I just stumbled across this site by accident, but would like to share my story.

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2003 By

I just stumbled across this site by accident, but would like to share my story. I would like to begin by saying that I am eternally grateful that I am alive, and that my son, Coleman, was born healthy (aside from some jaundice). I would also like to say that were it not for some very persistant nurses this may not be the case. The problems in my pregnancy began relatively early. I had severe vomiting and dehydration from day one, and despite an inability to keep down most foods I was gaining weight at a rapid rate. My doctor told me to watch my diet and threatened to send me to a nutritionist. I did as he said and began to feel guilty for my inability to control my weight. Despite my... Read More

I was about 28 weeks when I started feeling strange. I was swollen in my

Posted On Tuesday, December 31, 2002 By Crystal

I was about 28 weeks when I started feeling strange. I was swollen in my hands and feet. I couldn't even make a fist because my hands were so puffy. I also felt very achy all over. I called my OB. She said, "It doesn't sound like a pregnancy-related condition. Go see your primary care physician." I went in the next day. The doctor said, "Your blood pressure seems a little high. What is it normally?" I had no idea. I didn't think that it was something I needed to know, plus whenever I had gone in for prenatal visits, the nurse always said that the blood pressure was "normal", so I never knew the numbers exactly. My primary care doctor said I should go see my OB. I went in the... Read More

About a month before our first wedding anniversary, my husband and I were overjoyed to

Posted On Tuesday, November 19, 2002 By Jenny

About a month before our first wedding anniversary, my husband and I were overjoyed to find we were expecting our first child. We had experienced a miscarriage earlier that year, and were cautiously optimistic about this pregnancy. We decided to wait until I was 12 weeks to announce the good news to our friends and family. My pregnancy was rough from the start. The first four months were constant morning sickness, and I lost over ten pounds. At 20 weeks (on Halloween!) we discovered I was carrying a baby boy, and he looked very healthy! We were so excited. I started to feel better around that time and finally began to gain back some of the weight I had... Read More

About a month ago I began to have major swelling in my ankles and legs,

Posted On Monday, September 20, 2004 By

About a month ago I began to have major swelling in my ankles and legs, I thought nothing of it. When I went to my mothers house about three weeks ago she told me that I may have preeclampsia, I went online that day and found a website on pregnancies and they said that swelling in ankles was normal in third trimesters, it was just water retention. I thought I had found the answer to my problem, I was wrong very wrong. Before I tell you the rest of my story let me tell you about my pregnancy. I found out I was pregnant in April and from then on I was almost always sick, I had headaches and I was vomiting many times a day, when I went to see my health care professional he told me that... Read More

On May 17,2004 after years of trying to conceive due to my severe tubal damage,

Posted On Wednesday, November 03, 2004 By Teresa

On May 17,2004 after years of trying to conceive due to my severe tubal damage, my husband and I found out we were having our first baby. We were so excited we just couldn't believe it!! I as 8 weeks pregnant and didn't even know it, that was truly a blessing from God!! During an ultrasound it had showed that our baby's fetal growth restrictions were off some, which caused her to be smaller in size. This was caused from me having previous problems with my blood pressure. The readings just kept escalating when I became pregnant. I was put on bedrest, but it seemed like every other day or week I was being put in the hospital to try and get my blood pressure under control. That's when I... Read More

I had a difficult time dealing with infertility to get my son here and was

Posted On Monday, November 01, 2004 By

I had a difficult time dealing with infertility to get my son here and was thrilled to finally be pregnant. We had an uneventful pregnancy until 20 weeks when it seemed every test was going wrong. It turned out my son had a dialated kidney (which usually corrects itself) and a 2 vessel umbilical cord meaning he wasn't getting the full nutrients he should and would measure small in size. I felt great but started swelling at 30 weeks and was being monitored for his size through BPP (ultrasounds) and NST's (monitors). Oddly enough they didn't catch on that my weight gain was rapidly increasing and my swelling feet were large because my blood pressure was fine. I started to swell over... Read More

I was having a constant pressure in my rib cage, I was swelling every where,

Posted On Monday, May 03, 2004 By

I was having a constant pressure in my rib cage, I was swelling every where, shaking, and couldn't concentrate on much of anything. I was also about 2 centimeters dialated, so on the same doctors visit he put me on medicine and checked my ribs, he told me that the pain was just an unfornate way the baby was laying. Later that week on Thursday, I started cramping I called his office and his nurse told me to go to the hospital. The hospital took a urine sample but never tested for protien. My blood pressure was high they sent me home telling me to lay on my left side. I went back on Friday with the same problems this time they tested the urine and did an ultra sound. I told the nurse that... Read More

