My blood pressure started rising at 20 weeks. They put me on aldomet and slowly

Posted On Saturday, January 24, 2004 By

My blood pressure started rising at 20 weeks. They put me on aldomet and slowly had to increase my dosage. They referred me to a high risk doctor and I was told at my first appointment that the baby's growth was good and hopefully everything will go smooth they would keep a close eye on me. At 28 weeks I had a follow up visit. My blood pressure was 220/110 and I was admitted into the hospital. I was so scared. They wanted to monitor me because they felt it was too risky to deliver the baby. I luckily was able to hold on to the baby until 33 weeks when pre-eclampsia hit me hard. The night before I delivered my pressure started to rise, and I had a terrible pain (they said it was... Read More

When I was about five months pregnant with my first child, I started to have

Posted On Wednesday, January 07, 2004 By

When I was about five months pregnant with my first child, I started to have some swelling. By the beginning of the eighth month, the swelling was quite marked in my arms, legs and face, and I had a slight increase in blood pressure. It wasn't until I was about 38 weeks along that my blood pressure really began to go up significantly. I had no other complaints -- no severe headaches, no abdominal pain. I may have had a little protein in my urine. My doctor had me rest at home over the Labor Day weekend, and checked me again that Tuesday. My BP had not gone down, so he told me to go to the hospital that evening for an induction. I was put on Pitocin early Wednesday morning, and... Read More

My story begins when I went to my first prenatal checkup. I told the midwife

Posted On Thursday, March 03, 2005 By

My story begins when I went to my first prenatal checkup. I told the midwife that my mother had pre-eclampsia with her first child. At this practice is it usual to see a different midwife each time that you come in so if she didn't review my file then the family history of pre-eclampsia could become lost...which it did. Since I was not considered high risk at the time I did not get to see the same doctor and was in the normal "midwife rotation". Around 31 weeks I began to experience some swelling, shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, and generally I just didn't fell myself. I was dismissed as having the normal symptoms of pregnancy. Not wanting to be labeled a "whiner" I did not... Read More

I was 18 years old, still a baby myself and there I was sitting in

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2005 By

I was 18 years old, still a baby myself and there I was sitting in the red lion with my boyfriend. I was late on my period and convinced myself that I was not pregnant. We wandered up to asda and brough asdas own pregnancy tests. We did not want to go home because my mother would have killed me!! I cam out of the toilet and put the test on the table in front of us. Oh my gosh it's positive. I dont beleive in abortion it was going to be hard but it happened. I stopped smoking and drinking and was very careful but nothing stopped this terrble disease that nearly killed me and my son. I still think it was because of all the stress of being so young and my partner not being very supportive, I... Read More

I thought I had it made. A perfect pregnancy no morning sickness,etc. And then at

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 By

I thought I had it made. A perfect pregnancy! no morning sickness,etc. And then at my 34 week checkup, it happened. Doctor said, "You are going to the hospital" I was stunned! He said your blood pressure is abnormally high and your excreting protein, he said you have preeclampsia, I had no idea what he was talking about. He told me I couldn't even go home first. So I get to the hospital still confused, he asked about seeing spots, nausea, headache, I had none of those. I figured he was just sending me to the hospital for the evening and then I would go home, but that wasn't the case, so the tests began, urine, bloodwork, etc. every four hours, a few days passed, I still had no answers, I... Read More

I was 17 when I got pregnant. I had never had any health problems before

Posted On Tuesday, February 17, 2004 By liz

I was 17 when I got pregnant. I had never had any health problems before and was quite healthy. I assumed everything would be normal. I was due around the Fourth of July. Well, by the end of March my feet had began to swell and I had to wear house shoes to school. I passed out one day when I got up to answer the door. My doctor seemed to blow me off like it was normal. She told me to walk it off or get more exericse. So everyday I would try to go for a short walk while the swelling got worse and worse. Finally around the 10th of April I was lying down reading a Glamour magizine and came across an article on preeclampsia. I knew right away that was what it was and called my doctor. She... Read More

My pregnancy was perfect I never had any complications I went to my OB often

Posted On Thursday, January 05, 2006 By

My pregnancy was perfect I never had any complications I went to my OB often for sono,s so they could get a better estamitated due date. All through my pregnancy I noticed that my feet were always very swallow. At about 30 weeks I was noticing swelling of my face and hands, I asked my doctor about this and they said the swelling was normal so I was not concerned about it. At 39 weeks after a long day at work my water broke while watching a movie, at this point I was so nervous I was shaking uncontrollably. About 3 hours later my husband and I got to the hospital I was admitted at midnight and I was 2 cm dilated but I was not having contractions. My protein in my urine was high and my... Read More

In November 2004, I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I were overjoyed.

