When I got pregnant my first time, I was only 18. I didn't know anything

Posted On Thursday, November 27, 2003 By

When I got pregnant my first time, I was only 18. I didn't know anything about childbirth or pregnancy and put all my faith in my doctor's hands. I felt that he was capable of taking care of me better than I was at taking care of myself. Unfortunately I wasn't completley right. A friend of mine gave me a book called "Your Pregnancy Week By Week" and in it I read all the way up til the last week. I found that around the 20th week there was an article describing the symptoms of preeclampsia. I noted the fact that I had been showing signs of the affliction early on in my pregnancy but my physician didn't think it was important enough to worry about. Two months passed and I was 6... Read More

At 18 i didnt know what was going on, i swelled up to double my

Posted On Sunday, August 24, 2003 By Nicole

At 18 i didnt know what was going on, i swelled up to double my size, couldnt get clothes on or shoes and i always felt tired. On my fortnightly visits to the doctors i told them (i had a different person each time) these problems and they took my blood pressure, it was ok, i was told it was just the heat of the summer. Twice this happend so 6 weeks later on my 3rd visit i told them my symtoms again, she took my blood pressure, felt my bump and monitered my babys heart beat then insisted we go staight to the hospital. At the hospital the monitered me for 24hrs but assured me nothing was wrong and that i would not need to have my baby untill the end of the week (this being on tuesday). On... Read More

I ignored the severe headaches that I was getting as just bad headaches. At 21

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2003 By

I ignored the severe headaches that I was getting as just bad headaches. At 21 weeks I was admitted to hospital with blood pressure of 170/112. My Obstrician with the help of my husband monitored my blood pressure regularly. At week 24 I was admitted to hospital with a severe headache, blood pressure of 220/155 and kidney and liver failure. My blood platelet count dropped from 300 to 50 over a period of twelve hours. The result was our tiny baby been delivered at 24 weeks stillborn. It is ten days since our tragic day. Our baby was an IVF baby so very precious to us. Is there a chance of pre-eclamsia re-0ccurring.

I had been having severe swelling for several weeks, but my bp was normal until

Posted On Wednesday, August 18, 2004 By Melissa

I had been having severe swelling for several weeks, but my bp was normal until my 25th week when I had 120/90 bp and 3+ protein at my doctor's appointment on a Wednesday. My doctor told me she suspected something was going on with my placenta and she was concerned about preeclampsia. She asked me to begin monitoring my bp daily and to call her if it was over 140. She also ordered a 24-hour urine collection, which I was to do that following weekend. I didn't get the chance, though, because the next day my bp was 168/108 and she immediately admitted me to the hospital. I was in the early stages of labor (but didn't know it at the time) and having contractions. I... Read More

I developed pre-eclampsia with my 3rd pregnancy. It started with water retention and weight gain

Posted On Friday, February 20, 2004 By

I developed pre-eclampsia with my 3rd pregnancy. It started with water retention and weight gain and elevated blood pressures. I was 31 weeks pregnant when my problems started. My doctor put me on bedrest and I checked my blood pressure often at home. She saw me about twice a week. I was on bedrest for four weeks and delivered my son, Jared, at 35 weeks 2 days. He was born on 12/26/00, just two minutes after Christmas. I was called in Christmas day to be induced because I was spilling protein (in my second 24 hour urine check). It was quite a lot, so my doc told me to come on down and that I would deliver that day or the next. I was put on magnesium sulfate (uncomfortable) and... Read More

Well I am glad to find a place to share my story with others and

Posted On Wednesday, February 04, 2004 By

Well I am glad to find a place to share my story with others and feel as though they understand. Our son was Due September 2nd 2003. Well May 22nd I called my Dr because I was swelling I thought I was fine. I figured I live in Flordia it's so HOT here of course im going to swell. But my Best Friend and my Family were EXTREMELY concerned about me so they asked me to call. I called first thing Monday morning. They had me come in First thing Tuesday Morning. First I saw the Nurse Practitioner. She said that my blood pressure was very high. She asked me if I had been eating anything differently I told her no. An keep in mind also I had NO problems during my pregnancy I did not have morning... Read More

MY story goes way back to 1950 that when I had my first baby and

Posted On Wednesday, April 27, 2005 By Ethel

MY story goes way back to 1950 that when I had my first baby and a few hours later I went into convulsions and had to be medicated and whatever else they did to save my life. I was 19 years old and am now 74 and my son is 54 but the story is that I went on to have 3 more children and my adult children each have their own set of health problems, one has factor 5 leiden (blood clotting problem) another has severe psoriasis, and my youngest has had 3 miscarriages due to a blood problem. My 54 year old is in a nursing home due to a stroke caused ny his lupus and I am on blood pressure meds at least 18 years, The pregnancy of the first child was uneventful til the very end when I developed a... Read More

