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

I developed preeclampsia at 19 weeks w/my first pregnancy. I had twins w/one growth restricted

Posted On Friday, July 26, 2002 By Rebecca

I developed preeclampsia at 19 weeks w/my first pregnancy. I had twins w/one growth restricted by 3 weeks, she died in-utero at 23 weeks. I went on to have a placental abruption and emergency c-section at 27 weeks, and developed severe HELLP syndrome. My daughter, Aubrey Nicole, lived 15 days in the NICU.I never knew pregnancy could be so complicated. I was diagnosed w/twins at 19 weeks after my AFP came back elevated. My OB referred me to a perinatologist since one twin was 3 wks behind. Initially he thought I might have twin to twin transfusion syndrome and told me the small twin would probably die. She hung in there for a while and kept growing until about 23 weeks.Meanwhile I... Read More

I was 16 years old when I found out I was pregnant. My pregnancy went

Posted On Friday, April 25, 2003 By

I was 16 years old when I found out I was pregnant. My pregnancy went well until one evening, when I was 34 weeks pregnant, my upper back started hurting. My mom suggested that I take a warm bath. I did what she suggest but it still didnt work. The pain started to get worse, so she called my doctor and they told me to go straight to the hospital. When we got to the hospital the nurse took my blood pressure and she asked me did I have a history of high blood pressure, I told her no, and she called the doctor in the room. My blood pressure was very high, and thats when they took my urine in the cup to check for protein. Sure enough about 30 minutes later they told me I was diagnosed... Read More

My pregnancy was far from good. I wasn't glowing or cute--mostly just swollen and sick

Posted On Friday, November 12, 2004 By Summer

My pregnancy was far from good. I wasn't glowing or cute--mostly just swollen and sick and miserable. And tired. I threw up for seven months straight because the morning sickness never did fade. It'd be all worth it, I kept telling myself. Around my 29th week the swelling began. I had to have my wedding ring cut off my finger, because the swelling came on so quickly I didn't have time to really even notice. My legs and ankles followed--sometimes by the end of the day they'd be so swollen I could hardly walk. I work with nurses and they spent the days constantly poking at my painfully puffy legs, checking my blood pressure, and telling me to call my doctor. I did call the doctor,... Read More

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

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