I was 17 years old and found out that I was going to have a

Posted On Wednesday, January 15, 2003 By

I was 17 years old and found out that I was going to have a baby. I had no clue what all to expect from my pregnancy or about preeclampsia. I was very young at the time and did not expect anything to go wrong with my pregnancy. Everything went well until I was 33 weeks along. I had no idea what preeclampsia was or that I had it. I started vomiting daily and could not even hold down crackers or water. I called my OBGYN and they stated some people have stomach illness throughout the entire pregnancy and that was probobaly what I was experiencing. Within a three day period I had gained a tremendous amount of weight and was vomiting daily. I gained 22 pounds within these... Read More

My story began in November of 2000. I was put on bed rest because I

Posted On Monday, November 15, 2004 By

My story began in November of 2000. I was put on bed rest because I had two of the three symptoms of preeclampsia. Unfortunately, I was not educated on the symptoms I should have been looking for in case my situation took a turn for the worse. My husband and I attended a Lamaze class and while there I developed a horrible headache. I continued to have the headache for three days, not knowing that this was such a bad thing. I tried to ignore the headache, but as the weekend went on I was having a horrible pain in my upper chest. Again, I just thought the baby was growing and pushing everything up--I was 33 weeks. Finally, I could not stand it anymore and I called the doctor. At this... Read More

Hello. My name is Heather Wood and I am 24yrs old. I became pregnant in

Posted On Monday, November 08, 2004 By Lindsay

Hello. My name is Heather Wood and I am 24yrs old. I became pregnant in September of 2003 and had the best pregnancy. No morning sickness, gained only 37lbs, had awsome maternity pictures done at 35weeks, a 3D ultasound done at 36 weeks, and felt like I had more energy than ever. Until the morning of June 3rd 2004, one day before my due date,40 weeks pregnant, I woke up feeling very strange with right upper abdominal pain. Thinking I was in labor at 2am, I got out of bed and started walking around and doing my breathing I had learned in lamaze class. I didn't wake my husband, thinking this was going to be awile before I needed him to take me to the hospital. 45 minutes after pacing the... Read More

I had Preeclampsia while pregnant with my oldest son, who is now 18. He has

Posted On Saturday, August 10, 2002 By

I had Preeclampsia while pregnant with my oldest son, who is now 18. He has Autism, Tourettes syndrome, and Obsessive compulsive Disorder. I never gave much thought to the connection between the preeclampsia and the disabilities, as there is Autism in my family. Now I wonder. It doesn't look as though treatment has changed much for Preeclampsia.When I look back now, though, there are things I sure hope have changed. I never heard the word "Preeclampsia" from my Dr. till after my baby was born. I just knew I had high blood pressure, and they wanted me to stay in bed on my left side. No one... Read More

I went into labor exactly one week to the day of my due date. I

Posted On Monday, June 30, 2003 By Brandi

I went into labor exactly one week to the day of my due date. I had been to the doctor that day, and at eleven o'clock that evening, contractions began. I could not tell you how often or how far apart they were. My sister could though. While my husband slept upstairs, thinking he would be going to work the next day, my sister cared for me. Finally, at five in the morning on January 17, I had had enough. I called my OB and told him I was on my way. My husband got out of bed and helped me into the car. As we drove off, it began to sleet. We arrived at the hospital and I thought I was going to pass out from the pain. They examined me and told me that I was barely dialated at two, but... Read More

Jan. 21,1995 I found out I was pregnant with our first child. we were so

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By

Jan. 21,1995 I found out I was pregnant with our first child. we were so excited and so happy. however I felt sick throughout my entire pregnancy, head aches all the time, once I reached my 2nd trimester my blood preassure started rising. My doctor just continued to watch through the rest of my pregnancy. Finally one night i got out of bed and was so sick. My doctor saw me at the emergency room and they induced my labor, approx 36 hours later our daughter was born (only 10 days early)as she was coming into this world there were no cries she was very white and the nurses immediately took her. Her oxygen level was only in low 80 s and they took her to intensive care. I finally got to... Read More

Hello, I am writing to share my very scary experience with HELLP syndrome and offer

