I am grateful to have a group like the Preeclampsia Foundation to support. My situation

Posted On Friday, March 07, 2003 By

I am grateful to have a group like the Preeclampsia Foundation to support. My situation was atypical and illustrates how seemingly random and unexpected preeclampsia can be. I fit none of the risk categories and it was a healthy, problem-free second pregnancy (as was my first). I was not overweight, hypertensive, over 40, having my first baby, or carrying multiples. There were no indications of the condition until 4 days after I delivered. I was sent home from the hospital after 3 days. My feet were swollen but since I had just had a c-section and since swelling occurred after my first delivery too, I thought nothing of it. On the 4th day I was struck by an excruciating... Read More

The first time I really learned about Preeclampsia was with my sister and the birth

Posted On Friday, June 13, 2003 By Erika

The first time I really learned about Preeclampsia was with my sister and the birth of her preemie son less than a year ago. I never thought that it would happen to me but for my entire pregnancy, I kept it in the back of my mind (and so did my OB/ GYN who had also treated my sister.) The night before my 31st week visit, I packed my bag - I would either need it since it would be about the same time that my sister was admitted to the hospital for PE or I would just be prepared 9 weeks in advance. My sister went with me for this Thursday afternoon visit so she could hear little Noah's heartbeat for the first time. I had high blood pressure in previous visits but... Read More

Hi... My name is Roukieh and I am the child of a mother who had

Posted On Thursday, June 12, 2003 By

Hi... My name is Roukieh and I am the child of a mother who had preeclampsia. I was born on July 30, 1986. My mom, Kathy, tells me the story of how complicated her pregnancy with me was. I love to hear it over and over again because at the end, she tells me that i am her "miracle" child. I am now 17 years old with a brother 13, and a sister 15. I was born at a hospital in Century City, weighing only 4 lbs 10 oz. i see other stories and i feel as if i was a big baby compared to them, but compared to my friends, i was a doll. My mom also has Epilepsy and the doctor told her that she would be unable to have any children. My mother was devastated and so was my father. With the doctor's... Read More

My pregnancy had been going well, I was 39 weeks pregnant and patiently waiting for

Posted On Tuesday, June 25, 2002 By Ashley

My pregnancy had been going well, I was 39 weeks pregnant and patiently waiting for something to happen. It was shortly after midnight, March 5,2002. I started to feel my contractions coming on. This was my second pregnancy and I wasn't concerned of any complications. My water broke at about 4:30AM, at that time I decided it was time to go. My mother drove me to the hospital. I had no pain out of the ordinary, only thing of concern to me was that I was bleeding very heavily. And that seemed to be the concern of the hospital staff. I remember them doing an ultrasound and telling me everything with the placenta looked fine, but I was expelling huge blood clots. And they couldn't see where all... Read More

My name is Amie, and I gave birth to my son 4 weeks ago at

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 By

My name is Amie, and I gave birth to my son 4 weeks ago at 25 1/2 weeks due to preeclampsia. Unfortunately we lost him. If I could back up 4 years, my husband and I lost our first son at 3 weeks. I delivered early (27 weeks) for "unknown causes," and miscarried a year later. When I got pregnant the this time around we figured 3rd times the charm, right? Wrong. My pregnancy went well until I was 17 weeks. I thought I was having a miscarriage because of the pain I suddenly got one morning in my stomach and lower back. My husband rushed me to the ER, and they said I had a kidney infection and that my baby was OK, but I had to stay 4 days anyway for who knows what reason. Literally... Read More

I was 25 years old when I became pregnant. I had been off of birth

Posted On Monday, October 16, 2006 By

I was 25 years old when I became pregnant. I had been off of birth control for about a year and just waiting to conceive. We were not planning, but instead just waiting for it to happen. The day finally came in March of 2005. My husband and I were thrilled and excited, and both a little nervous! Right from the beginning I took my pregnancy very seroiusly. I quit smoking immediately and made a doctors appointment the next day. Just as we expected we were expecting! My pregnancy was very typical, the usual "morning" sickness and tiredness, aches and pains. I did not let these things bother me because I was to happy to even care, I was one of those people who loved being... Read More

