I was only 19 years old when I had my first child Kevin . The

Posted On Tuesday, July 08, 2003 By

I was only 19 years old when I had my first child (Kevin). The first 18 weeks of my pregnancy went without any problems. Kevin was growning fine and I was feeling good. My doctor and I started to notice my tummy wasn't getting any bigger and Kevin stopped growning at 21 weeks. My doctor wanted to keep a close eye on me because he also noticed some protein in my urine. I had appoinments with him every week. After my doctor realized what was going on, he sent me to San Jose Ca. to see a more qualified doctor. And that same day I was admitted to the hospital for treatment. At this point I knew something was wronge but I didn't know what because the doctors didn't want to tell me... Read More

Hi my name is Alicia. I am a mother of 3 children. When I was

Posted On Tuesday, December 14, 2004 By

Hi my name is Alicia. I am a mother of 3 children. When I was pregnant with my first daughter I had pre-eclampsia. The docter put me on some medication to help keep my blood pressure down. Since it did not help they induced me 2 weeks early. After a very long and hard labor my healthy little girl was born 6lbs 9 oz. Then about 2 years later I got pregnant for the second time. My blood pressure was fine through out the pregnancy. I had 1 month left to go and I became dehydrated. I spent the day at the doctors office and then at the hospital where they released me that evening. Well on my way home from the hospital my water broke and the next day I delivered a healthy baby boy, 6lbs... Read More

Hello~ My name is Annie. My preeclampsia occured with my first pregnancy. That was almost

Posted On Wednesday, July 14, 2004 By

Hello~ My name is Annie. My preeclampsia occured with my first pregnancy. That was almost 24 yrs. ago. I truly believe that if my daughter weren't born and cared for where we were, she wouldn't be alive today. Things were so different then. She was born 9 weeks early, weighing 3 lbs. 5 oz. and 17 3/4 inches. She was in the NICU for 5 weeks and was able to come home at 4 lbs. 8 oz. I was so sick then. I was in the MICU for 13 days, before and after her birth. (MICU is the Mother's Intensive care unit) At 22 weeks pregnant, the drs told me that my blood pressure was elevated, very high, very quickly. I was still going for pre-natal visits once a month then, but that quickly... Read More

I went into premature labor on Christmas eve I was hospitalized for two days. At

Posted On Tuesday, March 16, 2004 By Victoria

I went into premature labor on Christmas eve! I was hospitalized for two days. At this point my doctor put me on bed rest. My actual due date was february 14,1991. I actually made it to January 26 1991 by the grace of GOD! This is my story. I just found out yesterday March 15, 2004, just how blessed I really am. I was having discomfort in my right side and went to my general pratitioner, at wich point he ordered a ultrasound of my abdomin. They realized that I have kidney damage due to this condition eclampsia . I then began some research of my own and relived that horrific day. It began on 1/25/ 91. I went to my OB for my weekly check-up and she did a check where she had pressed... Read More

I woke up on May 12, 2002, at 4 am with incredible abdominal pain --

Posted On Saturday, March 19, 2005 By Jennifer

I woke up on May 12, 2002, at 4 am with incredible abdominal pain -- I figured it must be labor -- I was due May 20th and had just been put on "limited activity" two days before because my blood pressure had become "somewhat elevated" (121/90). Firstly, I had no idea of the severity of my condition. Secondly, although I had taken all of the pre-natal classes, the pain I felt seemed no worse that the description of "the worst pain you will ever feel" as had been described to me. My husband called my doctor (or rather, the doctor on call as it was a Sunday, Mother's Day), and he said to "come on in to get checked out". By the time I reached the maternity ward -- I was literally sprawled... Read More

At my 20 week level 2 ultrasound, my pregnancy was progressing as normal. I had

Posted On Thursday, September 11, 2003 By Stacy

At my 20 week level 2 ultrasound, my pregnancy was progressing as normal. I had a LOOP/LEEP procedure eight years before and I was being seen by my OB for measurements every two weeks. At 22 weeks, my blood pressure was elevated, but didn't seem to concern many. I was told to put my feet up and rest in the afternoons. I am a high school teacher, and this was a somewhat easy task. By week 24, my daughter was no longer growing, did not have enough weight to survive outside of the womb and my body was rapidly trying to reject my daughter. I was hospitalized and asked to perform a 24 hour urine collection. This was the second time I was aked to do this with low numbers (600mg) of protein... Read More

Where do I begin Before I became pregnant, I weighed 110 lbs. From the beginning,

