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

What a lifeline this website has turned out to be. We've just found out that

Posted On Monday, June 02, 2003 By

What a lifeline this website has turned out to be. We've just found out that we're pg with our second child and I'm terrified that PE will strike again. I wish I could say I had a breezy pregnancy the first time around but from the head cold I had when we got the positive test and then the immediate morning sickness (morning what a joke...I was sick from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to sleep for 26 weeks) and then to be hit with PE I think I did it pretty tough...and here we are...going at it again. So, there I was, thinking everything was going along pretty well when it hit. My husband hadn't been able to make it to any pre-natal visits as he worked away from home for... Read More

I found out I was pregnant on August 5, 2002. Like any other woman I

Posted On Monday, April 07, 2003 By

I found out I was pregnant on August 5, 2002. Like any other woman I was very excited. I began reading everything on pregnancy, such as what my baby looked like at the time and I calculated when I might have concieved. I finally went to my first prenatal visit in October. I was 21 at the time and the father of the baby had decided he didn't want anything to do with us, so I had to get on medicade in order to be able to get medical attention. At my very first prenatal visit I got to hear the baby's heartbeat. I was excited and amazed. I had someone growing inside of me, and pretty soon I'd be responsible for their life. It really drove home the fact that I was pregnant. I had my... Read More

It has been 15 years since I gave birth to my daughter and I still

Posted On Monday, March 03, 2003 By

It has been 15 years since I gave birth to my daughter and I still get shivers every time I think about how close we came to dying. I didnt know anything about pre-eclampcia or eclampcia and how serious it is at the time of my pregnancy and today I still dont know if that was a bad thing. I was 33 years old and pregnant with my first child. The only warning that there may be something wrong was gestational diabetes, which I was controlling through diet. Everything was going well until about six weeks before I was due. I walked to my weekly doctors appointment from work as usual, my doctor said my blood pressure was up but she had no other reason to be concerned. The following... Read More

I guess all my real problems started a couple of days before my 28 week

Posted On Sunday, April 06, 2003 By

I guess all my real problems started a couple of days before my 28 week check up. I woke and noticed sudden onset of leg/feet swelling. I called the ob nurse who told me to prop my feet until my appt. I arrived at my appt. still swollen and my BP up to 140/80. Not a bad but a big jump for me. I usually run 100/60's on a stressful day. I pointed this out to the doctor who blew me off. I go to a Naval Clinic so I see a multitude of doctors, which I should add that he was the only one who I felt was unsympathetic and downright unsafe. I went home and tried to take it easy. On my next appt., my blood pressure was up to 160/100. I was sent to triage and stayed there for six hours. ... Read More

I had a beautiful pregnancy with my first daughter in 1997 up until I reached

Posted On Friday, August 09, 2002 By Tracey

I had a beautiful pregnancy with my first daughter in 1997 up until I reached 28 weeks. I started to have abdominal cramps and felt like I was in preterm labor. I called my midwife and she asked me to come in for monitoring. They weren't picking up any contractions and she sent me home with a diagnosis of false labor. Less than a week later, I went to the hospital where my doctor's office was located with my mucus plug in a sandwich bag. I was having contractions every five minutes and was in a lot of pain. The right side of my body was starting to go numb and I was beginning to swell. After a few minutes, I started to have a hard time talking because the right side of my face was... Read More

I was 31 years old when I found out I was pregnant. This was my

Posted On Sunday, September 21, 2003 By

I was 31 years old when I found out I was pregnant. This was my first baby and quite a surprise, as previously I did not get pregnant even on fertility treatments. I had a lot of morning sickness and a placenta previa scare around 20 weeks. Right around the time my placenta previa resolved (22 wks) my blood pressure started shooting up. The Dr was a little concerned and I started going to the Dr every week, blood work every week, and 24 hour urine weekly. At no time was I ever told I needed to be on bedrest. At about 29 weeks I went to Dr in between my weekly appointments because I was not feeling right. They did a biophysical profile and the baby was not doing well, after several... Read More

Hi, my name is Lashelle. I found out that I was going to be a

Posted On Tuesday, March 29, 2005 By

Hi, my name is Lashelle. I found out that I was going to be a mother and I was overwhelmed with joy. I thought my first baby how exciting and how scary. I found out that my due date was 6/27/04. Aroung about my 3rd month the doctors detected that something was wrong, but couldn't tell me what would make it go away. So the doctors put me on 81 mg aspirin. It scared me just thinking about something being wrong with me or my baby. I visited the clinic once a week for sonograms up until my 27th week when the clinic made me go to the hospital and check myself in. My pressure got as high as 225 and they told me that my kidneys and liver were about to shut down, so they gave me a emergency... Read More

It was october 2003 when I was looking forward to complete my seventh month and

Posted On Tuesday, December 28, 2004 By

It was october 2003 when I was looking forward to complete my seventh month and was mentally preparing for the delivery( which was still some time away).Till this time I was enjoying being pregnant and was pampered by all my near and dear ones. One fine morning I suddenly experienced severe head ache and got admitted to the hospital according to my doctors instructions.....she ...my doctor was aghast at the way my blood pressure had shot up. for a good fifteen days the doctors tried their best to help me control my shooting BP but in vain.I had to deliver a pre mature baby at the 28th week.....I still remember the baby..my tiny tot....when the doctor showed me before sending the baby... Read More

On 26 November 2001 I went to the chemist to get my mothly pregnancy vitamins.

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 By Laura

On 26 November 2001 I went to the chemist to get my mothly pregnancy vitamins. My husband told me to just have my bloodpressure checked while I'm there. The chemist told me that my blood pressure was extremely high but I thought that it was just because of my normal high blood pressure. The next day the, the 27 Noveber I had it checked again but the same story. I contacted my docter and went to hospital. I was admitted that night with preeclampsia. They did everything they could but my blood pressure just got higher and higher and on the night of the 30th November my placenta tore. On the 1st December the docter told me that she cannot risk to wait any longer and my baby boy was born at... Read More

Grace Lillian was born on January 20th 2004 at 4:51 pm by c-section at Langley

Posted On Tuesday, September 07, 2004 By

Grace Lillian was born on January 20th 2004 at 4:51 pm by c-section at Langley Memorial Hospital, British Columbia, Canada. My husband and I found out we were expecting our daughter just before my 20th birthday. Having a family has always been a large part of our plans in life and without much waiting and trying we were blessed with the news of our first baby. After I got married at 18, I lived a long way from my family doctor so I got myself in to see another doctor who came highly recommended for high risk pregnancies (we had no anticipation that there would be any trouble as of yet). We were sent in for our first ultrasound at 7 weeks and 1 day due to a discrepancy over the date of... Read More

My name is Deanna Smith-Powers. I m 30 years old and a stay at home

Posted On Tuesday, December 21, 2004 By Deanna

My name is Deanna Smith-Powers. Im 30 years old and a stay at home mom to ten month old Thomas James. I wish to share my story of preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome with you. Mind you, this is the very condensed version of it. Well, I pretty much had a normal pregnancy for the most part. The only problems I had first developed around six months when I began to develop edema in my ankles and feet. Shortly, thereafter, I began to rapidly gain weight. I didnt have any problems with my blood pressure or protein spilling into my urine. I had one high reading, although, around 31 weeks, (140/80). My midwife ran a 24-hour urine test and blood tests to check my kidney and liver... Read More

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