Posted On Tuesday, March 04, 2003 By Annamarie

Hello, I am writing to share my very scary experience with HELLP syndrome and offer support to anyone that needs it. Here goes... I started out with a very healthy and uneventful pregnancy. At approx. 19 weeks I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was completely shocked. My weight was normally 105 pounds, I exercised daily and ate healthy. However, I had it and had it bad. I started taking insulin shots immediately and had a very strict diet. I managed to keep my blood sugars under tight control and although diabetes was a pain - all went well. Until... at 39 weeks my Dr. decided to induce me. I went into the hospital, was in labor for 15 hours, dilated to 9 then went... Read More

At 30 weeks I began to notice that my ankles were swollen and my toes

Posted On Monday, December 16, 2002 By

At 30 weeks I began to notice that my ankles were swollen and my toes felt as though they would pop off of my feet! I had the nurse at my work take my bp and it was 150/90! My bp had always been 120/60. I called my doc and he had me come in. My bp was still high but no protein in my urine. I was put on aldomet for my high bp. He said that there was no reason for concern at this point and that he would see me next week when I came in for my routine check up. Over the next week I felt fine except that my hands were starting to swell and I was unable to wear my ring. I went in at 31 weeks and was shocked to be diagnosed with pre-e! I was then put on bedrest. I went to the the doc 2x... Read More

While pregnant with my first child I began swelling at 28 weeks. I began having

Posted On Friday, June 27, 2003 By Whitney

While pregnant with my first child I began swelling at 28 weeks. I began having elevated blood pressure and was told to come in twice a week to have it checked by my nurse. At 31 weeks I came in on a Thursday and back on a Tuesday and had gained 11 pounds. I began to have signs of protein in my urine and showed postive for blood. All the while my blood pressure continued to climb. At 32 weeks exactly I came in for a check-up only to discover my BP had risen to 160/98. I also had +3 protein in my urine. They then came in and told me that I would have the baby in 2 days. I had the first decatron shot that day and the second 24 hours later. I delievered my daughter by section at 12 pm... Read More

It took me 2 years to get pregnant, but when I finally did, everything was

Posted On Thursday, January 16, 2003 By Christine

It took me 2 years to get pregnant, but when I finally did, everything was going perfectly. I had no morning sickness, everything was great. I LOVED being pregnant. A few weeks into my 2nd trimester, we moved to another state. I found a new ob/gyn, things, still, were going perfectly. The only slight problem I has was that my sugar level came back slightly higher than my doctor liked, but it was not high enough to cause gestational diabetes. At 30 weeks, we moved back to NM, and I returned to my original midwife. Everything was going great. Did I say that already?? It was a flawless pregnancy. I had gained just the right amount of weight, my ankles weren't swelling, I was feeling... Read More

I fell pregnant when I was 18, I went through 7 mths of pregnancy it

Posted On Thursday, January 20, 2005 By Olivia

I fell pregnant when I was 18, I went through 7 mths of pregnancy it went smoothly until the 8th month I woke up one morning to find I had a splitting headache my partner said I should just lay down until I felt better, I was very lucky as I had an appointment with my midwife that afternoon. So I walked the short distance to the doctors surgery, feeling really light headed. As soon as the midwife saw me she checked my blood pressure and instantly told me to go straight to the hospital. So I arrived at the hospital to be monitored, while I was telling a student midwife what was wrong with me I had a pre-eclamptic fit, That is where things went blank for a while, I remember... Read More

My story began on February 27, 2000. I was 26 weeks along in my first

Posted On Monday, October 09, 2006 By

My story began on February 27, 2000. I was 26 weeks along in my first pregnancy, my husband and I were thrilled to become first time parents. I was working, and every night I would come home and put me feet up, as they had been swelling for about 2 weeks. By morning, the swelling was gone, and I would be off to work. However, today, Sunday, when I awoke, the swelling in my ankles and feet had gone down, but not by much. We were to have dinner with my family that night at a nearby restaurant, and, come to find out, I could not get my feet into any of my size 7 1/2 shoes! We went and bought a new pair, just for the occasion of going out. I left... Read More

My name is Sandra Lane and I was 43 years old when I became pregnant

Posted On Monday, October 09, 2006 By Dan

My name is Sandra Lane and I was 43 years old when I became pregnant for the second time. The first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at 5 weeks. We were not really trying to get pregnant (I was 43, my husband 42), had decided that we would be childless, so you can imagine our shock and elation about the pregnancy. I was seen by my OB at 6 weeks and immediately had an ultrasound, and an appointment for a OB specialist in high risk pregnancies. A genetisist was also part... Read More

