My experience of Severe Preeclampsia (1st pregnancy)

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2012 By Kaylee

In September 2008 I had my daughter via emergency c section at 26 weeks due to severe preeclampsia. She weighed 1 lb 9 oz. Her first month of her life was spent in the local hospital and she became severely sick from NEC and was transferred to a children's hospital an hour away where she spent the remainder of her NICU stay for 3 months. She is now 3 years old and is healthy as can be. I am so thankful that she is. It all started around 24 weeks when I was becoming swelled up in my face and ankles, but with it being my first pregnancy I thought it was normal. Then I started to get headaches that were becoming so bad. I went to L&D at 25 weeks and was admitted for 5 days because of my... Read More

Kya Joy- My Diamond in the Sky

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2012 By Danielle

  My name is Danielle Q. I'll be 23 in 2 months and this is the story of my very first and only pregnancy. My fiancee James and I had a perfect pregnancy up until about 20 weeks. The day we had our first big ultrasound was going to be the most amazing life-changing day of our lives. That was the day we found out if we were having a boy or a girl. I've never been more excited for anything than I was for this! We were pretty sure it was going to be a girl.... Read More

How preeclampsia changed my life

Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2012 By Lisa Hollister

I am the mom of a survivor of preeclampsia/eclampsia. My 18 year old daughter came to live with me after having numbness on her right side, weight gain, swelling, "sharp" headaches, confusion and blurred vision. She was 28 weeks (7 months) pregnant. She was told by the small town doctor after staying a night in the hospital and going to her clinic for follow up that she suffered from high cholesterol and migraines, she was 23 weeks pregnant at this point. She had been with me for about a week when one night she said she didn't feel right. She had been having bad headaches over the past few days and was retaining a lot of water. We had planned... Read More

Wanting To Have Another Baby But Terrified After Having Preeclampsia TWICE!

Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 By Bethany

All my husband can talk about is us having a son. He wants a son that he can watch growing up playing baseball, football, being a tough little cookie... a son that can remind him of him as a little boy growing up. A son to carry on the family name. However, despite me being pregnant 4 times before, we've had all girls. One is deceased. Out of the 4 pregnancies 2 of them I had preeclampsia. And because of that, I'm terrified to try one more time for a boy. There's a part of me that gets excited about possibly becoming pregnant and having a new baby - the possibility of maybe finally having a son is exciting. Of course if we ended up with another girl, we'd love her just like we... Read More

Ruptured Placenta and low amniotic fluid

Posted On Thursday, March 22, 2012 By Sujata

My sister in Nepal is in her 27th week of pregnancy. 7-8 days ago she suffered bleeding. Doctor identified 3.4cm rupture of her placenta and advised complete bed rest at the hospital. Her blood pressure began to shoot up to 150/100. Urine test showed protein. Two days ago she was administered medicine for BP. Today BP has reached 120/80. However the placenta rupture has increased to 6.1cm and the amniotic fluid has decreased as of today. The doctors attending to her say that this is a very serious stage for the mother and the baby. Doctors suggest terminating the baby. I was wondering if anyone has any advice regarding her condition and the course of action she should... Read More

My PE story(ies)

Posted On Friday, March 09, 2012 By nursemommy

Family photo.

I didn't know I was sick....

Posted On Thursday, March 08, 2012 By Sarah

During my pregnancy, every test, check-up and ultrasound looked normal.  My doctor gave me permission on Dec. 20th to drive to North Carolina (from Ohio) so I could be there for my husband's return from deployment.  After spending 7 months of pregnancy without him, I was determined to make the trip.  During my pregnancy, I experienced some back pain and swelling but was told this was normal, especially for the third trimester, so I didn't think much when on Christmas day my feet were very swollen.  (I thought it was from the salty foods from previous day).  I continued on my trip to Camp Lejeune, and was able to see my husband return from... Read More

My story of survival: Severe Pre-Eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and DIC

Posted On Thursday, March 08, 2012 By TaMyra

This is my story of survival. This is also my daughter's story of survival. At 22 weeks, I noticed my feet were extremely swollen, and I could barely breathe. I thought it was just normal pregnancy symptoms, until the doctor said my BP was 170/11!! I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 23 weeks. It was way too early to have my baby. We were given steroids immediately for her lungs, in case an emergency C-Section was needed. I was also given Magnesium sulfate, so I wouldn't seize. This medicine made me feel like I was dying. I was put on bed rest and admitted to the hospital. I... Read More

Finding My Light Through All The Darkness

Posted On Tuesday, March 06, 2012 By Destanee

Dark Saturday December 11, 2010, I had a really bad headache... stronger than the others. I didn't have headaches throughout my pregnancy however for the past 3 days I was having them. But I shrugged it off since I called my OB's office and one of the nurses said it was "Flu Symptoms." Me and my fiance Steve were at his family party and I sat there feeling fine for the first 5 minutes then all of a sudden I got a migraine and felt really weak. All I had to do was give him a look and we were out the door. I then called my mother and asked her what I should take to get rid of this and luckily she was with my aunt (a nurse) and knew that it was because my... Read More

Fighting For Life: My Story of Post Partum PE and HELLP

Posted On Monday, March 05, 2012 By Anne-Mari

  Six days after delivering my second child I awoke to my heart pounding out of my chest and throat, I felt like death, couldn’t breathe, and my right leg was extremely swollen. I assumed the swelling was normal reaction to all the IV fluids from delivery and I was having an anxiety attack from the past months events, but the ER doctor told me a different more frightening story. ... Read More

My Journey through Preeclampsia

Posted On Sunday, March 04, 2012 By Jessica

To begin the story of my journey, I was 26 years old, happily married to the love of my life, and pregnant with our first baby. The pregnancy was a pleasant surprise, and from the very beginning we were adamant about taking great care for our new arrival. I would take a handful of vitamins everyday, as well as exercise and eat healthy to make sure our little one was getting all the things he needed. We read books, planned, and I even kept a daily journal of my pregnancy as a keepsake for his future. My pregnancy was progressing beautifully, and I was lucky to have a very smooth pregnancy- I didn’t even have a single day of morning sickness!When I was 20 weeks... Read More

Am I the only one who had PE and a Trisomy 21 baby?