My story happened almost 4 years ago, but seems like it just happened. I was

Posted On Tuesday, October 15, 2002 By Lynn

My story happened almost 4 years ago, but seems like it just happened. I was 30 weeks along when my blood pres. got very high, and I had a high sudden weight gain, I went to the hospital because I was feeling dizzy and seeing white spots, thats when they took a pee sample adn told me to go home and they would call me, when I got home, there was a message on my machine that I was to go to the hospital ASAP and be checked in, I had a lot of protein in my pee. I was in the hospital for one 6 days when I called the doc. in and said that I have not felt the baby for the past 30 minutes, they check and could not find a heart beat, then they dida ultasound and told me that she had died, they... Read More

Hi my name is michelle i have suffered from preeclampsia once.Well let me begin i

Posted On Wednesday, September 25, 2002 By

Hi my name is michelle i have suffered from preeclampsia once.Well let me begin i have a 5 year old daughter that was born healthly 8pounds 6 ounces in 1997. I recently gave birth to a 4pounds 6ounces baby girl april 9, 2002. I was going to my doctor on all my visits explaining my problems of of my feet swelling,face it was so bad that i could not walk. my doctor said it was edema i said ok and kept my feet elevated and slept.But in my 8th month i had real bad headaches and couldnot breathe at night. I went to the emergency room and they told me i had an urine track infection and that was all. They said baby was fine and so was i so i took there word for it.Monday night i... Read More

I gave birth to a baby boy 12 days ago... I was lying in bed

Posted On Saturday, October 28, 2006 By

I gave birth to a baby boy 12 days ago... I was lying in bed at night, when my husband heard me making a funny noise.

I'll never forget it. IIt started on the day of March 23rd, 1999.

Posted On Thursday, October 26, 2006 By Marcy

I'll never forget it. IIt started on the day of March 23rd, 1999. I was 27 years old and a school teacher which I'm currently now.  I was on the playground and noticed I had pains like contractions. I thought I was having Braxton Hicks. Everyone kept telling me to sit down but I refused. I said I was fine. I was about 35 1/2 weeks along in my pregnancy. It was going to be my first one.  I timed the contractions and they were an hour apart which was way to early to go to the hospital. I ignored the signes. Previous doctors visits showed no elevated blood pressure, but protein in the urine. I was alarmed at the fact that my right foot... Read More

Hello everybody. I am so glad that there is someone else that I can talk

Posted On Sunday, October 29, 2006 By jessica

Hello everybody. I am so glad that there is someone else that I can talk to about what happened to me during my fourth pregnancy. First of all let me begin with the happy ending. My daughter Shailyn Grace came into this world and into my life on May 15th, 2006 via my first cesarean section. She was 3 weeks early but very healthy weighing 6lbs and 3 oz. (Not to mention that she was so beautiful and perfect). She is almost 6 months old and is one of the lights of my life (my others being my three other children, Braiden, Heather and Haylee and my husband). She is also the light of their lives. Every other pregnancy I had was perfect except for the fact that I have panic disorder... Read More

I was 26 years old and it was my first pregnancy. It was a perfectly

Posted On Tuesday, July 02, 2002 By

I was 26 years old and it was my first pregnancy. It was a perfectly healthy and worry-free pregnancy until about 36 weeks along. I began feeling discomfort in my chest area. I thought it might be what others described as acid reflex. The only problem with that theory is it left me feeling a bit achy. I became concerned after a few days and went to the doctor to be checked out. They sent me home and told me to take Mylanta.At 37 weeks and 4 days I began having mild contractions. The following day my water broke and I was still having mild contractions. By 3 a.m. the next morning my husband and I, along with other family members went to the hospital. I checked into Kaiser and... Read More

My story is two-fold really, my unborn child had health issues and then I developed

Posted On Friday, September 20, 2002 By Melanie

My story is two-fold really, my unborn child had health issues and then I developed preeclampsia. My son's issues were severe, not many babies with them survive - he was one of the first that some of his nurses had ever seen make it despite the odds.On Octoboer 4, 2000, I went into my OB, accompanied by a good friend, for a check-up at 30 weeks. Even though the outlook for my son was grave, we continued on as if all was fine. I never went to appointments alone, it was too hard to be alone considering the circumstances. Well, my bp was 200/something, there was a lot of protein in my urine and I had a lot of swelling. Three strikes and I was out, I was put into the hospital... Read More

As I read the stories of others, I realize that even though my experience was

Posted On Monday, July 01, 2002 By Suzanne

As I read the stories of others, I realize that even though my experience was not good, it could have been much worse. I was not diagnosied with Preeclampsia until it was too late. Six days after the birth of my daughter I expereinced an event which has changed my life forever. My symptoms started with a severe headache in the back of my neck and vomiting. I also had extreme swelling in my legs and feet. When I called my OB doctor I was told to "elevate my feet and take it easy." I followed his orders. The next day I was feeling better. The swelling was down adn the headache was much better. I was eating lunch with my Mother when I began to have visual disturbances. I could see... Read More

My daughter was born at twenty-four weeks because I had severe preclampsia and HELLP syndrome.

