynnzie. May was fighting for her life but gave up and on October 6, 2009 she went to be with our God and my little brother died right after he was born. His name is Tristan Jamie. Now my mom was fighting for her life with cancer and went for brain surgery on April 30, 2010. She is doing well but we are still in the hospital and waiting for the doctors to tell us when we can go home. We both are doing well. Since mom has... Read More

I think a lot of people don't know that eclampsia can hit after giving birth.

Posted On Wednesday, May 12, 2010 By

I think a lot of people don't know that eclampsia can hit after giving birth. I have spoken about my condition at a Heart and Stroke Foundation event and am now trying to raise awareness for eclampsia. Everything I have read seems to point to mother's dying in the emergency room due to lack of knowledge on this subject. Doctors just don't know what they are looking at.My story is from April 2008. My husband Chris and I anxioulsy awaited the birth of our first child, we had no idea whether it was a boy or a girl. We were 1 week overdue and our family GP decided it was time to induce me. They put in the gel and I went in to labor like I was supposed to. I seemed to have an... Read More

My Story. My Daughter Alexis was born at 31 weeks, 3 lbs. 6 oz. and

Posted On Thursday, May 06, 2010 By Dina

My Story. My Daughter Alexis was born at 31 weeks, 3 lbs. 6 oz. and 17 3/4 inches due to severe preeclampsia. This is my 2nd pregnancy. My first was delivered full term with no preeclampsia and my only issue was Gestational Diabetes which was under control via diet.This time I was really sick. No Gestational Diabetes but severe morning sickness for the first 6 months. I was fine up until the week I had her. I began not feeling well one Sunday. My feet were swollen but my doctor was not concerned and my BP was a little high, but I can run hIgh and not on meds. I did not feel the baby move at all that Sunday so I went to L&D. They took the test via swab of cervix to see if I was... Read More

My pregnancy was going great I was so excited for my first child. Then out

Posted On Monday, May 03, 2010 By

My pregnancy was going great! I was so excited for my first child. Then out of nowhere things got bad.  At 28 1/2 weeks I woke up completely swollen EVERYWHERE!  I called my ob/gyn &and they told me to come in. When they took my Blood Pressure it was 188/110. I was then sent to the hospital where they kept me for 8 hours monitoring me and my baby. Eventually the swelling went down a little and my BP became better so they diagnosed me with Gestational Hypertension and put me on bed rest (which is not fun!). I was put on BP medication and had to see a perinatologist twice a week and also had to have a NST (non stress test) twice a... Read More

I developed preeclampsia on 5/25/98 at 25 weeks along and I had to deliver the

Posted On Wednesday, May 05, 2010 By

I developed preeclampsia on 5/25/98 at 25 weeks along and I had to deliver the baby via c-section. Emilia weighed a little over 1 pound and lived for 7 days. This was the hardest thing I have ever had to experience. She was my first child, and I still feel responsible for what happened to her. I feel that I wasn't informed at all about this condition during my pregnancy and I maybe could've changed things had I known.


I went on to have another baby a year later and everything went well. She is now 10 years old and the love of my life.

I miss Emilia every day and cannot wait to someday hold her again in Heaven.

I don't really know where to start my story. I knew I had preeclampsia

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2010 By

I don't really know where to start my story.  I knew I had preeclampsia but I had so much going on in my life that I didn't suspect or even think something could happen to me.  Lets start when I was 16 weeks pregnant.  I was traveling into the mountains, a snow storm hit so fast when I rounded the mountain, I lost control of my vehicle and hit a ten passenger van head on.  It was a very scary moment.  I remember hearing a pop.  I didn't have blood anywhere.  My windows weren't cracked.  I couldn't open my door.  I couldn't find my cell phone to call my husband.  I was lost.  Finally, a gentleman pried open my jeep door.  He let me... Read More

Hi, I just don

Posted On Monday, August 02, 2010 By

Hi, I just don

I was 24 weeks, 2 days, when out of nowhere I was being admitted to

Posted On Sunday, July 25, 2010 By

I was 24 weeks, 2 days, when out of nowhere I was being admitted to the hospital and rushed into surgery for a c-section because I had a BP of 251/175, and my baby girl, Sadie Quinn, was in distress.  My baby was delivered (via classic c-section) and survived only a few minutes, due to "severe preeclampsia/HELLP and low birth weight" (as printed on her death certificate).  She was only 365 grams, but truly the most beautiful and precious thing I had EVER laid my eyes on.  We held our beautiful baby girl for as long as we could, crying and praying that this was just a nightmare and she wasn't gone.  I was in ICU for 2 nights, then moved to a floor for 2 more nights, while... Read More

Hi. I'm new to this forum but I believe that the women here can understand

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2010 By

Hi. I'm new to this forum but I believe that the women here can understand what I'm about to write and any insight would be so appreciated. I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia when I was 25 weeks pregnant. I got hospitalized right away...my BP was 196/114. It was pandemonium to say the least. They straight out told me I was 24 hours away from having a stroke and dying. It was the scariest time of my life. They managed to bring down my BP and keep my baby in me until he had to be delivered at 27wks. He was born a little over a pound. He was in the NICU for 4 months and he's now 4 years old and I have to say, after 5 surgeries that he had to undergo because of his prematurity, he is... Read More

June 18, 1982: Sarah was conceived and I experienced a very normal pregnancy. I was

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2010 By

June 18, 1982: Sarah was conceived and I experienced a very normal pregnancy. I was 28 and this was my first pregnancy, so I was nutritionally and physically fit. Working out regularly and losing any extra weight before I conceived was a goal, so I began the pregnancy weighing 127 pounds, which is good for my petite 5'4" height. My mother had three normal deliveries and I read all the books available. Of course I skipped over the chapter on preeclampsia, since I just KNEW that would not be a problem for me. My husband and I decided that I would substitute teach instead of renewing my teaching contract. As the Thanksgiving holidays approached, I began to eat sweets and high... Read More

During my first pregnancy I was only 17 and trying to deal with

Posted On Saturday, July 17, 2010 By

During my first pregnancy I was only 17 and trying to deal with  life. I lived in a maternity home for women needing help.  I got a lot of help learning what I would need after my baby boy was born but no one told me that I would be fighting for my life before he even got here! During my 7th month of pregnancy I keep telling my doctor that something was wrong. I didn't feel right! She would just tell me that this was my first pregnancy and that I didn't know how I was suppose to feel! I stayed this way until 36 weeks with slightly elevated BP's  but nothing severe until the day I passed out while walking down the hall at the maternity home! When... Read More

We were ecstatic to find out we were going to have a baby. The first

Posted On Thursday, July 15, 2010 By

We were ecstatic to find out we were going to have a baby. The first time we saw him was on our one year wedding anniversary. He was about the size of a blueberry so we nicknamed him Blue. He was conceived on Christmas Day and we thought he was the ultimate Christmas present. My pregnancy was completely normal. Prior to pregnancy the only medical problem I had was Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It was controlled with Metformin. I stopped taking it after 12 weeks gestation, per my doctor's advice. My endocrinologist also agreed it would not make a difference to take it... Read More

I started having really bad back pain on Friday. It wasn't the normal back pain

Posted On Thursday, July 15, 2010 By

I started having really bad back pain on Friday. It wasn't the normal back pain like I had had with my first pregnancy and it didn't feel like contractions. The pains were in the middle of my back and were constant. It felt as if they radiated threw my back into my chest and it was mainly at night.I had the worst time sleeping. I would take Tylenol which would only work for a short time and I switched positions so many times trying to get comfortable. I already had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and they were doing an ultrasound to check on the nutrition of the baby because I was measuring small and also was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the beginning of the pregnancy. So I... Read More

I had a wonderful pregnancy, relatively complication free until I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 By

I had a wonderful pregnancy, relatively complication free until I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 37 weeks.  I was at my routine checkup, and expecting no problems to arise, just like all our past visits.  We were running a little late, so I was stressed at being late for the appointment.  Much to my surprise, our whole world was rocked in a matter of minutes.  At the visit, my blood pressure was pretty high and I also had protein in my urine.  I remember saying, we were rushing to get here, so that is probably why my BP is high.  The look on the doctor's face is something I will always remember.  I realized that things were more severe than I was... Read More

As I write this, I am actually sitting in the hospital, next to my wife

Posted On Saturday, January 16, 2010 By Jason

As I write this, I am actually sitting in the hospital, next to my wife who is asleep in the hospital bed. She has been in the hospital for 8 days now. Yesterday was our 30 week gestation period. What started as a routine OBGYN appointment turned into a small nightmare. Upon arrival to the hospital on the Army post where my wife and I live, her blood pressure was found to be extremely high. The doctor admitted her for observation and ordered blood pressure checks every 15 minutes and a 24 hour urinalysis check. We received the results of the urinalysis check the next afternoon. The doctor told us that 300 was a good level of protein in the urine. My wife's level was 1100. They... Read More

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am 29 living in New Zealand. I was

Posted On Saturday, January 16, 2010 By Sarah

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am 29 living in New Zealand. I was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia in my first pregnancy. Luckily it was diagnosed early and we had a very happy outcome. Here is our story: The first 28 weeks of our pregnancy ran smoothly, I was healthy and baby was growing well. I have a health condition (IBD) which can lead to the baby being born small so I was scheduled for regular ultrasounds and obstetrician appointments. At one of the OBS appointments, my BP was taken as per usual and read 140/90. As I had a BP reading of 126/60 at my first prenatal appointment, the obstetrician was now less focused on my IBD but on my elevated blood... Read More

I am a very lucky woman. I hear that every time I tell my story.

Posted On Thursday, April 29, 2010 By

I am a very lucky woman. I hear that every time I tell my story. I am a 37 year old mother of three. My oldest daughter was born at 33 weeks after I was finally diagnosed with HELLP syndrome. I had major swelling.......gained 20 lbs in one week. Maggie was in the NICU for 2 weeks and did very well. She had respiratory issues until she was about 3, but is a healthy active almost 10 year old now. We felt we had been very lucky. The stress and emotional battles did not keep us from having our second daughter two years later. We were optimists and had been told that HELLP syndrome does not typically occur in second pregnancies and should we be the rare case it would be... Read More

In June of 1986 is were my story begins. I was 7 months pregnant, happily

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 By

In June of 1986 is were my story begins. I was 7 months pregnant, happily married or so I thought when my baby's father told me he was leaving. This of course placed a lot of stress on me, so I made sure to keep a regular check on the baby with my health care provider. I didn't have a family doctor at the time, I was being cared for at the health clinic in my town, but I was assured at each visit that things were going fine. Since I wasn't working at the time, I moved in with my parents, which was the best decision I ever made. In my 9th month I began to worry, I was already under an enormous amount of stress, and then my grandfather died. Three weeks later my whole life... Read More

My husband and I were married in June of 2002. I am a bit older

Posted On Friday, July 09, 2010 By

My husband and I were married in June of 2002. I am a bit older than he so we decided to try for a child right away and much to our surprise we succeeded. My first pregnancy was miserable and things were complicated with gestational diabetes and such but no preeclampsia. Our baby boy Lucas is now 7 and wonderfully feisty.We conceived shortly after Lucas was born and I suffered a terrible labored miscarriage at 13 weeks with our second child. We really wanted a sibling for Lucas and another child and we tried for several years and finally conceived Lyndzie. I had no concerns at all during this pregnancy and I pasted my glucose test with flying colors so no GD. Towards the... Read More

Hello, My name is Allison and I'm here to tell my preeclampsia story. First,

Posted On Friday, July 09, 2010 By

Hello, My name is Allison and I'm here to tell my preeclampsia story.  First, I want to thank the Preeclampsia Foundation for their awesome efforts to spread the word and educate about the dangers of preeclampsia.  I wish I would have found this particular site while I was going through the signs and symptoms.I was 28 years old, my first pregnancy, and aside from the normal morning sickness I felt great being pregnant.  I was enjoying every single moment.  At 25 weeks I came home from a normal 8 hour shift of work, being on my feet and noticed I had major ankle swelling and edema.  So much you couldn't see my ankle bones. I'm a sonographer at a... Read More

I am Jyoti Sharma from India. In Feb. 2009 I conceived after 10 years of

Posted On Friday, July 09, 2010 By Erin

I am Jyoti Sharma from India. In Feb. 2009 I conceived after 10 years of marriage at an age of 37 years. It was a precious and happy moment for us. We were having our regular visits to our gynecologist and everything was smooth. On Sep. 3, 2009, it was my husband's birthday. We visited the hospital and our doctor told us to get admitted as my blood pressure was on the higher side but she assured us nothing is very serious as such. She told me to be on complete bed rest and if the blood pressure is not normal by noon tomorrow you should get yourself admitted in the hospital. The next day I got my BP checked from the nearby nursing home and it was high. I contacted the... Read More

I was always told that life was like a rollercoaster ride. I never knew

Posted On Friday, July 09, 2010 By Christine

I was always told that life was like a rollercoaster ride.  I never knew what that meant until March 5, 2008.  Here is my story.I guess you can say I was living the "American Dream".  I married my High School sweetheart and bestfriend whom I met at age 11. Josh was busy climbing the corporate ladder and I was traveling the state of Iowa as a motivational speaker for high school seniors.  We bought our first home, a Craftsman/Stucco home that we fell in love with at first sight.   We remodeled the kitchen and added on a baby suite.  We had everything planned out in the right order and everything was going so perfect.  We planned a... Read More

I usuallly am a great conversationalist. For once I don't know exactly how to

Posted On Thursday, July 08, 2010 By

I usuallly am a great conversationalist.  For once I don't know exactly how to start so I'll ramble on my story to the best of my ability.  It has been 6 days.  Dark days since I felt an inch of light.  Last moment of light, holding my beautiful baby boy Caleb Montiel in my arms.  Though his breath was gone and his eyes were closed, I knew his spirit was still in this shell I carried.Caleb Montiel passed in my womb at 25 weeks.  I delivered my baby boy on July 2.  Although weird or abnormal to some I held him in my arms and slept with him in my arms that night.  I could feel his spirit.  I knew exactly when his spirit left his body... Read More

I want to tell my story so that I can give other women hope.

