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

I was 26 years old, in good health and was so fortunate to have a

Posted On Monday, March 21, 2005 By April

I was 26 years old, in good health and was so fortunate to have a very easy pregancy. Things started to go wrong during Thanksgiving week 2004. I thought I was having contractions in my back so I called my doctor. She recommended that I go to the hospital just to be checked. When I arrived, I was put on the monitors and my urine and blood pressure were checked. My blood pressure was high, but they were able to get it down when I layed on my side. There was also trace amounts of protein in my urine. After monitoring me for a few hours, they sent me home and told me not to worry. They told me I didn't need to be seen until my next scheduled appt., and that it would be fine if I... Read More

Hello My son was born at 31 weeks. Weighed 2 lbs 5 oz. 14 inches

Posted On Monday, February 23, 2004 By Deborah

Hello My son was born at 31 weeks. Weighed 2 lbs 5 oz. 14 inches long. A little bit longer than a credit card size. It took me awhile to figure out what happened. I was dealing with my own self doubts and issues before I was able to realize what happened. I was blaming myself for having a premature child. How could I be so aweful to my son. That's what I was thinking to myself. Then around 9 month later, I started to listen to my husband, my friends and people who care about me and doctors explanation of what happened. The doctor who gave me a c-section explained to me what happened. He made me listen and told face to face, this was not your fault. It was not because I am... Read More

After five plus years of tests and procedures we were told our infertility was unexplained,

Posted On Saturday, October 29, 2005 By Michelle

After five plus years of tests and procedures we were told our infertility was unexplained, the most frustrating kind because they don

Hello my name is Franchetta. This is my story. I had a very good pregnancy

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 By Casey

Hello my name is Franchetta. This is my story. I had a very good pregnancy and a good delivery. I had a lot of swollen in my ankles and my feet. I mentioned to the the doctor, but he said it was normal with the pregnancy. I delivered on the 03/08/2005. I stayed in the hosp. for 4 days. I had my baby on tuesday and on that thursday he came in to exmaine me and he said I had a slight case of brochinitis. Later the nurse came in and checked my vital signs and I noticed she checked my blood pressure about 3 times and I asked her why did she check it so many times she states that the first reading of my pressure was high. I thought that was wierd and didn't think anything of it becuase... Read More

My pregnancy was going really well at first. I was gaining weight and my blood

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2005 By

My pregnancy was going really well at first. I was gaining weight and my blood pressure was fine. At twenty nine weeks I started swelling in my ankles and my face. I didn't think nothing of it I just thought it was because I was pregnant. I had a headache really bad for two days so I decided to go to the hospital. I went to the E.R. and found out I had preeclampsia. My blood pressure was extremely. I was put on magnesium and sent to another hospital thirty five miles away. As soon as I got there they did a ultrasound to make sure baby was ok. I was so sick and I felt like I was burning up. My blood was tooken every hour. I was so out of it and barely knew what was going on. The doctors... Read More

I had gone for a normal prenatal check up when I was 37 weeks pregnant

Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2004 By

I had gone for a normal prenatal check up when I was 37 weeks pregnant with my first child. It was a Tuesday in late August 2001. Everything seemed fine to my doctor. I was unaware of the complications that can occur during pregnacy. I had noticed that I had been gaining an extreme amount of weight but I thought it was due to being pregnant. That same week on Thursday night I got a horrifying headache that lasted all night through the morining. At around 7 am Friday August 31 I started to leak fluid not being prepared of the idea that I could be having a baby 3 weeks early because my doctor gave me no sign that I was even close to labor. I thought the leaking was urine. Three hours later a... Read More

January 3, 2004 After I started reading all of the stories on this website, I

Posted On Saturday, January 03, 2004 By JENNIFEER

January 3, 2004 After I started reading all of the stories on this website, I realized that my story would be redundant. However, I feel it is extremely important to share my story with you all because I was never officially diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome. Up until my 35th week, my pregnancy was completely normal. All blood work; urine tests and blood pressure came back normal. During my 35th week of pregnancy, I gained 7 lbs. My doctor did not seem alarmed at my weekly check up so I really didnt think any thing of it myself. At 36 weeks + 1 day was when the more severe symptoms started to occur. In the early morning hours of July 6th, I woke up with severe chest pain that... Read More

My name is Beth Hayes. I was 34 weeks pregnant when things in my pregnancy

Posted On Sunday, November 16, 2003 By Andrea

My name is Beth Hayes. I was 34 weeks pregnant when things in my pregnancy started to get complicated. It was Thanksgiving Day and I started to get severe pains in my upper stomach on the right side. They were going on for a while and I called my midwife. She wasn't on call, another midwife was. I described the symptoms and she said that it was most likely from indigestion from the coleslaw that I ate for lunch that day. She said that if I went to the ER they would just send me home with indigestion. She advised to take tums and go to bed. I did and they got better. I didn't have the pains the next day so thought that everything was better. I did have them the next night... Read More

My story is a little different because my OB caught my symptoms early and was

Posted On Monday, February 16, 2004 By

My story is a little different because my OB caught my symptoms early and was extremely cautious with me, for which I am eternally thankful. I was 35 years old when I became pregnant for the first time. Everything was great, aside from a little morning sickness and a prolonged bladder infection. I felt great and remained active. At my doctor's visit at 33 weeks, I was concerned because I had gained more weight than I had at any other visit. However my weight gain was on the low end. My doctor checked my reflexes, which were extremely exaggerated and noted minor swelling and an increase in blood pressure, but not in the PIH range. At that point, I told her that my mother had... Read More

