Where do I begin. It's been a little over a year and I still think

Posted On Monday, June 06, 2005 By Amy

Where do I begin. It's been a little over a year and I still think about that Thursday I went to the emergency room. I had just delievered two beautiful babies, a boy and a girl, the previous Friday. We were blessed enough to come home as a family just 5 days later. I had a scheduled c-section and my son had some minor adjusting to do concerning eating, so our hospital stay was a little longer than normal. I had begun to notice some swelling in my feet, ankles, and legs around my 7th month. My blood pressure began to go up at each prenatal visit. Of course, I was told to just lay on my left side for a few minutes. I think at one visit I lay there for almost 25 minutes. Of... Read More

When I was 27 Weeks Pregnant when I got preeclampsia. I had a mild case

Posted On Sunday, June 05, 2005 By Rachel

When I was 27 Weeks Pregnant when I got preeclampsia. I had a mild case and they put me in the hospital on bed rest. When I was 28 Weeks Pregnant the Doctor told me that my preeclampsia had turned into a severe Case and that i had to deliver. The Doctors told my mom that i might not make it through because it was getting worse and I could die or the baby could die. OF COURSE as a mother my mom was worried about me. BUT AS A NEW MOTHER i was worried about the Baby. the Doctors delivered my baby he was 2LBS 1/2 Ounce Very little. The Doctors Rushed him away I didn't hear him cry. The Doctors just took him. SO I was VERY worried. My mom came back and told me that My baby boy was Very little... Read More

In 1993, I delivered my first child by emergency c-section after 14 hours of induced

Posted On Thursday, June 12, 2003 By

In 1993, I delivered my first child by emergency c-section after 14 hours of induced labor. I was 30 years of age and had been monitored for preeclampsia during most of my second and third trimester. It was a difficult ordeal for I truly thought I was going to die. All I could think about was saving my baby's life. Fortunatley, all went well afterwards and we went home on schedule. As the years have progressed, my first born, my son Kevin, has been diagnosed with hypotonia (low muscle tone) and Asperger's Syndrome (a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum). During my second pregnancy, I was still on the blood pressure medication from the prior pregnancy. I delivered my second son,... Read More

I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 29 weeks. I was told not to go back

Posted On Monday, May 05, 2003 By

I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 29 weeks. I was told not to go back to work and that I was to be on bedrest. A few days later I started having a very hard time breathing and was coughing very deep like I was congested (I thought I was getting pneumonia). I woke up in the middle of the night one night literally gasping for air so I went to the ER the next morning. I was so upset and scared, and as a result I was having chest pains. My blood pressure was around 170/113 and I was immediately sent to a bigger hospital. I spent three days there on a total liquid diet basically tied to the bed. I had a IV (mag sulfate)and one arm and a BP cuff on the other arm that went off every... Read More

my story started at 28 weeks at a routine scan. My baby was found to

Posted On Thursday, September 19, 2002 By Heidi

my story started at 28 weeks at a routine scan. My baby was found to wiegh approx 2lb 14 oz. My midwife thought it was a litle small and recommended me to come for another scan at 32 weeks (4 weeks time). It was a hot July and my whole body was swelling. This normally happened to me every summer anyway and I thought nothing of it. I went for my scan when I was 32 weeks pregnant and my little girl was still exactly the same wieght. As this was my second child - the first being a normal healthy boy - nobody was particuarly worried until another midwife noticed that my babys heartbeat was a little slow, so they asked me to come in and stay the night in hospital for... Read More

On the evening of Saturday, April 1st, I began to feel severe back pain and

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

On the evening of Saturday, April 1st, I began to feel severe back pain and was burning up.  For several weeks my feet, ankles and hands were swollen, but since there was nothing else wrong my OB was not concerned, so neither was I.During an all-day meeting on Tuesday, April 4th I started to feel the back pain again.  It was assumed by many and I that it could be the... Read More

In October 2001 I was admitted to hospital after experiencing severe pains in my abdominal

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By Rishika

In October 2001 I was admitted to hospital after experiencing severe pains in my abdominal area. My hands, face, feet and ankles were swollen up to 4 times its normal size. My blood pressure was extremely high and there was a high level of protein in my urine. After having blood tests done it was found out that my platelets were at an extremely low level of 81. I was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia at 19 weeks of pregnancy. At that time I knew nothing about this condition and I was told that I was too early in my pregnancy for my baby to survive outside my womb. I was advised to have a termination of pregnancy. My baby was born at 19 weeks of pregnancy, weighed 450 grams and being of... Read More