Posted On Friday, January 08, 2010 By Jamie

I want to tell my story so that I can give other women hope.  I had preeclampsia while pregnant with my child.  It was a complete shock.  I had never heard of it, never seen it, and never knew of anyone who had a complicated pregnancy which resulted in extremely premature birth.  I was first diagnosed with preeclampsia at 29 weeks.  I was diagnosed, sent to the nearest hospital which was able to facilitate my needs (and was also 1 1/2 hrs. from home), and delivered my son all within a single weekend.  this was the most horrify experience of my life.  I acknowledged the fact that I my own health and even life was on the line and in danger, but the... Read More

At 33 years of age with my first pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia. I was informed

Posted On Friday, January 08, 2010 By Jayne

At 33 years of age with my first pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia. I was informed that if I were to have any more children that the chances of it reoccurring were slight. However, five years later during the birth of my second son I had it more severe with the onset of HELLP syndrome, nearly losing my sight. but with the aid of magnesium sulphate and a long hospital stay my son and I survived. I was not informed that this was so dangerous. Unfortunately, because I was not informed that if there was a 'next time' I did not look into sterilization and fell pregnant for a third time (unplanned) within ten months of giving birth. My GP and 2 perinatologists informed me... Read More

I had a great pregnancy. We were so excited as it took us about

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2010 By

I had a great pregnancy.  We were so excited as it took us about 2 years to get pregnant in the first place. I was first diagnosed with PCOS, so in order to get pregnant, was put on Metformin and rounds of Clomid. When that didn't work, we did an IUI with an Ovadryl shot which did work.  We were even more excited at 20 weeks when we found out it was a boy. I didn't have any problems until 5 months pregnant with severe headaches. I was prescribed Tylenol. Repeat headaches.  They recommended Tylenol 3 which I refused to taken for fear that it would affect the baby even though they told me it would not.Around 32-34 weeks, my left leg started to swell and I... Read More

Hi, my name is Alyssa McLaughlin. I'm 19 years old and I was 5 months

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2010 By

Hi, my name is Alyssa McLaughlin. I'm 19 years old and I was 5 months pregnant when I got severe preeclampsia. It was at 11pm January 31st when my husband and I got home from Walmart. I had to buy some Tylenol because what I thought was severe rib pain was hurting so badly I couldn't sleep or walk. It hurt to even breath. I went to the hospital but they said nothing appeared wrong and it might be bronchitis. Right when we got in our driveway I threw up and my whole body swelled up. It was so scary I was crying. I had my husband go get my mom. She asked if I recently took anything new that I might be allergic to and I said no I haven't. I've taken the things and eaten the... Read More

My name is Melisa. I am 22 years old and live in Arizona. I recently

Posted On Thursday, April 22, 2010 By

My name is Melisa. I am 22 years old and live in Arizona. I recently had my daughter Jayden Lynn who was born on May 13, 2009. I've had a history of high blood pressure since I was 18 years old, but nobody could get it under control with any medications. I developed severe preeclampsia when I was 20 weeks pregnant with Jayden and was admitted to the Hospital. The doctors kept trying so hard to push me into having her, but I would tell them no. I ended up having her May 13, 2009 which was at 23wks 4days. She wasn't due until September 5, 2009. I chose to have a c-section because I knew she wouldn't survive a vaginal birth with all the stress that would be caused to her. My doctor put the... Read More

Hi everyone. I am new to this forum, and I am here because I have

Posted On Tuesday, July 06, 2010 By

Hi everyone. I am new to this forum, and I am here because I have reached the end of my rope with my health and how I feel since I had my son. I had him at 30 weeks and I suffered severe preeclampsia with HELLP syndrome. I came very close to death and I have never felt normal since. I have gone to my cardiologist and my family doctor...I swear they all think I'm crazy...but I'm NOT!!Everyday i feel horrible...my vision is blurry, I'm dizzy all the time, I just feel out of it a LOT, I get very weird headaches. I'm exhausted all the time. I have numbness and tingling in my arms and legs and sometimes I feel like I can't breathe. I could list a hundred more weird symptoms, but you... Read More

I had 3 different pregnancies all with preeclampsia. I had swelling of the feet, hands

Posted On Saturday, July 03, 2010 By

I had 3 different pregnancies all with preeclampsia. I had swelling of the feet, hands & face but never suffered from headaches. I was put in the hospital a week before my first childbirth due to high blood pressure. I had started throwing up and had broken blood vessels in my eyes. My first baby was born 8/30/89 by c-section. Healthy baby girl born with a heart murmur.My second childbirth I was told it was unlikely to have repeat preeclampsia but they would keep watch. Again, I never felt the high blood pressure. I always felt fine. The doctor checked me and said I want you on bed rest, I do not like your blood pressure. When you feel fine it is hard to rest. Once the... Read More

I began to show symptoms during the seventh month of my first pregnancy. I swelled

Posted On Saturday, June 26, 2010 By

I began to show symptoms during the seventh month of my first pregnancy. I swelled up; my face was puffy, I had to wear my wedding ring on a necklace and I could only wear sandals. I knew my OB was concerned, but I don't think I knew why. This continued until my ninth month when my blood pressure starting edging up. During my 40 week checkup my blood pressure was higher and I had protein in my urine. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia; my OB scheduled me to be induced, but I went into labor before they had a chance. My son arrived healthy and perfect at 7lbs. My preeclampsia developed into HELLP syndrome and I spent 5 days in the hospital until my blood count and... Read More

My daughter had migraines, horrible indigestion, pain in her right side, very very swollen ankles

Posted On Friday, January 08, 2010 By Mary

My daughter had migraines, horrible indigestion, pain in her right side, very very swollen ankles and legs.  When she complained to her ob/gyn, she was told she had normal, end of pregnancy complaints and she would be fine.  She was 40 weeks pregnant.  She called me and was sick and vomitting, couldn't keep anything down (this had been going on for months), I said to call her dr.  She did, they said to do a fetal kick count and call back.  They had her go to the hospital and they did some tests, no protein in her urine.  They sent her home, saying she would have the baby that weekend. She was only dilated to 1/2 to 1 centimeter.  Late that Sunday, her... Read More

Until my 15th week in pregnancy, it seemed like everything was going just normal like

Posted On Tuesday, January 05, 2010 By Kathie

Until my 15th week in pregnancy, it seemed like everything was going just normal like all the books and websites told me it would be. Around my 15th week, we took a trip down to Tennessee (in the beginning of June), and that's when I started to notice some swelling in my ankles and feet. I thought it was caused by the heat and humidity, so I hoped it would disappear when we got home. Unfortunately, it didn't. My midwife checked my blood pressure and protein levels and I was fine at the time, but she would continue to monitor it and she gave me some advice about my diet to prevent it from getting worse. Some family situations came up, and I didn't really pay as much attention to my diet as I... Read More

THIS IS OUR STORY....My first pregnancy back in 2003 seemed to be normal to me.

Posted On Monday, January 04, 2010 By Miranda

THIS IS OUR STORY....My first pregnancy back in 2003 seemed to be normal to me. Until about my 33 week. I was extremely swollen, couldn't hardly walk with out being in pain, headaches that would not go away, not able to keep any food down, high blood pressure and very flushed feeling. My Ob office proceeded to tell me that my BP was high from walking from the parking lot to the office. Being my first pregancy I trusted them. That weekend my husband and I took a trip (about 3 hrs away) to visit my family. My cousin is a nurse and worked in Labor and Delivery. She was so concerned that something wasn't right with me. And was praying nothing happened while I was there. She... Read More

It was December 23, 2009 when I went to my doctor for my 38 week

Posted On Friday, January 01, 2010 By Dawn

It was December 23, 2009 when I went to my doctor for my 38 week visit.  This was my first pregnancy and I had been blessed with a wonderful pregnancy as well.  Throughout my 38 weeks of pregnancy, I never once felt sick, tired and gained on 26 pounds.  I actually enjoyed my time being pregnant.  However, all that changed two days before Christmas.  On my routine visit that typically took 5 to 10 minutes, I was informed that my blood pressure was too high and there was a high level of protein in my urine.Never hearing of Preeclampsia, I didn't become alarmed.  I was sent to the hospital for further testing.  I felt fine with no other symptoms until... Read More

I remember coming to this website looking for hope after having HELLP Syndrome with my

Posted On Monday, April 19, 2010 By

I remember coming to this website looking for hope after having HELLP Syndrome with my first pregnancy, so I wanted to come back and post my story to give hope to anyone in the same position. My first pregnancy went very smoothly, I was all about having a natural birth. I exercised regularly and ate well. I did however seem to be putting on a lot of water weight but my doctors said it was normal. I gave birth at almost 41 weeks. I needed to be induced because my water broke and I was not contracting. So a little over 24 hours after my water broke I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She looked super healthy to me but the doctors were concerned due to several factors... Read More

I was hospitalized with preeclampsia at 23 weeks. I tried to stay pregnant for as

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2010 By

I was hospitalized with preeclampsia at 23 weeks. I tried to stay pregnant for as long as possible. My beautiful son, Ayden Joshua Williams, was born at 24 1/2 weeks on 3/18/2010 at 6:09 PM. He was spunky and fighting all the way.He was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He passed away on 4/6/2010 at 2:35 am in our arms. He contracted an infection in the NICU, and could not fight it due to the lack of his immune system, as he was born premature.Although he was here for a short time, he will always be loved. Ayden was our first child. I pray he knew we loved him, we wanted him so badly, but God decided to take him home. I know I will see my beautiful, sweet... Read More

Hello. My name is Samantha. I have experienced preeclampsia twice now. My first son was

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2010 By

Hello. My name is Samantha. I have experienced preeclampsia twice now. My first son was born 9 weeks and 1 day premature by emergency c-section because of my preeclampsia. I had a very quick onset in his case and don't think they could have caught it any sooner than they did. They gave me steroids before he was born so that his lungs would develop more rapidly. He was born at 3lbs 12 oz and was in the NICU for only 12 days. He never had any complications to speak of and was gaining weight fairly well. He is now 3.5 years old but everyone thinks he's at least 5! He has had a problem with seizures and has been seeing a pediatric neurologist for the past two years, with no results or... Read More

My name is Jennifer. I am both a product and survivor of preeclampsia. I was

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 By

My name is Jennifer. I am both a product and survivor of preeclampsia. I was born at 29 weeks in 1984, weighing 2 lbs. 8 oz. and have been healthy since. I am now 25 years old and just recently lost my first child, Kelsie Mae due to severe preeclampsia. I was diagnosed at 27 weeks and sent to hospital bed rest. I delivered a healthy baby girl, Kelsie Mae, on January 10 ,2010. She weighted 2 lbs. exactly. She was doing great in the NICU and I truly thought she would come home to my husband and I. She had no problems with her lungs and was close to being on room air when disaster struck!We had an observational surgery to see what was causing her to bloat in her belly, nothing was... Read More

Our first baby was born in April 2008. I had gestational diabetes with him,

Posted On Saturday, March 13, 2010 By Jamie

Our first baby was born in April  2008. I had gestational diabetes with him, and he was born 2 weeks early. Because of the diabetes we had several complications.  He had a feeding tube due to being very dehydrated. His blood sugar was very low, and he had no energy to nurse. He actually never did breastfeed and several of the nurses felt that our due date was wrong, and that he was actually more like a month early. So, I was prepared in my second pregnancy in March 2009 to have diabetes again. We were very surprised when I didn't get it after all. I felt great, although very, very tired ALL the time. My blood pressure in my first pregnancy was on the low end and same with this... Read More

I am a first time Mom to a beautiful baby boy named Tyler who is

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2010 By Mary

I am a first time Mom to a beautiful baby boy named Tyler who is now 10.5 months old.At about 20 weeks into my pregnancy my blood pressure began to creep up a little bit, but it was nothing alarming. My doctor kept an eye on it and eventually tested me for preeclampsia (24 hour urine), which came back negative.About 6 months into my pregnancy, my feet started to swell and the blood pressure was still an issue, though my doctor did not put me on bed rest or put me on any medications. Just for peace of mind, I bought a home BP monitor.I was going weekly to my doctor for blood pressure checks. I also had low Thyroid levels and was on medication for that, but other... Read More

My first pregnancy started out an uncomplicated one. No morning sickness, very little cravings and

Posted On Sunday, February 21, 2010 By Jennifer

My first pregnancy started out an uncomplicated one. No morning sickness, very little cravings and very little weight gain. This was up until my 3rd trimester - once I hit 30 weeks, it all changed. I started to have some problems with my blood pressure. It was getting way too high for this point in my pregnancy. It had been normal, in the 120's/130's over 70's/80's, and then in started raising to the high 140's/low 150's over high 80's/low 90's. My obstetrician of course caught it right away, and advised me to lower my activity level. This was difficult for me because I was working full time and didn't intend on backing off. I was visiting the office weekly, and in one of my urine samples,... Read More

I found out I was pregnant in July 2009. My husband and I had just

Posted On Friday, July 02, 2010 By

I found out I was pregnant in July 2009. My husband and I had just gotten married in June 2009 and were thrilled we got pregnant so fast. We had planned to start trying right away. At our first ultrasound we found out we had a single vessel umbilical cord. The doctors reassured us that lots of babies are born with a cord like this (1 in 100) and told us everything  would be okay. I researched it over and over again. I didn't like some of the things I read but overall our baby had a 75% chance of being "normal." Everything was progressing as should be. I was mostly tired at first and had a few slight headaches, nothing major. No swelling really, ankles... Read More

January 2, 2009, at just 27 weeks pregnant, I went into the hospital with high

Posted On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 By

January 2, 2009, at just 27 weeks pregnant, I went into the hospital with high blood pressure, swelling, and other complications.  I was told that I needed to stay overnight to have a urine test and to monitor the baby.  After the initial 24 hours they determined that I had preeclampsia.  My BP had come down and the nurses thought that maybe I would get to go home but that wasn't the case.  I met with the high risk OB and he did an ultrasound to see how our baby was doing.  He said that he hadn't grown since the 20 week ultrasound and so I was ordered to stay on bed rest until the birth of my son.  Unfortunately that happened a lot sooner then we... Read More

In November 2008 my daughter in her 24th week of pregnancy at age 21 had

Posted On Monday, June 21, 2010 By

In November 2008 my daughter in her 24th week of pregnancy at age 21 had facial swelling, trouble with her vision and complained of a headache ( all of this came on in just one day ). I am a cardiac ICU nurse and remembered from nursing school that these symptoms were not a good thing in pregnancy. I called the OB doc and was told it was probably just a headache and to take Tylenol. After day two of this I brought a BP cuff home from work and checked her BP myself at home and it was 190/102. I called the OB doc again and was again told it was probably not anything to worry about and to call the doc the next day for an appointment for her. I told them we were going to the ER and... Read More

Hi...My name is Mindy and I have an almost 3 year old son named Andrew

Posted On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 By Mindy

Hi...My name is Mindy and I have an almost 3 year old son named Andrew and here is my story...I was 19 when I was preggo with Andrew and I had a rough pregnancy. I was on bedrest from 16 wks till I delivered. I suffered from sciatic nerve pain and swelling all over. I was miserable to say the least but never had any known problems with preeclampsia. I would go to my OB visits and sometimes I was unable to use the bathroom to give them urine to test so it was no big deal they said I was fine. My water broke on its own one morning when I was 37 wks along and I went to the Dr and they sent me to the hospital on a Monday morning around 1100am. I had a hard and rough delivery with little... Read More

I was diagnosed with preelcampsia in week 35 of pregnancy. I was placed on bed

Posted On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 By Mindy

I was diagnosed with preelcampsia in week 35 of pregnancy. I was placed on bed rest for four days but when it was determined that this was not helping my condition the baby was delivered via C-section. The baby was born perfectly healthy at 5 lbs 2.7 oz and 17 inches He did not have to spend any time in the NICU and soon after delivery he was brought to my hospital room. The baby and I were released from the hospital within 96 hours of delivery and within two weeks my blood pressure had returned to normal. The baby and I have not suffered any long term effects and although I was a little surprised at his early arrival everything is great!

