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

I wish to tell expectant mums my battle with pre-eclampsia in order to inform them

Posted On Tuesday, February 01, 2005 By Carrie

I wish to tell expectant mums my battle with pre-eclampsia in order to inform them about pre-eclampsia, help me to accept what happened and to move on and be greatful for what I have in my life. From about 30 weeks into my preganancy I experienced swelling which progreesivley got worse. During those 2 weeks I went to my gynae twice telling him I didn't feel well and the swelling wasn't normal and he told me I was being paranoid and swelling was normal in pregnancy. From my feet right up to mid-thigh was swollen and I felt pins-and-needles frequently and together with swelling hands I didn't feel comfortable at all! It was week 34 now.On the Saturday morning I woke up with a VERY... Read More

I was 18 when I tested positive, in May 2003, with my first baby. I

Posted On Monday, March 22, 2004 By hayley

I was 18 when I tested positive, in May 2003, with my first baby. I had heard of pre-eclampsia and knew vaguely of the symptoms, but like anyone, I never dreamed it could happen to me! For the first 22 weeks, I threw up everything I ate, and could hardly keep fluids down! I couldn't wait for the sickness to stop so I could enjoy what was supposed to be a really happy time in my life! My partner and I had been together two years, and had our own flat, so our planned baby was to be a happy addition to our little family. After the sickness stopped, I noticed gradual swelling in my ankles, wrists, and then later, my face. My blood pressure had been 120/60 for the first seven months, then it... Read More

Before I got pregnant, I was a normal, healthy twenty-five year old woman, in every

Posted On Saturday, September 18, 2004 By Tawn

Before I got pregnant, I was a normal, healthy twenty-five year old woman, in every way. Soon after my husband and I got married, we decided to try and get pregnant. We were married in June, and by October, we were expecting our first child. It hurts even now to think about how excited we were. I took all the vitamins, ate all the right foods, read all of the right books, and saw my doctor whenever I was supposed to. Around week 14, I started having pain, began to feel groggy, and I lost interst in doing things. I also began throwing up, even though I had little morning sickness before. Also, my hands began to swell terribly. I wear a size 6 1'2 ring, and I couldn't squeeze my... Read More

My story begins in my 25th week of pregnancy. I was so happy with my

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2004 By Diane

My story begins in my 25th week of pregnancy. I was so happy with my pregnancy. I have two older children age 10, and 8. I wanted another baby so my husband actually had his vasectomy reversed so that we could conceive again(he is the father of the older children also). I was 37 years old at the time and happily expecting the birth of my 3rd child when I noticed that my ankles were extremely swollen. So, I called the OB who brought me in to the office. My blood pressure at that time was 140/80. Now for me this was quite a change as always at previous visits I had been 110/70. So blood tests were ordered which did show an elevation of my AST/ALT liver enzymes, but no protein in the urine... Read More

I was due Feb 23, 2004 and ended up delivering Jan 22, 2004 via c-section.

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2004 By

I was due Feb 23, 2004 and ended up delivering Jan 22, 2004 via c-section. I suddenly developed pre-eclampsia. What's PE and how serious is it? Three days after my shower I started having some wierd pain just below my chest. At first I thought it had something to do with the cold meds. I was taking. I took some tylenol and put up with it for the next three days. Friday night was horrible, I could not get comfortable. The pain (it wasn't really pain it was more discomfort) was getting worse. I didn't sleep much that night. I called my OB and she suggested I go the ER, but I had taken another Tylenol and the pain went away again, so I didn't go to the ER. I figured I have my next... Read More

I was not enjoying pregnancy at all - morning,noon and night sickness and constant nausea

Posted On Thursday, February 13, 2003 By

I was not enjoying pregnancy at all - morning,noon and night sickness and constant nausea meant I wasn't eating right for the pregnancy. My (now ex) husband wasnt supportive and I was studying full time via correspondancec and working too. We had relatives visiting for the week and I ran myself ragged around them. I believe that I am to blame for a lot of the complications of Jack's entrance into the world... At 28 weeks I decided to go to the chiropractor as the back pain I had became excrutiating and I could no longer feel very comfortable in any lying position. That week I had a lot of swelling - my hands, face and feet blew up almost overnight. After the appointment, I returned to... Read More

I became pregnant with our 3rd child in Oct. of 2000 at the age of

Posted On Tuesday, August 13, 2002 By Kerry

I became pregnant with our 3rd child in Oct. of 2000 at the age of 38. This was a planned pregancy and I was in very good health. Our new babt was due July 20, ans our other 2 children were 6 and 9 at the time. I had an uneventful pregnancy with the exception of an early onset of very painful vericose veins in the right leg. I turned 39 in March of 2001 and was still feeling well with the exception of the veins. By April, I began experiencing swelling in my ankles and feet, and the swelling quickly became severe in that it really didn't dissipate with rest, and I couldn't wear any other shoes but very loose sandals. Having never had this happen before I was alarmed, but... Read More

When I was 34 weeks pregnant, I got rushed into hospital with very high blood

Posted On Friday, May 28, 2004 By

When I was 34 weeks pregnant, I got rushed into hospital with very high blood pressure and 5 proteins in my urine which lead to preeclampsia. I had to stay in hospital till I had the baby for the condition was unstable. The medication I was given to reduce the blood pressure failed to work and I was induced at 36 weeks. My daughter Ellie Marie came out weighing 4lbs 5oz. She also contracted jaundice and was put under a lamp for 48 hours which mean't I could not hold her for nearly 2 days. 2 weeks after the birth we was allowed to come home till the midwife realised she had not put any weight on in that time. We was rushed off to hospital again and stayed there another 2 weeks. ... Read More

When I was 19 I delivered my son at 26 weeks. He weighed 1lb 7oz.