Posted On Tuesday, September 09, 2003 By

Where do I begin? Before I became pregnant, I weighed 110 lbs. From the beginning, I was very sick with severe nausea & vomitting and was given a prescription. The drug helped for a couple of weeks, but the nausea & vomitting returned. Still, I gained weight fairly rapidly. At six weeks, I had already gained 14 lbs, even without being able to keep foods down. During my 19 week check-up my blood pressure was 142/80. My blood pressure increased from there. When I went to my 24 week check-up, I weighed 147lbs. and my pressure was 170/90. I experienced blurred vision and headaches. By then, my ankles, feet, hands, and face were swollen & it was difficult to walk. I could no longer... Read More

In 1994, I was living in Philadelphia and pregnant with my first child. I was

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2003 By

In 1994, I was living in Philadelphia and pregnant with my first child. I was 25 years old and in relatively good health, having just served 4 years on active duty with the Army. I became pregnant and was due June 1995. My entire pregnancy was very normal. Weight gain, blood pressure, fetal size, etc was all within the normal ranges. Other than eating more than usual, I felt great and was excited to be a mom. I was treated for a urinary tract infection the end of April but my b/p and every thing else was normal. March 9, 1995 put an end to all my excitement. After not feeling ver well, having back pain and a bit of vomiting, I laid down to rest after a warm bath. When I awoke a few... Read More

Hello to everybody, It all begun when I was 23 and my husband and I

Posted On Wednesday, June 18, 2003 By

Hello to everybody, It all begun when I was 23 and my husband and I decided to try to have a baby in May 1997, we were young and healthy and I got pregnant easyly, in July we knew that we were going to have a baby at the end of march 1998 !!, everything went fine until December 1997, just before 'xmas, when my blood pressure started to grow ( not very fast ), the doctor never told me to rest he only put me on diet, I had to back at the end of january 1998 for a rutine control, but on January 13th I didn't felt fine, I had to buy new shoes because I couldn't wear the old ones !!, I gain a lot of weight in few weeks even I had a diet !, and I called the doctor office, then they told me to... Read More

I had Hellp in August, 2002. I had a normal, healthy pregancy all along. But

Posted On Monday, June 16, 2003 By Heather

I had Hellp in August, 2002. I had a normal, healthy pregancy all along. But at about 33 weeks, I began feeling indigestion, fatigue, and back pain- all normal end of pregnancy feelings, I assumed. I also had nosebleeds and bleeding gums. When I began to feel flu like symptoms, I called to ask for bloodword to be done. My father had been hospitalized at the time, and I assumed that I had caught something while visiting him. (I have since learned to assume nothing!!!) I went for bloodwork on a Monday, then to the dr's on Wednesday. The dr I saw said my white count was high, maybe I had an infection. She noticed my blood pressure was high and sent me to the... Read More

Im a 26 yr old from India currently living in USA. I do not smoke

Posted On Monday, November 15, 2004 By uma

Im a 26 yr old from India currently living in USA. I do not smoke or drink. I had a perfect health and was 145 pounds before I became pregnant.My Due date was Sept 25, '04. All my doctor visits were perfect till June 10th.My weight gain was proper. I was very fit and used to go out for long walks. ate proper meals and no junk food at all. I used to work in a very tensed environment( computers) where a single mistake could cause a million dollar loss for my company and I was one of the key resources. May be this was one of the reasons which led to thee disease..i dont know. I caught flu in May but i just took tylenol and it went away in 4-5 days. during the 5th month I gained 6 pounds... Read More

Incompetent Doctor I had a fairly uneventful 1st pregnancy I had gestational diabetes but was

Posted On Saturday, July 31, 2004 By Amanda

Incompetent Doctor I had a fairly uneventful 1st pregnancy I had gestational diabetes but was assured that it was nothing serious. So life went on normally until the last few weeks. At 34wks I noticed severe swelling in my lower extremities at my 35wk checkup I had gained 11pounds of water weight. I was having visual disturbances and headaches. My Dr. didn't seem concerned, he was too busy to deal with it then I supose. At my 36wk checkup my blood pressure was "slightly elevated" accourding to the nurse. I was still seeing spots, and had blurry vision in addition to a mild headache that wouldn't go away. My Dr. did not see me that week. At my 37wk checkup he finally admitted that... Read More

I still remember vividly my second pregnancy, which ended with the stillborn birth of my