I was thirty weeks pregnant. This was my first child. On August 1, 2008, I

Posted On Saturday, December 12, 2009 By Laura

I was thirty weeks pregnant. This was my first child. On August 1, 2008, I woke up around 3 am with a bad headache, which wasn't uncommon in my pregnancy. I took some fast acting Tylenol and laid back down. I couldn't go back to sleep and the headache wasn't going away. My husband was soon up to commute to his construction job for the summer. I put a cold rag on my head to try and soothe the pain. The headache only got worse. I called my doctor's office as soon as it opened, and they said I should go to the Emergency Room. But, silly me, I thought, "I don't need to go to the ER just for a headache, especially since I just went to the doctor yesterday and he said everything was fine." I... Read More

For all of you that don't know, this is going to be hard, but today

Posted On Monday, December 07, 2009 By Amanda

For all of you that don't know, this is going to be hard, but today I feel strong, so I am deciding to write my version of the tragic event that forever changed my life. No one ever talks about what could happen, or tells you about diseases to look out for during pregnancy. I bet 90% of women don't know what Severe pre-eclampsia or HELLP disease is. I did not...if I did it could have saved baby Cara's life, not to mention it almost took my own! October 10 2009 I noticed I seemed to be (for a lack of better description) leaking...I called the OB on call right away and they told me to come into labor and delivery. I did and after running a few tests they said I was not leaking.... Read More

My story begins with my third pregnancy. My first two pregnancies went very well, both

Posted On Monday, December 07, 2009 By Julie

My story begins with my third pregnancy. My first two pregnancies went very well, both delivered to term, natural childbirth, no complications, very fast deliveries. My third started out the same way, I got pregnant when my second daughter was 5 months old. This was not a planned pregnancy, but we were happy none the less. We wanted 4 children. I had always enjoyed being pregnant, I suffer from migraines, but never had them while pregnant. My pregnancy was progressing normally, until about 34 weeks, that's when I noticed some swelling in my ankles. I had told my doctor at my last appt. that I was a little concerned and I was told to relax and keep my feet elevated. At my last appt., I was... Read More

When I was pregnant with my first son, I found out at 24 weeks he

Posted On Sunday, November 08, 2009 By

When I was pregnant with my first son, I found out at 24 weeks he was missing half his umbillical artery, called "SUA" or single vessel cord. The fact that he was missing the cord was reason enough for alarm, as my body would have to compensate for the rest to get him through pregnancy. I was terrified and warned that chances for my pregnancy to continue were not good. The, at about 28 weeks, I started having unusual swelling of my hands and feet - so bad I could barely wear flip flops. I started gaining water weight and felt like I had a water sack hanging on my belly. I contacted the doctor, who told me to stay off my feet and try to do as little as possible. I hun in for another 3 weeks.... Read More

In June of 1999 I learned that I was pregnant. I was only 18 and

Posted On Sunday, November 01, 2009 By Geoff

In June of 1999 I learned that I was pregnant. I was only 18 and extremely healthy. At 5'1 I weighed 105 pounds and had been an athlete my entire life. My due date was January 25, 2000. In late September the doctors started noticing protein in my urine, rapid weight gain and elevated blood pressure. To offset these symtoms they placed me home on bed rest. This did nothing for my condition. The symptoms only worsened and I was hospitalized by the first week of December. The prescribed blood pressure meds that seemed to do nothing and more bed rest. After that stressful ordeal my daughter was born via emergency C-section on January 8, 2000 and despite only weighing a little over 4... Read More

Dealing with a pregnancy conceived by an assault, I was having minor complications from the

Posted On Thursday, October 29, 2009 By Siddhartha

Dealing with a pregnancy conceived by an assault, I was having minor complications from the begining. I knew something else was going to happen early in my pregnancy but I was praying I was wrong. I had scheduled my shower in August, 3 months before my due date because three of my cousins were also pregnant but nothing prepared me for what was going to happen 3 days later. I had already began to swell in the ankles and had been to the emergency countless times that week with no signs of anything wrong. Three days after my babyshower, I awoke with a major headached that had started the night before as a slight ache in my temple. I called the doctor on... Read More

Up until about 30 weeks my pregnancy had been wonderful. Correct amounts of weight gain

Posted On Saturday, May 29, 2010 By

Up until about 30 weeks my pregnancy had been wonderful. Correct amounts of weight gain and healthy looking baby. My problems started around 30 weeks and it consisted mostly of headaches that would not go away and a constant upper right quadrant pain. The pain became so intense to the point of not being able to sleep an living off Tylenol. I had had a touch of bronchitis before and my doctor believed I was having some pain from that. At my 35 week checkup at the health department I was not feeling well at all that morning and when they took my blood pressure of course it was 150/101 and way too high so they sent me straight to the local hospital and from there my OB decided it was... Read More

I remember when I was first pregnant we were so excited and scared. Since I

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 By chat

I remember when I was first pregnant; we were so excited and scared. Since I had miscarried before, we weren't going to tell anybody until I was through my first trimester. When I had my first doctor's appointment, she said she thought I was 10-12 weeks and scheduled me for a sonogram in 2 weeks. I was due on Christmas day. The day before my sonogram I told my mom, thinking I was near the end of my first trimester. At my sonogram the baby measured 8 weeks. My husband was so disappointed he was going to have to wait another month to meet our baby. Now due on Feb 2, 2006. But at that point the cat was out of the bag. I was counting the days until I was through my first trimester and things... Read More

My daughter was having very bad and unusual symptoms her last 2 weeks of her

Posted On Monday, April 12, 2010 By

My daughter was having very bad and unusual symptoms her last 2 weeks of her first pregnancy. She was 19 years old. She had all symptoms of acute fatty liver of pregnancy. She went to the ER twice and was sent to labor and delivery then sent home within these two weeks. She went to her last doctor's appointment and they did nothing. This was on the Tuesday before she lost her full term son Saturday. The doctor on call knew something was wrong during delivery. Which at this time my daughter knew her son had passed. She was yellow and kept passing out. The doctor ordered tests and her liver was shutting down and so was her kidneys. We almost lost her too. She was in the ICU for a... Read More

My husband and I found out we were pregnant in February 2009. The first three

Posted On Monday, April 05, 2010 By Megan

My husband and I found out we were pregnant in February 2009. The first three months were rough as to be expected. My morning sickness consisted of constant nausea and exhaustion. Thankfully once the third month was over I felt like my old self again. The rest of my pregnancy flew by without any complications. We entered my last trimester excited to finally meet our baby boy. My husband kept busy by working. He works for a restaurant company that opens restaurants in the US and all over the world. He was assigned to open a store in Pennsylvania during the last four weeks of my pregnancy. We discussed him going away and since he was only going to be an hour away we didn

Looking back now I see that my symptoms started at about 20 weeks. I was

Posted On Saturday, April 03, 2010 By

Looking back now I see that my symptoms started at about 20 weeks. I was quickly gaining weight and getting puffy everywhere but I thought that was just par for the course.  At about 24 weeks I noticed my feet were fat when I woke up in the morning and hurt like hell which I knew was a bad sign but denial can be pretty powerful so once again I figured it was no big deal.  By 25 weeks I failed my first glucose test and had to lay on my left side at my doctor

I had a pretty good pregnancy up to about the last month that I was

Posted On Friday, April 02, 2010 By

I had a pretty good pregnancy up to about the last month that I was pregnant.  My blood pressure was pretty high and the nurse decided to take it again once or twice.  She was just going to write the second or third numbers down because those were better.  I stopped her because I remembered my blood pressure had been a little high at the appointment before that and she had done the same thing.  So they started monitoring me weekly for a few weeks.  Finally, I was told to collect urine for 48 hrs in a jug and bring it to the lab to check for protein and then I had another appointment at the hospital.  When I got there, it turned out the lab messed up and I had... Read More

Well, I was a 25 year old first time mom. I went through my

Posted On Thursday, April 01, 2010 By

Well, I was a 25 year old first time mom.  I went through my first three months of pregnancy normal just as anyone. My due date was March 28th.  By the time I was four months pregnant I started to notice a ton of swelling, even causing me to have to work less. The doctors didn't seem to think it was anything because my blood pressure wasn't going up. From there on through my pregnancy my weight gain got to an excessive amount, which I didn't... Read More

I became pregnant with my first baby in May 2005. We were so excited that

Posted On Friday, April 09, 2010 By

I became pregnant with my first baby in May 2005. We were so excited that we were pregnant because I was so irregular and we thought that it would be very difficult to get pregnant. At about 6 weeks I had some bleeding and was put on bed rest for the remainder of first trimester. Second trimester was good. I was teaching junior high science and coaching cross country. We were also a little naive as to what to expect at each doctor's visit. I did not realize that they were suppose to take my blood pressure EVERY time. Well, at 24 weeks I was swelling in my ankles. I was told that I would not make it to term, but not to worry. Well, four weeks later my blood pressure was 160/100! I... Read More

I had my first child at 21 very young and did not know a whole

Posted On Tuesday, March 02, 2010 By Stephanie

I had my first child at 21 very young and did not know a whole lot about anything. One week before I had my daughter they told me I had preeclampsia, so I went on bed rest for a few days then they induced me. Baby and I were both pretty sick. My Blood pressure during delivery was very high. (I don't remember all the facts.) My daughter is now 10 and I am very thankful and grateful to have her.Then 2 years ago my husband and I decided to have another child. Somehow I had gotten it in my head if I have another child with the same man I wouldn't get it again. I did not get it again. Although with that pregnancy my doctor was looking through my records and she says to me... Read More

I have read some of these stories two years ago, when we had our boy

Posted On Friday, November 20, 2009 By Jackie

I have read some of these stories two years ago, when we had our boy Marcel. Even now when I am writing this and he is sound asleep in his little bed they squeeze my heart.You know that you are lucky and blessed when you get a child, a health child and you never think that things could go so wrong...I was 28 when I had Marcel. Everything was going great, I felt great, the baby was great, all test were fine, no proteins in urine, not even swolen legs. The D day was 14.9. and on the 11. I was at the doctors thinking...when will this happen?? The next night I felt some pinching,went to the toilette and saw a little clog on my panties and realised this is it. I woke up my husband,we... Read More

We tried for 4 years to conceive. I took pills, did injections, we did insemination

Posted On Thursday, November 12, 2009 By

We tried for 4 years to conceive. I took pills, did injections, we did insemination after insemination and nothing worked. We decided to take a break before trying IVF. Then my period was late. There was a second line on the stick. I was pregnant. I was ecstatic. I did everything I could to have a healthy baby. I kept exercising, but cut back from running to walking. I cut out all caffeine, ate healthy, homemade food, drank nothing but water and milk. I got enough sleep at night and I made sure to take my prescription vitamins.Then my blood pressure went up. I was only 16 weeks along. My doctor put me on blood pressure medication and ordered monthly ultrasounds. By week... Read More

In the sixth week of my pregnancy, my legs and feet became so swollen that

Posted On Friday, June 25, 2010 By

In the sixth week of my pregnancy, my legs and feet became so swollen that it became too painful walk.  After a visit to the urgent care and relatively high BP (which they claimed was "nerves"), I consulted my OB about the problem.  That is when he took me in for my very first sonogram to show me that the baby was fine and simply said, "Every pregnancy is different...you need to wear more comfortable shoes."  Rest assured, the swelling went down as my pregnancy progressed. As time went on and into my second trimester, my husband and I began planning our future around our daughter, Aya June.  Since the city school I was working at had decided to close its doors at... Read More

I am a 28 year-old mom who was excited to learn of a second pregnancy.

Posted On Friday, June 25, 2010 By

I am a 28 year-old mom who was excited to learn of a second pregnancy.  My husband and I were thrilled that we got pregnant so quickly again! We have a beautiful daughter who was 1 1/2 years old when we found out the news.  I had a perfect pregnancy with no complications and even less exciting delivery.  I felt like a superhero after her birth and couldn't wait to have that experience again!First Problem:I was 33 weeks pregnant and not due to see the OB again for about a week.  I looked at my husband on Tuesday night and said, "I just want you to know I have been timing contractions for the last hour and they are not regular, but I think I'm... Read More

I have had 3 out of 4 premature babies. My first at 30 weeks

Posted On Friday, June 25, 2010 By

I have had 3 out of 4 premature babies.  My first at 30 weeks with eclampsia; emergency c-section.  2 lbs 3 oz. (Boy, now 6 years---minor speech delay and nearsighted needing glasses.) Second pregnancy, 37 weeks,  6 lbs 5 oz, no complications; VBAC.  (Girl, now 4 1/2 years)3rd pregnancy, preeclampsia at 32 weeks, c-section; 3 lbs 1 oz.  (Boy, now 2 1/2, small for his age) 4th pregnancy, preeclampsia & HELLP, 24 weeks, c-section;  15.8 ozs.  (Girl, 4 months old, still in NICU---Ileostomy, many blood-transfusions, osteopenia with fractures, and ROP concerns to name a few;  time will tell)With my first pregnancy I... Read More

It's always hard to start, but seeing my 2 year daughter running around calling me

Posted On Friday, June 11, 2010 By

It's always hard to start, but seeing my 2 year daughter running around calling me mammy pushes me to sign in and share my painful experience with everybody and specially with moms who's babies are still in the NICU.After two years of marriage, my husband and I thought that it was time to start a family.Being pregnant is the biggest responsibility I ever had in my life. I was always very worried about my little baby, so I spent so many times at the doctor's office complaining from morning sickness, headache, and some cramping here and there. All was under control until my feet and face started to swell really badly. I remember I woke up one day and didn't recognize myself. I... Read More

Hi,my name is Bev, I married my husband this year in september, apart from that

Posted On Tuesday, December 08, 2009 By Beverley

Hi,my name is Bev, I married my husband this year in september, apart from that very happy event we have experienced much heartbreak and upset in 2009 due to the loss of 2 x pregnancys.I first found out i was pregnant in Feb only to suffer a miscarriage at 10 weeks in March, we were heartbroken but were told it was very common and should try again.For 4 months i thought of nothing else, desparate to gain back what we had lost, i finally found out i was pregnant in July.My second pregnancy was fairly un eventful, the 12 week scan was fine, the downs blood test came back low risk, then the 20 week scan came and went, no issues, we were told we were having a girl, i felt so... Read More

My name is Claudia, I am now 37yrs. old. Last year around this time in

Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 By Claudia

My name is Claudia, I am now 37yrs. old. Last year around this time in October I found out I was pregnant with my second child. I have a now 9yr. old daughter. So, as you can imagine, I was on cloud nine. I had been trying to convince my husband for the longest time to have another child, finally I did; the first month we tried, I got pegnant, I was the happiest woman in the world. I had no complications with my first pregnancy, I am a fairly healthy person, although one of those typical ones that does not see her OB on the regular basis. Though as soon as I found out I was pregnant I made an appointment and was seen on a regular basis, as a normal pregnancy. Everything was going... Read More

A Day Without Rain by Sonya Hemmen bookmark amp share Looking back I remember that

Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 By Tiffany

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On June 14, 2008 my 25-27 depending on which ultrasound you go by week

Posted On Sunday, October 25, 2009 By Lorri

On June 14, 2008 my 25-27 (depending on which ultrasound you go by) week pregnant daughter called me and said mom I haven't felt Cadence move today, I'm having some pain in my right upper quadrant, and these are not normal for me. We went to the hospital, they checked her for contractions and sent her home. Looking back she had protein in her urine that night, and Cadence's heart rate would decel with the "pains" my daughter was experiencing. The next day she called again and said she felt really bad, but was too embarrassed due to how she had been treated the night before to return to the hospital. The next morning she called me and said "mom I think I'm... Read More

Hello My Name is Aiyah. I would like to share with you my story in

Posted On Friday, October 23, 2009 By

Hello My Name is Aiyah. I would like to share with you my story in a hope that someone else with a similar situation will not feel so lonely. My story begins with my five year struggle to have a beautiful, healthy baby. After getting pregnany with my baby I saw an Obgyn as recommended. Throughout my pregnancy everything was wonderful, including my emotional and physical states. I felt great most of the time and only a coulpe of times did I have to call in for some advice. In the 7th month I had contractions and had to have them stopped, but was orded some bedrest and then felt fine. Towards the end of my pregnancy I started to swell in my feet. The doctor said I looked fine and that the... Read More

Just got home from the hospital. On Thursday night, my wife and I were

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 By

Just got home from the hospital.  On Thursday night, my wife and I were at the grocery store.  She was 37 weeks pregnant.  On a whim she took a blood pressure test on the machine at the store.  The pharmacy is nearby.  Our pharmasist, Don, saw my wife's result.  His face turned ashen and he said "you must go to the ER."  We told him she had a doctor's appointment the next morning, so we would just wait until then.  He looked at use very seriously and said, "no, you must go now."  I am so grateful to him.  We went to the hospital and they immediately diagnosed preclampsia (I had never heard of it before).  She had a C-section the next... Read More

