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After having experienced Pre-eclampsia with my second pregnancy, finding out we were expecting a third

Posted On Tuesday, February 08, 2005 By

After having experienced Pre-eclampsia with my second pregnancy, finding out we were expecting a third time was scary for us. My OB let me know from the beginning that he would be watching me closely. The pregnancy was tough, and we experienced pre-term labor at 22 and 24 weeks, but my blood pressure was wonderful. At 32 weeks, I developed a migraine. The Doctor checked my blood pressure and labwork, but all looked okay, so they gave me some migraine meds, and the headache went away, The next week, the same thing happened again, so we went in, and this time my blood pressure had risen significantly. We had a follow-up visit 2 days later, and my blood pressure was back to normal,... Read More

My name is Angela, 38, and it's been 5 years since I have suffered from

Posted On Monday, February 07, 2005 By Mary

My name is Angela, 38, and it's been 5 years since I have suffered from HELLP-syndrome. Almost exactly a year a ago my second child was born and despite my biggest fears I did not get sick again. I would like to share my story with all of you especially the ones thinking about a second/third/...pregnancy. I became pregnant in June 1999 and was diagnosed with Preeclampsia in my third trimester, after partial bedrest, 24 hour urine, bloodtests, and non-stress tests I was induced in my 38th week. My daughter Dana was born on 2/24/00 at 6 lbs and 6 ounces and very healthy. My Blood pressure during delivery was extremly high (240/180). Of course I had the Magnesium sulfate and all kinds of... Read More

Preeclampsia can happen to anyone. Knowing the risk factors is important but so is listening

Posted On Friday, March 04, 2005 By

Preeclampsia can happen to anyone. Knowing the risk factors is important but so is listening to your instincts and telling your doctor everything, even if you think that you may be over reacting. I was 29 years old, on my third pregnancy, did't smoke, ate well, was a perfect weight, never had high blood pressure in my life and no one in my very large family had ever had toxemia, there was no factor in my pregnancy or personal health that would suggest a risk for toxemia. At, about, my 34th week I noticed swelling in my ankles and face. I had never had swelling before and thought nothing of it. Of course I was tired, I was chasing an 18 month and a 4 year old all day plus various other... Read More

At my first doctors appointment when we were going over family histories I informed him

Posted On Friday, April 01, 2005 By

At my first doctors appointment when we were going over family histories I informed him that my sister and all of my cousins had preeclampsia with their babies. He decided to watch me closely. Everything was fine until I was 5 months along. My blood pressure started to climb, there was protein in my urine, and I was gaining weight rapidly. The doctor decided that I needed to quit working and have 18 hours of bed rest a day. I could only be up for 2 hours at a time and a total of 6 hours a day out of bed. He also had me set appointments with him for every week. Things just kept getting worse. I started have disturbances in vision, i was swollen like a blimp, and I was dizzy and weak... Read More

One morning I woke up around 2:30 a.m. with a dull aching pain in my

Posted On Wednesday, August 18, 2004 By Jennifer

One morning I woke up around 2:30 a.m. with a dull aching pain in my back. I just dismissed it as a normal pregnancy problem. About an hour later it was worse so I tried a different bed in our home. I tried to get comfortable but never could. Then around 4:30 a.m. a sharp pain began under my ribs on my right side. I then woke up my husband and told him that I thought I needed to go to the hospital because I felt something was not right. When I got to the hospital and told the nurse I was only 21 weeks pregnant and the pain I was having she went to get the doctor. After answering what seemed like a million questions they said they were checking to see if I had an underlying cause to... Read More

I have had 2 pregnancies and have had PIH in both. My son was born

Posted On Tuesday, February 17, 2004 By Jocelyn

I have had 2 pregnancies and have had PIH in both. My son was born in 1998 and a daughter in 2001. I thank God for delivering healthy babies. I was shocked to learn of my condition in the 1st pregnancy and did not take the bed rest seriously. I may have made it to my due date, but was induced 10 days before, after very high blood pressure readings. My son was posterior and although I tried a natural delivery, I was unsuccessful and delivered by c-section. The PIH was evident earlier in my 2nd pregnancy and I delivered by c-section at 37 weeks. I never experienced any headaches, unusual swelling ,dizziness or vision problems. This is why I think many women may have died or lost... Read More

