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

Four months into my third prgnancy I was admitted to the hospital for 3 days

Posted On Thursday, November 04, 2004 By

Four months into my third prgnancy I was admitted to the hospital for 3 days due to severe kidney infection hooked up to Magnisium and really sick everything seemed to be fine I was sent home and back to work. All seemed well untill late Dec. being due in April Dec. was really scary I was having major pre-term contractions. Put on Bedrest for the remainder of the pregnancy thought that, that meant I would be fine a healthy baby girl. Then at 32 wks I felt really funny. My husband said he tried to wake me up all night but I would not wake then early the next morning I woke in a panic I felt funny and something was really wrong. My husband and I went to the doctors office and was... Read More

I decided to share my story. It all began with a regular pre-natal exam. This

Posted On Tuesday, August 24, 2004 By

I decided to share my story. It all began with a regular pre-natal exam. This wasthe first time I had taken my stepdaughter with me so she could hear her little brother's heartbeat. Well the nurses did the usual(blood pressure, urine sample, check weight). As the nurse looked at the paper work, I could see it on her face that something was wrong. They escorted me to the room and we waited for the doctor. When she came in she asked me what have I been doing. Apparently my blood pressure was extremely high and they foi=und alot of protein in my urine. The doctor had said she doesn't think I'm going to be pregnant much longer. They sent me across the street to the hospital for observation.... Read More

Thirty six years ago, there was not much known as to the cause of premature

Posted On Wednesday, August 07, 2002 By

Thirty six years ago, there was not much known as to the cause of premature babies..My pregnancy must have been preclamsia as I hemoraged at six months and the baby was born. She weighed one pound eight onces. I had the visual floaters from about two months on. The doctor did not know what I meant. He was not familiar with it. The baby never moved thru the whole pregnancy. She was born placenta previa. In those days they gave pure oxygen. That cause retnea damage to the babies eyes. When the baby was born, she did not breath. They told me she died. I was taken to my room since I had not been sedated in any way. I cried all night. Early the next mornig the nurse came in and found... Read More

Hello to all of you, and thank-you for listening to my story. This is a

Posted On Friday, June 04, 2004 By

Hello to all of you, and thank-you for listening to my story. This is a wonderful way for me to remember my son, and to hopefully help other women who may go through a similar situation as I did. I was 27 years old, newly married, and very excited to become a "mommy". I became pregnant with my first child in May, 2001, and was so excited. Everything went very smoothly for several months, and I remmeber my husband and I crying at our ultrasoound when we found out we were having a little boy. At about 7 months I started to swell and put on weight more quickly. I was a fourth grade teacher and was working on my feet all day and my shoe size at gone up two sizes. At my 7 month appt. I... Read More

I thought I'd like to share the story of my recent birth. My daughter Savannah

Posted On Monday, April 19, 2004 By Christina

I thought I'd like to share the story of my recent birth. My daughter Savannah was born at 33 weeks, 3 lbs 9 oz. We're so lucky so far she's doing well and shows no signs of complications other than being early. My blood pressure stayed high for about 2 weeks after her birth, but slowly came back to normal. My condition came on quite suddenly. I had read up on preeclampsia and recognized that I was showing symptoms. I called the nurse line a few days prior to my regular checkup and described the swelling in my ankles. She thought it sounded like normal swelling but advised me to see my doc w/i 72 hours. I decided to call the office the next day to double check. They too said it sounded... Read More

HI,,, Im so glad that some people on this board feel the same way I

Posted On Monday, November 04, 2002 By

HI,,, Im so glad that some people on this board feel the same way I do as far as trying to get over what happened... I got pregnant in October of 2001 after trying for almost a year.. I went through a series of tests and was put on fertility medication and I finally got pregnant with my first child..What an experience! I knew I was pregnant when i was just feeling tired and nauseas all the time and that lasted throughout the nine months of pregnancy> I was put on Zofran to control nausea and vomiting. It did help but not 100%. The chaos all started about week 25 when i started getting what they called bh contractions and i was just told to take it easy and of course I didnt.. I went for... Read More

Hi, my name is Jennica Pritchard. On August 14th, 2001, I went ot my doctor

Posted On Sunday, September 08, 2002 By

Hi, my name is Jennica Pritchard. On August 14th, 2001, I went ot my doctor for a routine visit. The nurse took my blood pressure and seemed very concerned. She had me lay down on my left side and left to get my doctor. My doctor came in and took my blood pressure again. She told me that I was spilling protein and my blood pressure was very high. She said that she was getting a wheel chair and she wanted to admit me. Being the emotinal person I am, I started to cry. I had had a very smooth pregagnacy and this definately took me by surprise. I called my husband and we spent the next two days in the hospital. They gave me steriod shots, which I think helped greatly in my daughters... Read More

I found out I was pregnant with our son, Ian Michael on January 26, 2003.