After 2 1/2 years TTC, I became pregnant with my third child previous pregnancies resulted

Posted On Sunday, October 18, 2009 By

After 2 1/2 years TTC, I became pregnant with my third child (previous pregnancies resulted in 1st trimester miscarriages.) I was in optimal health prior to the pregnancy and all my prenatal checkups were fine. During my 20th week of pregnancy, I had increased swelling in my feet, hands, and face. By week 23, I was hospitalized for hypertension and proteinurea. Then, I had to deliver my daughter on September 7, 2009 at 24w5d gestational age because my hypertension was no longer controlled and the blood flow in the umbilical cord was severely compromised. My daughter weighed 1 pound 3.4 ounces and was 12 inches at birth. She survived 17 days and subsequently died from Necrotizing... Read More

Hi My name is Catherine.On July 6th 2007 I was rushed to

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 By catherine

   Hi!My name is Catherine.On July 6th 2007 I was rushed to the ER due to major swelling of my hands and feet and from feeling very shaky and faint.The nurse finally told me I had severe preeclampsia.They decided to do a 48 hour urine specimen.  After that they decided to deliver me finally on the 14th after it got terrible.  I was on magnesium sulfate for days... Which I am sure most of you know makes you feel horrible.  I was very in and out of it.  Also worried my baby would not make it, finally at 11:02 he was here Jason...He weighed a whopping 5 lbs. at 33 weeks!!!After that they brought me back to my room and realized my bp was not... Read More

I am so glad to have found this site. I am sad to know that

Posted On Tuesday, December 29, 2009 By Elizabeth

I am so glad to have found this site. I am sad to know that so many women are suffering in this day and age and losing their lifes or their babies. In 1995 I had my first son who is almost 14 and I had severe hyperemesis. I remarried and due to mismanaged medical care, we lost 3 babies before they were born to hyperemesis. In 2008 we thought we had found the perfect dr. He had helped us try to conceive for a year. He would call us at home to check on us and he seemed like a dream. Or so we thought. When we finally became pregnant after a year of trying on our anniversary we were so excited. My dr. didn't share in our excitement when he did the first ultrasound he said the baby was not... Read More

In the spring of 2008, our family was undergoing so many changes. After six years

Posted On Thursday, December 24, 2009 By Jennifer

In the spring of 2008, our family was undergoing so many changes.  After six years of marriage, my husband Matt and I were finally expecting our first child at the end of April, 2008.  Additionally, my husband had been offered a job promotion so we were preparing for a move from Connecticut to Wisconsin.  My husband was in Milwaukee working while I was finishing up in Connecticut. ... Read More

In December 2003, my husband and I found out we were

Posted On Tuesday, December 22, 2009 By Kelly

    In December 2003, my husband and I found out we were expecting our third child.  We had two very small children already, girls born in 2000 and 2002.  It turned out that our third child was due on our younger daughter's second birthday, September 4, 2004.  I am one of those people who likes to know what to expect or what to watch for, so being a chronic migraine sufferer, I had read the section in "What to Expect" on preeclampsia MANY times trying to memorize what would differentiate my "typical" headaches or migraines from a headache that was a sign of a problem.    In March, we had an ultrasound to date the pregnancy... Read More

I had, by all accounts, a very easy pregnancy. I felt nauseous during the

Posted On Friday, December 18, 2009 By Kristen

I had, by all accounts, a very "easy" pregnancy. I felt nauseous during the first trimester, but only got truly sick once. I was tired, my breasts hurt, and I cried at Hallmark commericals, but nothing was out of the ordinary. I even went on vacation to Puerto Rico with my husband at 27 weeks. All of my tests came back normal, the ultrasounds showed a perfectly normal, healthy, developing baby girl, and I fully expected that I would deliver a healthy baby at the end of January.The only major complaint I had throughout my whole pregnancy was heartburn--horrible, painful, ongoing acid reflux and heartburn that made me want to drink milk by the gallon and led me to take Zantac twice a... Read More

Hello There, Well I was diagnose w/ p-clampsia when I was 29 weeks. I do

Posted On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 By Tammy

Hello There, Well I was diagnose w/ p-clampsia when I was 29 weeks. I do have diabetes and pcos,which doesn't help w/ p-clampsia. It started when I had protein in my urine and then my BP was getting higher every vist between 140/90! So I was in the Hospital 3 X less then 2 weeks apart because every Dr had a different opionion who was on call at the time. To make a long story short I'm back in the hospital at 33weeks and 3 day prego because at my fetal medicine dr. thought my bp was to high and my protein is getting higher every week. I get a 24urine done every monday. But what gets me mad is my gyn Dr. stated she would still treat me from home because I can be on bed reset and my bp and... Read More

I knew something was wrong when the nurse took my blood pressure twice during my

Posted On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 By Janice

I knew something was wrong when the nurse took my blood pressure twice during my 28 week visit. After taking my blood pressure the second time the nurse walked out of the office without even mentioning what my pressure was. My Ob then walked into the room shaking his head. My Ob then explained that my blood pressure was elevated and there was protien found in my urine and directed me and my partner into his office. While sitting in his office my Ob stated that I would have to be admitted into the hospital and that I would need to go to labor and delivery because elevated blood pressure during pregnancy could be potentially life threatening. Because I did not feel any of the sympyoms related... Read More

I wasn't due to have my son until August 4, 2009 but on June 19th

Posted On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 By Theresa

I wasn't due to have my son until August 4, 2009 but on June 19th I started to feel extremely dizzy and had a headache that didn't go away. On a run I made to a local CVS to pick up a prescription, I decided to check my blood pressure at the little station they have next to the pharmacy while I waited. The first reading was 165/100, but I thought it was wrong, so I did it again. It was still the same. I hadn't heard too much about preeclampsia, so I wasn't too worried. I gave the on call doctor a call when I got home, and was told to come in, just to be monitored and make sure everything's okay, just in case the reading was wrong. I waited about an hour to call a friend to take... Read More

Hello,Not sure how to exactly start this but here I go...I wanted a baby not

Posted On Sunday, January 10, 2010 By Alison

Hello,Not sure how to exactly start this but here I go...I wanted a baby not too long after I got married. After waiting over a year, my husband and I decided to start trying to get pregnant. I started reading several books on "how to conceive quickly" and after charting my temperatures and completing ovulation predictor kits that is exactly what happened..I conceived within 4 months. My husband and I were so excited! I held my breath at every doctor's appointment as, like every Mother, I wanted everything to be perfect. I was born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate, so I knew I would be faced with a slight possibility of my infant being born with the same facial anomaly. I took high... Read More

i wanted to share this letter my partner wrote to our families after our wild

Posted On Saturday, December 12, 2009 By josie

i wanted to share this letter my partner wrote to our families after our wild experience of birth... Hi loved ones, Finnally i get to a "something" (this computer) to contact people and let you know a little bit about what has been happening with the birth of our son. He was born on the 21/7/2008 at 9:11pm, monday night. We have named him "Jalahyn Jalaki" (for now, if we don't change our minds again) which means "rainbow bird" in Bundjulung (an aboriginal tribe). This name extends from the land, on which josie and i fell in love only 11 months ago. It has been a big 11 months.. ... Read More

Hello. My name is La Teasha Wallen. November 22 nd 2009 was when i found

Posted On Friday, December 11, 2009 By la teasha

Hello. My name is La Teasha Wallen. November 22 nd 2009 was when i found out that i had preeclampsia.     I was home one that Sunday and i just wanted to sleep. i was tired and haad chores in my house to do. My oldest son (La Twan) asked if i felt ok. i saild "Mama is just so tired". He asked me if i wanted him to go and wash clothes for me and i said,"only if you want to" and he said, "yes". I said,"ok". So he washed our clothes and dried them then came home. I was very very very proud of him. He made my day. i went back off to sleep and a few hours went by and my son put a glass of water on my night table for when i wake up to drink. i woke up and asked him if he put... Read More

My life with HELLP Syndrome begins on November 27, 2002. I was feeling great, no

Posted On Friday, December 11, 2009 By Paula

My life with HELLP Syndrome begins on November 27, 2002. I was feeling great, no real problems. Suddenly at 10PM while my husband and I watch the evening news, I suddenly became what some might say was a scene right out of the Exorcist. I began violently vomitting all over. As I tried to make it to the bathroom, I was thinking, "I must have food poisoning?" After 20 minutes of the vomitting I was able to go back to bed, and sleep somewhat comfortably. The next morning, I felt fluish. I called my OB. She said to rest, drink 15ml of Gatorade every 15 minutes. If I was not better to call the following day when the office was open. Well after a long day and night sleeping, while my husband and... Read More

Hi everyone- I lost my son Jett when I was 7 1/2 months pregnant due

Posted On Saturday, October 03, 2009 By Danelle

Hi everyone- I lost my son Jett when I was 7 1/2 months pregnant due to eclampsia. I was having sever pitting edema in my legs and facial edema. Everyone kept saying this was normal swelling for pregnancy. I was in between ob appts and checked my bp and it was like 210/116, I went to the ER and when they did the ultrasound Jett was already gone. I had the protienuria but can't even remember my numbers. He died on 2/13/07. My bp stayed elevated and had to go back a few times for mag and was placed on some bp meds. No follow up testing was done as to why it occurred or any residuals. I ended up pregnant 6 months later with my daughter. I started developing signs with her but was more... Read More

Hello My name is Jill and I am so excited to have found this organization

Posted On Thursday, October 01, 2009 By Karl

Hello! My name is Jill and I am so excited to have found this organization that I never knew existed!  It's nice to know that I'm not "the only one".  I'm convinced that my pre-e started when I was entering my 2nd trimester.  I kept reading stories about it and researched it and presented all of this to my Dr. at  the time.  He kept saying " no you don't have that". I was convinced though with my elevating bp's, swollen body, and weight gain (i'm talking at least 5 lbs a week towards the end).  He just kept telling me to eliminate salt from my diet-which I ended up doing with no results.  During the 3rd trimester I started going in for non-stress tests due... Read More

When I had my first child I was never informed that I had any complications.

Posted On Tuesday, September 29, 2009 By Angela

When I had my first child I was never informed that I had any complications.  After having my second child I realized I had preeclampsia.  I had the swollen face, feet and hands and high blood pressure.  I was 12 days past due and when they went to break my water there was nothing there.  Fortunately, I had my first child vaginally and without any other complications.  I loved the whole process of being pregnant and giving birth.  The second child, however, was not as pleasant.At about 28 weeks into my second pregnancy I remember telling my mother-in-law, "I am not enjoying this anymore."  My feet were swollen like elephant legs and I just... Read More

Hi there. My name is Christina. I have recently lost my son. I was diagnosed

Posted On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 By

Hi there. My name is Christina. I have recently lost my son. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia about 5 weeks ago and it turned into HELLP. It has been two weeks now since I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He weighed 1 pound and 1oz. He was 11 and a half inches long and looked so much like his daddy. I was 23 weeks and 1 day. We named him Zac Phillip Alphones Ducharme. It all started one morning I woke up and noticed my face was a little puffy. I wasn't too worried but I went to the hospital to my doctor anyways. First of all I live in a small town so when we found out my blood pressure was high, he sent me to the nearest city where I had a baby doctor. I was in the hospital for... Read More

We had just moved into our newly built house a couple of months before my

Posted On Tuesday, March 02, 2010 By

We had just moved into our newly built house a couple of months before my baby shower.  My best friend was giving me a baby shower for our third son. I had gotten rid of the smaller clothes from our previous boys, so she decided to give me a shower at my house so that we could just show off the house and have a quaint shower. I had hired a couple of women to help paint a design in the nursery, so they were finishing up on a Saturday morning. One of the toilets in the bathrooms wasn't working, so we hired our plumber back for some more work. The Friday night before, I felt really bad and had just received a phone call from my grandmother telling me about someone who just had their... Read More

I developed high blood pressure in my 5th month of pregnancy. I was put on

Posted On Tuesday, December 01, 2009 By Brandie

I developed high blood pressure in my 5th month of pregnancy. I was put on high blood pressure medicine and eventually it stopped working. Before pregnancy I had low blood pressure and did everything I was suppose to. I was on my 3rd 24 hour urine in the ER and then officially had toxemia aka preeclampsia. I turned 32 weeks and developed HELLP Syndrome. Grace Addilyn Broussard came into the world at 32 weeks, 2 lbs 8oz and 15 3/4 inches long. It was on Good Friday, April 10, 2009. I am still wondering why my placenta was small and her umbilical cord was a normal size. Also, I want to learn more about the risks of developing preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome again, with other... Read More

I have had issues with hereditary hypertension for over a decade. Prior to becoming pregnant

Posted On Sunday, November 29, 2009 By Stephanie

I have had issues with hereditary hypertension for over a decade. Prior to becoming pregnant I worked with my doctors to find medications that would treat my hypertension buy not harm my baby. I planned for about a year before becoming pregnant.My hypertension issues continued through my pregnancy and I was exhausted/sick every day despite resting a lot and trying so hard to take care of myself. My blood pressure was well under control until around the 20th week. I was hospitalized for high blood pressure that week and released a few days later. In the 22nd week I started swelling, which I hadn't done at all prior to that point. By the beginning of week 23 the protein in my... Read More

I was pregnant at 19 years of age. My first two trimesters were a breeze.

