I went on a family reunion cruise when I was about 22 weeks pregnant. The

Posted On Tuesday, October 15, 2002 By Kara

I went on a family reunion cruise when I was about 22 weeks pregnant. The night of the captain's dinner I had to carry my shoes to dinner because my feet were so swollen. As the cruise progressed so did the swelling. With the advice from all the women around me I went and saw the ship's doctor. He checked my bp and for protein in my urine, both were fine but he stressed to me to follow up with my ob/gyn when I got home. I saw my ob/gyn the week I returned and was told that the edema was due to being in a warmer climate and that it was a "sign of a first pregnancy". Those are words I would hear again and again. As the weeks progressed the women I worked with constantly told me how... Read More

I wake up 35 weeks into my pregnancy with a very sharp pain in my

Posted On Thursday, July 11, 2002 By Amy

I wake up 35 weeks into my pregnancy with a very sharp pain in my upper chest on the right hand side. It is late Sunday night and by Monday morning - I feel no better, so I call in sick to work and then call my OB. In my small city, our OB's do not work on Monday's - there was one on call - however I don't really think I am an emergency situation. I really just think I have bbad heartburn.I decide to call my GP. He sees me right away and suspects that it is my gallbladder, so he sends me for an Ultrasound. Tuesday, I feel no better so I call in sick to work again. My GP calls late in the day to tell me the Ultrasound looks good. He suggests I quit work. He also mentions that... Read More

My twins were conceived via invitro fertilization IVF . My pregnancy started out smoothly enough,

Posted On Wednesday, January 26, 2005 By Heather

My twins were conceived via invitro fertilization (IVF). My pregnancy started out smoothly enough, even with pre-term contractions which started at about 18 weeks. I was put on modified bed rest and the drug Turbutoline to supress the contractions and it was working. At 25 weeks, I began to show signs of marginal PIH/Pre-eclampia with protein spillage in my urine and a somewhat high blood pressure reading. After a weekend long specimen collection, my OB/GYN determined that my weekly visits should include a second appoinment just for urine analysis and blood pressure checks. At 31 weeks, I went into pre-term labor. My body had developed a resistence to the supression med and the... Read More

I had a text book pregnancy all the way through until 39 weeks and 4

Posted On Friday, February 18, 2005 By

I had a text book pregnancy all the way through until 39 weeks and 4 days. So close! My blood pressure had been perfectly normal all the way through. I was overweight, but not massively so, so I didn't worry about that too much. After going for each check up, I went home feeling good about my pregnancy and the good job I was doing. I never felt 'unwell'. It's one of those things that can happen. Sometimes the mother just doesn't feel unwell at all, and there are no obvious physical signs you can see that indicate a problem. So there I was on what I thought would be my last check up with the midwife before I gave birth and I felt really well. I was tired with swollen ankles, but then... Read More

I didn't know about Preeclampsia until I was admitted at the hospital - July 26,

Posted On Tuesday, January 25, 2005 By

I didn't know about Preeclampsia until I was admitted at the hospital - July 26, 1999. I had pain, extreme pain for 3 weeks before I had my son. I asked my physician and the RN teaching our childbirth class what the problem could be and was told that it was growing pains. Take Tylenol. Of course, it got really bad one night...couldn't stand, couldn't sit. My hubby called the doctor. He said that it was heartburn...at the most the uterus stretching. He said I could go to the ER or just wait until the AM to see him. The pain eventually faded but I went to the office in the AM...he was located next to the hospital so I went to the Maternity Ward. When the hooked me up they saw... Read More

Shelly's Story

Posted On Sunday, January 23, 2005 By John / Brenda Warner

Shelly’s Story January 16, 2005, is a day that changed our lives forever.  On that day our daughter, Shelly Lynn Bridgewater, 25 years young, lost her fight to live to preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome. She passed away one week after giving birth to our first grandchild, Hailey Lynn. Although we love Hailey dearly, our experience of becoming Grandparents has been very bittersweet. Shelly loved life. Her smile and spirit would light up any room. Shelly graduated from Iowa State with a degree in elementary education and Spanish. While at Iowa State she worked at Lutheran Social Services, tutoring neglected and... Read More

Well ths was my second pregnancy and I was hoping things would go much better

Posted On Friday, September 24, 2004 By

Well ths was my second pregnancy and I was hoping things would go much better than they did before, because about a year before this pregnancy I lost a son to placenta abruption. When I was about 14 weeks pregnant it was discovered that I had an incompetant cervix, which I than had to have a cerclage put in and go on bedrest for the rest of my pregnancy. When I was about 20 weeks pregnant I decided to go to the hospital because I had a little spotting and I was worried about my stitch. Once there they discovered I had very very high blood pressure that just was not going back down, than they also discovered I had protein in my urine. I had preeclampsia. They admitted me that night and... Read More

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

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