Posted On Sunday, April 27, 2003 By Jennifer

I still remember vividly my second pregnancy, which ended with the stillborn birth of my daughter, Mary. I did not find out I was pregnant with her until I was around two months along. I went to the hospital because I was crying and doubled over in pain. I had to wait six hours before I got to see the doctor. The nurse took my vital signs and drew my blood. When I did see the doctor, he congratulated me, saying I was going to be a mom. I told him that I was already a mom and asked what he was talking about. He said, You are going to have another baby. I did not know how to feel at that moment. I was both happy and apprehensive. The doctor ordered an ultrasound that evening to determine... Read More

I went to my ob/gyn for my 7 month appointment 28 weeks feeling sort of

Posted On Monday, August 26, 2002 By

I went to my ob/gyn for my 7 month appointment (28 weeks) feeling sort of fat and slow. I

I just found this site. Fifteen years ago I was having what I thought was

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By Neferteria

I just found this site. Fifteen years ago I was having what I thought was a normal first pregnancy. Of course, I remember thinking in early November that I was so tired I couldn't make it to Thanksgiving, and the baby was due in January. But I thought that was normal; I had a rigorous job as an attorney for a large corporation, and didn't feel I could ask for any concessions in my work load. At 28 weeks (November 10)I went for a routine exam, having moved and found a new doctor. While his partner for the previous visit assured me everything was fine, this doctor took one look at me and said, "So, are you five months pregnant?" My husband and I looked at each other, and I... Read More

I'm not the best pregnant lady. If I had any doubts about that, I'm certain

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2003 By

I'm not the best pregnant lady. If I had any doubts about that, I'm certain now. My first pregnancy was a happy surprise, and our tip-off was the morning sickness that began before my first positive pregnancy test. I worked in the Women's clinic where I received my health care, and my co-workers had a certain glee when I'd have to drop the phone and bolt for the bathroom. "The joys of pregnancy" they'd call after me. The nausea persisted until about 25 weeks, and I had five dream weeks until the swelling started. I had lost 25 lbs with the hyperemesis, and suddenly, it all came back. About 25 lbs in three weeks. The nurse midwife I saw became alarmed at the weight gain, she said that... Read More

Until I found this page I didn't realize how truly lucky I was when I

Posted On Sunday, July 06, 2003 By Sharon

Until I found this page I didn't realize how truly lucky I was when I had my son this past April. In fact now after reading a few stories it scares me to think what could have happened. My son was due May 4th, 2003and up until the week that he was born I had what I was told and considered as well to be a "Normal" pregnancy. I had swelling in my feet and my hands, persistant headaches and a feeling of just not feeling well at all. My doctor assured me it was all apart of being pregnant and that the stress I had been under was making everything seem worse. See my husband had re-enlisted in the Army December 2002 and was sent off to Korea for a year. He left in mid-January, when I... Read More

I just found this site. Fifteen years ago I was having what I thought was

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By

I just found this site. Fifteen years ago I was having what I thought was a normal first pregnancy. Of course, I remember thinking in early November that I was so tired I couldn't make it to Thanksgiving, and the baby was due in January. But I thought that was normal; I had a rigorous job as an attorney for a large corporation, and didn't feel I could ask for any concessions in my work load. At 28 weeks (November 10)I went for a routine exam, having moved and found a new doctor. While his partner for the previous visit assured me everything was fine, this doctor took one look at me and said, "So, are you five months pregnant?" My husband and I looked at each other, and I replied... Read More

It was my third pregnancy and I was carrying twins. I was extremely sick. I

Posted On Friday, August 15, 2003 By Rachel

It was my third pregnancy and I was carrying twins. I was extremely sick. I could not eat, cook, or smell any food without getting sick. I could not change a wet diaper on my 2 year old much less any thing else. I lost 12 pounds and was still 2 pounds lighter at delivery than I was when I became pregnant. At 12 weeks I woke up with blood pouring out of me. I went to the OB office thinking that I had lost the babies and wondering why God gave them to me just to take them away before I even got to meet them. What had I done to deserve this. When I arrived at the OB office and they administered a sonogram the babies were fine,I was fine there was not a single problem. Little did I... Read More

The majority of my story is taken from bits and pieces I believe to be

Posted On Thursday, July 03, 2003 By

The majority of my story is taken from bits and pieces (I believe to be accurate) that different people have told me about what happened to me. My husband was there by my side beginning with my second seizure and never left my side until several days after I was released from MCV Hospital. I have not asked him to fill in ALL of the blanks yet because I dont want to ask him to relive it all againt. It has been 7 months but still on our minds every day. This is how it was told to me. I realize that it is a long story, but I truly believe that EVERY aspect and detail of it should be included for any of you that need or want to know more about ECLAMPSIA& not pre-eclampsia. I had no signs of... Read More

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