Posted On Sunday, November 22, 2009 By Kristen

I was pregnant at 19 years of age. My first two trimesters were a breeze. I only had a few experience of morning sickness, five at the most. I was gaining weight at a good rate and everything looked great. All the normal tests came back with excellent results. I went in for my routine biweekly check up on my 29th week I believe and the doctor noticed my blood pressure a little high and sent me to the lab for some tests. A few days later I was in labor and delivery for bleeding and minor contractions. They sent me home that day and I was scheduled for an ultra sound to check the placement of the placenta a few days later. Everything looked okay but they continued to monitor my blood... Read More

Hello, my name is Natasha and I was 20 years

Posted On Friday, November 20, 2009 By

    Hello, my name is Natasha and I was 20 years old when I formed Preeclampsia. I had never even heard of this disease when I got it and I didn't know how bad it was going to get. It started when I was 33 weeks pregnant and I went to the hospital because I felt a rush of liquid go down my leg. I was frightened so I called my nurse and she told me to come to the hospital to get checked out. The liquid was just urine, I guess I lost control of my bladder late in pregnancy, but something else alarmed the doctors. My blood pressure was 189/100 and rising. They sent me home that night and had me do a 24 hr. urine test. When I came back to the hospital to return the... Read More

Looking back, I see very clearly just how much I was unaware of when I

Posted On Thursday, November 19, 2009 By Angelica

Looking back, I see very clearly just how much I was unaware of when I had my second child. Although I'd been pregnant before and knew a little about preeclampsia, I really didn't want to admit that I had it. Frankly, I just didn't -- even when they started me on an IV with magnesium sulfate. Denial is a dangerous thing.My story: I wasn't due for another OB checkup until Friday and was feeling fine. At 37 weeks at a Monday allergy shot appointment, on a fortuitous whim I ask if the nurse can take my blood pressure.  Imagine my (and the nurse's) surprise and concern when it was ~165/110. I call my midwife who has me come in, checks my BP, has me lounge around, checks it again,... Read More

Hi Everybody. I would like to share my story with you... My Baby Girl born

Posted On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 By Virginia

Hi Everybody. I would like to share my story with you... My Baby Girl born on May 14th. I had unplanned C section. Her shoulder was stock and her heartbeat stopped Dr decided to have a C section. After delivery i stayed in the Hospital 3 days. I came back home 2 days later i had headache and my body was swollen like crazy. I checked my blood pressure it was 160 - 110. I could not believe it. I have low blood pressure in my life and all my pregnancy period. I checked couple times and then i called the hospital where i had my baby. And they told me to go closest emergency. I... Read More

During my second pregnancy at age 31 miscarried first child at age 19 everything started

Posted On Friday, October 16, 2009 By Danielle

During my second pregnancy at age 31( miscarried first child at age 19) everything started out pretty well. I was very concerned I would miscarry again though so I paying attention to everything, during my pregnancy I had some pain later found out it was normal " round ligament " pain so I was very relieved and decided not to worry so much. I had always had low BP and knew that during pregnancy my BP should stay low because I worked in a pharmacy and had healthcare experience. Every other day I would check my BP at the pharmacy on the public BP machine, I started noticing my BP slowly going up not down. When I went to my prenatal check up I was in the waiting room and noticed my feet were... Read More

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Posted On Sunday, October 11, 2009 By Zoila

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I was 19 years old and pregnant with my first child. The first 7 months

Posted On Friday, October 09, 2009 By Tiffany

I was 19 years old and pregnant with my first child. The first 7 months of my pregnancy went by with no complications. Then I began to have a bit of swelling in my feet, which my doctor attributed to both the pregnancy and the summer heat. I was told to simply prop my feet up as much as I could throughout the day to help. However as my pregnancy progressed, my feet and even legs would become very swollen, even in the morning after I had been asleep for hours. The doctor did not seem worried though, so neither did I. Finally in my 35th week of pregnancy, a regular routine doctor visit showed that my blood pressure was a little high. The doctor was again not concerned and did not give... Read More

This was my first pregnancy at 36 years old. I took my vitamins, ate healthy,

Posted On Sunday, October 04, 2009 By Kirsten

This was my first pregnancy at 36 years old. I took my vitamins, ate healthy, walked fairly regularly for exercise and was taking the Bradley Method classes with my husband for a better pregnancy and delivery. I was obviously so excited to be pregnant and tried my best to be as healthy as possible. The one negative I see was that I worked full time at a new very stressful job.I had slightly elevated blood pressure at my prenatal visits, but was always told by the midwives that it was just something to watch but nothing to worry about. There was never any protein in my urine all along. Then somewhere about 24 weeks I started getting really swollen in my ankles,... Read More

After an almost healthy first pregnancy I was not so concerned about a trip to

Posted On Sunday, October 04, 2009 By Esther

After an almost healthy first pregnancy I was not so concerned about a trip to the hospital for upper right side pain in the 35th week. It was June 4, 2009, a Thursday. I met a friend at the hospital because my boyfriend was going to another hospital to see his sister, who had just had a stillborn at 40 wks. I was not too concerned but my boyfriend begged me to go. I think he was nervous about what was going on with his sister and wanted to be extra cautious. Well nobody in triage was really paying attention to me until my b.p. result said 185/90.The nurse tested it again and it was 179/105. The nurse quickly got a dr. I was not at my normal hospital and I was very scared. The dr did an... Read More

During my last trimester , I experienced constant pain/discomfort in my upper abdomen. After telling

Posted On Wednesday, December 09, 2009 By laura

During my last trimester , I experienced constant pain/discomfort in my upper abdomen. After telling my doctor on several occasions, she dismissed it and said that it was the baby pushing up into my rib cage. The last three to four weeks of my pregnancy, the same doctor noted that my BP was high but didn't make it seem like it was a big deal. She merely asked if I had been having headaches, which I had not. I was , however, still experiencing this pain in the abdomen and I had been nauseous and vomiting. I thought I had a stomach flu . Again, all of this was dismissed by my doctor. On the evening of my due date, the pain in my abdomen was so extreme, I knew something was... Read More

Hello My name is Annette from CT I am 23 yrs old. Over the past

Posted On Sunday, November 08, 2009 By Annette

Hello! My name is Annette from CT I am 23 yrs old. Over the past yrs I have had 2 miscarriages. I have one beautiful surviving child that is four years old. I was recently 33 weeks pregnant. I had been having really bad headaches so I told the doctor about it. They checked my blood pressure and my urine, my blood pressure was high and urine had protein in it. At that point they had me do the 24 hr urine test. On Friday, October 23, 2009 at 9am I went to drop my 24hr urine test. Then the doctor's sent me for blood work. The nurse said if I don't receive a call is because all the results will be fine. I never received a called so I assumed the results where fine. Tuesday, October 27, 2009... Read More

The story is of my daughter and my beautiful grandson. My daughter only found out

Posted On Sunday, November 08, 2009 By Danielle

The story is of my daughter and my beautiful grandson. My daughter only found out that she was pregnant when she was 4 1/2 months pregnant, due to an abusive relationship. Luckily we had to move in with her and that's when she found out. For four weeks we are all pretty happy feeling the baby kick, starting to make plans, found a house for all of us to move into and all the normal things you do when you are starting to get ready for a baby.The fifth week my daughter and I went for her appointment with the doctor, flag one the blood pressure was up, flag two she had protein in her urine, flag three he was sending her downstairs for further blood tests STAT, I knew right then and... Read More

Hello my name is Andrea...my story is a little long but I do hope you

Posted On Wednesday, November 04, 2009 By Andrea

Hello my name is Andrea...my story is a little long but I do hope you read it till the end. After trying for 4 years to conceive a child withouth any luck, we decided to looking into the possibility of infertility. After numerous testing, we found out that my husband has a low motility problem. We were told that IVF would probably be the only way we would be able to get pregnant. Unfortunately our insurance doe not cover IVF so we asked what our other options were. We were told we could 'try' IUI. I asked what the percentage of what he thought we would be pregnant with IUI would be and were told 5%. We figured that was better then nothing and after trying for 4 years whats a few more... Read More

I thought I was the most normal person ever to have a baby. I went

Posted On Sunday, September 27, 2009 By Adrienne

I thought I was the most normal person ever to have a baby. I went one day over my due date and went to the MD and realized my BP was 160/90 and had +2 protein. Long story short...Was induced at 6pm and had baby at 2am.Pre-labs were normal.Post-partum labs were abnormal.Had HELLP with kidney failure. I did not need to have dialysis. My creatinine went up to 4.1, platelets went to 24, HCT 21, difficult to control bp, And so forth. I am now having difficulties with my kidneys. I am spilling protein 700+ from my 24 hour urine. My nephrologist states I have glomerulonephritis and states to not have children right now. I am 15 months post-partum and am very... Read More

i also was very sick from day one. my first pregnancy was great no problems.

Posted On Sunday, September 27, 2009 By Clarissa

i also was very sick from day one. my first pregnancy was great no problems. this one, it seemed like i was always sick and just getting sicker. i told my obgyn i just didnt feel right and thought something was wrong. they took so many tests and told me i was fine everything was normal. i had the high bp from 7 months on, i had the protein in my urine, the swollen feet hands and face, again it was normal. at 6 months my morning sickness stopped and then came back at 8 months. my inner self was telling me something was not right. i felt like my dr just wouldnt listen to me. my first born is now 7 so i thought well maybe its been so long i forgot what it was like to be pregnant. i was 36... Read More

I was 29 when I had my first child. It was an uneventful pregnancy. Not

Posted On Saturday, September 26, 2009 By

I was 29 when I had my first child. It was an uneventful pregnancy. Not only did I not have any problems with the pregnancy, but he came at just the right time to suit my work schedule. I remarried and recently had my second child at the age of 38. I developed pregnancy-induced hypertension which slowly progressed to preeclampsia. I was put on modified bedrest and eventually admitted to the antepartum unit with the anticipation that I would stay at the hospital until the baby needed to be delivered...every additional day was to the baby's advantage. I was in the antepartum unit less than 2 days when I progressed to severe preeeclampsia and went into respiratory failure. I was quickly... Read More

I just wanted to share my story with everyone who comes to this site.I was

Posted On Tuesday, November 17, 2009 By Leah

I just wanted to share my story with everyone who comes to this site.I was very lucky with the circumstances of my pregnancy and delivery. I didn't realize back then how dangerous preeclampsia could get. I was only 18 years old when I conceived. I had been off birth control for several months. It wasn't a planned pregnancy but the situation was supposed to be, if it happens it happens. I should have thought more about that at the time although I would never trade my daughter in for anything, still, when you're 18 you're still just growing up yourself and then some. Plus I was not married.I didn't know I was pregnant for about 4 months.... Read More

By Kelsie Thirtyacre Some days I can only carry the groceries halfway up the stairs

Posted On Friday, November 13, 2009 By Susan

By Kelsie Thirtyacre

Some days I can only carry the groceries halfway up the stairs to our apartment before the leg pain prevents me from taking another step. That

i had my daughter in 2005. i was unaware of this condition but have had,

Posted On Friday, November 13, 2009 By Angie

i had my daughter in 2005. i was unaware of this condition but have had, altho never really treated before pregnant, high bp. i went in to see my dr. for my 36 wk check up and for cultures. my bp was thru the roof and he noticed my legs and feet were very swollen, which they had been for some time but i just thought that was part of being preg. and wasnt really that concerned just tried to keep my feet up as much as possible. but when he saw how high my bp was and the swelling he immediately told me that i was to go to the hospital admitting. that they would try to get my bp under control and that i was going to have a baby in 24 hrs. my jaw hit the floor i was not ready i had just had my... Read More

I had severe eclampsia with my second child, fathered from a different man

Posted On Friday, October 09, 2009 By Michelle

I had severe eclampsia with my second child, fathered from a different man than my first child.  With my son I had no complications at all and delivered naturally at 37 weeks. WIrh my second child, my BP was slowly going up at each doctor visit starting around the 20th week and my hands, feet and face began to swell.  The doctor I was seeing did not seem to really worry about it so neither did I.  I did not know the signs and really what ... Read More

Hola Buenas noches Mi nombre es Cynthia tengo 28 a

Posted On Friday, October 09, 2009 By Yolanda

Hola Buenas noches!! Mi nombre es Cynthia tengo 28 a

4:53:43 PM Thursday, October 08, 2009MY NAME IS MARIBEL LOPEZ AND I

Posted On Thursday, October 08, 2009 By Doris

 4:53:43 PM  Thursday, October 08, 2009MY NAME IS MARIBEL LOPEZ AND I AM 23 YEARS OLD. I LOST MY BABY GIRL HAILEY GRACE AT 26 WEEKS GESTATION DUE TO PREECLAMPSIA. WHEN I FIRST FOUND OUT ABOUT MY BABY GIRLS EXISTANCE I WAS 09 WEEKS.. I WAS 22.. AND ME AND HER FATHER WERENT EXACTLY PREPARED FOR A BABY BUT SHE CAME UNEXPECTEDLY. WE DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO TELL OUR FAMILIES. WHEN I TOLD THEM THEY RESPONDED IN A MANNER THAT THEY WERENT EXCITED AS I WAS. MY MOM WAS ALSO HAVING HER BABY BUT SHE WAS AHEAD OF ME BY 3 MONTHS. WE WENT THRU STRESS BECAUSE OUR FAMILIES DIDNT ACCEPT THE LOVE WE MADE. AND IT WAS AFFECTING ME. I WAS VERY HAPPY... Read More

I was 26 years old when I got pregnant with my first child. I was

Posted On Saturday, October 03, 2009 By Sarah

I was 26 years old when I got pregnant with my first child. I was an average weight and healthy. Everything seemed to be fine with my pregnancy for the first two trimesters. At my 26 week appointment my blood pressure had gone up higher than normal I believe it was about 130/85. Not to high but higher than it had been throughout my pregnancy. I went in for my 28 week appointment and was excited to be in the third trimester. My blood pressure was high this time I believe it was 150/94. The doctor had me do a urine test with a dip stick and I drew a 3+. She sent me over to labor and delievery at the hospital to do some more tests and have an ultrasound. My blood pressure dropped back into the... Read More

I had never heard of preeclampsia before my son was born. This is our story.

Posted On Tuesday, October 06, 2009 By Andrea

I had never heard of preeclampsia before my son was born. This is our story. I had spent most of my life waiting to have a natural childbirth. All I wanted was to feel the pain of childbirth and ALL of it. The night before my lil'peanut was born, I felt like I had the flu. I didn't think anything of it because I thought it was just normal pregnancy symptoms. My body ached, I felt nautious, my head hurt, etc. I went in for a non-stress test and ultrasound that morning, and was sent over to labor and delivery.It was explained my blood pressure is high and their are proteins in my urine. I didn't know what they meant when they said severe preeclampsia. They explained that they... Read More

First and foremost I would like to start off by saying that I am very

Posted On Tuesday, October 06, 2009 By Jenefer

First and foremost I would like to start off by saying that I am very overwhelmed to have found this website. Its good to know that I dont have to live in silence anymore. That there are others out there like me, I'm not alone. I am a 21 year old female and a survivor of preeclampsia. I am the mother of three. My first two pregnancies were perfect, my last one was off to a great start until my 4th month check up. Everything appeared to be fine. I thought that the swelling in my feet and hands were typical pregnancy issues, maybe because I was at my heaviest with this pregnancy. But then I realized that I had gained 12 pounds in one month. There was also a concern... Read More

When I married my husband the U.S. Air Force moved us 5 hours from my

Posted On Saturday, June 19, 2010 By

My oldest daughter was born when I was only 16 years old. I had preeclampsia

Posted On Thursday, June 17, 2010 By

My oldest daughter was born when I was only 16 years old. I had preeclampsia with the pregnancy that was attributed to my age. Eight years later I became pregnant with my second daughter. I was nervous about having complications due to high blood pressure but was assured by my doctor that it only happened with the first pregnancy due to my young age at the time.My second pregnancy was great. A few days prior to going into labor I did experience a small amount of swelling. My labor went flawlessly. We went home with our new daughter and things were going great. On her 6th day, my husband went back to work. He called during the day to check on me and I was crying because my... Read More

My daughter was born on February 20, 1990. I was 20 years old and

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2010 By

My daughter was born on February 20, 1990.  I was 20 years old and in excellent physical condition at the time of my pregnancy.  The last three weeks before I was due I was getting terrible headaches, had protein in my urine, swelling hands/feet/face and my blood pressure was very high.  I woke up early the morning of 2/18/90 and had horrible pain.  I had never given birth or been through labor so I thought that was what the pain was from.  Upon further examination it turned out to be my liver that was causing the pain. The following two days were spent in the hospital getting my cervix ready and inducing labor.  My labor was not progressing, I only... Read More

I was diagnosed with preeclampsia no symptoms other than a little raised blood pressure and

Posted On Friday, June 11, 2010 By

I was diagnosed with preeclampsia no symptoms other than a little raised blood pressure and signs of elevated sugar I guess. I don't remember. I was young when I was pregnant at 19 years old with my first child survived. At 23 with my second child survived, the same hospital delivered. I was very well taken care of both times and went full term no complications and I was monitored very well.I look back after going through preeclampsia at 40 years old with major symptoms and with horrible care I received. This time my arms ached every second. I couldn't take the pain. I used a heating pad at all times on my arms. I was extremely nervous and anxious at all times. My skin was burning... Read More

I had a rough start to my first pregnancy with hyperemesis severe nausea/vomiting and constant

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 By

I had a rough start to my first pregnancy with hyperemesis (severe nausea/vomiting) and constant diarrhea (caused by Crohn's disease, then undiagnosed). So I thought pregnancy was pretty rough. I kept looking forward to that middle trimester everyone talks about, but it never seemed to arrive!Around twenty-seven weeks I went shopping with my mother and bought some slippers and pyjamas for the hospital. I remember thinking it odd that I needed medium size slippers (my feet are usually small/extra small!) but thought it was just that the shop stocked smaller shoes than average. I knew I was a bit swollen, but didn't think it was that bad, and put it down to an early third trimester.... Read More