I want to share my story because it was a very scary experience to go

Posted On Thursday, August 14, 2003 By Eden

I want to share my story because it was a very scary experience to go through preeclampsia and not know what it meant. I got pregnant in March 2001 thinking nothing more than I can't wait to have this baby. Little did I know that I was going to have an abnormal end to my pregnancy. My due date was December 20th and all I thought was poor baby will have to share her birthday with Christmas. In the beginning of September my doctor told me that I was gaining to much weight and gave me a diet to follow. After that at my next checkup I still had gained too much weight and he made me take a glucose test and he couldn't put his finger on what my problem was. He told me to take it easy and to... Read More

Hello This will be my second post on this site, but I find this site

Posted On Saturday, July 31, 2004 By Carin

Hello This will be my second post on this site, but I find this site amazing! i am 29 years old and in October of 2003 I gave birth to a baby who was 6 weeks early they induced me due to preeclamsia complications. Well my baby is doing fine but to our BIG surprise I recently found out that i am pregnant AGAIN! Very unplanned. i am just hoping that this time my pregnancy and the baby will be fine! They did tell me that since i had one preemie I will most likely have another preemie! i just pray to god it is not too early and the baby is ok! i am currently on meds. and have been since the birth of my first son 5 years ago. I was told that sometimes that every pregnancy gets better, im not... Read More

My name is Jen and I wanted to share my story not only to bring

Posted On Monday, May 10, 2004 By

My name is Jen and I wanted to share my story not only to bring awareness to the so called common disease, Preeclampsia but I also wanted to create a place where other mothers could relate. It took six long months for my husband and I to conceive and on my birthday, June 16,2001 we received a positive pregnancy test. We were so excited and instead of keeping it to ourselves we told everybody. Month after month I went to the doctor and every appointment I received good news, a healthy mom and a healthy baby. We decided not to find out the sex of the baby to keep it a surprise for everyone. Since this was my first time being pregnant I asked a lot of questions but I always got the... Read More

My husband and I thought we were doing everything right. We decided to try to

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2004 By

My husband and I thought we were doing everything right. We decided to try to get pregnant. I went to the library and got books about what you need to do to prepare you for pregnancy. I went in for an exam with the OB to make sure it was safe to start trying and started taking prenatal vitamins. We only had to try for 1 month. At 6 weeks gestation I began getting sick, but with medication it was bearable. The 2nd trimester was great. I felt wonderful. I did notice that I looked farther along than what I was, but just thought that since I am small that it was more noticeable and to be honest I loved my protruding tummy. At my 6-month appointment I had a twelve-pound weight gain. ... Read More

i am 19yrs old and i found out i was going to have a child

Posted On Tuesday, June 08, 2004 By Amanda

i am 19yrs old and i found out i was going to have a child right after the new year. at first i was scared and then as time went on i got more excited. i went to my monthly check ups and everything was fine. then on may 13, 2004 i went into the doctors office for a check up and they said that they wanted to see me back at the office the next day. i was scaried because the only thing i could think about was if my baby boy was ok. the next day i went back and they put into the hospital and put me on magnsium and had me on a blood pressure machine. they told i had preeclampsia friday night and they said they only wy to help me is to take the baby. so they put me into labor. i had austyn... Read More

Here is my story. It was very scary and educational as to the dangers of

Posted On Friday, April 15, 2005 By Vikki

Here is my story. It was very scary and educational as to the dangers of this disease! I knew it was a complication that some women have in pregnancy, but not how serious it is or that I was at any risk. I recently served as a gestestational (not my egg) surrogate for a couple caring their biological child. I delivered last Tuesday (04/05/05) at 30.4 weeks gestation after spending the preivous week in the hospital under close observation. I was near seizure when they upped the magnesium sulfate and induced. The Tuesday before (3/29/05) I went into the emergency room with a very severe headache and high blood pressure (174/106). The protien in my urine was at trace levels until a 24... Read More

I was reading some of your shared stories the other night and it was nice

Posted On Wednesday, December 22, 2004 By

I was reading some of your shared stories the other night and it was nice to know that I wasn't the only woman in the world that has experienced this condition. The one thing that had me and my doctors puzzled was the extreme shoulder pain I had on the right side. It was so painful. They tested me for a pulmonary embolism, gall bladder problems... and nothing could explain it. Now that I see on this site that some women had this horrible pain that not even the strongest of narcotics could touch, I don't feel so alone. It was unbelievable. I feel better knowing that it was part of the preeclampsia and not just a muscle spasm. Thanks. So here is my story: I started noticing flashes in my... Read More