Posted On Saturday, June 14, 2003 By

I found out I was pregnant with our son, Ian Michael on January 26, 2003. I remember my shock - we weren't married, and weren't trying, but at almost 35 years old, I felt like God had given me the greatest miracle of my life. Throughout the pregnancy, I felt great. No morning sickness, very little weight gain, and I positively glowed. At the beginning of the sixth month, I went to bed one night with mild discomfort. I thought Ian was just wedged in an awkward position and would move eventually. I even tried to move him myself. I eventually fell asleep, and awoke the next morning to the same discomfort. I took a shower, with the plan to call the doctor when I got out.... Read More

Hello. I've just found this site and I wish someone would have told me about

Posted On Friday, July 09, 2004 By ARACELI

Hello. I've just found this site and I wish someone would have told me about it a year ago when I gave birth to my daughter. Aug 2003 is when I gave birth to my daughter,she was due Nov20 2003 but she want to come into the world with a bang.It started one day with my feet being very swollen like to mellons attached to my legs. I was alaramed but everyone around me told me it was normal. I wish i would have trusted my gut feelings but being that i've never had a child before I went with what I was told. Well The next day my feet are continueing to swell and now i'm scared. Like all first time moms I've read every pregnancy book and i'm paranoid. So I tell everyone I'm going to the ER and if... Read More

In 2001 I gave birth to a still born son. He was 27 weeks gestation.

Posted On Wednesday, July 07, 2004 By

In 2001 I gave birth to a still born son. He was 27 weeks gestation. Due to my past history I was overly cautious during my next pregnancy. I was artificial insemenated so we knew right away when I was pregnant. I started out with twins but lost one at 14 weeks. I visited the doctor's office every two weeks (or more) throughout my entire pregnancy. Around week 28 I started feeling awful. I had headaches and a horrible pain in my chest under my rib cage. I called my doctor's office and was told to go to the emergency room. I regret that I did not go that night. I thought I was just being paranoid and my husband thought I was over reacting. I decided to wait it out. Two days later I called my... Read More

Five years ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Three months before she

Posted On Tuesday, February 10, 2004 By

Five years ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Three months before she was born I was diagnoses with preeclampsia. As a result I was put on bed rest for the remaining two months of my pregnancy. Luckly I had a wonderful doctor who took great care of me and my unborn child. Two weeks before my due date I went in for my weekly exam and was told that I needed to deliver my baby because my pressure was not improving and my fluid retention was increasing. I of course was very scared but as my doctor explained it to me he would rather induce my labor and be able to control my preeclampsia as much as he could rather than doing an emergency c-section. My husband, who works in the... Read More

At five months, I began to get extremely over fatigued and very overly emotional. I

Posted On Wednesday, December 29, 2004 By CatherineRene

At five months, I began to get extremely over fatigued and very overly emotional. I also bagan to swell to over 200 lbs from a pre-pregnancy weight of 130 on a 5'3" frame. I was so swollen and extremely in pain. I went on ealy maternity leave and was put on extreme bed rest. I was told to go to bi-weekly check-ups at my hospital for stress tests and ultrasounds. Everytime I went I was told everything was fine and that all was well. At about 6 mos., I was put on a salt free diet and told that I needed to sleep more and be less stressed. I had "mild preeclampsia" or so my ob told me. I went for a stress test on 15 November 2004 and little did I know that at that moment my life would ... Read More

I had PREECLAMPSIA on my first pregnancy. I was about six and a half months

Posted On Tuesday, December 07, 2004 By

I had PREECLAMPSIA on my first pregnancy. I was about six and a half months pregnant when my doctor started to notice signs of PREECLAMPSIA. She then put me on a twenty-four hour urine watch and noticed that there was alot more protein in my urine than usual. I was then admitted to the hospital where they gave me a shot to mature my baby's lings just in case she was to come early. That point on, I was in and out of the hospital up until my daughter was born. The day before I had my daughter, I was experiencing pains in my stomach. They were'nt that serious so I did'nt think anything of it. My mother then noticed that there was something... Read More

It was my first pregnancy and i didn't find out till i was about 4

Posted On Tuesday, February 01, 2005 By

It was my first pregnancy and i didn't find out till i was about 4 and a half months.She was a total surprise,but i was happy to find out i was having her.i was about 34-35 weeks along when i noticed my face was all red and my feet and face was swelled really bad and when ever i took a shower i'd get dizzy.I told my doctor about it so he looked into it and found out i had Preeclampsia.I was scared at first because i didn't know what it was and i was worried about the baby.Then i found out it was life threating and totally freaked out.I had to go to the doctors almost everyday,get blood taken everytime and go to the hospital to have the babies heart rate checked.She was doing good so at... Read More

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