Even though my son's birth was almost 19 years ago, I remember it like it

Posted On Tuesday, May 20, 2003 By

Even though my son's birth was almost 19 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. I had a textbook pregnancy until the last month. During that month, I never swelled up but my hands would hurt so bad when I woke up that I could not turn a doorknob without using both hands to wrap my fingers around the knob. I didn't have headaches, just a "little" protein in my urine according to my ob/gyn. My son was also breech. I was 12 days late when I went into labor. Once labor started, I knew something was wrong. During and after contractions, I had a horrible pain underneath my ribcage that would not go away. I met my doctor at the hospital. He ordered an x-ray to see if the baby... Read More

I was 33 weeks along, and I developed a sinus infection so I decided to

Posted On Saturday, October 02, 2004 By

I was 33 weeks along, and I developed a sinus infection so I decided to call the doctor for an appointment, because this infection was worse than any other ailment I might have ever had. I had the worst headache I could ever imagine. My face had begun. to swell as well as my legs and feet and finally I could not comfortably wear a pair of pants I had worn the day before.I was very concerned because I had been relatively healthy throughout the pregnancy. I had finally arrived at the doctors office and he asked me what the problem was. I said I am 33 weeks pregnant and I have an infection of some sort. he takes my blood pressure it was 189/100. he said let me get my boss. His boss... Read More

My son was born at 39wks 5days at 7lbs 14oz at a military hospital, March

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2005 By

My son was born at 39wks 5days at 7lbs 14oz at a military hospital, March 2004. I was maybe 4lbs over the Air Force weight standard for my height when I became pregnant. I did shift work, days/nights for 8 to 12 hours a day at a desk job. The first trimester all that was appealing to me was chocolate and soda; once the morning sickness subsided I tried to eat better but I could not leave my office to eat so what I ate at work was not the best. That said, I did not gain a worrying amount of weight between appointments which were 4-6 weeks apart. I had ultra sounds at 11, 20, and 30 weeks which all showed a normal developing baby. I did not have to give urine samples at... Read More

During my first pregnancy at age 24, I developed high blood pressure experienced a sudden

Posted On Thursday, February 10, 2005 By

During my first pregnancy at age 24, I developed high blood pressure & experienced a sudden weight gain of 11 lbs. one month at my 33 week check up. I was immediately ordered to quit my job teaching high school and sent home on bedrest. I was admitted to the hospital twice for monitoring over the next 2 weeks. At 35 1/2 weeks, I noticed the severe epigastric pain I was warned about in my right side abdomen. When we went the hospital immediately, the doctor found I had the brisk reflexes, meaning I was about to have a seizure. Labor was induced and I was given magnesium sulfate and my son was born weighing 3 lbs. 14 oz. We had done an ultrasound at 33 weeks and his weight was estimated... Read More

I was pregnant with my first son in 1999-2000. I had a normal pregnancy and

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2005 By

I was pregnant with my first son in 1999-2000. I had a normal pregnancy and was gaining a "normal" amount of weight. All my blood tests were turning out normal. Then, in the last two months of pregnancy, my feet started swelling and weren't going down the next morning. I was told that is normal. I was gaining 6-10 lbs a week and my blood pressure was high. Then there was protein in my urine and I was told I had preeclampsia and, in my 37 week, I was instructed to have my labor induced. After going home to get some clothes, I went to the hospital and everything was fine. My second pregnancy came on very quickly. In fact, I didn't know I was pregnant. When I found out and started... Read More

Hi all Well, I don't know how to start, so I will just start My

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2003 By Andrea

Hi all!! Well, I don't know how to start, so I will just start! My son Adam was born by emergency c-section June 14, 2003. I woke up early that morning to be sick to my stomach, with bad stomach and back aches. I thought I had food poisoning, I had taco bell the night before. So 3 hours of sickness,I went to the hospital. After they finally figured out what was wrong and seeing the babys heartbeat go from 192 down to 109. It kept going up and down to show distress. So they prepped me for surgery and my son was born at 9:53 am. I went to the hospital at 5:30 am. I was so swollen, I couldnt open my eyes and my hands were so swollen. My hand still hurts from where the IV was. THey were drawing... Read More

ound out I was pregnant with my first child just six months after we were

Posted On Sunday, April 17, 2005 By

ound out I was pregnant with my first child just six months after we were married after only out second month of trying. Almost immediately the all day morning sickness took hold and then at just 7 weeks I had a big bleed. I rushed to the emergency section of the local hospital and after multiple examinations and an ultrasound was told the I had a retro placental haemorrhage which looked to be settling down. After about a week we finally started to stop worrying when the bleeding started again. We went back to the hospital and this time the ultrasound showed unexplained bleeding and I was sent home and told to rest. This happened for the next three weeks and each time I was told the... Read More

I had a wonderful, picture perfect pregnancy. I experienced no morning sickness or other difficulties.

