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

I few days after my due date they sent me in to have another ultrasound

Posted On Thursday, January 16, 2003 By Belen

I few days after my due date they sent me in to have another ultrasound to make sure the baby was still "thriving". They calculated that I was about to have a 10 pound baby so they weren't thinking preeclampsia at all but scheduled a c-section. On the night before my scheduled c-section I went into labor. So far the worst thing I was experiencing was the inserting of the cathyter. Everything was fine, they delivered baby Ethan (all 10.5 pounds of him) and then I remember all the alarms beeping apparently my blood pressure went up to 200/140 and the next thing I remember it was a full day later. Obviously I survived, and am now afraid to go down that road again because I have to... Read More

I am thankful to find such a wonderful website in which I am able to

Posted On Wednesday, October 16, 2002 By

I am thankful to find such a wonderful website in which I am able to share my story in hopes of helping someone through their grief or educating another women in hopes that she does not have to go through this horrible experience. I was 22 weeks pregnant with my first pregnancy when during my normal prenatal visit the doctor found my blood pressure to be abnormally high, there was protein in my urine and my swelling was extreme. I had gained 28 pounds in one week. He did an u/s and found that there was very little fluid around the baby. he put me on immediate bed rest and told me that I had preeclampsia. I went to the doctor twice a week for the next few weeks and nothing seemed to... Read More

I gave birth to my son on November 14 1997. During my pregnancy I gained

Posted On Wednesday, February 26, 2003 By

I gave birth to my son on November 14 1997. During my pregnancy I gained 90lbs. I went from a size one my first trimester, to wearing my husband's 38/30 Levi's two days before delivery. I was on bed rest for four months b/c I was suffering from adema and my b/p was way above normal. This was supposed to be a happy time. It was my first child. But, instead of getting the nursery ready, and preparing everything for my new arrival I was flat on my back and 180 lbs, unable to function normally. I was admitted to the hospital twice before my delivery date, and sent home to wait for labor. Once the fateful day arrived, I was terrified. I was rushed into the labor/delivery ward, and promptly told... Read More

I am 24 years old and i have a four year old daughter who was

Posted On Tuesday, November 09, 2004 By

I am 24 years old and i have a four year old daughter who was born at 28 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. She weight just over 2 pound and had alot of problems .

I found out I was pregnant with our first baby just before my 30th birthday.

Posted On Monday, August 30, 2004 By

I found out I was pregnant with our first baby just before my 30th birthday. We had been planning, but not planning, to get pregnant (if that makes any sense). We were of the mind that if we get pregnant, it was meant to be. And we did. I got the books and started reading. I went to my prenatal visits and took my vitamins. I was somewhat overweight to start, so I tried to watch what I was eating so that I didn't gain a zillion pounds. And my first few months were terrific. I had some nausea, but never actually got sick. I counted myself very lucky because a friend of mine was pregnant and due just 2 weeks before me and she was sick through 6 months! My weight stayed good; I... Read More

You can never imagine the day that death knocks on your door. I always imagined

Posted On Wednesday, August 25, 2004 By

You can never imagine the day that death knocks on your door. I always imagined it would be when I was elderly either from sickness or old age. I did not imagine that death would be knocking so soon for me. Especially when it involves my future family. My perfect dream of the creation of my own family was shattered that fateful day on January 29th of 2003. I was always told when I was an adolescent and as a teenager how maternal I was and how I would be a wonderful mother. This same notion is even what led me to specialize in child development and to become a preschool teacher. I love kids. It's one of the reasons why I married my husband. My husband has a reputation in his... Read More

