Four and a half years ago, my daughter was delivered C-Section. The first three months

Posted On Tuesday, December 30, 2003 By

Four and a half years ago, my daughter was delivered C-Section. The first three months of my pregnancy were fairly normal, just the morning sickness all day. I then started having severe abdominal pain. It felt as though the wind were being knocked out of me. I consulted with my doctor about this and was told it was completely normal. By this time, I had lost 16 pounds, my ankles didn't exist (because they were swelled so badly, but I was told this also is expected during pregnanct, as per my OB. At 22 weeks, I had been dealing with the swelling, abdominal pains, and nausea all the time. At one point the abdominal pains started, and I started to feel dizzy. (Throughout my... Read More

It was a Thursday, I was sitting at my desk at work and within an

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2005 By Holly

It was a Thursday, I was sitting at my desk at work and within an hour of arriving that morning I noticed that my legs and ankles were very swollen and uncomfortable. I decided to go to my local GP to get things checked out. Little did I know that by the following Monday, my baby boy would be born 27 weeks 3 days, at a weight of 1lb 10oz. I was just under 27 weeks pregnant. My local GP saw that my blood presure was slightly increased and I had protein of +1 in my urine and recommended that I go into the Fetal Assessment unit in the maternity hospital I was due to attend. I was seen to pretty quickly and wasnt exactly told I had preeclampsia. I was admitted the next day for a 24 hour... Read More

My daughter, Blake Hartley, is now a healthy, active 6 year old. But she didn't

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 By Michelle

My daughter, Blake Hartley, is now a healthy, active 6 year old. But she didn't start out that way. At about 16 weeks into the pregnancy, I noticed that my hands and feet seemed to be swelling abnormally, and I had put on 11 lbs in 3 weeks without eating badly. I went to my OB/GYN and told him things just didn't seem right, to which he replied, "Well, that's just you pregnant." Well, a few weeks later at my 20 week check up my blood pressure was on the rise -- 140/95 in comparison to my usual 110/70. I was sent home on serious bed rest -- only up 1 hour a day total and I could have one 1 hour outing a week. I progressed to 33 1/2 weeks on bedrest. Occasionally my blood pressure... Read More

I already wrote in here but I thought of more things that happened during my

Posted On Friday, July 01, 2005 By

I already wrote in here but I thought of more things that happened during my pergnancy, just in case it helps with someone else.Well I didn't just have morning sickness every day of my pregnancy, I had morning, noon, and night sickness. I remember in about my third or fourth month I got migraines all the time. Every time I went to the grocery store, by the time I was in the checkout lane I was antsy, ready to leave. I felt really nauseous like I was going to pass out. I was in and out of the hospital all the time. I knew when my blood pressure was high because if I was sitting down and didn't feel good I could feel my body rocking back and forth. I couldn't eat my favorite... Read More

On March 9, 2004 when I was 26 weeks pregnant and 23 yrs. old, I

Posted On Monday, January 03, 2005 By Annette

On March 9, 2004 when I was 26 weeks pregnant and 23 yrs. old, I began having pain in my upper right abdomen (right under my ribs). I called my OBGYN and had him paged. I explained that something "didn't feel right" and told him about the pain. He told me everything was fine and that it was probably just Braxton-Hicks. I told him it wasn't pain in my uterus but in my chest. He told me I was being paranoid and to take some Tyenol and lay down. I called him back one hour later after it had gotten worse and he continued to assure me that since this was my 1st pregnancy I was over-reacting. Later that evening (as the pain got worse) I got an awful headache. When I called the dr. back he told me... Read More

I found out I was pregnant on February 22, 2001. This was our first child

Posted On Thursday, February 13, 2003 By Dawn

I found out I was pregnant on February 22, 2001. This was our first child and we were thrilled. My pregnancy went normally at first...a little morning sickness and finally in my fourth month I felt good. We visited my husband's mom and dad on a Sunday and his sister and her daughter were there. While we were there our neice started throwing up, apparently with a virus. On Monday and all through the week I was having a little pain in the upper, right part of my stomach and my husband and I figured that it was just a little touch of the same virus. On Saturday, the very end of June we were having a neighborhood 4th of July party. My parents came up for it and the first thing my mom... Read More

My husband and I found out I was pregnant in August. Which was a reall

Posted On Sunday, April 25, 2004 By

My husband and I found out I was pregnant in August. Which was a reall surprise because we hadn't been trying and I was told that it would be almost impossible for me to. My husband was estatic, I was a little more hesitant. Almost as soon as I found out, I started having morning sickness, except it lasted all day and night. There were times I couldn't get to sleep and days I couldn't make it into work. I never thought anything about it, I thought that was normal. And at 4 months it started going away. For about 2 months everything felt normal. I was actually feeling good and enjoying being pregnant. Then at 7 months the nausea came back. Just as sever as before. I also started... Read More

My fourth son Nicolas Aidan Clement Morris was born at 30 weeks and weighed 1.4lbs.