Posted On Wednesday, March 19, 2003 By

I had a wonderful, picture perfect pregnancy. I experienced no morning sickness or other difficulties. Later in my pregnancy, I started to experience some mild swelling. I wasn't worried about it - my blood pressure and urine tests were fine. At 35 weeks, I had an appointment with my midwife. I had protien in my urine (+2), but my blood pressure was still fine. We talked about the warning signs of pre-eclampsia. As the week progressed, I started to feel unwell - I was extremely tired and felt some discomfort along my side. On Sunday, I was 36 weeks. I was at work making funeral arrangements with a family and I had a really bad headache. As I was explaining the paperwork... Read More

I KNEW A GIRL NAMED MUSETTE LACEN SHE WAS 26 YRS OLD WHEN SHE PASSED,

Posted On Tuesday, April 08, 2003 By

I KNEW A GIRL NAMED MUSETTE LACEN SHE WAS 26 YRS OLD WHEN SHE PASSED, DUE TO PRECLAMSIA...SHE WAS A NEWLYWED SHE WAS ONLY A YEAR AND A HALF MARRIED....THIS WAS HER FIRST CHILD, SHE DID NOT GET TO SEE HER BEAUTIFUL BOY.IT WAS VERY SAD.THE BOY RICHARD MUSETTE MALDANADO SURVIVED WEIGHING ONLY 2 POUNDS, HE IS NOW 4 MONTHS AND IS HEALTHY..SHE DID NOT MAKE IT..............THAT WAS A VERY TRAGIC LOSS FOR US.SHE WAS A GREAT FRIEND.I MISS HER SO MUCH THE BABY LOOK'S JUST LIKE HER....THE HUSBAND IS NOW RAISING THE CHILD BY HIM SELF WITH THE SUPPORT OF HIS FAMILY......RIP MUSETTE LACEN MALDANADO....WE LOVE YOU.

I was 18 years old in 1963 and had a perfect pregnancy. I had gained

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By

I was 18 years old in 1963 and had a perfect pregnancy. I had gained 10 pounds until the last week of pregnancy and then gained 5 pounds.I went from 115 pounds to 130 pounds. I worked until 6 weeks before delivery. JFK was shot on Friday, November 22nd and the nation was in shock and mourning. On Saturday night after watching the news coverage most of the day, I ordered a pizza that was burned and I couldn't eat it. About 11:00 p.m. I started feeling butterflies in my stomach and shortly thereafter, lost my equilibrium. I walked into a wall trying go through a doorway and sat down on the arm of the couch instead of the seat. When we realized that I was getting butterflies every 5... Read More

I have recently had preeclampsia for the third time, having lost two little girls at

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By Cora

I have recently had preeclampsia for the third time, having lost two little girls at twenty six weeks into my pregnancies, you never expect it to happen again. It came on so suddenly and unexpectedly. I still want to try for another baby, but I'm not sure, because of it happening again. My consultant has been very supportive towards us, and tells me that next time he shall put me on low dose aspirin, which I took on my second pregnancy but developed it again at thirty two weeks. I was induced at thirty five wks and had a little girl weighing at four pounds who now is very healthy at thirteen years old. Last year I fell pregnant again after trying for two years. Everything... Read More

I am a 35 year old Caucasian woman who had an uneventful first pregnancy and

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2003 By

I am a 35 year old Caucasian woman who had an uneventful first pregnancy and delivery at 33 years old. My husband Gavin and I wanted another baby, and thought it would be as easy as the first time. But this pregnancy was different from the very beginning. I had terrible morning sickness for the first 5 months, which finally eased up around the 26th week. I enjoyed about one month of feeling good, then I began developing early signs of preeclampsia. In my 29th week, I began spilling protein in my urine, with 1+ that week. I started a 24hr urine screen that day and began seeing my OB (who is a perinatologist) on a weekly basis. The 24hr came back with protein count of 230, only slightly... Read More

My mother lost her first child to toxemia, or pre-eclampsia. She experienced some degree of

Posted On Friday, September 26, 2003 By Lynne

My mother lost her first child to "toxemia," or pre-eclampsia. She experienced some degree of this disease with each of her three pregnancies. My pregnancy showed none of the symptoms, in fact, my blood pressure was a little on the low side up until the crisis occurred. Because of how quickly the condition took hold and how severe it became in a short period of time, I am convinced that I had HELLP syndrome. I was hospitalized for over a week and closely monitored once I went home. Our daughter was delivered at 27 weeks gestation. She weighed 1 pound, 7 ounces. She had a critical episode at 3 weeks of age, which I am convinced is the origin of her cerebral palsy. Prior to this... Read More

II was a single 38 year old single woman who had aadenomyosis. During my pregnancy