My son James was my first pregnancy at age 31. I felt great during the

Posted On Sunday, November 17, 2002 By

My son James was my first pregnancy at age 31. I felt great during the first trimester with only a couple bouts of mild nausea, however, starting with the 4th month, I gained about 6-8 pounds per month (blamed it on increased calories!). I could not wear my rings my month 5 and started to notice swelling in my face by month 6. My blood pressure was slowing creeping up starting at month 5, but nothing really high. I also had so much swelling in my legs/feet that I went from shoe size 7 1/2 to 10 1/2 wide and the front of my calves were very tender. I contined to feel good and contined to work full-time. Two days before my 36-week checkup, I called my doctor

To begin with, I had an awful pregnancy which I think was an indicator as

Posted On Friday, November 15, 2002 By

To begin with, I had an awful pregnancy which I think was an indicator as to how my story was going to end. I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum at 9 weeks, and things went downhill from there. I was constantly sick and vomiting (upwards 15-20 times per day). I had to take prescription Zofran orally, and I.V. Zofran several times per week. At 21 weeks, I started having regular contractions from the constant dehydration. During all this time, I continued to work full time. At 28 weeks, I stared having severe swelling, literally over night. I was 124lbs at that point in my pregnancy. I went to sleep on night, and woke up feeling (for lack of a better description) "tight". I... Read More

I was 34 wks preg on 10/11/02. The previous week I had been put on

Posted On Friday, November 08, 2002 By Kimberly

I was 34 wks preg on 10/11/02. The previous week I had been put on bedrest since I was having high bp readings. I was doing ok at it, but i was difficult. I went to the dr on Tues 10/08/02 and she ordered some bloodwork and a 24 hr urine test. Blood work came back fine, but urine test showed +3 protein. I went back into her office on Friday, the 11th at 2pm for a followup, when she revealed the results of the urine test and found that I still was having hbp problems, and at that time had a bp of 123/115. She promptly diagnosed me with preeclampsia, and said that since the protein in my urine and bp had been increasing over the past week I needed to have the baby this weekend. I was 1... Read More

Hello, my name is Simone and I am 27 year old single mom. My son

Posted On Thursday, October 31, 2002 By

Hello, my name is Simone and I am 27 year old single mom. My son is now eight months old and was born on 02/27/02. I mostly copied and pasted from my on-line journal located at www.thelaboroflove.com. It all started at my 34 week checkup. They checked my blood pressure, and it was high - about 160/95, when it has been running about 120/65. They had me relax a few minutes, but the lower number (diastolic?) didn't go down. I ended up being in the office for 45 minutes, when I was usually there for five. Dr. M is a woman, and I found her very easy to talk to. I was the last patient of the day, and she sat with me for 20 minutes or so while I was resting on my left side. She had me do a... Read More

I became pregnant at 22 years old. The first several months of my pregnancy were

Posted On Monday, November 11, 2002 By Jodi

I became pregnant at 22 years old. The first several months of my pregnancy were picture perfect. I had the usual symptoms, nothing alarming. At about 22 weeks, I had my first high BP reading in the doctor's office. The nurse asked me if I was nervous, and I said no. The exact same thing happened at my following appointment, a month later. Again, I was asked if I was nervous and I said no. At this time I was about 26 weeks along. I had began to have some mild swelling, but I had no protein in my urine at this point. Three weeks later I went to the doctor (a week before my next scheduled appt.) because I was not feeling well. I had some trouble breathing and felt as though I had a... Read More

hello, my name is risa, and i survived HELLP syndrome back in 1996. i was

Posted On Thursday, October 24, 2002 By Jessica

hello, my name is risa, and i survived HELLP syndrome back in 1996. i was 26 weeks into my pregnancy, and one night started having severe abdominal pains. i called the doctor who was on call, and he told me to just lie down. and hour later i called again, and told him i was having severe diarrhea. i told him i needed to go to the hospital, and he just laughed me off, and said i was over-reacting, and a little diarrhea doesnt hurt me. i went to the hospital where i was supposed to deliver, and after bouncing back and forth between the l and d deck , and the emergency room, i was admitted with gallbladder problems. the next morning i was told i could go home. now, this entire time, i was... Read More

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