I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter in November 1998. Her father

Posted On Monday, July 21, 2003 By

I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter in November 1998. Her father and I were very happy to be starting a family together. I worked until Mothers Day of 1999 when at about 7 months my feet were starting to swell a lot and it wouldn't go away, other than the swelling all had been very normal and uncomplicated. I went to my regular dr appt on Tuesday June 15, 1999 at 34wks 3 days and had a +1 protein but all else looked normal. I had to go back on the 18th at 34wks 6days, BP was still fine but protein was +2, so they had me do a 24hr to turn in on Monday the 21st. When I got to my appt and Dr. Ellis saw the amount of urine that was in the 24hr, he told me then that he was... Read More

My little girl died at 35 weeks. I'd had 2 previous miscarrages. Thought I was

Posted On Wednesday, October 15, 2003 By ELIZABETH

My little girl died at 35 weeks. I'd had 2 previous miscarrages. Thought I was home free when I passed the 3 months mark. None of the doctors I saw ever said that anything was wrong. I just went in to my usual appointment and there was no heartbeat. I'd felt her just that morning but had been having light contractions during the day. I had the following symptoms during my pregnancy that were not considered problems by my doctors: Pale, overheated, weak and dizzy all the time, Extreme morning sickness 1st 4 months, Constant light headache after 4 months, Hair started falling out at 5 months, Extreme swelling in arms, legs, and face by 5 months, Weight loss (10lbs.) at 7... Read More

I do not know where to begin. Everything happened so fast and the time just

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2003 By Grace

I do not know where to begin. Everything happened so fast and the time just flew by from the first moment I started having contractions to when the baby was delivered. I felt as if I had to go to the bathroom at 3:00 am on February 19th. Not unusual because I seemed to be going every two hours anyway but then I felt I had to go every half hour and started to feel this pain at 4:00 am. I thought it was Braxton-Hicks that should have been normal at 33 weeks. By 5:30 am I knew they were regular contractions that were coming more and more frequently so I started timing them and by 6:00 am they were 5 minutes apart. My husband, with this terrible economy, was forced to take a job... Read More

As a registered nurse I knew that there could be problems during pregnancy but I

Posted On Wednesday, December 04, 2002 By Nancy

As a registered nurse I knew that there could be problems during pregnancy but I am not a midwife so didn't know much about pre-eclampsia. I had been sick with hyperemersis for 13 weeks and didn't think anything else could be that bad. Wrong! At about 26 weeks my obstretrican told me I had pre-eclampsia and to take things easy. By 31 weeks I could no longer work and was told to go to bed for the rest of the pregnancy. I was scared and depressed and had no one to turn to. At the end of my 34th week my blood pressure was elevated at rest and I started to develop renal symptoms. I was put in hospital and put on medication to reduce my blood pressure. I was alright until 35 + 2... Read More

During one prenatal visit, my OB decided I was beginning to show symptoms of preeclampsia.

Posted On Sunday, December 01, 2002 By

During one prenatal visit, my OB decided I was beginning to show symptoms of preeclampsia. She prescribed bed rest. During the next month, my blood pressure remained at a decent level but I continued to gain water weight. At another visit, my blood pressure had skyrocketed to 160/110. They sent me straight to labor and delivery. I was 36 weeks at the time. My husband and I walked over to Labor and Delivery. They induced labor and my son was born just two short hours later. He did really well. He only had to spend one night in NICU. It was me who didn't fair so well. My blood pressure would not return to normal. I went into HELLP syndrome. Also, the worst complication of all. ... Read More

I was 29 years old and was pregnant with my first child a girl by

Posted On Monday, November 25, 2002 By Antoinette

I was 29 years old and was pregnant with my first child a girl by the name of Rebekah Danielle Ulven. I had a easy pregnancy starting out never had any morning sickness on the third month I could no longer wear my wedding rings. I was being seen monthly and was having no problems until about the end of my fifth month, I started swelling and developed edema which later became severe preclampsia. I gained 63 pounds of fluid in my body over the three week period of my 5th month and 6 month. I went back on an emergency visit at 28 weeks when my doctor put me in the hospital immediately due to my blood pressure and my protein in the urine. As soon as I went in to the hospital they gave me a... Read More

I got pregnant with my first child when I was 27. I had a wonderful

Posted On Thursday, July 11, 2002 By Christina

I got pregnant with my first child when I was 27. I had a wonderful pregnancy. At least it was until the 34th week. I had a regular appointment with my doctor, and I had noticed my feet swelling a little after taking a field trip with my fifth graders to Universal Studios. So, when he saw me, I noticed a funny look go across his face when he looked at my blood pressure. He told me (and this is a direct quote), "To the hospital you go." I was terrified. I had no clue what was going on, and I only had a month of school left, which I really wanted to finish because I loved my kids. Anyway, I ended up at the hospital, and I was excited to get to see my son's face in detail on... Read More

Well, it is 2:14 a.m on Wednesday the 19th of January, 2005. I sit here

Posted On Wednesday, January 19, 2005 By

Well, it is 2:14 a.m on Wednesday the 19th of January, 2005. I sit here in the darkened and quiet room next to my wife whom has been diagnosed with Preeclampsia. I have no idea what it is and in fact, didn't think too much of it when we left the OB/GYN office to come to the Hospital. It has been about 8 hours since she was admitted into the hospital and it seems as if we are here to stay. They say she has a severe case of Preeclampsia. I really don't know what that means. She does have a blood pressure of 175/117. I really don't know what to do. She is trying to catch some shut eye, but the magnesium is burning her face and the catheder is just irritating to her. The baby (son)... Read More

I was 20 years old when my husband and I decided to start a family.

Posted On Friday, March 07, 2003 By

I was 20 years old when my husband and I decided to start a family. All I have ever wanted to was be a mother. I had already quit my job as a dental assistant and opened up a home daycare so I could stay home with my baby. We got pregnant right away and my due date was 12/23/01. At 28 weeks I went in for a gluco test and my blood pressure was up. The nurse told me I had gained 7 lbs. since my last visit. They had me lay on my left side for a while and took my bp again. It was fine so they sent me home. Two days later I was having terrible pains in my left calf. I went in and they said my leg looked fine, but my bp was up again. My doctor was very precautious and did some... Read More

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

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