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

I already wrote in here but I thought of more things that happened during my

Posted On Friday, July 01, 2005 By

I already wrote in here but I thought of more things that happened during my pergnancy, just in case it helps with someone else.Well I didn't just have morning sickness every day of my pregnancy, I had morning, noon, and night sickness. I remember in about my third or fourth month I got migraines all the time. Every time I went to the grocery store, by the time I was in the checkout lane I was antsy, ready to leave. I felt really nauseous like I was going to pass out. I was in and out of the hospital all the time. I knew when my blood pressure was high because if I was sitting down and didn't feel good I could feel my body rocking back and forth. I couldn't eat my favorite... Read More

On March 9, 2004 when I was 26 weeks pregnant and 23 yrs. old, I

Posted On Monday, January 03, 2005 By Annette

On March 9, 2004 when I was 26 weeks pregnant and 23 yrs. old, I began having pain in my upper right abdomen (right under my ribs). I called my OBGYN and had him paged. I explained that something "didn't feel right" and told him about the pain. He told me everything was fine and that it was probably just Braxton-Hicks. I told him it wasn't pain in my uterus but in my chest. He told me I was being paranoid and to take some Tyenol and lay down. I called him back one hour later after it had gotten worse and he continued to assure me that since this was my 1st pregnancy I was over-reacting. Later that evening (as the pain got worse) I got an awful headache. When I called the dr. back he told me... Read More

I found out I was pregnant on February 22, 2001. This was our first child

Posted On Thursday, February 13, 2003 By Dawn

I found out I was pregnant on February 22, 2001. This was our first child and we were thrilled. My pregnancy went normally at first...a little morning sickness and finally in my fourth month I felt good. We visited my husband's mom and dad on a Sunday and his sister and her daughter were there. While we were there our neice started throwing up, apparently with a virus. On Monday and all through the week I was having a little pain in the upper, right part of my stomach and my husband and I figured that it was just a little touch of the same virus. On Saturday, the very end of June we were having a neighborhood 4th of July party. My parents came up for it and the first thing my mom... Read More

My husband and I found out I was pregnant in August. Which was a reall

Posted On Sunday, April 25, 2004 By

My husband and I found out I was pregnant in August. Which was a reall surprise because we hadn't been trying and I was told that it would be almost impossible for me to. My husband was estatic, I was a little more hesitant. Almost as soon as I found out, I started having morning sickness, except it lasted all day and night. There were times I couldn't get to sleep and days I couldn't make it into work. I never thought anything about it, I thought that was normal. And at 4 months it started going away. For about 2 months everything felt normal. I was actually feeling good and enjoying being pregnant. Then at 7 months the nausea came back. Just as sever as before. I also started... Read More

My fourth son Nicolas Aidan Clement Morris was born at 30 weeks and weighed 1.4lbs.

Posted On Tuesday, May 18, 2004 By

My fourth son Nicolas Aidan Clement Morris was born at 30 weeks and weighed 1.4lbs. I had laid in George Washington University Hospital on my left side for 6 weeks. My one treat was to change to my right side during "Friends". My other three sons were without their mom and taken care of my their aunt and grandfather. It was a nightmare. I had preeclampsia with my third son but not until the 35 week. I was under the impression that it never occurred until the third trimester. I was very wrong. Protein showed up in my urine in mass amounts during my doctor's visit at 24 weeks. I tried to lay down at home but it didn't work very well with three young boys ages 6, 8, and 10 in the... Read More

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