My husband, Frank, and I had gotten married in May of 2005 and we both

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 By

My husband, Frank, and I had gotten married in May of 2005 and we both wanted children eventually. Due to a blood clot resulting from a broken ankle I had to stop taking the Pill and we got pregnant a little sooner than expected. The pregnancy went very well right from the first day. I only had morning sickness for less than a week, and had not really gained a lot of weight. My normal blood pressure is around 115-120 over 65; this did not change up until the 26th week of pregnancy. My 26th week of pregnancy I started to swell, but thought that was normal, so didn't contact my OB/GYN. The next two nights I had a headache so horrible it felt as if someone were trying to drive a spike... Read More

Hi There, I have just been on your website and for the first time after

Posted On Monday, October 09, 2006 By

Hi There, I have just been on your website and for the first time after my experience i have looked up information on preeclampisa and what it is all about - i must say the stories really touched me and that is why i felt the need to share my story with you. In December last year my sister lost her unborn baby at 5 months due to preeclampsia.  It was the most traumatic time in our lives as the family was really looking foward to the baby and so was my sister.  Prior to becoming... Read More

Children truly are a gift from God. After reading the stories on this website, I

Posted On Monday, October 09, 2006 By

Children truly are a gift from God. After reading the stories on this website, I know that if it were not for the grace of God and many Christian people praying, I might not have my precious little girl. Eva Callie was born on October 21, 2005 at 36 ½ weeks gestation. She weighed 5 lbs. 11 oz. and was perfectly healthy. I would like to share my story of preeclampsia as a testimony that God still works miracles. During my seventh month of pregnancy, I went to the doctor for swelling of the hands and face. My feet had been swelling for some time, but I thought that was normal. My doctor was not available, so I saw her nurse practitioner. He looked at the amount of weight... Read More

I was so thrilled when I found out that I was pregnant for the first

Posted On Monday, October 09, 2006 By

I was so thrilled when I found out that I was pregnant for the first time, my husband was a little shell-shocked but he quickly grew to cherish the idea of becoming a daddy! I had a normal pregnancy right up until the 30th week when I began to get severe headaches and swelling all over my body. I told my midwife about and she advised me to take paracetamol because my blood pressure and urine were fine. By week 34 I had gained an additional 14lbs and saw silver 'tadpoles' everywhere. My widwife once again checked my blood pressure which had soared to 140/100 and there were 4+ of protein in my urine. She admitted me to hospital immediately and I was given steroids to mature my... Read More

Hello everyone, Iwould like to share my story.It all started 5 years ago when I

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

Hello everyone, Iwould like to share my story.It all started 5 years ago when I found out I was pregnant with my second child.(In my first pregnancy I had miscarried at 3 months).I went for my first visit hoping everything was ok when I was about 8 weeks pregnant.As soon as the visit was over the doctor told me I had to stay in hospital for some more tests as he noticed my blood pressure was high.This is were the trauma began.I stayed there a couple of days for the results and the doctors said it was pre eclampsia.I was give Trandate and went back and forth to hospital all through my pregnancy.At the end of my 32nd week... Read More

Hello, My name is jennifer. In 1993 at 24 weeks gestation I went to the

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

Hello, My name is jennifer. In 1993 at 24 weeks gestation I went to the hospital because I had been throwing up all night long. The ER rehydrated me saying that I had a gall bladder problem and sent me home. I went back to the ER that night with a severe headache..I was placed on a mag drip and enduced. The doctor told me that with eclampsia and HELLP that my daughter would die and I would most likely die as well. She lived for one month and passed. In 2003 I had a miscarriage at 9 weeks. In 2004, at 32 weeks, my blood pressure rose to 98/17~. I went to the hospital and I was induced due to eclampsia and HELLP once again. ... Read More

Tonight I am home with my husband after 2 nights in the hospital for our

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 By Joey

Tonight I am home with my husband after 2 nights in the hospital for our niece who had Preclamsia and blood vessels burst in her brain and she is battling for her life. (If more people were aware and the doctors had known about this she would be ok today!) Three days ago Michelle Simpson 26 years of age called me to tell me she was going through heavy swelling and was visiting her doctor to see if anything was wrong. They told her that she may just be experiencing flu symptoms even though she was swollen and her blood samples showed low protein. This was Shawn (her husband) and her first pregnancy and were not aware of the risks of preclamsia. And as it seems either were her... Read More

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