I was 34 1/2 weeks pregnant when I woke up with bad pain in the

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By Christy

I was 34 1/2 weeks pregnant when I woke up with bad pain in the lower half of my body. I had felt this pain before and went to the hospital and was told to just go home , relax and take a tylenol, so this time I didn't even go to the hospital, I just relaxed until it got so bad I took a tylenol. After taking the tylenol I went to take a warm shower to ease the pain, and that is when I started bleeding badly. I called for my husband to take me to the hospital. The whole way to the hospital I just kept bleeding. As soon as I got to the hospital they starting searching for a heart beat and there was no sound. I knew something was wrong when I didn't hear... Read More

Unanswered Questions

Posted On Monday, October 02, 2006 By Adrienne

Unanswered Questions


I was expecting my first baby in October 2004. My husband and I were very

Posted On Monday, October 09, 2006 By

I was expecting my first baby in October 2004. My husband and I were very excited, and every day checked for an expectant 'bump.' As my pregnancy progressed, I always measured 'small for dates', but my midwife wasn't concerned. After about 20 weeks, I started to put on a lot of weight. My face was so swollen, I looked completely different to before I fell pregnant. My hands and feet were swollen, and not many of my maternity clothes fitted. At around 27 weeks, my dad took my blood pressure for me one morning. It was staggering, and my dad sent me straight to the hospital. As I waiting in ante natal clinic, I thought my... Read More

I was 30 weeks pregnant when my problems with high-blood pressure began. I went to

Posted On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 By

I was 30 weeks pregnant when my problems with high-blood pressure began. I went to the office for a routine visit, had my blood-pressure taken as usual, but the nurse didn't repeat it as she usually had before. I asked her what it was and she replied, 148/85, which was high for me. Pre-pregnancy, I was around 115/70. I had been suffering from significant swelling in my hands and face for about 4-8 weeks before this. The doctor was concerned and ordered me to watch my sodium intake, drink lots of water, and try to stay off my feet and keep them elevated as much as possible. The only symptom of pre-eclampsia I didn't have was protein in my urine.Although, I was never told... Read More

I had my stillborn at August 29,2006 at 7:44 in the morning.I didnt know I

Posted On Thursday, October 19, 2006 By

I had my stillborn at August 29,2006 at 7:44 in the morning.I didnt know I had preeclampsia. I told my doctor everything I was feeling, blurry vision, nauseous, dizzy, I also had early contractions. They didnt do a thing, they just told me that everything was ok, but i knew otherwise.i also had bad headaches, swollen hands, feet, and face. My blood pressure was always a little high but the doctors never did a thing. One night I didnt feel my baby move at all, then around 3am i started to bleed and my boyfriend call 911. When we got there they hooked me up to the fetal monitor, but they didnt hear the heartbeat. Then they hooked me up to the ultrasound and told me that the baby was... Read More

On February 22nd 2004, my 34th week in pregnancy and the day of my baby

Posted On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 By

On February 22nd 2004, my 34th week in pregnancy and the day of my baby shower, I woke up with excruciating pain on the right side of my stomach area.  It was so bad, that I told my husband I would need to miss my shower and asked him to take me to the hospital.  From the time I arrived at the hospital, I was put on pain medication.  I begged to see my doctor, but it was the weekend so I only saw the doctor on call. The pain was so intense I threw up many times.  I did not sleep for 2 nights.  My husband wasn't even allowed to stay overnight with me since I wasn't technically in labor. I felt scared and alone. I started swelling even more by the second day... Read More

I was just 17 when I found out that I was pregnant for the first

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 By Lyra

I was just 17 when I found out that I was pregnant for the first time. Illnesses such as preeclampsia never even crossed my mind, like everyone else i thought I was going to have a perfect pregnancy and a perfect baby at the end of it. I was partially right. The pregnancy was fine I felt fantastic in myself and was told the baby was growing healthily from the onset. My only worry was the amount of weight that I was gaining. I am just over 5ft tall and was a petite size 8 beore getting pregnant. By the time I had reached 30 weeks I was a size 14 - 16. My midwife told me I was just retaining a lot of water (at the time I had know idea that this was actually one of the first signs of... Read More