Posted On Friday, September 19, 2003 By

When I was 19 I delivered my son at 26 weeks. He weighed 1lb 7oz. I didn't know what was happening to me I was swollen from head to toe. My legs looked like tree trunks. When I would go see the doctors at the prenatal clinic, they would tell me to cut back on my salt intake. I didn't think anything was actually wrong with me and since the doctors weren't concerned I dismissed the swelling and thought of it as normal. I was at work on day when I went blind in my right eye. I looked at the clock on the wall and I only saw the left half of it. I began to scream and the next thing I know I blacked out. When I awoke I was in the hospital being asked to sign admittance papers. I was... Read More

I fell pregnant, unexpectantly, in June 2002 the same year I got married. And up

Posted On Wednesday, December 08, 2004 By Julianne

I fell pregnant, unexpectantly, in June 2002 the same year I got married. And up untill 28 weeks my pregnancy had been uneventful, I felt great and loved being pregnant. When I got to 26 weeks, I had started to swell and mentioned it to the midwife at one of my check ups and at that time she was unconcerned. Then Tuesday the 17th of December (2 weeks later), I went for another check up. My blood pressure was 160/111 and I had 4+ of protein in my urine so my midwife arranged for me to go the hospital straight away. I didn't realise what was wrong and I certainly didn't feel unwell. So on arrival at the hospital I was seen by various staff and hooked up to monitors and the baby was... Read More

My story is about HELLP syndrome, and occurred almost two years ago with the birth

Posted On Thursday, January 13, 2005 By

My story is about HELLP syndrome, and occurred almost two years ago with the birth of my first child. It was just before Christmas 2002 that I had my first ultrasound at 18 weeks. It showed a lively little boy who was about 3 weeks too small for dates. I was quite certain about my dates, so three weeks later I had a follow-up ultrasound that showed my baby even further behind in his growth, and starting to show some signs of assymetrical growth (head circumference in a much higher percentile than the rest of his wee body). I was concerned but my midwife was not. She chalked it up to my husband and I "not being very big people" (I'm 5'6, he's 5'10). The following week I got the result of... Read More

My name is Dawn, I'm 33 years old and I've recently delivered my stillborn baby

Posted On Thursday, October 07, 2004 By Dawn

My name is Dawn, I'm 33 years old and I've recently delivered my stillborn baby girl, Dana Lynn, at 29 1/2 weeks of pregnancy on 09/13/2004. This was my first pregnancy. It's still all so foggy, I just can't believe this happened to me. I had no idea this disease even existed. All of my tests, bloodwork and ultrasounds had been normal up until that point. I didn't experience morning sickness all that much, however, throughout my whole pregnancy, I just didn't feel right. I complained to my OB that I was always dizzy, lightheaded, had headaches and at times had blurred vision. They suggested I see a neurologist for this. So, I did and he put me on disability in my 4th month. Those... Read More

Four and a half years ago, my daughter was delivered C-Section. The first three months

Posted On Tuesday, December 30, 2003 By

Four and a half years ago, my daughter was delivered C-Section. The first three months of my pregnancy were fairly normal, just the morning sickness all day. I then started having severe abdominal pain. It felt as though the wind were being knocked out of me. I consulted with my doctor about this and was told it was completely normal. By this time, I had lost 16 pounds, my ankles didn't exist (because they were swelled so badly, but I was told this also is expected during pregnanct, as per my OB. At 22 weeks, I had been dealing with the swelling, abdominal pains, and nausea all the time. At one point the abdominal pains started, and I started to feel dizzy. (Throughout my... Read More

It was a Thursday, I was sitting at my desk at work and within an

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2005 By Holly

It was a Thursday, I was sitting at my desk at work and within an hour of arriving that morning I noticed that my legs and ankles were very swollen and uncomfortable. I decided to go to my local GP to get things checked out. Little did I know that by the following Monday, my baby boy would be born 27 weeks 3 days, at a weight of 1lb 10oz. I was just under 27 weeks pregnant. My local GP saw that my blood presure was slightly increased and I had protein of +1 in my urine and recommended that I go into the Fetal Assessment unit in the maternity hospital I was due to attend. I was seen to pretty quickly and wasnt exactly told I had preeclampsia. I was admitted the next day for a 24 hour... Read More

My daughter, Blake Hartley, is now a healthy, active 6 year old. But she didn't

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 By Michelle

My daughter, Blake Hartley, is now a healthy, active 6 year old. But she didn't start out that way. At about 16 weeks into the pregnancy, I noticed that my hands and feet seemed to be swelling abnormally, and I had put on 11 lbs in 3 weeks without eating badly. I went to my OB/GYN and told him things just didn't seem right, to which he replied, "Well, that's just you pregnant." Well, a few weeks later at my 20 week check up my blood pressure was on the rise -- 140/95 in comparison to my usual 110/70. I was sent home on serious bed rest -- only up 1 hour a day total and I could have one 1 hour outing a week. I progressed to 33 1/2 weeks on bedrest. Occasionally my blood pressure... Read More

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