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 By

My daughter was born at twenty-four weeks because I had severe preclampsia and HELLP syndrome. The Wednesday before my daughter was born started out uneventful. I had a doctor's appointment scheduled. I already was diagnoised with high blood pressure, but I was put on meds and best rest and things seemed fine. Whenever I got to the doctor's office, the doctor was concerned so he sent me to Clarion for blood work and to the labor and delivery ward where I was to be giving a nonstress test. Whenever I got there, I was admitted.... Read More

hi my name is demile and i had a baby boy on jan 15,2003.i had

Posted On Saturday, June 04, 2005 By Carin

hi my name is demile and i had a baby boy on jan 15,2003.i had a natural birth there were no complication and i stayed my three days and went home.i was doing fine until a week later.i begin to have a lot of headaches which my blood pressure begin to rise it was in the 150's/160's/60-70's.i begin to have seizures which i also suffered a stroke in the process and i also went blind.i was unconsious for about three days before i realized that i was in the hospital.this was my worst nightmare because i never had this problem with my other two children.and i have begin to slowly come around.i now suffer from short term memory loss and i still have headaches. i want people to no that this is a... Read More

In February 2000, my husband and I were ecstatic to find out that we were

Posted On Friday, June 03, 2005 By

In February 2000, my husband and I were ecstatic to find out that we were pregnant with our first child!. In the beginning of the pregnancy (the first 12 weeks) I had all day morning sickness, but near the end of the 12th week, it had completely disappeared. Problems started to arise around the 25th week, when my co-workers (I'm a nurse) started to tell me I appeared "swollen" in my face and I began to notice that my legs were becoming grossly swollen as well. At this time, my blood pressure was hanging around 130/80 at my OB visits. I did not have any blurred vision, headaches, stomach pain and was not seeing stars - I just carried on with home and work life as usual until my 34... Read More

My name is Laurie and I had severe pre-eclampsia with my 2nd child. Interestingly, I

Posted On Tuesday, September 06, 2005 By

My name is Laurie and I had severe pre-eclampsia with my 2nd child. Interestingly, I did not have pre-eclampsia during my first pregnancy. My first pregnancy was completely uneventful and I even went into labor on my due date. I am very curious as to why this happened to us as I am told it is very rare to happen during a 2nd pregnancy and not the first as well.. I would like to tell my story in hopes that it helps someone with their research and that I can find other women who experienced pre-eclampsia the second time around. When our oldest daughter was about 2 years old, I became pregnant for the 2nd time and miscarried at about 6 weeks. We tried right away to... Read More

I have chronic hypertension and have been on Aldomet since before I was pregnant. When

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 By Crystal

I have chronic hypertension and have been on Aldomet since before I was pregnant. When I became pregnant, my doctor warned me that I could have problems with my blood pressure. I had to buy a blood pressure monitor to check my bp regularly. Everything was fine until my sixth month. My numbers began to creep up, so my doctor increased my aldomet dosage. Even with the increased dosage, my bp kept rising. My doctor told me that if I couldn't get my bottom number below 92, that I needed to call him. For three days straight, it was running between 97-99. I called him and he made me go to his office immediately. I had no protein in my urine, so he wasn't too worried. He doubled my dosage... Read More

Ryan Darren was born 6 weeks early because I went into the Hellp syndrome. The

Posted On Tuesday, May 10, 2005 By

Ryan Darren was born 6 weeks early because I went into the Hellp syndrome. The only cure for mothers is to deliver the baby is what I was told. My pregnancy went wonderful for the first 30 weeks. I was on blood pressure medication prior to and throughout my pregnancy, I am 32 years old. I had no problems with my BP going up until my 30th week. I had no swelling of any kind prior to my 30th week. In my 30th week I began feeling sharp and constant pains along my upper abdominal, rib cage area. At this point I was already going to the doctors for routine visits once a week. The ultrasounds all looked great, I had no protein in the urine. My BP however was on the rise and the pain... Read More

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