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

I just finished reading one of the stories and realized that I, too had been

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 By Jennifer

I just finished reading one of the stories and realized that I, too had been lied to about my condition. I was aware that my blood pressure was high and I was required to come in for a BP check and blood and urine samples about 3 times per week, but I was allowed to go on vacation! I suppose they thought that if they said that I couldn't my blood pressure would elevate further. I was, however; put on partial bed rest and required to quit my job. At 37 weeks I came in for a BP/urine/blood sample workup and was sent immediately to my midwife. She and her consulting OB/GYN agreed that I should be induced or risk losing my baby. This was the first I had heard about the... Read More

I was 35 years old and expecting my 2 child. I was suprised by the

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By Sarah

I was 35 years old and expecting my 2 child. I was suprised by the pregancy but welcomed it. I worried about pre-eclampsia the whole time I was pregant because my sister who had a baby a couple years earlier had to deal with it. But thru my whole pregnancy I didn't develope it. Well when I went in for delivery to have my daughter I received a epidural and got a wet tap from it. They told me my head would hurt for about a week and then it would heal up on its own. The week after the birth of my daughter I noticed my legs and feet swelling. I called my obgyn and they said it was normal for being induced. So I thought everything was ok. Well about 7 days after the birth I was... Read More

Six weeks before I was due, I developed pre-eclmapsia. My little ankles turned into coconuts

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

Six weeks before I was due, I developed pre-eclmapsia. My little ankles turned into coconuts and I was lucky if I could see my way to the bathroom past the black dots and not fall over into the toilet. After almost fainting at my mothers day lunch, I ended up in the emergency room, with H.E.L.L.P. syndrome, hoping to stay alive long enough to deliver my daughter. Since delivery was in fact the only cure, I was induced that evening. I was a pregnancy counselor, spending my life focusing on natural childbirth and holistic pregnancy. This was to be a waterbirth- the waterbirth I

I wanted to tell a story that is not about me but my incredibly brave

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 By

I wanted to tell a story that is not about me but my incredibly brave Sister and Brother in law. I had never really heard of Preeclampsia before April 14 2005, this is the day that my sister gave birth to my nephew. This is also the day that we lost my nephew and almost the life of my sister to this horrible condition. I have never in my life met a couple who was more ready for a child. My sister planned her pregnancy from day 1, she was a wonderful Mother and Conner was not even here yet. They both worked so hard, purchased a new home and were ready to begin their family. Throughout Her pregnancy (going into the later months) she began to have high blood pressure. She went to... Read More

After 10 years of marriage, and 33 years old, my husband and I decided to

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 By

After 10 years of marriage, and 33 years old, my husband and I decided to have our first child. I had a normal pregnancy until about week 26 when I noticed my ankles and feet started to swell up like balloons. After reading several of my pregnancy books, and talking to several friends, I thought this was part of being pregnant. At my next doctor

With my first pregnancy I was not diagnosed until after my baby was born. My

Posted On Tuesday, May 03, 2005 By

With my first pregnancy I was not diagnosed until after my baby was born. My bp began rising in my 7th month but not consistently and I did not have protein in my urine. During my labor my bp rose very high and I began to spike a fever. After my c-section they found a lot of protein in my urine and determined I did have pre-e. Fortunatly I did deliver a healty 8.12lbs baby boy! My second pregnancy was a bit different. This pregancy had many problems and difficulties through out it. At 32 weeks my bp was high and I had been experiencing headaches. I was sent for pre-e blood work which came back fine. My ob did put me on weekly visits just to monitor me since I had pre-e my previous... Read More

After complaining frequently and being ignored by the hospital staff of no featal movement, I

Posted On Wednesday, May 11, 2005 By

After complaining frequently(and being ignored)by the hospital staff of no featal movement, I was finally admitted on Monday afternoon and found that I had high blood pressure and some protein in my urine.(Possible pre-eclampsia) The next day my blood pressure went down and I was sent home.I still could not feel the baby move at all, and they told me the baby was fine, so I assumed it was me. I was told to return if my face swelled up or if I had headaches unresolved by tylenol or double vision. The following week (on Monday) I had a doctors appointment. I woke up that morning and my face was huge, my hands swollen.The nurse however took my blood pressure and said it was normal 120/60. I... Read More

