I was due Oct 16th of 2003. Things seemed to be going well at first.

Posted On Wednesday, January 07, 2004 By

I was due Oct 16th of 2003. Things seemed to be going well at first. The baby was growing and moving. I started to notice my body to be kinda swollen. My famliy said I was fine and I was just over reacting. Till I started to get these really bad headaches. I went through the whole weekend with these horriable headaches. Finally that sunday night I stayed up all night just crying praying they would go away. But they stayed. I finally called my doctor that morning and told her I needed to come in. That morning they took my blood pressure and tested my urine. My nurse came back and said they were wanted me to go to the local hospital and be checked for preeclampsia. I never heard of this so... Read More

i have 2 healthy daughters but with both pregnancies i had preeclampsia. My first pregnancy

Posted On Thursday, March 04, 2004 By Kasi

i have 2 healthy daughters but with both pregnancies i had preeclampsia. My first pregnancy was not as severve althought, the hypertension and increase in protien in the urine were present. I also began to have edema and weight gain from the edema in the last month that was severe. My second pregnancy was much worse. I had the above symptoms, plus i have the right sided pain about where my liver is. no one told me this was also a sign, I did not know myself until recently as i am doing some research as my daughter is now pregnant and starting to have headaches and her blood pressure is going up. I was on mag sulfate IV for both of the labors but with my second daughter they kept me on it... Read More

I'm home from the hospital, finally, I got back 5 days ago. The traumatic experience

Posted On Monday, March 07, 2005 By

I'm home from the hospital, finally, I got back 5 days ago. The traumatic experience I went through I will never forget! It was Febuary 19th, about 11pm. I was studying for a class I was about to start online. Everything seemed perfect, seemingly-I had just gotten married January 18th, I have two beautiful children 6 year old Drianna and 20 month old Philip Jr. And as I said I was about to embark on my education.After my quad-screen test done some weeks earlier I had already been warned that my baby was suffering from Intrauterine Growth Restriction because his placenta was dysfunctional, and that put me at risk for pre-eclampsia. But my Doctor said Pre-eclampsia would most likely occur... Read More

I am 23 years old and was a student when I found out I was

Posted On Sunday, May 29, 2005 By Melinda

I am 23 years old and was a student when I found out I was pregnant for the first time. I thought it would be easy and a piece of cake. But I was sick the entire time I was pregnant. Towards the end of my pregnancy I just got worse everyday. I started swelling in my hands, face, feet and legs. I had also been having headaches and seeing spots. My OB office had 7 partners and near the end of my pregnancy they were requesting I make appointments with some of the different doctors in case they were on call the night I delivered. The first week my blood pressure was 137/100. I asked the doctor why my blood pressure was so high and she blew me off. I also asked why I was so swollen. She... Read More

Hello, I am the mother of 4 children. My last baby was certainly the hardest

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 By

Hello, I am the mother of 4 children. My last baby was certainly the hardest on my body and his. My mother had died May 17,1997 and on June 17th we found out a baby was on its way. A bit of a surprise but never the less loved. I craved CHEESE and I could not get enough of it. In my last 2 months of pregnancy. I had gained 41lbs and with all my other babies only 25lbs, I felt swollen and I had this DULL headache that would not go away. My husband said I started to not make sense. We had figured the stress of loosing my mom and my dad was dying and did die 3 weeks before my baby was born. The routine check ups kept saying my blood pressure was up and I was showing protein in my... Read More

My sister Paula always wanted to be a mother. She tried for years to concieve

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 By

My sister Paula always wanted to be a mother. She tried for years to concieve before finally being succesfull by going to a fertility specialist. Her first pregnancy was marked by a mild case of toxemia. Her son was born on time and very healthy.Almost 2 years later while she was 7 months pregnant with her second son, she was diagnosted with pre-eclampsia from very high blood pressure. Her dr put her in the hospital to moniter her. Thats when everything fell apart. They never put her on any medicine for it. Without making this story to long I will say they didnt do what they should have and after a month of being in the hospital with no medications,no diet restrictions, and her constantly... Read More

Hi...my name is Jenilee. After reading everyones' stories about having preeclampsia and some familes loosing

Posted On Saturday, October 15, 2005 By

Hi...my name is Jenilee. After reading everyones' stories about having preeclampsia and some familes loosing their babies, I find myself every lucky, to my survived it, and that I still have my son. I only had 3 weeks left to go, I was so excited, but yet couldn't wait for it to be over. I woke up on July 8th, 2004 not feeling so well. I had some swelling before, but this time my eye lids were swollen, and I just felt horrible, all I wanted to do was sleep. I had a doctors app. that day, so as I was gettin ready I couldn't believe that none of my clothes that I normally would wear just did not fit right anymore. When I go to the doctors, they did the normal, weight, blood... Read More