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 By

In November 2004, I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I were overjoyed. I had what I thought was a fairly normal pregnancy. The only complaint I had was morning sickness which lasted for about 6 mos. and swelling in my legs and feet which everyone assured me was normal. I made every Doctor's appt. religiously where he always checked my blood pressure and urine. My blood pressure was perfect, never more than 120/80, and my urine was always in the normal range as well. On July 29, 2005, I delivered a beautiful, healthy baby girl weighing 8 lbs. 13 oz. by C-section. While in the hospital recovering from my c-section I still had a lot of swelling in my legs and feet. The Dr. told me that... Read More

Hi everyone. My name is Shannon and this is the story of my pregnancy and

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2005 By

Hi everyone. My name is Shannon and this is the story of my pregnancy and dealing with preeclampsia. 27 Weeks-My pregnancy was going great, i mean no problems, no swelling, no morning sickness, but i was gaining 6-8 pounds in between every visit. But, my doctor's nurses are not concerned at all so hey neither am i. Up until then i was still wearing maternity clothes but my friend had that day given me a whole lot of them. So i went home and immediately put some on to test them out, i was very excited and that is when it started. Weird cramps-I started blaming it on the way the maternity pants were fitting. As the day went into the evening I was doing everything as i normally... Read More

My name is Carri and I went for my routeine check-up at 7 months. My

Posted On Saturday, April 30, 2005 By

My name is Carri and I went for my routeine check-up at 7 months. My doctor was concerned at my high blood pressure and weight gain also he had saw some protine in my urine. So I had to do a 24 hour urine sample and take it to the hospital. It said I was at 330 protine level, which ment I had a real mild case of preeclmapsia. So I was placed on bed rest and had to go to the hospital twice a week for tests plus had to see my doctor every week. This only lasted a week and a half. December 28, 2004 my husband and I were at my in-laws house watching a movie and I told them I was not feeling well that I think I have to go to the hospital. So I waited till the movie was done and we... Read More

After having experienced Pre-eclampsia with my second pregnancy, finding out we were expecting a third

Posted On Tuesday, February 08, 2005 By

After having experienced Pre-eclampsia with my second pregnancy, finding out we were expecting a third time was scary for us. My OB let me know from the beginning that he would be watching me closely. The pregnancy was tough, and we experienced pre-term labor at 22 and 24 weeks, but my blood pressure was wonderful. At 32 weeks, I developed a migraine. The Doctor checked my blood pressure and labwork, but all looked okay, so they gave me some migraine meds, and the headache went away, The next week, the same thing happened again, so we went in, and this time my blood pressure had risen significantly. We had a follow-up visit 2 days later, and my blood pressure was back to normal,... Read More

My name is Angela, 38, and it's been 5 years since I have suffered from

Posted On Monday, February 07, 2005 By Mary

My name is Angela, 38, and it's been 5 years since I have suffered from HELLP-syndrome. Almost exactly a year a ago my second child was born and despite my biggest fears I did not get sick again. I would like to share my story with all of you especially the ones thinking about a second/third/...pregnancy. I became pregnant in June 1999 and was diagnosed with Preeclampsia in my third trimester, after partial bedrest, 24 hour urine, bloodtests, and non-stress tests I was induced in my 38th week. My daughter Dana was born on 2/24/00 at 6 lbs and 6 ounces and very healthy. My Blood pressure during delivery was extremly high (240/180). Of course I had the Magnesium sulfate and all kinds of... Read More

Preeclampsia can happen to anyone. Knowing the risk factors is important but so is listening

Posted On Friday, March 04, 2005 By

Preeclampsia can happen to anyone. Knowing the risk factors is important but so is listening to your instincts and telling your doctor everything, even if you think that you may be over reacting. I was 29 years old, on my third pregnancy, did't smoke, ate well, was a perfect weight, never had high blood pressure in my life and no one in my very large family had ever had toxemia, there was no factor in my pregnancy or personal health that would suggest a risk for toxemia. At, about, my 34th week I noticed swelling in my ankles and face. I had never had swelling before and thought nothing of it. Of course I was tired, I was chasing an 18 month and a 4 year old all day plus various other... Read More

At my first doctors appointment when we were going over family histories I informed him