Posted On Tuesday, May 18, 2004 By

My fourth son Nicolas Aidan Clement Morris was born at 30 weeks and weighed 1.4lbs. I had laid in George Washington University Hospital on my left side for 6 weeks. My one treat was to change to my right side during "Friends". My other three sons were without their mom and taken care of my their aunt and grandfather. It was a nightmare. I had preeclampsia with my third son but not until the 35 week. I was under the impression that it never occurred until the third trimester. I was very wrong. Protein showed up in my urine in mass amounts during my doctor's visit at 24 weeks. I tried to lay down at home but it didn't work very well with three young boys ages 6, 8, and 10 in the... Read More

I AM WRITING THIS HOPEFULLY TO HELP OTHER WOMAN WHO AREN'T AWARE OF THE DANGERS

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2003 By Bianca

I AM WRITING THIS HOPEFULLY TO HELP OTHER WOMAN WHO AREN'T AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF PREECLAMSIA...I HAD LOST 3 PREVIOUS PREGNANCIES BEFORE BECOMING PREGNANT IN APRIL OF 1997...NO ONE HAD BEEN ABLE TO TELL ME WHY I HAD LOST THESE PREGNANCIES BUT THE VERY FIRST LOSS WAS AT 25 WEEKS GESTATION AND BEING A FIRST TIME MOTHER I TOOK THE DOCTOR'S WORD THAT IT WAS JUST A FREAK OCCURANCE...WELL I LOST TWO MORE AFTER THAT WHEN I BECAME PREGNANT IN 1997...I FOUND OUT AT 6 WEEKS GESTATION THAT I HAD BEEN PREGNANY WITH TWINS BUT UNFORTUNATELY LOST ONE AT ALMOST 8 WEEKS GESTATION... MY DAUGHTER SURVIVED HOWEVER AND I CONTINUED THE PREGNANCY...WHEN I GOT PREGNANT I WEIGHED APPROXIMATELY 160 POUNDS AND... Read More

I started to notice a great deal of swelling, headaches and fatigue a few weeks

Posted On Wednesday, February 05, 2003 By

I started to notice a great deal of swelling, headaches and fatigue a few weeks before I was officially diagnosed with severe Pre-Eclampsia. In fact, my husband and I joked about how I used to have ankles, which had somehow turned into tree trunks than ended in my overfilled shoes. It was on a routine 32-week check-up that I was diagnosed by my primary care doctor. She was chitchatting with my husband and I while taking my blood pressure, asking about baby names and things, when she suddenly stopped talking and I noticed a look of concern on her face as she stared at the blood pressure gauge. Overall she must have taken my blood pressure at least a dozen times. She switched cuff... Read More

My story with preeclampsia is very long, so I will try to keep it as

Posted On Tuesday, August 06, 2002 By

My story with preeclampsia is very long, so I will try to keep it as short as possible. Even though, I had preeclampsia 12 years ago, the pain of it all will be forever fresh in my mind. When I was 21 years old, my husband and I became pregnant with out first pregnancy. But my pregnancy was troubled right from the start. I began to get sick to my stomach at a week after conception, thinking I had the stomach flu. I soon found out I was pregnant, and thought that my morning sickness was normal. By the time I was 5 weeks pregnant I was already being hospitalized for dehydration, throwing up non stop 24 hours a day. By 7 weeks they did an ultrasound and found out I was carrying twins. I... Read More

My son Kyle James was born on January 20, 2002 at 10:01pm, weighing in at

Posted On Tuesday, August 13, 2002 By

My son; Kyle James was born on January 20, 2002 at 10:01pm, weighing in at 3 lbs 6 ozs. Born 6

At 33 weeks, my regular OB noticed that my swelling and weight gain were excessive.

Posted On Sunday, June 22, 2003 By

At 33 weeks, my regular OB noticed that my swelling and weight gain were excessive. He ordered a 12 hour test for protein in my urine. There were astronomical amounts of protein leaking into my urine. I was monitored with daily NSTs for two weeks, and everything looked stable besides the protein in my urine. All my bloodwork was good. At 34 and half weeks, an ultrasound indicated that everything was fine with my son. He was 6 lbs 8 ounces already! Within a matter of days after that first ultrasound, everything fell apart. My blood pressure sky rocketed, I started seeing spots, and my blood work wasn't looking too good. At 35 weeks, another ultrasound was done. My son was running out of... Read More

