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

When I was 2 months along, I had a little protein found in my urine.

Posted On Monday, May 02, 2005 By

When I was 2 months along, I had a little protein found in my urine. I requested a blood test for preeclampsia because I am adopted and no little of my biological mother's pregnancy. The doctor said that would be unnecessary, so we switched baby doctors. The new doctor said my right upper abdomin pain, headaches and swelling were normal pregnancy signs. They failed to notice my preeclampsia at every visit. My husband and I had our first ultrasound on March 17th, thinking I was at my fifth month. They told us everything looked great. The baby had plenty of fluid and diastolic flow to it. I was supposedly fine as well. On April 5th, we got a call that my AFP test came... Read More

Hello I tried to get pregnant for 3 years before, finally doing so in April

Posted On Monday, November 18, 2002 By

Hello! I tried to get pregnant for 3 years before, finally doing so in April of 2001. I had previously had laparotomy for ovarian tumors; laparoscopy for adhesions from that surgery; hysteroscopy for uterine growths and alot of tests. Well, that preg. ended in miscarriage. Luckily, 2 months later, I got pregnant again. I had some nausea, but overall, a pretty easy first 6 months. Although, I did have severe carpal tunnel (pretty common in pregnancy). Slowly, I started to really swell. My shoes would not fit and my legs left an indention if you touched them. My blood pressure had started to creep up. I always had very low pressure and it had been around 115/75 for months. In Feb. 2002,... Read More

My name is Rishika Krishna I am 28 years old and live in Durban, South

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

My name is Rishika Krishna; I am 28 years old and live in Durban, South Africa. In October 2001, I was 19 weeks pregnant when I was admitted to hospital because I was experiencing severe epi- gastric pain, and my blood pressure was elevated with the presence of protein in my urine and the level of my platelets was under 100. I was told that I would not be able to carry my baby to term and that there was nothing that could be done to prolong my pregnancy any longer. I had to have an immediate termination of pregnancy done. At 19 weeks of pregnancy my baby boy was born at 450 grams and I was devastated as... Read More

I am sharing my story to hopefully help educate others about postpartum preeclampsia. I have

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

I am sharing my story to hopefully help educate others about postpartum preeclampsia. I have had chronic blood pressure since the age of 25. Because I knew of the risks of high blood pressure in pregnancy, I took two years to try and prepare my body for pregnancy. I exercised faithfully, dieted, and was in the best shape of my life. While my blood pressure did drop some, I still had to take medication. When my husband and I decided that we wanted to try and get pregnant (I was 30), I went to the doctor for a pre-conception consultation. I was put on medication that was considered safe for pregnancy and after two weeks off of the pill, I was pregnant. I was determined to stay... Read More

I came to know I was pregnant on 30 Oct 2005. My first baby. The

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By Radhika

I came to know I was pregnant on 30 Oct 2005. My first baby. The feeling itself was so intense. A day before I was detected as hypothyroid. So initially my husband, Abhishek, a neurologist, was a little concerned whether we should continue or not. He took opinions from many gynecologists who suggested we should continue. Except for a three-week discrepancy in the early stages of pregnancy (according to lmp my due date was 5 jun, 2006 but by ultrasound it was 25 jun, 2006), which I was told is very normal in women who have a history of missed periods. Everything was normal till 10 Feb. 2006 when I went to a premier medical institute

I found out I was pregnant on July 8, 2002. I had some nausea, so

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By Mary

I found out I was pregnant on July 8, 2002. I had some nausea, so I decided to take the test and much to my surprise, I was going to be a mom for the first time, I cried because I was so happy.

I had the typical (all-day) morning nausea feeling & fatigue for the first 3 months, but that didn

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