Posted On Friday, April 01, 2005 By

At my first doctors appointment when we were going over family histories I informed him that my sister and all of my cousins had preeclampsia with their babies. He decided to watch me closely. Everything was fine until I was 5 months along. My blood pressure started to climb, there was protein in my urine, and I was gaining weight rapidly. The doctor decided that I needed to quit working and have 18 hours of bed rest a day. I could only be up for 2 hours at a time and a total of 6 hours a day out of bed. He also had me set appointments with him for every week. Things just kept getting worse. I started have disturbances in vision, i was swollen like a blimp, and I was dizzy and weak... Read More

One morning I woke up around 2:30 a.m. with a dull aching pain in my

Posted On Wednesday, August 18, 2004 By Jennifer

One morning I woke up around 2:30 a.m. with a dull aching pain in my back. I just dismissed it as a normal pregnancy problem. About an hour later it was worse so I tried a different bed in our home. I tried to get comfortable but never could. Then around 4:30 a.m. a sharp pain began under my ribs on my right side. I then woke up my husband and told him that I thought I needed to go to the hospital because I felt something was not right. When I got to the hospital and told the nurse I was only 21 weeks pregnant and the pain I was having she went to get the doctor. After answering what seemed like a million questions they said they were checking to see if I had an underlying cause to... Read More

I have had 2 pregnancies and have had PIH in both. My son was born

Posted On Tuesday, February 17, 2004 By Jocelyn

I have had 2 pregnancies and have had PIH in both. My son was born in 1998 and a daughter in 2001. I thank God for delivering healthy babies. I was shocked to learn of my condition in the 1st pregnancy and did not take the bed rest seriously. I may have made it to my due date, but was induced 10 days before, after very high blood pressure readings. My son was posterior and although I tried a natural delivery, I was unsuccessful and delivered by c-section. The PIH was evident earlier in my 2nd pregnancy and I delivered by c-section at 37 weeks. I never experienced any headaches, unusual swelling ,dizziness or vision problems. This is why I think many women may have died or lost... Read More

My name is Ashly Knebel I had my son Hunter Mitchell 2 months early due

Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2004 By

My name is Ashly Knebel I had my son Hunter Mitchell 2 months early due to severe pre-eclampsia. My pregnancies was supposed to be normal, I wasnt having any problems that I should have worried about. I went to every doctors appointment to my prenatal vitamins ate all the things I should. But, I had a baby that was tiny and there was no stopping him from being born. By the time I had really figured out that something wasnt right it was too late. I had seen my doctor a week ahead of time and she was a little concerned with my blood pressure being up so she admitted me into the hospital for 2 hours. When she came in she told me those things where looking better and maybe I should... Read More

I am very lucky to be here today. When I was about six months pregnant,

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By Lauren

I am very lucky to be here today. When I was about six months pregnant, I began to have severe edema in my feet and ankles and also in my face. I was spilling protein in my urine and my blood pressure, which is normally 110/80 was measuring as high as 160/118. My OB was very proactive in my treatment and that of my baby. He even gave me steroid shots to help the baby's lungs develop because he knew that I was not going to make it to my due date. I spent the last month of my pregnancy on bed rest. The interesting thing is that I never knew how sick I was. I never had any severe headaches or any other symptoms. Even after the baby was born, I spent one week in the hospital... Read More

my daughter became pregnant at 18 with her first child she was young healthy skinny

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By

my daughter became pregnant at 18 with her first child she was young healthy skinny a cheerleader's body very early in the pregnancy she developed high blood pressure which we now know was preeclampsyia... she had a minor stroke during this pregnancy very difficult delivery to a healthy 10 pound boy fast foreward 12 years and she is now in her 30's happily married and decides to have another child i freaked how could she try this again after such a life threatening experience prior......this pregnancy was a nightmare she became extremely ill very early on , high blood pressure,diabetes,sick,sick sent to specialist after specialist... reagan[my grandaughter) is delivered 3 months early we... Read More

My first pregnancy was smooth. Everything was going smoothly and I was feeling fantastic looking

Posted On Monday, August 25, 2003 By Becky

My first pregnancy was smooth. Everything was going smoothly and I was feeling fantastic looking forward to the birth of our child. I was 26 weeks pregnant and working full time, preparing for maternity leave. This was a very hot summer and I was swollen, my shoes were 2 sizes too big which I put down to the weather! One monday morning 8th August 1994 I woke up feeling very dizzy and I was huge. Swollen like a whale. I could see floaters in front of my eyes. After alot of persuation from my husband I went to my GP. He took one look at me and sent me to the Hospital. There they immediately started preparing me for delivery, telling me that my baby could be born today!!! I... Read More

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