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

I shared my story before, when my son was 10 months old. But so much

Posted On Monday, May 09, 2005 By

I shared my story before, when my son was 10 months old. But so much has changed. When I shared before, my son was diagnosed with Sandifer's Syndrome... To give you the short version, I found out that I had pre-eclampsia on June 11th, 2001. On June 13, 2001 my son was born 4-7 weeks early. The doctor said 4 weeks, UCLA said 7 weeks. My son weighed 7 lb 1 oz and was the picture of perfect health. For 10 minutes. Then he went into respiratory failure. He was in the NICU for 9 days, diagnosed with RDS, Jaundice, Tracheomalacia, Hypoglycemia. Back in the hospital at 3 weeks old and diagnosed with GERD and FTT. At 10 months old his head size went from 50th percentile to... Read More

My pregnancy progressed as normal as anyone could hope for. The only thing that was

Posted On Sunday, August 28, 2005 By Adora

My pregnancy progressed as normal as anyone could hope for. The only thing that was slightly abnormal was that I did pass sugar in my urine during my entire pregnancy (I am pretty sure it was sugar and not protein). My blood pressure was always about 120. I went into the hospital to be induced on a Sunday night. I was given cervadil that evening but did not start the pitocin until Monday morning at 7 am. I had started to labor on my own at about 4 am. After laboring for 27 hours, the doctor decided I had enough and my beautiful, healthy son Isaac was born by c-section. I was pretty out of it the entire day he was born from my lack of sleep due to my long labor. The next day I... Read More

Hi, My name is Maddy. I had Preeclampsia, which led to Pulminary Edema. I had

Posted On Sunday, October 27, 2002 By

Hi, My name is Maddy. I had Preeclampsia, which led to Pulminary Edema. I had gotten pregnant in october of 2001. This is our first child. I am an overweight woman to begin with and before I had gotten pregnant, I had asked my obgyn if it was ok for me and my child if I was to get pregnant weighing so much as I did. she had told me it has been done before, but I would have to be under a microscope with all my testings to see the baby more clearer. Once I was pregnant, i had the typical morning sicknesses. at least for the first 4-5 months. At this point, I didnt really gain too much weight because I was getting sick all the time. i was in my regular clothes until I hit 7... Read More

Most people dislike Mondays. It s the first workday of the week. I was one

Posted On Wednesday, March 05, 2003 By Camille

Most people dislike Mondays. Its the first workday of the week. I was one of those people too. That was until Monday, October 15, 2001. That was a Monday I will always cherish. Of course, the day didnt start out that way. My husband, Marc, and I desperately wanted a baby. We went to a fertility specialist, had all the tests and found nothing medically wrong, other than my agewhich was 36 at the time. I had some problems with mild hypertension, but controlled it with diet and medication. By the time I finally got pregnant, I was off the medication. We were overjoyed. I was due in the middle of November. I loved being pregnant. I had no complicationsat least initially.... Read More

My miracle baby........ I found out I was pregnant for the first time at age

Posted On Friday, January 03, 2003 By

My miracle baby........ I found out I was pregnant for the first time at age 39 in January of 2002. I saw my OB/GYN immediately and was confirmed to be 5 weeks along. I've been on blood pressure medication since age 28 (the worst was 180/90) so my doctor told me I would be seeing him on a monthly basis until my 3rd trimester. I experienced the normal nausea (but no vomiting) all day long and I was eating constantly. In fact I gained 7lbs by the end of February and by then my pressure was somewhere around 190/90. All through my first trimester I felt great even though I developed severe carpal tunnel in my right hand and my joints ached. I got laid off from my job so all I have to do... Read More

My story was first published in The Palm Beach Post on Sunday, May 11, 2003,

Posted On Tuesday, June 10, 2003 By

My story was first published in The Palm Beach Post on Sunday, May 11, 2003, my daughter's first birthday and mothers day. If you'd like to see photos of my daughter, please see our family website, www.thefordyces.com By Melanie Gerik Fordyce, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer My daughter turns 1 today. Emma Leslie Fordyce crawls around our house and tugs on anything in reach to pull herself up. She's ready to walk. Any minute now. She loves to point and yell, "Ca! Ca!" to get the attention of our dog, Cap. She laughs and smiles and can't keep her fingers out of her mouth. And when she gazes up at me with her big, beautiful blue eyes, I believe in... Read More

The day I found out I was pregnant, I couldn t believe it. Jess kept

Posted On Wednesday, June 04, 2003 By Kimberly

The day I found out I was pregnant, I couldnt believe it. Jess kept telling me to take more pregnancy tests, and I did. I think we took about 12 total. Three days later, I had my first doctors appointment with Dr. Reue. He said all looked good and asked if I was nauseated at all. Well, that morning on the way to the appointment, I did fell a little sick, but carsick nauseated, nothing too bad. And, the doc said it was a good sign that I was a little nauseated. A week later, Jess had to go out of town on business and his mom took me out to eat. We went to Kirby Lane Cafe (a place Ill NEVER return to!) and I had California Enchiladas. I felt like total crap when I got home, so... Read More

Despite being 26, slim, healthy and taking care of myself during my pregnancy I seemed

Posted On Wednesday, June 04, 2003 By

Despite being 26, slim, healthy and taking care of myself during my pregnancy I seemed to have one condition after another, all of which related to my circulation. I bled in the first month, had raised blood pressure on a couple of occasions, varicose veins, phlebitis. I gave up work at 34 weeks and started to feel much better. On the morning of my 35 week antenatal appt I was feeling really well, but when the doctor took my routine blood pressure, he informed me that I needed to go to the hospital straight away, as it was raised. I was really frightened by the reading and went straight in. The hospital gave me a drug called Nifedipine (or something similar) to bring the blood pressure... Read More

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

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