I am a mother who suffered from Preeclampsia with all three of my children. Malaysia

Posted On Wednesday, March 31, 2010 By

I am a mother who suffered from Preeclampsia with all three of my children. Malaysia born May 21, 2005 was born at 32 weeks gestation. I was 105 lbs when I first got pregnant. By the 29th week I was 160 lbs and bp was 150/100. I went back the next week and was 180 lbs, my feet were swollen to the point that I could not wear my regular shoe. My feet felt like they weighed 10 lbs each. I felt dizzy and had severe migraines every day. The doctor told me to stay off of my feet and ordered me to come back the next week, by the time I went back I had gained 20lbs and was 200 lbs. I had elevated enzymes and my urine was was dark brown. The doctor immediately put me in the hospital where my... Read More

It all started Thursday May 13, 2010. It was a day that would forever change

Posted On Wednesday, September 08, 2010 By

It all started Thursday May 13, 2010. It was a day that would forever change my life and the way I look at things. The day before I had a scheduled ultrasound to look at how my baby was growing because I was very small for how far along I was. I had only gained 10 pounds and I was already at week 30. Everything seemed to check out fine and the only thing the ultrasound tech could find was that my little boy was just small for his gestational age. That would all change Thursday when I woke up around 7:00AM when my boyfriend left for work and I was clutching my side in pain, but figured I would try to sleep it off for a few more hours. I woke up around 9:00AM... Read More

I was diagnosed with Preeclampsia when I was in my 26th week. I woke

Posted On Tuesday, September 07, 2010 By

Hi,Actually I'm looking for ways to prevent preeclampsia from happening again in subsequent pregnancy. My

Posted On Sunday, September 05, 2010 By

Hi,Actually I'm looking for ways to prevent preeclampsia from happening again in subsequent pregnancy. My preeclampsia story began during my first pregnancy with my dear son in 2004. He died in the womb at 28 weeks. At that time I didn't know anything about preeclampsia. Then when I got pregnant again with my 2nd son in 2005, I was referred to a specialist. He prescribed me to take aspirin (not sure already the dose), and thanks God, hypertension and preeclampsia did not recur. I deliver my 2nd through c-section as the baby was in distress after long time in labor at 36 weeks (induced). The doctor induced me at 36 weeks as she was afraid my bp will shoot high at later stage. Then when I... Read More

I've always dreamed of the day I would have my first child. I envisioned everyone

Posted On Sunday, March 28, 2010 By

I've always dreamed of the day I would have my first child. I envisioned everyone waiting with anticipation in the waiting room...my husband by my side seeing the miracle of birth and then telling everyone "It's a girl" or "It's a boy". Well, it basically didn't go the way "I" had planned. Here is my story:First I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Kim. I have been married to my best friend for over 7 years. I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter and I'm a NICU nurse at a level III hospital in the Chicagoland area. I am truly blessed and grateful for all I've been given.My husband and I started trying to conceive when I was 32. We had a hard time getting pregnant, so we... Read More

It was January 5, 2009. I was 26 weeks pregnant and I had just

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2010 By

It was January 5, 2009.  I was 26 weeks pregnant and I had just had a blah day at work.  I bought something quick and easy to make for dinner, went home and took a nap.  Around 6:30 pm, right after I put dinner in the oven, the pains started.  I would have thought nothing of them, it was just a weird feeling at top of my abdomen, but something told me that it wasn't good.  I made a deal that if they didn't go away within ten minutes, I would call my husband and tell him to rush home so I could go to the hospital.  Five minutes later, they were still there and I didn't wait to call him.  He was close to home so we were able to rush to the hospital right... Read More

My husband and I were married in June 2006. Right before our two year anniversary

Posted On Monday, March 08, 2010 By Diana

My husband and I were married in June 2006. Right before our two year anniversary we found out I was pregnant. We were so excited as it would be the first grandchild on his family's side and the third on my side. I was 27 years old, 5'1, 105lbs and the spitting image of health. I thought I'd sail right through this pregnancy.All my OB appointments went great and I never had any issues or cause for concern. I was 30 weeks along when I got up one morning to go to work. All was well until I started driving. All of a sudden I got really dizzy and lightheaded. I felt like I was going to pass out. Luckily I was able to pull over and call my husband. Knowing that something... Read More

Six months after getting married, I found out I was pregnant. The day I confirmed

Posted On Thursday, September 02, 2010 By

Six months after getting married, I found out I was pregnant. The day I confirmed my pregnancy with a blood test, I lost the pregnancy. I was devastated. One week after my miscarriage, I went in for a routine followup. My blood pressure was elevated. My doctor assumed it was because of the trauma from the miscarriage. I continued to monitor my blood pressure at home and had bimonthly doctor visits for the next six weeks. My blood pressure returned to normal and was told we could try to conceive again. Six months after my miscarriage I found I was pregnant again. This time I had a completely normal pregnancy. Only once during the pregnancy did I have elevated protein in my urine. I... Read More

My pregnancy was going ok until around 24 weeks when I started to get edema

Posted On Thursday, September 02, 2010 By

My pregnancy was going ok until around 24 weeks when I started to get edema in my legs and feet. The edema got so bad I couldn't kneel down or cross my legs without being in severe pain. I could only wear sandals because other shoes hurt so bad. If I pushed the skin on my shin with my finger, the indentation would stay there for a while. Every time I visited the doctor, my blood pressure was elevated. I never had protein in my urine when I visited the doctor. When we got to the hospital the day of labor, they did some blood tests. My midwife came back and said I had preeclampsia and that I had to be put on magnesium sulfate to prevent seizures. I was at 38.5 weeks. I ended up with a... Read More

I was 19 years old, never drank or did drugs was an amazing student athlete

Posted On Wednesday, September 01, 2010 By

I was 19 years old, never drank or did drugs was an amazing student athlete in the best shape of my life playing collegiate volleyball when I got pregnant. Like I said I was healthy, took care of myself although young was very responsible and had good prenatal care. Throughout my pregnancy my blood pressure and health were good. I am 41 now and this was some 20 years ago but it all started a few days before my due date. I do remember the only sign of trouble early on was that via sonogram the baby was small for my gestational stage. At one point when I asked the sex they seemed to be overly concerned with the size but didn't relay there alarm well as I assumed everything was fine.... Read More

My son was born on August 11, 2009 due to severe Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.

Posted On Wednesday, September 01, 2010 By

My son was born on August 11, 2009 due to severe Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. During the beginning of my pregnancy, I had always felt like something was wrong, but no one would listen. Not family nor doctors. They just believed I was complaining about everything and that my symptoms were normal pregnancy symptoms. So naturally i started to believe what everyone was saying. I believed that the things that I was experiencing were normal and they are : Severe Swelling, Very Nauseous, and constant Pain. So one afternoon I was feeling really really sick. I was throwing up which i hadn't done all pregnancy..and feeling very dizzy and I couldn't move. So I had my mom take me to the hospital.... Read More

My daughter, who is 22, started getting PIH Pregnancy Induced Hypertension when she was 4

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 By

My daughter, who is 22, started getting PIH (Pregnancy Induced Hypertension) when she was 4 months pregnant. Her OB had her on 600mg a day of labetalol, which kept her stable until her 38th week. Her BP was 170/130, so she had to have an emergency c-section. That was April 8th. Still today, April 19th, she has high blood pressure and she is breast feeding. Her labetalol isn't working any longer. We tried aldomet also. Has anyone been told you can't breastfeed being on lisinopril? I have yet to find literature that says you can, but her OB insists she take it. I am a nurse at U of M and have talked with multiple doctor's out there. There is not one that says they would prescribe... Read More

I had a wonderful, easy first pregnancy until around thirty weeks when I started having

Posted On Saturday, March 20, 2010 By Noel

I had a wonderful, easy first pregnancy until around thirty weeks when I started having episodes of racing heartbeat and shortness of breath. I also started swelling quite a bit. My OB said my symptoms were just normal pregnancy stuff and that I shouldn't worry. At my 34 week checkup, I had gained ten pounds in two weeks. My blood pressure was up a little, but "not enough to be concerning." However, because I was obviously having trouble breathing, he gave me samples of an allergy medicine and told me to come back on Friday. That Friday, at 35 weeks even, I had gained another four pounds in three days, was dipping +3 protein, and had a headache and spots in my vision as... Read More

I found out I had HELLP Syndrome at 34 weeks pregnant with my first child.

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2010 By Jessica

I found out I had HELLP Syndrome at 34 weeks pregnant with my first child. I was late to my doctor's appointment that day due to Upper Gastric Pain being so intense. My boyfriend took me to my doctor's office where they took one look at me and walked me right over to the hospital which happened to be next door. I was so severe I had 4 nurses assigned to me, the on-call doctor for my office, 2 other doctors from my office and 2 anesthesiologists before, during and after the delivery. I was so swollen that the anesthesiologist had to try 3 different times to get in the spinal for the surgery. The delivery itself was over within 8 minutes and the baby came out beautifully. The baby was a... Read More

I had successfully delivered my first child in 2005, with a long and incredibly strenuous

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2010 By Victoria

I had successfully delivered my first child in 2005, with a long and incredibly strenuous labor and vacuum assistance in a Scandinavian country. I was 24. I had learned of preeclampsia while studying for my degree in Dietetics a few years earlier and knew the facts. In my first pregnancy I had low blood pressure, so much so that I lost consciousness a few times. I thought that would make me one of the last people to ever come down with preeclampsia. I was wrong...In 2006, we were expecting our second daughter while we were living overseas in Turkey due to my husband's military assignment. With a program called Stork Nesting, I was transferred at 35 weeks to a... Read More

My story is one that I wish I had read when

Posted On Tuesday, March 09, 2010 By Annie

    My story is one that I wish I had read when I visited this website after receiving my diagnosis of preeclampsia. I was 31 weeks pregnant with my third child and was found to have protein in my urine and high blood pressure. I had no overt symptoms and was very lucky to have caught this due to good prenatal care.  I was immediately placed on bed rest and began 6 weeks of complete couch and bed time. My only trips out of the house were to attend four weekly visits to conduct labs, "non-stress" (which were often very stressful for me and my husband) tests, ultrasounds, and physician visits. While under bed rest I sought to find out more about... Read More

I got pregnant by accident when I was 20 years old. After the shock of

Posted On Monday, March 08, 2010 By Desirae

I got pregnant by accident when I was 20 years old. After the shock of being pregnant everyone was all excited. I decided to move to my parents house, take a semester off after the baby came, and finish school after that since I only had 2 semester of college left. I knew about Preeclampsia but just as a term that doctors through out at me since I was high risk. Never thought it would happen, or that anyone has to go through this. At 24 weeks, I had a bad chest pain. Went to the ER and because of my blood disorder they checked everything out first to make sure it wasn't a clot in my lungs. I got sent to one of the best hospitals in the state but was so scared. I just... Read More

What I am going to describe is my first and only pregnancy so far. Nathan

Posted On Monday, March 08, 2010 By Julie

What I am going to describe is my first and only pregnancy so far. Nathan was not planned, but that is not important!From around 5 to 6 weeks pregnant I could not stop being sick. At this point I did not realize I was pregnant; I was used to my period being a week or so late every so often. It was the bane of my life being so sick! I would have to take a couple of days off work from my job as a nurse to lay on the settee with a bucket near me. The sickness weakened me. Although I vomited a lot, I did have days off when I would not be sick at all, so in hindsight it was not all that bad.At around 9 to 10 weeks I went to see my GP after I found on the Clearblue test that I was... Read More

My name is Diana G. but everyone knows me as Dee. I was 23 years

Posted On Thursday, August 26, 2010 By Diana

My name is Diana G. but everyone knows me as Dee. I was 23 years old, when I got pregnant. I was in good health and in decent shape. I thought I took the necessary precautions (pregnancy vitamins, monthly doctor visits, normal weight gain until the 5th month.) At six months, my doctor and I started noticing an abnormal weight gain. I had gone from gaining 2-3 lbs, to gaining 9lbs my sixth month and 10 lbs my 7th month. At my 28th week visit, the doctor noticed my blood pressure was high, but she thought it was because of the walk from the parking lot to her office. We also noticed that I had lost my ankles. They were beyond swollen, but again we assumed it was because of the walk and heat.... Read More

My Story - Elissa First, I should probably start off by saying when this all

Posted On Wednesday, August 25, 2010 By

My Story - Elissa

First, I should probably start off by saying when this all happened it was my due date (2nd August) and at 4pm that evening I was over the field running around with the dog trying to bring labor on. I felt 100% healthy and had been out shopping the morning too.

I was at home watching the TV with my mam (we were watching the cottage, I remember how daft the movie was) and I started to feel unsettled it was as if I couldn't

Hi. My name is Heather. This story is about my daughter Chloe Leann..... My husband

Posted On Sunday, August 22, 2010 By

Hi. My name is Heather. This story is about my daughter Chloe Leann..... My husband and I found out we were pregnant in October and were excited and scared this pregnancy was not planned but we were happy. In November I had my first appointment and found out I was 8 weeks and everything was good. 12 weeks we had our first ultrasound everything looked good. I was extremely sick for the first 5 months of my pregnancy. I had morning sickness which was really every two hours sickness and had severe migraines so the doctor gave me some meds for the headaches. My doctor never seemed worried. So around 15 weeks I started swelling more than I should have and told my doctor she told me... Read More

At 22 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my daughter Madyson, I started having really

Posted On Friday, August 20, 2010 By

At 22 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my daughter Madyson, I started having really bad pain in my upper right quadrant just under my ribs and in the middle of my chest.  I went to the hospital and complained of the pain and shortness of breath.  My blood pressure at the Emergency Room was 186/104.  I was told I had to be "evaluated" in the ER first then transferred to the OB ward.  I was made to take a pregnancy test saying that they needed to have it in the chart that I was pregnant.  (Like my swollen belly was not a clue).  Blood work showed that my liver enzymes were elevated and my platelets were decreased.  After a few hours they were taking me to do... Read More

This was my first pregnancy, it was almost perfect. I never got sick through

Posted On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 By

This was my first pregnancy, it was almost perfect.  I never got sick through out the entire pregnancy, I had great blood pressure every time I had a check up I never had protein in my urine.  This story takes place when I was 36 weeks pregnant.Over the past few weeks I was starting to swell all over. I would try my best to prop my feet up nightly but they would swell right back up as soon as I started walking around again. On Tuesday May 18th I started to come down with what I though was a cold. I actually thought it was allergies at first, because it was spring time, until I took a Zyrtec and I didn't get any relief. That Friday May 21st at around 1:00 in... Read More

We found out we were pregnant 3/1/10 with a due date

Posted On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 By

     We found out we were pregnant 3/1/10 with a due date of 9/19/10. In May, during a visit for our ultrasound my high blood pressure was discovered. I was in the hospital for a week while the doctors were trying to figure out exactly what was wrong with me and I was put on Labetalol, transferred to a high risk OB afterwards. I just had high blood pressure and no other signs so the doctor wanted me to come in every 2 weeks to be monitored more closely. A urine collection in June turned up with more protein in it than my hospital stay in May so another collection was ordered, along with blood work. Two days later I... Read More

