OUR STORYOn June 21, 1995, my wife, Jennifer, was stricken with HELLP syndrome and on

Posted On Wednesday, August 07, 2002 By

OUR STORY

On June 21, 1995, my wife, Jennifer, was stricken with HELLP syndrome and on June 22nd our daughter was born by Cesarean section three months premature, in an effort to save Jennifer. Fortunatey, the procedure was very effective and Jennifer

At 36 weeks I went in for my check-up, which were going to be once

Posted On Tuesday, July 08, 2003 By

At 36 weeks I went in for my check-up, which were going to be once a week from that point on. At the end of my visit, my doctor said, "You might be preeclamptic. If you are, we'll be inducing you. We'll let you know next week." I had no idea what that meant, and my mind was racing at the thought of the baby being here in a week. I went into labor on my own 3 days later. Xander was healthy, although a little underweight. At 6 weeks, on January 20, 2002 Xander died of SIDS. My boyfriend and I joined an infant death support group. There we meant a woman who had also had preeclampsia. She had been induced at 23 weeks, but her baby didn't survive. I had no idea how serious preeclampsia... Read More

Dear Families, My name is Crystal Neighbors. I am going to tell you my personal

Posted On Friday, September 19, 2003 By

Dear Families, My name is Crystal Neighbors. I am going to tell you my personal story of loosing my son, Peyton Austin Neighbors. I found out that I was pregnant on November 27, 2003. I was scared, nervous, wondering if I would be a good mother. I was also very excited. My family started buying baby outfits and toys before we even knew the sex of the baby. They were just as excited as I was. I planned on doing the nursery in a Precious Moments theme. I was gaining a lot of weight fast, I was having blood pressure problems also. I was put on medication to regulate my blood pressure but it did not help much. As the months went on I got larger and larger, and the blood... Read More

I knew nothing about preeclampsia PE until my first experience with it when I was

Posted On Friday, August 08, 2003 By

I knew nothing about preeclampsia (PE)until my first experience with it when I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I developed high bp and +2 protein in my urine at 36 weeks. I was put on bedrest. My 38th week I went into the early phase of labor. I went in to see my dr. on Thurs. afternoon. She scheduled an induction for the next day. When I got to the hospital the next morning, My bp was 165/110 and my protein was +4. I remember seeing flashing lights and what looked like sun spots and being so swollen that my feet "sloshed" when I walked. I felt very lucky because if I hadn't already been scheduled I probably would have gotten very sick. I developed PIH (Pregnancy Induced... Read More

I woke early one morning when I was about 30 weeks pregnant. I was having

Posted On Saturday, December 04, 2004 By

I woke early one morning when I was about 30 weeks pregnant. I was having severe upper abdominal pain. When we checked my blood pressure it was very elevated (although I forget the numbers now). We went to see my OBGYN. I had been having swelling for about 2 weeks. Assuming it was just a normal pregnancy thing, I hadn't been all that concerned about it. When I told my doctor my symptoms he immediatly diagnosed me with preeclampsia. He told me everything was going to be fine, I just had to stay on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. But he wanted me to go to the hospital for a non-stress test and some blood work before going home. After sitting through several hours of pain... Read More

Blessed is the word I would use to describe my first pregnancy. It was

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By Bekah

Blessed is the word I would use to describe my first pregnancy.  It was not an easy road but the end result has been wonderful.  I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and required fertility treatments.  I was very fortunate to get pregnant with little intervention.  I was told about my increased risk for gestational diabetes because of PCOS but no one mentioned preeclampsia.    My pregnancy was going well until 34 weeks.  I went for my two week check-up and my physician was concerned about my elevated blood pressure.  He highly suggested I cut back my hours at work and rest as much as possible.  I... Read More

My preeclampsia was not caught before I delivered my first child ... she was early

Posted On Wednesday, October 01, 2003 By Ashley

My preeclampsia was not caught before I delivered my first child ... she was early but weighted 7-14. Some background: I was 19 years old, had just gotten married and moved to Long Island. (I was diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic at age 14.) I was under the care of a GP. I had severe headaches, my feet were so swollen I couldn't wear shoes -- but he did not seem concerned. My labor was all of 3 hours. After I delivered the doctor told my husband that my blood pressure was "a little high", but all was okay. (He had never taken my blood pressure nor given me an internal examination before delivery -- this was back in 1962 but still!!!) I went into full blown eclampsia an hour or so after... Read More

I was 20 years old when I became pregnant with twins and weighing 160 pounds.