I am a first time mom of 10 month old twins. I found out i

Posted On Thursday, June 16, 2005 By

I am a first time mom of 10 month old twins. I found out i was having twins when i was 9 1/2 weeks along. I was shocked because twins didn't run in my family. I was only 21 at the time and didn't know what to do. Everything was going along fine in my pregnancy and i was going to my monthly appointments. I was working 40 hours a week, and was on my feet constantly. My feet started swelling around 27 weeks, at first it wasn't bad, about 3 days later it started getting to where it hurt for me to walk. I would prop my feet up all day and night on my days off and it wouldn't change a bit. At my 28 1/2 week appointment everything checked o.k. Over the weekend my swelling increased and... Read More

Friday, September 1998. I am 36 weeks pregnant with my son. My urine has evidence

Posted On Monday, August 29, 2005 By

Friday, September 1998. I am 36 weeks pregnant with my son. My urine has evidence of protein and my blood pressure is elevated. I am told to go to the hospital across the street from my doctors' office. I go to the LDR and the nurses hook me up to machines and I have to pee in a bucket. My blood is drawn and tested. After six hours, I am stabilized and sent home with orders of bed rest for the weekend. I return the following Monday to the doctor's office and they tell me I am having my baby. I go back to the hospital and get hooked up again to machines, and the nurses induce my labor. I had my son 12 hours later at 37 weeks gestation. However, he did not come out screaming and he was a... Read More

I flew home to NY for Thanksgiving and was 31 weeks into my first pregnancy.

Posted On Monday, June 20, 2005 By Geneva

I flew home to NY for Thanksgiving and was 31 weeks into my first pregnancy. When I arrived I noticed severe swelling in my feet and legs that I hadn't had before. I couldn't put my shoes on once I had them off and it was actually grotesque. Elevating my legs helped only a little bit. The next morning was the same thing. I blamed it on the flight and stress- my mom insisted I go to the ER to make sure it wasn't more serious. I was seen at the hospital and they found no other indications of a problem. My blood pressure was fine and there was no protein in my urine. The Dr. suggested the swelling could be from the high sodium holiday meal and prescribed a diuretic. The diuretic didn't... Read More

Hi Well I hope by telling this story it will help first time mothers to

Posted On Saturday, May 21, 2005 By

Hi! Well I hope by telling this story it will help first time mothers to be more aware of the dangers of this condition. I didn't even know what preeclampsia was and had read every pregnancy book imagineable. I was in my 30th week of pregnancy when the swelling in my feet began, it wasn't until the 31st week that I started to vomit and my face started to swell. I had talked to my sister-in-law, who was also pregnant, and told her of the swelling, and this is when she informed me to check my blood pressure. I went to the local pharmacy the next day to check it, and it was very high. I then called my OBGYN who had me come in right away. She confirmed the high blood pressure and then sent me... Read More

Hi everyone. this is an update to a post that i posted last year on

Posted On Wednesday, March 02, 2005 By Srinivas

Hi everyone. this is an update to a post that i posted last year on jan 17, 2004 . it was under the name " annonymous" and wasin the mother survived, baby survived, mother having health problems catergory. i have received several emails lately from people who have read my post wondering how i am doing so i thought i would update . I am still on medication for my high blood pressure, but i am hoping that i may be getting off of it soon, because finally for the first time since my pregnancy in 2003 my blood pressure is within normal range. i still have problems with my vision. i was just recently diagnosed with classical migraines. My son is a healthy 17 month old... Read More

After having a miscarraige in 1999 and falling pregnant again in 2000, my obstetrician decided

Posted On Sunday, March 27, 2005 By

After having a miscarraige in 1999 and falling pregnant again in 2000, my obstetrician decided to do extensive tests due to my previous loss and complaints of poor circulation and joint pain which was an ongoing occurence!The result was Antiphosphilipid syndrome and i was advised to commence Aspirin 75mgs per day!The baby appeared to be fine but at 33weeks pregnant i began to display all the symptoms of pre-eclampsia and very quickly became very unwell. Despite efforts to lower my blood pressure, this condition only resolves with the delivery of baby and placenta and at 34 weeks my 4lb 15oz son was delivered by caesarean section. thankfully he was fine though it took 48hrs to stabilise my... Read More

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