I am a previous writer on preeclampsia when my baby was 8 days owe. Just

Posted On Monday, May 02, 2005 By

I am a previous writer on preeclampsia when my baby was 8 days owe. Just wanted to give an update on my baby who was born at 26 weeks gestation. She is now 20 months old and is blessed and a blessing. We have some rough times but mostly great times. I am over joyed to say that my 1 pound baby is now 24 pounds 20 months later. The only complication I can actually say that she has is constant ear infections which is not truely related to the prematurity. My 11 year old son who was born in my 9th month suffered with the ear infections and went through the same proceedure that my baby is about to go through and that is placing the tubes in her ears to prevent the excessive ear... Read More

I had problems from 8 weeks pregnant 1st they thought i was eptopic but it

Posted On Thursday, May 06, 2004 By

I had problems from 8 weeks pregnant 1st they thought i was eptopic but it turned out to be a cyst that went after 12 weeks. then at 4 month pregnant i got a urine tract infection which was when they started to realise i had high blood pressure. They kept an eye on me in clinic but after a couple of weeks admitted my to hospital as i had protein in my urine and my uric acid was high in my blood and i started to swell up. The consultant thought that i would only make 28weeks but i agreed to stay in hospital untill the last minute that they would deliver my baby. The staff we're amazing i was informed everyday to what was going on with my blood pressure they tried drugs to lower my blood... Read More

My DH and I were not trying to get pg, but God blessed us with

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 By

My DH and I were not trying to get pg, but God blessed us with a surprise. Early March I tested +. We were both so excited. I have always wanted to be a mommy. When I was a little girl, I never had make believe friends, I had make believe children. I felt like I had finally earned the pass code to the awesome club of motherhood and I was so honored and thrilled. I started buying cloth diapers, clothes, bottles etc. On May 12th or so I was diagnosed with Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH), due to a very stressful situation at work. I was put on Aldomet twice a day. I went back in 2 weeks after being on the Aldomet and my blood pressures were still too high, around 140 over... Read More

I just delivered my baby last September 28, 2004 weight 2,2 and long 42. First

Posted On Sunday, October 24, 2004 By Alicia

I just delivered my baby last September 28, 2004 weight 2,2 and long 42. First of all my pregnancy doing fine, untill around 3 weeks before my blood pressure become 130/80, before that since 5 months pregnancymy hand,foot,finger become bigger. Everytime visit the doctor I always ask is that ok or not? or What happen to me? The doctor always said its ok, normal,natural.Then 3 weeks before my blood pressure become 130/80 and that time the doctor still said normal nothing to worry about.And day by day everytime I check always around 130-160/80-100 and the doctor decided to deliver my baby by sectio, but he wait until 38weeks.When the time comes to sectio, when the baby comes out she didnt cry... Read More

I am not sure if I had Pre eclampsia or eclampsia. I know my doctor

Posted On Tuesday, March 16, 2004 By Fatima

I am not sure if I had Pre eclampsia or eclampsia. I know my doctor called it Toximia. I had all the symptoms - which he failed to recognize. High protein in urine, weight gain went from 120 to 192 - uncontrollable thirst, pregnancy was 3 weeks overdue. I was 20 years old at the time, was 19 for most of the time I carried. Baby was born in 2 hours, record for local hospital. After the baby was born, I had severe headache, and some hallicunations. I asked the nurse for an anacin, (this was 1959) before she came back, I was in convulsions. My kidneys locked, I was given some drug (new at the time) to start the kidneys going again. Everytime I could see - I saw 3 or 4 doctors and... Read More

My story begins when i was 26 weeks pregant with my first baby.I was only

Posted On Saturday, March 13, 2004 By

My story begins when i was 26 weeks pregant with my first baby.I was only 19 years old. One night my feet swell up but in a few days they went down. A few days after that I began getting pain in my upper stomache regin.By the third night the pain was unbarable so I went to the hospital and the told me I had preclampsia. I had no idea what it was so they told me. My blood pressure was like 190/124. They wanted to try and get it down and let the baby in my womb as long as possible.That was not going happening so they took my baby C-section. He weighed 1 pound 3ozs. He was put on a ventilator. Where he remined for about a month and a half and after that he was on oxygen. Of course he was in an... Read More