I am just returning from the hospital where my baby girl died, and where I

Posted On Thursday, January 05, 2006 By

I am just returning from the hospital where my baby girl died, and where I was also dying from HELLP Syndrome. I'd had a full anatomy sonogram and an ammnio and they told me the baby was healthy. I was sick for the entire pregnancy- throwing up quite a lot and had headaches most days-but was grateful the baby was doing well. My blood pressure was high so the doctor was treating me with a lot of Labatelol. I was going in weekly for blood pressure checks, which seemed to be unaffected by the high amounts of medication I was on, but we checked the baby with sonograms and she seemed do be doing just fine. In the 22nd week, I started to experience strong back and stomach pain,... Read More

My experience with preeclampsia occured with my first baby. My husband and I were so

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By

My experience with preeclampsia occured with my first baby. My husband and I were so excited about the birth of our first child. I was 3 weeks from my due date , I had experienced a normal pregnancy up to that point. I started retaining water and had sweeling in my feet and hands, but it was August and hot so I did not think anythng much about it. My Doctors appointment was that week and I was to be examined and perhaps they could tell if I had stared the process for birth. My Doctor was out of town and instead I saw a nurse practioner. I asked her about the swelling and she said " I've seen worse"and said there was some protein in my urine. She said not to worry and to cut back on salt and... Read More

I became exhausted and experienced a burning pain under the rib cage at approximately 30

Posted On Monday, March 14, 2005 By

I became exhausted and experienced a burning pain under the rib cage at approximately 30+ weeks and was found to have elevated blood pressure and protein in the urine. My status went from bad to worse and it was determined that I would need to deliver within hours. Based on breech presentation, they decided to perform a C-section under general anesthesia. The baby was almost 4 weeks early, weighed 5 lbs 7 oz, and was diagnosed as well-premature. What the doctors did not know, however, was that the constant pain in my leg, believed to be pregnancy related leg cramps, was actually the result of a severely ruptured disk in my lower spine, which became worse after the C-section procedure,... Read More

My pregnancy started out pretty good. I had a bad time with morning sickness. My

Posted On Tuesday, March 08, 2005 By

My pregnancy started out pretty good. I had a bad time with morning sickness. My weight gain was good until I went to my 29 week checkup. My b/p was 195/120. I was sent to the hospital right then be assured by doctors that I was probably going to only have to spend the night and that everything would be fine. My regular doctor then showed up. (It was not my regular doctor that sent me to the hospital.) He told me that only if my condition got worse that they would have to send me to the hospital 1 hour away. That hospital speiaclized in "high risk" pregnancies. Only 2 hours after arriving at the local hospital I was being rushed by ambulance to the other hospital. I cried the entire way. I... Read More

My story started when I was 32 weeks pregrant. My husband and I went to

Posted On Wednesday, June 29, 2005 By Kendra

My story started when I was 32 weeks pregrant. My husband and I went to the doctor and my blood presure was up a litte and the protien in my urine was a little high. My doctor told me that she wanted to see me the next week and we were on our every 2 week apts. It kind of worried us, but we thought okay. We said that we will be back the next week. We never thought a thing about it. I had been sweeling and having some pains but I thought that it was normal. My doctor told me that some sweeling was fine so I thought nothing about it. We went to the doctor like we were suppose to the next week and I had gained 10 pounds in one week. It was all fluid. My doctor came in and told... Read More

my story i got pregnant with my first child at 16 the doctor informed i

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2004 By Rebecca

my story i got pregnant with my first child at 16 the doctor informed i had preclampsia they only found ou until i complained of headaches & upper stomach pain i was admitted to the hospital at 33 weeks they had decided they wouold induce but it was cancelled the doctor suggested waiting for my baby's lungs to develop a little finally at 34 weeks they decision was made i had my daughter through a c-section my blood pressure was getting worse my daughter was healthy wg 4lbs and that my story im happy i didn't turn for the worse carla lopez of california

At 32 years old, I finally got married and we decided to have a family

Posted On Monday, November 24, 2003 By

At 32 years old, I finally got married and we decided to have a family right away. Thankfully, I got pregnant only after 2 months, and we anxiously waited for our baby boy's arrival. Although I had experienced edema and swelling early on, it became much more apparent at about 32 weeks. Thinking it was just the heat of the summer, I fought my husband in calling and seeing the doctor about it. He finally won the arguement, and at my appointment we discovered my blood pressure was elevated. Although the numbers were not that high to the average person, they were alarming for me with normally very low blood pressure. I was put on bed rest for about a week until it finally got to a... Read More

I have two children from to different men. I got pregnant with Kaci at 19.