My name is Ashly Knebel I had my son Hunter Mitchell 2 months early due

Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2004 By

My name is Ashly Knebel I had my son Hunter Mitchell 2 months early due to severe pre-eclampsia. My pregnancies was supposed to be normal, I wasnt having any problems that I should have worried about. I went to every doctors appointment to my prenatal vitamins ate all the things I should. But, I had a baby that was tiny and there was no stopping him from being born. By the time I had really figured out that something wasnt right it was too late. I had seen my doctor a week ahead of time and she was a little concerned with my blood pressure being up so she admitted me into the hospital for 2 hours. When she came in she told me those things where looking better and maybe I should... Read More

I am very lucky to be here today. When I was about six months pregnant,

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By Lauren

I am very lucky to be here today. When I was about six months pregnant, I began to have severe edema in my feet and ankles and also in my face. I was spilling protein in my urine and my blood pressure, which is normally 110/80 was measuring as high as 160/118. My OB was very proactive in my treatment and that of my baby. He even gave me steroid shots to help the baby's lungs develop because he knew that I was not going to make it to my due date. I spent the last month of my pregnancy on bed rest. The interesting thing is that I never knew how sick I was. I never had any severe headaches or any other symptoms. Even after the baby was born, I spent one week in the hospital... Read More

my daughter became pregnant at 18 with her first child she was young healthy skinny

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By

my daughter became pregnant at 18 with her first child she was young healthy skinny a cheerleader's body very early in the pregnancy she developed high blood pressure which we now know was preeclampsyia... she had a minor stroke during this pregnancy very difficult delivery to a healthy 10 pound boy fast foreward 12 years and she is now in her 30's happily married and decides to have another child i freaked how could she try this again after such a life threatening experience prior......this pregnancy was a nightmare she became extremely ill very early on , high blood pressure,diabetes,sick,sick sent to specialist after specialist... reagan[my grandaughter) is delivered 3 months early we... Read More

My first pregnancy was smooth. Everything was going smoothly and I was feeling fantastic looking

Posted On Monday, August 25, 2003 By Becky

My first pregnancy was smooth. Everything was going smoothly and I was feeling fantastic looking forward to the birth of our child. I was 26 weeks pregnant and working full time, preparing for maternity leave. This was a very hot summer and I was swollen, my shoes were 2 sizes too big which I put down to the weather! One monday morning 8th August 1994 I woke up feeling very dizzy and I was huge. Swollen like a whale. I could see floaters in front of my eyes. After alot of persuation from my husband I went to my GP. He took one look at me and sent me to the Hospital. There they immediately started preparing me for delivery, telling me that my baby could be born today!!! I... Read More

In 1999 I was blessed with a gift of pregnancy. A gift that some women

Posted On Thursday, February 10, 2005 By Imogen

In 1999 I was blessed with a gift of pregnancy. A gift that some women take for granted. I found out on Fathers Day and my fianc

After 10 years of marriage, and 33 years old, my husband and I decided to

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 By

After 10 years of marriage, and 33 years old, my husband and I decided to have our first child. I had a normal pregnancy until about week 26 when I noticed my ankles and feet started to swell up like balloons. After reading several of my pregnancy books, and talking to several friends, I thought this was part of being pregnant. At my next doctor

Two years ago this month I discovered that it is possible for the course of

Posted On Friday, October 10, 2003 By

Two years ago this month I discovered that it is possible for the course of your life to chance in an instant. I was 35 years old, healthy, vigorous and enjoying a pretty easy pregnancy. My husband and I had recently moved to Arkansas to start our dream jobs, our four year old son was loving life in a small town atmosphere, and the end of the hot and humid summer had come. It was really pleasant fall weekend. On Saturday morning, my husband headed to Cleveland for a work-related meeting, so I dragged myself downstairs at 5 am to see him off. If I have the baby this weekend while youre gone, Ill make you sorry I teased. Our son had been born a month early, so, as my 36th week of... Read More

I had never heard of preeclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension. I was the poster child

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By

I had never heard of preeclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension. I was the poster child for low risk going into my planned pregnancy. No risk factors at all. I was 28 years old, planned my pregnancy, too prenatal vitamins and avoided anything ill-advised. My pregnancy started off as uneventful. I had no morning sickness, etc. And no problems -- something I will not take for granted the next time around, if there is one. In my first trimester, I used to say to my friends that I wished I felt just SOMETHING. Little did I know what I was in for. Around 5 months or so I went to work one morning and I had just a little bit of spotting, nothing else. I didn't feel badly at all. ... Read More