Posted On Friday, April 11, 2003 By

I was 20 years old when I became pregnant with twins and weighing 160 pounds. The first months I was extremely sick with hyperemesis and the result of not beibg able to eat or keep ANYTHING down I lost 30 pounds within the first 3 months. After being sick for about four and a half months I thought the worst was behind me. Then my hands and feet swelled up so badly I couldn't even put my socks on let alone my shoes. I started to see spots and flashes and when I brought it up to my doctor I was told it was a normal part of carrying twins. By this point I had run out of money due to not having health insurance so I couldn't go to the doctor for 2 months. During those two months I had... Read More

I am 23 years old and this was my first pregnancy. During the first 4

Posted On Tuesday, February 04, 2003 By

I am 23 years old and this was my first pregnancy. During the first 4 months of my pregnancy I suffered badly with morning sickness and lost a stone in weight. From 5 months, I began to enjoy being pregnant and I showed no sign of any medical complications. At 34 weeks I noticed that my ankles were starting to swell and my faced looked puffy. I was a bit concerned one night as my ankles were quite painful so my partner and I took a trip to the hospital where I was put under observation for an hour or so. I had slight protein in my urine, but my blood pressure was nothing to be worried about so I was discharged the same night. The following night I felt ok until I went to bed and started... Read More

My son was born at 28 weeks gestation. I went to the dr for a

Posted On Tuesday, September 17, 2002 By

My son was born at 28 weeks gestation. I went to the dr for a routine check up and it was discovered that I have the symptoms of preeclampsia. I was instructed to go to the hospital immediately. They did a sonogram and put me on bed rest. Later that evening, about 2 hours later, I went into a seizure. My son had to be delivered by emergency c-section.He weighed 2 lbs 8 oz. He spent his first 3 months in the hospital's NICU. The first 2 months he was in an isolate and some days we could not hold him and not even touch him.He is now a thriving 5 year old. He has a mild speech problem (clearly pronouncing his words), but is healthy and very active. He has had no... Read More

I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter in November 1998. Her father

Posted On Monday, July 21, 2003 By

I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter in November 1998. Her father and I were very happy to be starting a family together. I worked until Mothers Day of 1999 when at about 7 months my feet were starting to swell a lot and it wouldn't go away, other than the swelling all had been very normal and uncomplicated. I went to my regular dr appt on Tuesday June 15, 1999 at 34wks 3 days and had a +1 protein but all else looked normal. I had to go back on the 18th at 34wks 6days, BP was still fine but protein was +2, so they had me do a 24hr to turn in on Monday the 21st. When I got to my appt and Dr. Ellis saw the amount of urine that was in the 24hr, he told me then that he was... Read More

My little girl died at 35 weeks. I'd had 2 previous miscarrages. Thought I was

Posted On Wednesday, October 15, 2003 By ELIZABETH

My little girl died at 35 weeks. I'd had 2 previous miscarrages. Thought I was home free when I passed the 3 months mark. None of the doctors I saw ever said that anything was wrong. I just went in to my usual appointment and there was no heartbeat. I'd felt her just that morning but had been having light contractions during the day. I had the following symptoms during my pregnancy that were not considered problems by my doctors: Pale, overheated, weak and dizzy all the time, Extreme morning sickness 1st 4 months, Constant light headache after 4 months, Hair started falling out at 5 months, Extreme swelling in arms, legs, and face by 5 months, Weight loss (10lbs.) at 7... Read More

I do not know where to begin. Everything happened so fast and the time just

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2003 By Grace

I do not know where to begin. Everything happened so fast and the time just flew by from the first moment I started having contractions to when the baby was delivered. I felt as if I had to go to the bathroom at 3:00 am on February 19th. Not unusual because I seemed to be going every two hours anyway but then I felt I had to go every half hour and started to feel this pain at 4:00 am. I thought it was Braxton-Hicks that should have been normal at 33 weeks. By 5:30 am I knew they were regular contractions that were coming more and more frequently so I started timing them and by 6:00 am they were 5 minutes apart. My husband, with this terrible economy, was forced to take a job... Read More

As a registered nurse I knew that there could be problems during pregnancy but I

Posted On Wednesday, December 04, 2002 By Nancy

As a registered nurse I knew that there could be problems during pregnancy but I am not a midwife so didn't know much about pre-eclampsia. I had been sick with hyperemersis for 13 weeks and didn't think anything else could be that bad. Wrong! At about 26 weeks my obstretrican told me I had pre-eclampsia and to take things easy. By 31 weeks I could no longer work and was told to go to bed for the rest of the pregnancy. I was scared and depressed and had no one to turn to. At the end of my 34th week my blood pressure was elevated at rest and I started to develop renal symptoms. I was put in hospital and put on medication to reduce my blood pressure. I was alright until 35 + 2... Read More

During one prenatal visit, my OB decided I was beginning to show symptoms of preeclampsia.