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2003 By

I have two children from to different men. I got pregnant with Kaci at 19. Her due date was June 30, 1996. My pregnancy was normal until I was two weeks from my due date. I went in for my check-up. The doctor said my blood pressure was up and so he laid me on my left hand side. I was there for about an hour and my BP was down so they sent me home. I went back next week for the same check-up. My BP was up again so they sent me to the hospital. The hospital brought my BP back down and again they sent me home. Just 3 days later I went into labor about 4:00 am. My contractions were 5 mins apart. I did not go to the hospital until 9:00 pm that night because my contractions were not getting... Read More

In May, 2003 I came home from work at the nursing home. I had a

Posted On Friday, January 21, 2005 By

In May, 2003 I came home from work at the nursing home. I had a terrible headache and my feet were swollen bad. I new about PIH and toximea, because my family members have had it, and plus I'm a nurse. I checked my bloodpressure and it was higher than normal. I called my OBGYN, explained what was going on, he told me to come to the ER. by the time I got there, my BP was like 210/110. they were talking of taking the baby that night, but I was only 7 months into my pregnancy. A new OBGYN came in, because he was on call. I was on bedrest for the rest of my pregnancy (until june 11, 2003) they ending up taking my son a month early because of the uncontrollable BP and fluid. Well need... Read More

When I was 17 years old, I found out that I was pregnant. I was

Posted On Sunday, July 14, 2002 By

When I was 17 years old, I found out that I was pregnant. I was so scared, I did not even tell my parents - and during the course of my 9 month pregnancy, I gained little weight and did not show. Of course, I had no pre-natal care. One night in June of 1988 - when I was full term - I felt very ill. The next thing I remember, I was in the hospital. My father had heard my waterbed sloshing around - and when he came in my room, I was having seizures. He called the ambulance, and they flew me to the hospital. My blood pressure was 200/180 - the doctor had to induce labor, and imagine my parents' surprise when the doctors told them that I was 9 months pregnant - and that I probably would... Read More

My wife, Araceli, and I were High School Sweet hearts. We have been married for

Posted On Tuesday, April 08, 2003 By

My wife, Araceli, and I were High School Sweet hearts. We have been married for 4 1/2 years and together for 13 years. We were looking so forward to being parents. My wife went in for a doctor visit on her due date, March 25th 2003, and her blood pressure was higher then normal. She was a little swollen but not much. There was never any reason to worry. Since she was full term so they decided to induce. The delivery went great but her blood pressure was still high. After the delivery, her blood pressure drop to nothing. My wife was not able to stop bleeding. She died that same day. Thank God my daughter is healthy. I have lots of family helping me, but the pain I have... Read More

On Monday, April 29, 2002, I went to work as usual. I had my 30-week

Posted On Friday, September 20, 2002 By Melinda

On Monday, April 29, 2002, I went to work as usual. I had my 30-week prenatal check-up at 11:30 that morning and when I left the office, I told my boss I'd be back in about an hour. I felt perfectly fine. My doctor weighed me, did all the normal tests, and everything was as usual (although I was upset at having gained 7 lbs in the two weeks since my last prenatal appointment, but my doctor didn't even mention my weight gain to me). We chit-chatted as she checked my blood pressure, but then her face changed. She checked my blood pressure again, and then again. She closed my chart, took off her stethoscope and said very hurriedly, "Okay... I'm sending you to the hospital RIGHT NOW." I... Read More

I was 6 months pregnant wheni started getting sick,I would go to the Dr. every

Posted On Thursday, September 19, 2002 By Marni

I was 6 months pregnant wheni started getting sick,I would go to the Dr. every week telling him something was wrong, but he would always pretty much blow me off. Well on March 24th 1995 I awoke feeling really bad,my eyes were so swollen i couldnt see,I had a strobe light in my eyes and i just didnt feel right,I called the Dr. once again and he said i needed potassium and all I needed to do was to eat a potatoe.So I baked a potatoe and ate it.I dont remember anything from that day except about midnight I woke up my husband, telling him that some people were trying to take me, I was sitting in the middle of my bed looking up and was seeing this very bright light with loved ones... Read More

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