I felt hopeless I wanted to be a mother more than anything. With two previous

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 By

I felt hopeless; I wanted to be a mother more than anything. With two previous miscarriages, I felt apprehensive about starting another pregnancy. Would this one work? Would I get a baby in the end? Or would I have to endure another loss? I was 25 years old and pregnant again. Things were great with the baby. I was having a perfect pregnancy. I didnt have any sickness. I did feel tired and was starving all the time, but I felt wonderful and happy. My doctor said things couldnt be better. I knew things were going to work this time. The first trimester passed without any incidences. I was home free. They say once, you get past the first trimester; you have nothing to worry... Read More

little piglet,super premie...this is what they called my little audrey lynn petree. my tears are

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2004 By Tina

little piglet,super premie...this is what they called my little audrey lynn petree. my tears are running down my cheeks..because in 1986 i had a near drowning hospitlized from july 17-sept2 88...i remember very little...she weighed only 2pds 14 ounces at birth..some people lookingat her probably didnt think she would make it,,,she had no fingernails,toenails,or any ninnys. i have a faith in god thats unsermountable,,!my daughter is a mental health care giver and a mom of three beautiful children..i have 3 girls and 5 grandhildren..when i came out of a coma noone had to remind me that i had children they just had to remind me that i was married,,so funny! ... Read More

After suffering from skin allergy for 2.5 years after marriage, finally I was given green

Posted On Monday, February 14, 2005 By Deborah

After suffering from skin allergy for 2.5 years after marriage, finally I was given green signal to concieve. On the 9th of October 2004, it was confirmed that I'm pregnant and my happiness knew no bounds. I was so thrilled. I was so careful while doing everything. I climbed the stairs slowly, walked slowly, rested well and took real good care of myself. Alas, my wait was over so sky was the limit for my happiness. On the onset of 5th month I started to have swelling of hands, every morning. It already started to cause some worries in my mind. As days went by I started to have swelling in my feet also. But it would come down as the day progressed. I continued my walk. I slowly realised... Read More

When I was seven months pregnant I began having terrible headaches. My midwife told me

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

When I was seven months pregnant I began having terrible headaches. My midwife told me that it was normal for a pregnant person to have headaches. My chest pain was misdiagnosed as pleurisy and I was told that I was gaining ten pounds a week because I was eating more although I said that I wasn't. I wasn't diagnosed with preeclampsia until two days after my due date. I was told to go to the hospital immediately. I had no I idea what was happening because no one had ever explained what preeclampsia is. During labor my blood pressure went up to 180/110. Magnesium stopped me from having seizures but the side effects made me feel awful. My biggest risk factors were that I was 16 years... Read More

I was 23 when I had my first child. I started swelling up early in

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By Candace

I was 23 when I had my first child. I started swelling up early in my third trimester. When I started gaining 8 pounds in two weeks and had to stop wearing shoes because my feet were so swollen, I talked to my doctor, who told me to cut back on my work schedule. Christmas at a large retail store is not the time to tell your manager that you can't work as much. Luckily, they were understanding. Of course, I was showing up to work in my slippers because my shoes didn't fit. The morning of December 15, 1995 I was 37 1/2 weeks. I woke up, throwing up, something I hadn't done since the 18th week. I had severe chest pains and a headache. I called my doctor's office. The nurse said... Read More

My story begins on Wednesday, February 25, 1998 when I woke up to get ready

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

My story begins on Wednesday, February 25, 1998 when I woke up to get ready for work. At the age of 23 (and healthy I might add) this was my first pregnancy. All had been going well - very uneventful. I was just so happy (I had always wanted to be a mother) and nothing bothered me; if I was having some discomfort I kept on smiling. I never complained. I had been quite swollen for a few weeks prior but on this day everything had fallen apart.

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My name is April and I was 22 years old at the time I gave

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

My name is April and I was 22 years old at the time I gave birth to my daughter, Allison. I am half caucasion, and half asian-pacific islander. I am a heavy-set girl, although no medical problems have ensued from that fact in my entire life. This was my second pregnancy (my first resulted in a miscarriage at 15 weeks). I had had no problems or issues at all during either of my pregnancies until I was 28 weeks along with Allison. It all began on Friday, April 12th when I was to be seen by my doctor for a re-check of my high blood pressure. The nurse came in and took my blood pressure--three times in 5 minutes--before excusing herself. The doctor came in a few moments later, and asked... Read More

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