I am an example of early intervention by a nurse who knew what to look

Posted On Friday, July 18, 2003 By

I am an example of early intervention by a nurse who knew what to look for. I was diagnosed with preclampsia in the 30th week of pregnancy. Up to that point, the whole pregnancy was unremarkable. Not even morning sickness. Then a routine visit showed protein in my urine. My blood pressure was normal, but because of a sudden increase in weight, the head nurse was suspicious. Thank goodness she was. Two hours later I was in hospital for more tests. I was sent home 2 days later. While my blood pressure was by then raised, I had been caught early. I felt fabulous and thought the doctors were making a mountain out of a molehill. I had ultrasound and doctors appointments every 2  3 days.... Read More

I looked at my pregnancy test about five million times, just to make sure I

Posted On Thursday, July 10, 2003 By

I looked at my pregnancy test about five million times, just to make sure I was really pregnant. I couldnt believe it  it happened so fast. As my husband says boy, I guess this baby making thing really works. Two years into our marriage and we were expecting our first child together. We were thrilled! I had a wonderful and normal pregnancy in the beginning. No morning sickness, no aches and pains  I loved it. In November I went in for my normal check-up and my blood pressure was 135/88. I thought that was a little high, but my OB said that doctors usually dont worry about it unless it gets above 90 (referring to the bottom number) and I was probably fine. She re-took my... Read More

I was 27 years old when I had my first child. My whole pregnancy with

Posted On Tuesday, September 30, 2003 By Natalie

I was 27 years old when I had my first child. My whole pregnancy with him was very stressful, and horrendous Morning Sickness, was working, and in the process of buying a home. I had some problems with my blood pressure being 140/90 probably for about 6 visits and the Dr decided to put me on blood pressure medication, and that seemed to help for a couple of weeks, but it kept increasing, then one day they found protein in my urine, I was 33 weeks, that night I went home and slept and woke up in excruciating pain, had horrible pain on my left arm, vomiting, and stomach pain. I told the dr about it, and he dismissed it. Then Thursday night had the same pain,but not as severe. Saturday... Read More

I delivered my first child at the age of 19 in May of 1997. I

Posted On Monday, September 29, 2003 By Susan

I delivered my first child at the age of 19 in May of 1997. I was induced due to toxemia/preeclampsia, and he was delivered 2 weeks early. Unfortunately, he was put up for adoption at 4 days old, but I received photos and 2 letters until he was 2. He appears to be doing well. In May of 2000, my daughter was born 2 months premature, I was once again induced due to severe toxemia/preeclampsia. She was 3 lbs 3 oz when delivered. She spent a month in a level 2 nursery to get her weight up to par, and her eating normal. In April of 2002 I woke up to severe cramping in my back. I started to feel dizzy a few hours later. My mother rushed me to the hospital. I went to change into my gown at... Read More

My Story When I first got pregnant I was temporarily living in an isolated country

Posted On Monday, September 29, 2003 By

My Story When I first got pregnant I was temporarily living in an isolated country town in Canada, with my husband from whom I am now divorced. I had a normal pregnancy, physically speaking, right up until the end of the 35th week. The differences were the emotional factors. This was my first pregnancy, I was 25, and 10 000 km away from home and family. British Columbia was in the grip of its most severe winter in 70 years. My husband refused to work, and instead spent his days smoking marijuana, snowboarding, and playing. I worked for the first six and a half months of my pregnancy. I still wonder if it was partially the stress of this situation which triggered the... Read More

I had a what I thought was a normal pregnancy until I noticed that my

Posted On Wednesday, February 04, 2004 By

I had a what I thought was a normal pregnancy until I noticed that my blood pressure continued to rise at each of my OB checkups. I have always had normal blood pressure so this concerned me, especially since I am a registered nurse. My doctor kept reassuring me that this was somewhat normal, so I didn't worry. I was swelling so badly that I looked really puffy and I was extremely uncomfortable. The doctor's nurse would check my urine for protein, but there was never any to be found. I had high blood pressure and swelling, but was never told I had preeclampsia because I never had protein in my urine. I was really scared because I would read my nursing books about preeclampsia and... Read More

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