Posted On Saturday, February 25, 2012 By Kimberly

I got pregnant with my first son Ryan and got married at the age of 18.  I had one complication while pregnant with him, and that was I could not stop eating.  I ate everything I saw and well… it showed because I gained almost 75lbs with him.  Besides that self-inflicted mishap with Ryan I had nothing wrong in that pregnancy. My beautiful 10 lb, 3 oz baby boy was born October 4, 1996.   After a while of being married and having a new baby so young my then husband decided I was not the one for him, I enlisted in the Navy and off to the Gulf right after boot camp.   I met people went all over the world fell in and out of... Read More

2½ years later

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 By Leanne

and ironically only 9 week before the due date of the next baby here is.

Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome took my babies’ lives

Posted On Friday, February 03, 2012 By Shawn

When I conceived Ava and Noah via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) at 40 years old I was taking a low dose of high blood pressure medication.  I was never warned about preeclampsia and had no idea that 1 in 3 women carrying multiples develop preeclampsia.  I was so desperate to have a baby after three very long years of trying to conceive that transferring two blastocysts seemed like the right thing to do. At 18 weeks I was put on bed rest after a trip to the emergency room when my blood pressure spiked.  I remained on bed rest until I was admitted into the hospital at 24 weeks and 5 days for severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.  When I was... Read More

Plan a 2nd pregnancy in June 2012 after severe preeclampsie 4years ago

Posted On Thursday, February 02, 2012 By laetitia

Hi,

As the title mention, I plan a 2nd pregnancy soon. I'm foreign and looking for somebody in a similar case near my area (DC-MD area) to share experience and interesting, useful and helpful information.

All the Best.

Titia

 

preeclampsia took my baby girl to heaven.

Posted On Wednesday, February 01, 2012 By Raphaela

Tomorrow (2nd Feb 2012) would have been the happiest day of my life. It would have been the birth of my first baby, my baby girl. Instead of tears of joy there would be tears of sadness. Why did she have to go?????? Leaving me and daddy all alone... what have I done wrong to deserve this? My story was a happy love story. I met my boyfriend 8 years ago, fell in love and after all those time together, we decided to try for a baby. After 4months of trying I was pregnant for the first time. What a joyful moment it was. Everything was ok during the first trimester apart from the vomiting. During my second trimester, I noticed that my feet, hand, face and nose was getting... Read More

The Road to Recovery from a HELLP Syndrome Pregnancy

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2012 By Jill

Within 6 months of our wedding day in October 2003, my husband Jeff and I unexpectedly found out we were pregnant. Like all happily expecting, first-time parents, our trepidation grew into excitement and joy as my belly grew and both of us devoured What to Expect When You Are Expecting.We found out in May that I was pregnant and spent the summer debating which of the NYC borough names would be most appropriate for our offspring. . . you see, I had decided long ago that I would name my children after my favorite city and we had nailed down the name if the child were to be a boy. Fletcher Manhattan. But there was still a bit of a debate going on for the potential... Read More

Death a day away: 1st pregnancy

Posted On Saturday, January 28, 2012 By jackie

I am a survivor!!   I was pregnant in my 7th month and was told by an OB DR, "Welcome to pregnancy!" when i informed her about my swelling. My BP and urine samples were all normal that week. With in the next couple days I started getting abdominal pain, and thinking it was just from constipation, so I took some powder and waited for it to kick in for 3 days. The pain just got worse and started to affect my breathing. Finally, Christmas morning came around and my husband and I got up and ran to the only open CVS 30 min away and got some milk of magnesia. We got home and I took it, then immediately threw it up. I thought it just didn't mix with the juice I drank with it. I... Read More

Lyla Flynn

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By melissa

I  have two daughters, Mia is 4 1/2 and Lyla is almost 14 months.  I got sick during about my 5th month with Lyla.  Terrible nose bleeds, back pain, low weight gain, blurry vision....Constantly going to my doctors saying something was wrong but being ignored...at 31 weeks I went into my doctor for a check-up and was told they were checking me into the hospital....Lyla was showing like a 27 week old and I had a lot of protein in my urine.   That night they told me that they would give me something to help my body get ready to deliver the following morning....Cervidil was given to me and it caused me to start having contraction.  They took... Read More

Thank you Kangaroo Care

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By Jasmine

After several years of trying to get pregnant, my husband and I were finally going to be parents. I found out in January 2010 that I was expecting. It was the most amazing feeling ever. Other than sleeping through most of the first trimester, my pregnancy was perfect and I was glowing.It was the week after my baby shower in July 2010 when my body became very swollen. I immediately made an appointment with my obstetrician, who after routine tests, told me that I was suffering from preeclampsia. My blood pressure was too high and I had a significant amount of protein in my urine. My perfect pregnancy had shifted to a high risk one. However, I was told that it was manageable. I... Read More

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