I was having a very uneventful triplet pregnancy when I went in for a regular

Posted On Wednesday, March 02, 2005 By MD

I was having a very uneventful triplet pregnancy when I went in for a regular checkup at about 27 weeks. It was a Friday and I was feeling ok considering. My BP was elevated and the Dr. sent me home with instructions to collect urine over the weekend and bring it in on Monday. I didn't think this sounded right, and thought because I was carrying triplets and my BP was up, I should probably go to the hospital. The Dr. had a nurse call me later that Friday night to tell me she decided I should collect the urine that night and take it to L&D in the morning. Well, Saturday, I wasn't feeling well at all. I remember being very shaky and I had a bad headache. I just knew... Read More

My name is Abigail Gutierrez. Throughout the first 4 months of my pregnancy, erything was

Posted On Tuesday, November 23, 2004 By

My name is Abigail Gutierrez. Throughout the first 4 months of my pregnancy, erything was going normal, my blood work, my weight gain, my BP. Right after I hit the fifth month that's when I started gaining weight excessively, and I had a mild headache that would not go away. Each time I had a visit with my OBGYN he told me everything was normal, to stay away from salty foods, to watch my diet..... so I did. At eight months pregnant, on July 29, 2001 at 2 a.m., I felt a sharp pain in my abdomen, after, I couldn't sleep and had the feeling of impending doom.Later at 9 a.m. I told my husband to take me to the hospital since I was not feeling right... I didn't know what was happening, only... Read More

As I was pregnant with my first son 9yrs ago, the symptoms that come to

Posted On Tuesday, September 16, 2003 By christine

As I was pregnant with my first son 9yrs ago, the symptoms that come to mind is a horrible headache. I remember going to my Dr's appt at 21 weeks and gained 30 lbs in one month. My BP was up. My OBGYN immediatly told me that he had to send me to a high risk practice. I was in and out of the hospital, on bed rest both at home and in the hospital. I was given Procardia broken up in liquid form under my tounge to keep my BP down. After an amniocentisis at 34 weeks they determined it was safe to induce labor. He was born a happy, healthy 4 lb and 15 ounce baby boy. 4 Yrs later. At 26 weeks pregnant I was placed once again on bed rest and a home health care nurse came out to install a... Read More

Hi I got pregnant at the age of 20. During my 6th month of pregnancy,

Posted On Saturday, November 02, 2002 By Sarah

Hi! I got pregnant at the age of 20. During my 6th month of pregnancy, I started having contractions. I observed it happened every time I got tired. I didn't really discuss it with my OB/GYNE because it didn't happen often but I mentioned it to my husband's aunt who also happened to be a doctor. She advised me to stay in bed. But everything felt normal so I didn't listen to her advice and treated my infrequent contractions as normal. When I was on my 8th month, I saw my doctor for my monthly check-up. Everything was normal. No sign for alarm. That same day, after my check-up I went out with my husband. That night, I started having contractions again. This time, it won't go away. I... Read More

I was 30 years old and expecting my first child when I developed eclampsia. My

Posted On Wednesday, October 06, 2004 By Jackie

I was 30 years old and expecting my first child when I developed eclampsia. My pre/eclampsia went unnoticed. The dr told me not to worry it was just last minute fluid. I had severe swelling and headaches all weekend. Then I awoke up on a Sunday morning and went to go to the bathroom and fell on the floor, I had no power on my right side. Then my body started to shake, could not get words out my husband carried me to the car and drove me to the er. I passed out in the er and woke up three days later. I had seizures for three days. The Drs told my husband that it was the worst case they ever seen. I had a son we survied. Hes had a tough time . He is very small and has developmental delays... Read More

I am a mother who survived preeclampsia and I feel that the preeclampsia saved my

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2005 By

I am a mother who survived preeclampsia and I feel that the preeclampsia saved my daughter. I have had low blood pressure my whole life untill I got pregnant. I kept telling the doctors and nurses that I thought my blood pressure was high but since it was still in a normal range they just said it was supposed to go up because I was pregnant. A nurse I met at work told me that if your blood pressure goes up over 20 points then it is high for you and it was up over 20points, but what do I know. My daughter was transverse and that seemed to be the worst of our problems till I was going in to get her turned and ended up having her. My blood pressure was steadily creeping up through my... Read More

I find it hard to remember much about what happened to me, this is my

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2005 By Kara

I find it hard to remember much about what happened to me, this is my attempt to recall some of it and to share it with others. I suffered from an eclamptic seizure and HELLP syndrome after the birth of my daughter. My husband and I first suffered a miscarriage so I was overjoyed at becoming pregnant after one long stressful year. We were living in Northern Norway at the time since we are marine biologists and have both traveled the world. I was morning sick from 3 weeks on and this continued throughout my entire pregnancy. I was physically ill at least once a day, so although I was ecstatic about being pregnant I had no illusions that I wasn't going through a rough pregnancy. For the... Read More

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