Posted On Monday, July 28, 2003 By

II was a single 38 year old single woman who had aadenomyosis. During my pregnancy I had many cramps and pains, which I contributed to the adenomyosis. As I entered into my 36th week - I suddenly gained 12 pounds in 1 week which did not raise suspicion to the Dr but it did me. Towards the end of that same week, I had what I thought were braxton hicks contractions. I also had trouble breathing. I felt like my oxygen had been cut off, I was lightheaded and dizzy. Then on the Sunday night of August 18th, 2002 at 2 am in the morning, I woke up with the most incredible pain in my chest. I couldn't breathe and I was throwing up. I waited until morning and went to work. I threw up a... Read More

My Name is Christine and my daughter is Meghan Elizabeth born on June 6, 2003

Posted On Friday, October 17, 2003 By

My Name is Christine and my daughter is Meghan Elizabeth born on June 6, 2003 weighing 6lbs 12oz - she was just over 3.5 weeks early. I had a great pregnancy - no morning sickness, no back pains, mild to moderate swelling beginning in my third trimester but nothing really alarming. My blood pressure was fine throughout - 110/70. All was fine until my check up at 35 weeks - it was a Friday and all was fine - I had gained about 43 pounds total in my pregnancy, I was measuring fine for my week, I was 1 cm dilated and about 80% effaced but my blood pressure was up around 138/90. The doctor indicated she would have my pressure checked again at the end of the visit because it may have been a... Read More

My husband is in the Air Force and we are stationed overseas in Japan. At

Posted On Sunday, January 04, 2004 By

My husband is in the Air Force and we are stationed overseas in Japan. At the time, my husband was in the United States for work and I was home in Japan. I had the perfect pregnancy in the beginning with no morning sickness only gaining 10 pounds total my first 6 months of pregnancy. Just as I turn 28 weeks, I started having problems with my pregnancy. I turned 28 weeks on Friday and that night I was up almost the whole night with heartburn. I also was starting to have severe headaches as well as starting to gain weight. I was not too worried as I was just showing side effects from pregnancy. Headaches, swelling, heartburn, no big deal, right? Wrong! After almost a week of not... Read More

At my 30 week OB appt. my blood pressure had risen to 148/94, and my

Posted On Sunday, November 16, 2003 By Jo

At my 30 week OB appt. my blood pressure had risen to 148/94, and my OB started to get concerned. He decided to go ahead with the lung-steriod shots. I would recieve a series of 2 shots that contained steriods to speed the development of my daughter's lungs. I was also given several non-stress tests to make sure the baby was handling the pregnancy. Everything looked good. So, I was sent home to my toddler on strict bedrest to see if my blood pressure would return to normal. I was also instructed to moniter my blood pressure from home. I had a dificult time adhearing to my strict bedrest, but tried to lay down 2 hours for every hour I had been up. (not the way to do it!) Around 32... Read More

My story is that I was always expecting to get pre-eclampsia, as my mum had

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 By

My story is that I was always expecting to get pre-eclampsia, as my mum had it with my and my brothers and sister, and my Gran had it and lost her first baby with toxaemia. I was pregnant with my first baby, and was actually surprised that I had been so well thoughout the pregnancy and thought that maybe I had been lucky and avoided pre-eclampsia. However, I began to get swollen ankles at 38 weeks (though stupidly thought that this was a 'normal' thing for pregnancy) and didn't feel very well. I waited 3 days until I had a routine appointment with my Community Midwife who observed 1+ proteinuria and my diastolic BP was 118! I went straight to hospital in an ambulance and was monitored for... Read More

I've never written down my story, but I've always questioned myself about having preeclampsia. My

Posted On Thursday, April 21, 2005 By

I've never written down my story, but I've always questioned myself about having preeclampsia. My son is almost a year old. He was born at 35 weeks, weighing 6 lbs 1 oz. He had to stay in the NICU for 8 days. He came home on Mother's Day. He is very healthy, but I still beat myself up over my pregnancy. I started having preterm labor at 30 weeks. I was in the hospital several times to stop the contractions. I had swelling, protein in the urine, but never had high blood pressure. At 35 weeks, I went to my regular appointment and complained of vision disturbances. I was admitted on Tuesday and was transferred by ambulance on Thursday to another hospital. They wanted to keep me in... Read More

I delivered a baby boy by emergency c-section the morning of December 8th. At the

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2005 By

I delivered a baby boy by emergency c-section the morning of December 8th. At the time I was 7 months pregnant- up until then I had been working full time and just gone on leave. I had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes about a month before. A week before the delivery I had been to see the doctor and she said I was exhibiting the first signs of pre-eclampsia and to come back in a week for a further check. At that time my blood pressure was 130/90 but I didn't have any other signs of pre-eclampsia. She said I would most probably have to deliver early but that would be decided as my condition worsened. However, the day I was supposed to go back and have my condition evaluated&... Read More

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