My pregnancy had been so good through the first trimester. I had no morning sickness

Posted On Friday, June 03, 2005 By

My pregnancy had been so good through the first trimester. I had no morning sickness and was enjoying all the attention of being pregnant. My husband and I were so looking forward to this baby. We have been married for 5 years and had been trying for 7 months to become pregant. Our families were so excited for us, the promise of a new baby coming into the family. We have a history of preeclampsia in our family. My mother almost died 30 years ago bringing me into the world. My doctor was aware of my history and I was already on blood pressure medicine as my BP was elevated. We found out we were having a little girl at our 20 week check up and we were so excited. We already had a... Read More

I became pregnant at the age of 23 with my second son. Beginning early in

Posted On Friday, June 13, 2003 By

I became pregnant at the age of 23 with my second son. Beginning early in pregnancy, I began to gain an extreme amount of weight and had sudden, severe abdominal pain. After testing (ultrasounds) at about four months, it was belived by my GP that my baby was fine and that I was experiencind pain from possibly a cyst or "something" stretching. I was however put on pain medicine that was "safe" to my baby.

When reading through these stories, I realize just how fortunate my husband and I are

Posted On Friday, May 09, 2003 By

When reading through these stories, I realize just how fortunate my husband and I are to have a healthy child. It also makes me appreciate good prenatal care even more. Our story begins before even getting pregnant. I knew that getting pregnant was going to be something that was a little more planned than it is for some other people. I was taking medication for an autoimmune disease and needed some counseling on which drugs I could stay on throughout the pregnancy, which ones I needed to come off and how long I needed to be off of them before attempting to conceive. I met with an amazing perinatologist who was very supportive and reassuring. However, he did notice that I had some... Read More

My Story. My name is Lize and I got pregnant when I was 28 years

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2003 By Sarah

My Story. My name is Lize and I got pregnant when I was 28 years old after only 2 months of trying. We never dreamed it would be so easy and quick because a doctor told me years ago that I would struggle in getting pregnant. We were very happy. At 8 weeks pregnant, I started to get really very tired. I would sleep the whole night and by 10am I would be so tired, I couldnt stay awake. At 13 weeks pregnant, I went for my first doctors visit and everything was fine. She gave me some vitamins to drink for the tiredness. At 18 weeks pregnant, I went for another check-up at the Antenatal-clinic. They tested my urine  clean; bp was 140/90 and I had swollen feet. They send me... Read More

Hello, my name is Simone and I am 28 year old single mom. My son

Posted On Monday, January 27, 2003 By Sarah

Hello, my name is Simone and I am 28 year old single mom. My son is now eleven months old and was born on 02/27/02. He weighs about 24 lbs now. I mostly copied and pasted from my on-line journal located at www.thelaboroflove.com currently listed under parenting-single moms. It all started at my 34 week checkup. They checked my blood pressure, and it was high - about 160/95, when it had 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. Jackie was a woman, and I found her very easy to talk with. I was the last patient of the day, and she sat... Read More

I had post-partum pre-eclampsia after the delivery of my second child four years ago. Both

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

I had post-partum pre-eclampsia after the delivery of my second child four years ago. Both of my pregnancies were fairly trouble free until the very end. With my first (6 yrs ago) my BP had gradually increased from a healthy 110/65 to 150/100 at 40 weeks so I was admitted and induced the following day (culminating in an emergency c-section) but no-one ever mentioned pre-eclampsia. My BP never went back down to my pre pregnancy levels and so when I started my second pregnancy it was already up at 130/85. This pregnancy was fine until the very end again when I started to feel unwell a couple of days past my due date. My BP was around 150/100 again so my midwife sent me in to hospital. As I... Read More

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