I was only 24 weeks, due Nov 24,2004. This was my third pregnancy but my

Posted On Sunday, November 07, 2004 By Maureen

I was only 24 weeks, due Nov 24,2004. This was my third pregnancy but my other two pregnancies ended in miscarriage. We were so scared that we would lose this baby too. Every week was another milestone for us. Once I passed 14 weeks (the furthest along I had ever been) we were still very scared but also releived. We were actually starting to let ourselves get excited for our little bundle to arrive. My Doctor's visits were normal and happily uneventful. Everything looked to be right on track. I had no warning signs at all. My ankles were a little swollen that's it. I was gaining about a pound or 2 a week. I woke up to pee at 2am on August 18th. While in the bathroom, I started having... Read More

I was married exactly a year when I became pregnant with my son. My husband

Posted On Monday, January 10, 2005 By

I was married exactly a year when I became pregnant with my son. My husband and I were so very excited and we were ready for anything...or so we thought. At 18 weeks the ultrasound doctors told us that we were having a girl and from then until Easter we were planning to welcome little Isabella into the world. I believe that I started swelling at about 20 weeks and when I say swelling I mean it. In the photos of my pregnancy you cannot even tell that I am pregnant because the rest of my body is that large. At 30 weeks my doctors began to suspect that something was wrong. They brought me in for more tests and told me to come straight home from work everyday and lie down for the remainder... Read More

Wow my daughter is almost 6 years old now, time sure does fly. My story

Posted On Monday, September 13, 2004 By Brandi

Wow my daughter is almost 6 years old now, time sure does fly. My story is November 31 I went for a normal check up everything was fine blood pressure was great so I went home, that evening I had some vaginal spotting so my mother and I went to the hospital for a routine rogaime shot due to my RH factor. To our surprise they said my blood pressure was 200 over 140 and I was very sick. My mother and I were confused and wanted to get the shot and leave they hooked me up to the magnesium instantly I was so sick. I was in the hospital for about 2 hours and they told me I would be taken by a helicopter to a bigger hospital 2 hours away. I was still so confused and scared I remember getting... Read More

My journey with Pre-Ecclampsia and HELLP syndrome began in July 2002. My husband and I

Posted On Friday, February 18, 2005 By

My journey with Pre-Ecclampsia and HELLP syndrome began in July 2002. My husband and I were elated to be pregnant the same month we were married as we had already been together for 9 years. However, I started becoming sick within my first month. My morning sickness was so severe, I had to be rehydrated at the ER AND be on the anti-emetic Zofran. Despite our best efforts, I lost 17 lbs that first trimester. Later, I would discover that poor maternal nutrition has been linked to pre-ecclampsia, something I am sure the morning sickness didn't help with. At 17 weeks, my CNM noticed my blood pressure was 140/90 and that I had gained 4 lbs in a week. She sent me home on bed rest for... Read More

My daughter Tessa was born April 9 at 34 1/2 weeks due to preeclampsia complications.

Posted On Monday, June 07, 2004 By

My daughter Tessa was born April 9 at 34 1/2 weeks due to preeclampsia complications. I had been very healthy during my pregnancy, so the sudden onset of preeclampsia came as a shock. I participated in safe exercise consistently, I ate well; at each visit, my doctor said I was progressing like a textbook case. However, at my 32-week visit I had 1+ trace of protein in my urine. The doctor wasn't too concerned, but said we had to watch it. Then at my 34-week visit, the protein trace had increased to 2+. I also had severe swelling in my legs, ankles, and feet, which appeared at the start of the third trimester. I thought swelling was normal for pregnancy, so I didn't mention anything to my... Read More

It was two days after Christmas 2000 that we found out we were going to

Posted On Tuesday, April 08, 2003 By

It was two days after Christmas 2000 that we found out we were going to have a baby. My husband and I were so excited because it was going to be our first child and nervous because neither of us knew what to expect. My pregnancy was picture perfect for the first trimester. I had no morning sickness but did experience frequent bouts of nausea, which popping a few Tums seemed to help. Around my 23rd week, I noticed swelling in my ankles and mentioned it to my OB at my 24 week check and she said that it's normal to experience some swelling. I went home feeling okay. Then the following week I called the office because the swelling seemed worse and was not going down overnight. They had... Read More

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