Hi all. I am new to the forum, didn't even know this existed 21 months

Posted On Saturday, May 02, 2009 By Lori

Hi all. I am new to the forum, didn't even know this existed! 21 months ago, I gave birth to a 4 lb 1 oz baby boy, he was born 6 weeks early due to preeclampsia. I was put on hospital bedrest at 30 weeks and had him at 34 weeks. At 38 weeks in my first pregnancy, I had elevated blood pressure, so my dr just induced me and my first son was born, he is perfectly healthy and a very active almost 4 year old! My second son, now almost 2 is also very active and healthy, however, my husband I have been discussing possibly trying for another baby and I'm terrified. Since I had elevated bp with my 1st pregnancy and then full blown preeclampsia with my second, I'm terrifed that if I get... Read More

well were do i start............. my waters broke at 27 weeks gestations while making fairy

Posted On Saturday, May 02, 2009 By Jennifer

well were do i start............. my waters broke at 27 weeks gestations while making fairy cakes, i got rushed into hospital with blue's and two's were they gave me the standards precautions, steroid injections and constant watch.that was on the tuesday by thursday night they let me go home knowing i had a check up scan the next day.friday morning came round and i went for my scan guessing that everything was ok they scanned me as i watched our little baby girl squirming round in my tummy.they sent me back out to the waiting room which seamed the longest wait i had ever had to wait.then the nurse called us in..........she said i,m every so sorry we have to get the baby out in the next 48... Read More

Hi.My name is Jackie amp I want to share my story.Friday, April 10th, was the

Posted On Friday, May 01, 2009 By yamrot

Hi.My name is Jackie & I want to share my story.Friday, April 10th, was the day of my weddingrehearsal & dinner, i had to leave the dinnerand rush to the emergency room..i was swelling extremely bad, my head waskilling me, and i just didnt feel very good..the nurses ran tests and found protein in my urinewhich meant i was diagnosed w/ preeclampsia.saturday morning i was released b/c it was the day of our weddingand the doctors must have known i would have freaked if i couldnt havethe wedding we had worked so hard to put together....then come to find out someone stole my engagement ring that... Read More

I was 27 weeks along in my second pregnancy. My son had been born

Posted On Friday, April 24, 2009 By Carrie

I was 27 weeks along in my second pregnancy.  (My son had been born 5 weeks early from the possibility of pre-eclampsia, but they couldn't be sure.)  Up until then, my pregnancy had been rather uneventful.  However, my feet had swollen so much that I was wearing flip-flops, and it was December in New England.  And the flip-flop straps were actually leaving marks on my feet.  I called my ob-gyn and mentioned it.  They suggested I come in the next morning for a blood pressure test.  The next morning I just didn't feel right.  Had a little bit of a headache and of course was terribly swollen.  Kissed my husband goodbye and off I went to... Read More

well hello for starters,

Posted On Sunday, August 02, 2009 By Megan

              well hello for starters,  I am new at this and have never shared anything like this before but I am now because I am one of the most terrified women out there right now you see I have 2  beautiful daughters whom are 6 and 5 with my oldest daughter I had no prenatal care to speak of see I was 16 and too young to know any better but in my last trimester I started to see a doctor. when I went for one of my visits she told me  had to go straight to the hospital and deliver my baby because my blood pressure was high and I had lost... Read More

I had I.T.P. Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura at the age of 22. ITP is an autoimmune

Posted On Friday, July 31, 2009 By Jennifer

I still remeber the words that came out of the doctors mouth. I'm sorry but

Posted On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 By Shannon

I still remeber the words that came out of the doctors mouth. I'm sorry but your baby has passed. I was one day shy of 26 weeks. It was August 12,2008 and a day I will never forget as long as I live. I remember the excitement when I found out that I was pregnant. Granted she was not planned but after all the death my family had faced in the last ten years the news of a new baby was wonderful. Everything was going as it was supposed to. My blood pressure was great and so was my blood sugar test. Everything seemed to be going well but still I had a feeling that something was going to go really wrong and it did. I went to my doctor on the 11th of August after a weekend of just not feeling well... Read More

My story will be short, it hasn't been a month yet and my emotions fluctuate

Posted On Sunday, July 12, 2009 By ANGELA

My story will be short, it hasn't been a month yet and my emotions fluctuate on an hourly basis. I'm 39 years old, first time pregnant, IVF treatment, fraternal twins. I developed atypical severe pre-eclampsia at 19 and a half weeks. My symptoms were high blood pressure and protein in my urine. A hospital in New York City monitored me very closely and made me fully aware of the potential dangers from the very beginning. On June 17, 2009 at 20 weeks exactly I delivered my beautiful girls, Najya and Tavi who were still born. I did not have high blood pressure before my pregnancy. But I did find out recently that women in my family have become pregnant naturally with fraternal twins and... Read More

Hi my name is Barbara I was Born on my mothers 20th birthday 11/14/1968. On

Posted On Sunday, July 12, 2009 By barbara

Hi my name is Barbara I was Born on my mothers 20th birthday 11/14/1968. On 11/14/2004 I delivered my son Jack uneventfully. most would find that a bit odd 3 generations born on the same day. 9mos from Valentines day is the only way I can figure it.On 11/12/2002 I was 39 weeks pregnant with my daughter isabelle (my OB was on vacation in Isreal) I love my doctor but I really wanted this baby to share the same birthday.I had been diagnosed with Gestational diabetes I was controlling it well with a low carb (atkins like but unsat fats) diet checking my sugar 7-9 times a day,and going for weekly stress tests,BP vitals, urinalysis oddly 2 days prior on 11/10 my urinalysis showed ketones I was... Read More

Hello, well I just thought I would share my recent story, with preeclampsia. I was

Posted On Thursday, July 09, 2009 By Monica

Hello, well I just thought I would share my recent story, with preeclampsia. I was due November 4th 2008, and had my son September 20th 2008. I was admitted in the hospital straight from my doctor's appointment, when they checked me for blood pressure, urine, and all the normal things they do at a check up. I had severe edema (swelling) even then this was on September 15th 2008. I went to the hospital, they told me I was preeclamptic because I had protein in my urine and extremely high blood pressure, and my platelet count was very low. I weighed going in that day at 193 pounds. The day I found out I was pregnant I was 153 pounds. So it was an ongoing battle for about four days.... Read More

Friday, July 03, 200911:32:00 AM With my first and only so

Posted On Friday, July 03, 2009 By

Friday, July 03, 200911:32:00 AM    With my first (and only so far) pregnancy, I began to have high blood pressure at 31 weeks gestation. Prior to this, I had normal blood pressures but was beginning to exhibit some of the typical symptoms of preeclampsia (swollen hands and feet and lower platelet count) starting at around 28 weeks. My docotrs chalked the early symptoms up to normalcy because I did not have the elevated blood pressure or high protein in my urine to accompany them. It all happened very quickly once I did begin to have hig blood pressure though. At my routine visit, they found elevated protein in my urine and I had an extremely high blood... Read More

Good morning to you all I am writing in hopes that someone may be able

Posted On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 By Lindsay

Good morning to you all! I am writing in hopes that someone may be able to help me.
My son and I survived HELLP syndrome 5 years ago and I was wondering if any of you have been dignosed with Neuropathy or anything like Neuropathy years after having HELLP Syndrome??? I found out that my kidneys apparently did fail, but all is fine now. PLEASE help me if you can and give me some insight on all of this, I am just lost! Thank you so very much!
Lindsay Butler

I am not really sure where to start. I did not even know this website

Posted On Monday, September 21, 2009 By

I am not really sure where to start. I did not even know this website existed until a few minutes ago. So I will try to explain this as best as I can. I tried for 7 years to get pregnant after I got married in 1993. I had multiple tests, I was fine. I tried fertility drugs, everything. Roughly in June of 2000 I got pregnant, and started spotting. They decided that my husband and I were opposites so I had a rhogram shot and I seemed fine. 2 weeks into it my stomach started getting larger and I was having contractions constantly. They had me go in for an emergency ultrasound and then at my doctor's office I was told I was having twins, in separate sacs. At week 9 the... Read More

At my 13 week OB appointment when the nurse took my blood pressure she said,

Posted On Monday, September 21, 2009 By Annie

At my 13 week OB appointment when the nurse took my blood pressure she said, "If you where 34 weeks you would be having a baby today!" and so I fully 100% blame her for the following! Not really but here is my story! 2:30 am 34 weeks pregnant! I wake up with severe sharp pains starting at the top of my belly and running down the sides! My Husband was awake too because for the past 3 weeks we had been waking up at 2:30 for some unknown reason! Anyway I told him how I was hurting, I got up and went to the bathroom a few times trying to make the pain stop! He told me, "Go to sleep and don't... Read More

My story begins back in January of 2009. The beginning of what my husband and

Posted On Tuesday, September 15, 2009 By Lee

My story begins back in January of 2009. The beginning of what my husband and I were hoping would be a wonderful and exciting year to have a baby.  I found out in the middle of January that I was indeed pregnant with our first child and we could not have been happier.  We had been trying for over a year and had just made an appointment to see an infertility specialist in February.   I had made the comment to my husband "Wouldn't it be nice if I were to become pregnant so that we wouldn't have to see the infertility specialist".  We laughed it off because we thought that was probably wishful thinking.   So, when I missed my period I was... Read More

My story is very different to most women with HELLP disease. I felt fine, then

Posted On Thursday, September 17, 2009 By Terri-Lynn

My story is very different to most women with HELLP disease. I felt fine, then the next day I was sick. I woke up with terrible heartburn and severe back pain when I was just 32 weeks pregnant. I figured I would be ok, but went to the hospital just in case b/c my first son was born early. So, I went to the ER and they took blood. They immediatly sent me to labor and delivery. Next, the life flighted me to our university hospital. They explained my situation was scary b/c my platlet levels were in the 40's. I managed to postpone delivery so that my baby could receive steroids. I made it to the next morning then they told me I had to deliver now. Due to my low platelet levels they sedated me... Read More

The day after my 35 week appointment, I began to

Posted On Sunday, September 13, 2009 By A

     The day after my 35 week appointment, I began to feel sick, nausea and vomiting.  This was January and the flu seemed to be going around work, so I thought that's what I was dealing with (plus the fact that I had a normal doctor visit the day before).  I was already accustomed to having bad luck with this pregnancy since I had broken my ankle and needed surgery for that in my fourth month, so I thought the flu could not be that bad.  I was suppose to go out to dinner with some friends at 7, so me and my 3 year old daughter packed up to go so I could get some fresh air.  On the way to dinner I called my friends and told them I had... Read More

When I fell pregnant in 2006, I was quite scared and worried because I was

Posted On Wednesday, July 29, 2009 By Emily

When I fell pregnant in 2006, I was quite scared and worried because I was still quite young (20 years old) and studying at university, but I knew I had to keep this child and I was happy too. I continued with my second year of study and finished with good grades, despite the nausea that swamped me. At times I just wanted to vomit as I felt that this nauseous feeling was unbearable but I never did vomit.I remember seeing my midwife once and going for my 20 week scan. I knew something was wrong with my baby because my stomach was so small and hardly anybody even knew I was pregnant but the sonographer told me it was to be expected as I was small and so was my partner so the baby... Read More

I woke up in pain Wednesday morning, Halloween 2007. It was constant pain below my

Posted On Wednesday, July 29, 2009 By

I woke up in pain Wednesday morning, Halloween 2007. It was constant pain below my ribs that didn't make any sense to me. I called my doctor and the nurse said go to the hospital triage so we did, got there at 11 AM. I was shaking constantly the entire drive and threw up when we got there.The triage doctor says I am only 3 cm, but she called my doctor because my blood pressure was rather high and she suspected preeclampsia. My doctor was actually on call at the hospital so he said to let me stay.The urinalysis did not indicate ... Read More

I was 36 weeks pregnant with my first child when I began having terrible headaches

Posted On Sunday, July 26, 2009 By

I was 36 weeks pregnant with my first child when I began having terrible headaches and all around just felt like something wasn't right. I kept seeing spots in front of my eyes, and was swollen everywhere! I called my doctor and they suggested a trip to the Labor and Delivery department to be monitored. My BP was a little high so they sent me home with a 24 hour urine test. The results came back borderline so I was ordered to do a new test. Before I started the new test, however, I began to feel even worse and was very lethargic and had a hard time staying awake. I went to L&D and was admitted for high BP and while there performed another test. The urine test revealed that I had indeed... Read More

In 1994 I was pregnant with an expected due date of jan 30/95. I was

Posted On Friday, July 24, 2009 By

In 1994 I was pregnant with an expected due date of jan 30/95. I was a university student at the time. I had no real complications during the pregnancy except my dr did say for me to cut back on the salt as I was retaining fluids. On Jan 6/95 I had a restless feeling so went shopping as I never bought any any stuff so picked up some sleepers and washclothes. That night my girlfriend made supper of chili and rice. I was feeling nauseous after that and had a pain in my breastbone felt like bad heartburn. It never went away even after I threw up and I was having the hot fever and the chills the next minute.This started at 7pm and went on till 10:30 and I finally had my friend drive me... Read More

I was pregnant with my first child and was due on May 12th, 2009. Beginning

Posted On Friday, July 24, 2009 By Jennifer

I was pregnant with my first child and was due on May 12th, 2009. Beginning in January, my blood pressure had began to go up at each doctor visit. I was also beginning to swell. At my February doctor visit the doctor was concerned because my blood pressure was still increasing so he had ordered a 24 hour urine test and some blood work. All the tests came out fine. I had a doctor appointment scheduled on March 2nd. On Sunday night March 1st, I checked my blood pressure and it was 204/101. I called my doctors office and the on call doctor called me back and told me to go to labor and delivery. At this time I was almost 29 weeks and 5 days. My husband and I checked into the hospital... Read More

Hey My Name is Sherrell Lee. I found out I was pregnant last year

Posted On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 By LeAnn

Hey My Name is Sherrell Lee. I found out I was pregnant last year in 2008 around June time.  It was the happiest day of my life.  It was a planned pregancy.  I was fine all the way though my pregancy apart from a couple of times I felt faint.  But I didnt' think anything of it. When I was 36 weeks pregnant I felt really ill.  I had bad chest pains it was tighting up all the time, I was in bed for days didn't get up.  I didn't know what was wrong. I went to the loo and there was a funny smell and I bled a bit from my bum. I told my midwife, she told me to go the clinc which is a minor injury unit... Read More

Twice I have gone through Preeclampsia twice Three

Posted On Monday, June 08, 2009 By Parvez

    Twice!! I have gone through Preeclampsia twice!    Three years ago, I got pregnant on my honeymoon. I suffered nine months of  severe "morning sickness". Several times, I went to the emergency room for IVs because I was dangerously low on all nutrients (including potassium). During the first months, I endured a UTI because I couldn't keep my medication down.     During this time, my  beloved grandma died of breast cancer (four women on my mother's side had breast cancer, including my mom). I couldn't go to her funeral because I was in the hospital with needles in my... Read More

So, let me paint you a picture of what My family and I just

Posted On Thursday, June 04, 2009 By Kristen

So, let me paint you a picture of what My family and I  just went threw the last two weeks. I gave birth to a beautiful perfect little man on April 20th. He made us smile, love , laugh and cry. He allowed me to experience so much more than I can imagine. I was a mom, and that is the most amazing feeling out there. Being in a hospital where miracles happen everyday, I had extremely high hopes for us. I would sit there and just stare at him, and day dream our first visit to disneyland, him running around the house, what he would look like if he gained weight. April 29th, as fast as he came in our lives,... Read More

I have three beautiful children aged 5, 3 and 2, I suffered pre-eclampsia with each

Posted On Friday, September 11, 2009 By Charis

I have three beautiful children aged 5, 3 and 2, I suffered pre-eclampsia with each of my children. I was 27 when I had my first child I went through my pregnancy with no complications other that the usual morning sickness. I worked 37-40 hours per week and although felt tired did not have any other complaints. In my 33rd week I was out on a business call and was getting out of the car when I temporarily lost my vision due to white lights and stars. After taking a few minutes to recover myself I proceeded to complete the business call, I was not aware of how serious this incident was. I started to develop swelling and put this down to pregnancy and heat. I continued to feel slightly... Read More

I had a normal doctor visit with another doctor in my OB's practice in my

Posted On Thursday, September 10, 2009 By justina

I had a normal doctor visit with another doctor in my OB's practice in my 34th week. I'd already been dealing with swelling that was so severe it was causing carpel tunnel in my wrists, but everyone kept assuring me it was just normal pregnancy swelling. My blood pressure was high that day so he asked about my swelling. I told him that it was getting a little worse. He asked me to go have another blood test and to call if I had a significant increase in swelling.