Following a couple years of unsuccessful infertility treatments resulting from Polycystic Ovarian Disease, my husband

Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2004 By

Following a couple years of unsuccessful infertility treatments resulting from Polycystic Ovarian Disease, my husband and I became pregnant in spring 2001, which we subsequently lost. In October 2001, we became pregnant with our son, Michael Jr. The first five months went along just fine, with an acceptable overall weight gain of about 10 lbs. I was quite fit before the pregnancy and we were both in our mid-to-late 20s. Around the sixth month, I began noticing less movement, severe headaches (though that was normal for me), and weight gains of 12+ lbs per month. I had swollen up quite a bit, especially in the face, by week 28. One of the doctors in my medical practice dismissed the... Read More

I have recently had an experience with Hellp and PE .I was 22 weeks and

Posted On Tuesday, January 06, 2004 By Jill

I have recently had an experience with Hellp and PE .I was 22 weeks and 5 days into the pregnancy when i had excruitiating pains .Luckily i made the decision to go to my GP who discovered that my BP was elevated and protein was present in my urine .I was then told to go to my specialist who admitted me straight away BP was 160/100 .I had never had a problem until now apart from feeling tired I didnt even suffer morning sickness . I spent 2 1/2 days in a private hospital before being told that they didnt have the specialist facilities for a baby born under 34 weeks .I knew by this time things were not looking good .I went to the womens hospital where i was put in intensive care whilst they... Read More

It was January 8th, 2001 when I went to the doctor, for a routine check

Posted On Monday, January 05, 2004 By

It was January 8th, 2001 when I went to the doctor, for a routine check up. I had been having headaches, and swelling for a few days, but I kept telling myself that it was normal since I was 36 weeks pregnant. I weighed in, and I had gained 10 pounds in 2 weeks. My doctor did seem somewhat worried, but didn't say anything yet. She took my blood pressure, then ordered me to go have blood work, and another urine test done. I thought it was funny tthat she was having me do blood work, but I went ahead and went to the lab, not knowing what was going on. I come back to the room, and my doctor walks in and tells me that I need to have my son within 24 hours, or there is a chance that we wouldn't... Read More

When I was 16 years old I had my first baby. I had been swollen

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2005 By

When I was 16 years old I had my first baby. I had been swollen in my hands in face and legs for my second and third trimesters. But my doctor told me everything would be ok seeing as I was not spilling any protein into my urine and my blood pressure was normal. At my 36 week check-Up my doctor was surprised to see that my BP had risen to 150/100. And I was spilling protein. So he admitted me into the hospital. My doctor decided that it was in the best interest of my baby and myself if he were to go ahead and induce my labour. After 10 hours of labour the baby's heart rate dropped and was in distress so he put in an epidural and startedt wheeling me to the operating room when all of a... Read More

In October of 1999 I was 22 I was pregnant with my first child. Although

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 By

In October of 1999 I was 22 I was pregnant with my first child. Although I didn't know it at that time. I had noticed that I had been bleeding for 2 weeks straight. I called my OBGYN and they told me to come right in. When I came in they examined me and told me that I was pregnant and then was scheduled for a sonogram the following day. I went in for the sonogram and everything was fine. There was a heartbeat and the baby was developing normally. I had heavy bleeding every 2 weeks for 6 months. They never did tell me why I was bleeding. Later on I found out it was placenta previa. Other than the bleeding, my first 2 trimesters were uneventful. Not even high blood pressure. Then about 7... Read More

Hi my name is Jodele I am 26 years old. My husband and I have

Posted On Sunday, May 01, 2005 By

Hi my name is Jodele I am 26 years old. My husband and I have been together for 10 years. But we only were married in May 2004. Shortly after we married I started taking Clomid to get pregnant. My first cycle of pills did nothing. So my Doctor increased them the next month. So Istarted the next month of pills and my husband and I had are first night of trying to conceive. Two hours later my husband was asleep and I was reading a book. Suddenly my husband set up and then fell back down going into a Grande Mal Seizure. It lasted 3 min. I was frantic! I grabbed the phone and called 911. Off we went to the hospital... He was diagnosed with a Astrocytoma Lesion Grade II in his... Read More

My First born child was quite a life altering experience. In My first trimester I

Posted On Tuesday, May 17, 2005 By

My First born child was quite a life altering experience. In My first trimester I was always sick after eating. It got to the point of only holding down ice cream and raisinbran for 2months. I ended up losing 13 lbs. My dr. reassured me that this was normal and that I would gain it all back. At about 5 months I began to swell more and more each day, Ihad gained 60 lbs at this time, as well as the 13 I lost back. My ankles were so swollen by the end of each workday, that I would have to switch to slippers to walk out to my car. Once again my dr. said that my desk job was causing the water weight in the ankles. Then, at 5 months, I started having problems with the amniotic fluid... Read More

I was 23 weeks into my first pregnancy when I woke up in the middle

Posted On Sunday, May 08, 2005 By

I was 23 weeks into my first pregnancy when I woke up in the middle of the night with a burning pain under my ribs. I thought it was heartburn from a spicy stew I'd eaten for dinner. It seemed a little low for heartburn pain, but I'd never had it before so I thought maybe I just didn't really know what it was. It was too high for upset stomach pain. I called my doctor the next morning and described my symptoms. I was told that a stomach bug was going around so I should rest and stick to a liquid and/or BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet. As the day went on I felt like I was getting better, but that night the same burning pain woke me up. This went on for a week, and each day I... Read More

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