Posted On Sunday, December 01, 2002 By

During one prenatal visit, my OB decided I was beginning to show symptoms of preeclampsia. She prescribed bed rest. During the next month, my blood pressure remained at a decent level but I continued to gain water weight. At another visit, my blood pressure had skyrocketed to 160/110. They sent me straight to labor and delivery. I was 36 weeks at the time. My husband and I walked over to Labor and Delivery. They induced labor and my son was born just two short hours later. He did really well. He only had to spend one night in NICU. It was me who didn't fair so well. My blood pressure would not return to normal. I went into HELLP syndrome. Also, the worst complication of all. ... Read More

I was 29 years old and was pregnant with my first child a girl by

Posted On Monday, November 25, 2002 By Antoinette

I was 29 years old and was pregnant with my first child a girl by the name of Rebekah Danielle Ulven. I had a easy pregnancy starting out never had any morning sickness on the third month I could no longer wear my wedding rings. I was being seen monthly and was having no problems until about the end of my fifth month, I started swelling and developed edema which later became severe preclampsia. I gained 63 pounds of fluid in my body over the three week period of my 5th month and 6 month. I went back on an emergency visit at 28 weeks when my doctor put me in the hospital immediately due to my blood pressure and my protein in the urine. As soon as I went in to the hospital they gave me a... Read More

I got pregnant with my first child when I was 27. I had a wonderful

Posted On Thursday, July 11, 2002 By Christina

I got pregnant with my first child when I was 27. I had a wonderful pregnancy. At least it was until the 34th week. I had a regular appointment with my doctor, and I had noticed my feet swelling a little after taking a field trip with my fifth graders to Universal Studios. So, when he saw me, I noticed a funny look go across his face when he looked at my blood pressure. He told me (and this is a direct quote), "To the hospital you go." I was terrified. I had no clue what was going on, and I only had a month of school left, which I really wanted to finish because I loved my kids. Anyway, I ended up at the hospital, and I was excited to get to see my son's face in detail on... Read More

Well, it is 2:14 a.m on Wednesday the 19th of January, 2005. I sit here

Posted On Wednesday, January 19, 2005 By

Well, it is 2:14 a.m on Wednesday the 19th of January, 2005. I sit here in the darkened and quiet room next to my wife whom has been diagnosed with Preeclampsia. I have no idea what it is and in fact, didn't think too much of it when we left the OB/GYN office to come to the Hospital. It has been about 8 hours since she was admitted into the hospital and it seems as if we are here to stay. They say she has a severe case of Preeclampsia. I really don't know what that means. She does have a blood pressure of 175/117. I really don't know what to do. She is trying to catch some shut eye, but the magnesium is burning her face and the catheder is just irritating to her. The baby (son)... Read More

I was 20 years old when my husband and I decided to start a family.

Posted On Friday, March 07, 2003 By

I was 20 years old when my husband and I decided to start a family. All I have ever wanted to was be a mother. I had already quit my job as a dental assistant and opened up a home daycare so I could stay home with my baby. We got pregnant right away and my due date was 12/23/01. At 28 weeks I went in for a gluco test and my blood pressure was up. The nurse told me I had gained 7 lbs. since my last visit. They had me lay on my left side for a while and took my bp again. It was fine so they sent me home. Two days later I was having terrible pains in my left calf. I went in and they said my leg looked fine, but my bp was up again. My doctor was very precautious and did some... Read More

I was 17 years old and found out that I was going to have a

Posted On Wednesday, January 15, 2003 By

I was 17 years old and found out that I was going to have a baby. I had no clue what all to expect from my pregnancy or about preeclampsia. I was very young at the time and did not expect anything to go wrong with my pregnancy. Everything went well until I was 33 weeks along. I had no idea what preeclampsia was or that I had it. I started vomiting daily and could not even hold down crackers or water. I called my OBGYN and they stated some people have stomach illness throughout the entire pregnancy and that was probobaly what I was experiencing. Within a three day period I had gained a tremendous amount of weight and was vomiting daily. I gained 22 pounds within these... Read More

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