About a week later I hadn

My name is Jenette and I had severe Pre-e with elevated liver enzymes. I

Posted On Tuesday, September 08, 2009 By Margaret

My name is Jenette and I had severe Pre-e with elevated liver enzymes.  I didn't know I had symptoms until after I knew what Pre-e was. I remember 2-3 weeks before going to the hospital saying there was glitter in the sky at school. It literally looked like someone dumped glitter from the 2nd level. I'll try giving you the short story. On the evening Monday March 3rd 2008 (24 weeks 3 days) my mom decided to take my BP after a week of me complaining of headaches. She also said I was swelling too much for how far along I was (she's an LVN so I trust her w/ medical stuff). We found out the reading was about 160/107. We called the dr. and they told me to go to the hospital. They... Read More

I was 18 when i became pregnant i was a senior in high school and

Posted On Thursday, September 10, 2009 By Michelle

I was 18 when i became pregnant i was a senior in high school and decided to go along with the pregnacy. When i became farther along i found out i was having a girl, everything was going perfect with the pregnancy. When i was around 25 weeks pregnant i was with friends and i became very sick out of no where, for the past couple days before that i was seeing spots sometimes but that night when i was driving home with my friend i felt so sick i couldnt even concentrate on the road. My head was pounding when we arrived home i started vomitting and thats when my friends rushed me to the emergency room. We went to a center in Poughkeepsie NY. when they took my blood pressure it was through the... Read More

We had been trying to conceive for 8 months. I thought it would happen a

Posted On Thursday, June 04, 2009 By goldie

We had been trying to conceive for 8 months. I thought it would happen a lot quicker than that, but finally we got our positive pregnancy test. The pregnancy moved along perfectly, then I started having high blood pressure readings. One got to as high as 170 in my 3rd trimester. I also suffer from anxiety, so I thought that my high readings were due to anxiety at the office. I kept a watch on it home as well, and it was more in the normal range. But even when I'm anxious, my BP has never gotten that high. On a Thursday night, my husband and I went to dinner. I had a rather large meal, and wasn't feeling well that night, but I figured I was just really full. I kept tossing and... Read More

I found out I was pregnant September 2006 at age 17, my due date was

Posted On Tuesday, June 02, 2009 By Coree

I found out I was pregnant September 2006 at age 17, my due date was May 20 2009. The first few months were fine, I went to my appointments and I didn't have any problems. Originally my plan had been to have my daughter naturally so instead of a doctor I had a midwife,she had explained to me that if anything were to go wrong she would not be able to deliver my baby, since nothing was wrong I just figured it was a precaution and thought nothing more. I continued with my pregnancy normally until my very last month. Towards the end of April I started to notice that my feet were getting a little swollen, but I had heard it was normal so I didn't worry much. At one of my check ups my midwife... Read More

I am interested in understanding and helping others to understand relationships between PE and other

Posted On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 By Joanne

I am interested in understanding and helping others to understand relationships between PE and other conditions; specifically molar pregnancy, blood clotting disorders, and rheumatoid disease.  I have been a challenge for my OB team. My first pregnancy, I was diagnosed with PE just before 8 months and delivery naturally on my due date, 10/5/98. My second pregnancy my OB (6 in the practice) did not expect PE to reoccur. Unfortunately it was much worse and more complicated than that. At 29 weeks I suffered an abruption (or at least that's what they think it was) and I was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Upon admission I was evaluated, put on magnesium to stop the contractions,... Read More

Hello, My name is Sarah and I am the young mother of two, and this

Posted On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 By Sarah

Hello, My name is Sarah and I am the young mother of two, and this is my story. I always wanted to have children, and I always envisioned myself as a young and active mother, because I've had Type 1 diabetes since I was 9 years old. I was always afraid I'd be too sick to be with my grown children and growing grandchildren when I am elderly, so I guess I hoped I'd have children while I was young and vibrant, and hopefully have grandchildren before the crippling effects of this disease set in.  My husband and I are Catholic and therefore we grew up in large families and were comfortable with the idea of our own large family. I was... Read More

I have to start by saying that my story is like no other. If

Posted On Sunday, June 21, 2009 By michaela

I have to start by saying that my story is like no other.  If another has experienced what happened to me I would love to hear from them.  At 27 my husband and I decided to start our family. 5 months later we conceived our angel.  A few weeks into the pregnancy I had some bleeding and cramping.  My dr. ordered an ultrasound to see if perhaps I miscarried.  It was performed and was told I had a "blighted ovum" and he told me I should have a D& E performed.  It was.  A day later I was told my blood levels were rising and I was still pregnant - after the D&E and all.  I was soooo confused and in shock  esp. after I was told there was a... Read More

I was pregnant with my third and fourth child. Having a four year-old and one

Posted On Tuesday, June 02, 2009 By Tatum

I was pregnant with my third and fourth child. Having a four year-old and one year-old, we were anxious about how the twins would impact our lives! Little did we know how chaotic their arrival would be!My pregnancy was relatively easy. There were complications with my ultrasounds, which led us to believe that there could be possible chromosomal abnormalities with Baby B. Luckily, when he was born we discovered that his problems were very minute! At 32 weeks, after a big preggie meal of nachos, I woke up the next morning feeling a sharp pain right under my breasts. I blew it off at heartburn at first, but it continued to get worse and worse. My husband called my OBGYN... Read More

At 36 2, I went to the hospital for my regular antenatal check up. I

Posted On Tuesday, June 02, 2009 By Jennifer

At 36+2, I went to the hospital for my regular antenatal check up. I had swelling in my feet but thought it was normal for the third trimester. I pointed this out to the midwife and after checks to my BP (very high) and urine (lots of protien), was transferred into the day unit for monitoring. There I was told after 30 minutes of monitoring that I "would deliver within 24 hours due to severe pre-eclampsia". 12 hours later, at 12.36am on Friday 8th May my son Joseph was born in the HDU. Thankfully he was born safe and well and at a healthy 5lb 2oz. For that, I know I am very lucky.After the birth, on the Friday morning I was moved back onto the day unit but that... Read More

this is the story of what happened to me, in my husband's words. cj

Posted On Monday, June 01, 2009 By margaretta

this is the story of what happened to me, in my husband's words.

I had signs of preeclampsia and went to the doctor. I had gained 20 pounds

Posted On Monday, June 01, 2009 By Kara

I had signs of preeclampsia and went to the doctor. I had gained 20 pounds in a short amount of time and was extremely swollen. My blood pressure was very high but when I lay on my left side it went down. I was sent home, not on bed rest but told this was "normal". I came back three weeks later extremely swollen, feeling awful (my heart hurt) and with full protein in my urine. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital and admitted for bed rest. After only a few hours in the hospital, I had a grand mal seizure because of the high blood pressure. I don't remember anything from that point on for about two days. My son was born 11 weeks early at 2 pounds 10 oz. by emergency c-section. I finally... Read More

I don't feel myself. In April I gave birth to my second daughter. However the

Posted On Saturday, July 25, 2009 By Shantana

I don't feel myself. In April I gave birth to my second daughter. However the experience was nothing like the birth of my first daughter. I had problems with my BP prior to pregnancy. During my pregnancy the Drs continued to monitor me. My BP meds were changed many times during my pregnancy. Procardia and Cartia. However at 32 weeks when my husband had traveled to Africa, I was told that I had Preeclampsia and would have to deliver. I was give magnesium and the meds to induce labor. My body did not know what to do. Once the contractions started I was given an epidural. Which did not work. Only to go paralyzed 10 hours in to my labor. I was unable to move any part of my body. Was only able... Read More

I lost my little boy last friday at 29 weeks gestation....I never knew I had

Posted On Friday, July 24, 2009 By shalene

I lost my little boy last friday at 29 weeks gestation....I never knew I had preeclampsia until that day.

Hi may name is Felicia Scott. My husband and I tried to have a

Posted On Thursday, July 23, 2009 By clare

Hi may name is Felicia Scott.  My husband and I tried to have a baby for more that 11 years and I finally got pregnant in Nov 08.  Around the later part of 4 months of my pregnancy I started to have alot of trouble with my arms and hands.  My arms hurt so bad, mainly of numbness.  My hands and fingers tingled alot.  I went to a same day appt with a lady that wasn't my regular doctor and was told that she didn't know what was going on, and I would have to be seen after my pregnancy for further tests.  I later had an appt at 5 months going on six months pregnant and was admitted the same day because my doctor that did the ultra sound found a... Read More

This is my history and my daughter's tooI was celebrating my 3rd aniversary when all

Posted On Tuesday, July 21, 2009 By Karyn

This is my history and my daughter's tooI was celebrating my 3rd aniversary when all this came it was like a nightmareI went home after a good dinner and I started feeling a litlle pain in my stomach, I told my husband maybe something that I ate was bad or maybe the baby wanted something to eatI don't remeber it was 3 or 4 hours later when I vomit, and call the hospital for a nurse advice, I could't be on bed, I was vomiting everything that I had on my stomachI went to the hospital with my husband by 4:00 am, in an emergency room, the nurses didn't hear me, I told them that I was feeling very bad, and need some medication for the pain, It was terrible,( I didn't know but my... Read More

How do I start this.. So I'll go back to when I got pregnant with

Posted On Thursday, May 28, 2009 By Catherien

How do I start this.. So I'll go back to when I got pregnant with my daughter I was 17 years old still a senior in high school but I was married before I even knew I was pregnant. My whole pregnancy was text book perfect nothing wrong I was gaining weight like I was supposed and I didn't experience anything unusual except for of course morning sickness and everything that is associated with being pregnant. The months go by and everything seems to be fine until I hit my seventh and a half month my everything started to swell up. I couldn't wear shoes only flip flops and even those would leave indentions on my feet. My whole body was swollen my legs where so completely stretched out that my... Read More

My first pregnancy could not have gone more smoothly. I coasted along for months without

Posted On Tuesday, May 26, 2009 By

My first pregnancy could not have gone more smoothly. I coasted along for months without so much as headache. All of a sudden in my 28th week, my feet began to swell horribly and I made an appointment with my doctor. My blood pressure was off the charts and they put me on bedrest inside the hospital where I would later deliver. For 2 weeks I lingered, as the protein in my urine increased and my blood pressure steadily rose. After several days of magnesium sulfate it became obvious my body was shutting down because of preeclampsia. I was rushed in for an emergency c-section at 30 weeks. I delivered Claire at 2 lbs. 10 oz. As little as she was, she was a fighter and despite the odds will turn... Read More

Hello, My name is Kathryn I'm 24 and live in INBattle 1I got pregnant with

Posted On Tuesday, May 26, 2009 By Jennifer

Hello, My name is Kathryn I'm 24 and live in INBattle # 1I got pregnant with my first daughter when I was 20 years old.  I then had a very active healthy life, I was 5'7" and weighed 115 lbs max!  Nothing about my pregnancy was easy.  I was sick the whole 6 months, no matter what I ate or what pills I took.  I had never experienced any big health problems before.  I kept calling my OB's office telling her I had this awful headache and pressure in my head along with blurry vision.  She had me come in and told me to go home and take sudafed.  It was a sinus infection she said. (This was at about 23 weeks pregnant.) Well a few weeks... Read More

My pregnancy was difficult from the start. I vomited at least 10 times a day

Posted On Monday, May 25, 2009 By Jeri

My pregnancy was difficult from the start. I vomited at least 10 times a day for 2 full months and although the nausea slowed it remained with me up to the end. I was receiving my pre-natal care from a group of midwives who were attached to a hospital, rather than a birthing center. At my 16 week appointment my midwife told me that I was gaining weight rapidly and should slow down by eating healthier and exercising more. I tried to follow her advice but sure enough at my 20 week appointment I had gained over 10 pounds again, and again by a different midwife I was told to eat healthier and exercise more. I... Read More

My name is Melinda and I am mom to a beautiful 8 1/2 month

Posted On Sunday, May 24, 2009 By Carol

My name is Melinda and I am mom to a beautiful 8 1/2 month old daughter, Livia.  I had a wonderful pregnancy before discovering I had preeclampsia.  I had no morning sickness and kept active with pre-natal yoga and walks with my husband and dog.  I was so excited to be pregnant and made sure to keep healthy and ate plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc.  I thought I was doing an excellent job at doing everything in my power to keep my baby healthy.  I was in an excellent mood, despite some stressful events and really enjoyed my pregnancy.  My blood pressure was elevated somewhat during my pregnancy, but my OBGYN felt there was... Read More

Please feel free to contact me My baby and I survived so I would like

Posted On Thursday, May 21, 2009 By Amanda

Please feel free to contact me! My baby and I survived so I would like to give hope to those Moms out there who are expecting again! Happy endings do come true! I'm also trying to concieve again! tanalanaerea@aol.com

On November 15th, 2008, my son was born at 26 weeks 1day weighing 1lb 13oz.

Posted On Sunday, June 21, 2009 By Jessica

On November 15th, 2008, my son was born at 26 weeks 1day weighing 1lb 13oz. I had relentless high blood pressure and severe abdominal pain. I developed HELLP and then mild Preeclampsia. We now believe the underlying cause was an adrenal tumor, pheochromacytoma, discovered just before the delivery when we did an MRI to discover that my liver had begun to bleed out. I have since had the tumor removed and my BP is normal again. My son was in the NICU for 2.5 months and is home with us now. He is developing normally and doing really well. His NICU course consisted of a grade I IVH, mild ROP, severe AOP, anemia and GERD. He was discharged on a monitor, but that is gone now and so is his... Read More

On February 12, 2007, I woke up not feeling well. I

Posted On Monday, August 31, 2009 By Jen

     On February 12, 2007, I woke up not feeling well. I went down to the basement to get laundry out of the dryer, by the time I got back to my bedroom I was breathing so heavy that I had to sit down. My husband was still home and decided he was going to go to my appointment, that I was scheduled to have that morning. I continued getting ready and found myself in tears several times. I just did not feel well and did not want to go to work. I was 32 weeks gestation.       We got to the clinic fine. When I was weighed, I had gained 30 lbs. in 7 days. My blood pressure was extremely high. The only number I remember was 190 Systolic and I... Read More

Hi my name is Amanda I'm 24 years old. When I was 19 I got

Posted On Sunday, August 30, 2009 By Oscar

Hi my name is Amanda I'm 24 years old. When I was 19 I got pregnant my daughter was to be born on August 15th. Any way, I was 28 weeks when I found out I had preeclampsia. I had a an emergency c-section, I was in liver failure and kidney failure. I was told my last rights, after having her they told me I couldn't see her. They did not think she was going to make because she was only developed 24 weeks. About three days later I got to see her. I had spent a whole month in the hospital myself trying to get my organs back to were the needed to be. On August 10 my daughter got to leave the hospital, but that's not where it ends. Three years later I got pregnant again and I was still sick... Read More