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

SURVIVALA MOM'S STORY OF CONTINUED EXISTENCE AND ENDURANCE We are all caught up in the

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

SURVIVALA MOM'S STORY OF CONTINUED EXISTENCE AND ENDURANCE We are all caught up in the "Survivor" shows and what humans will do to win the 'jackpot'. I would like to tell you my story, and what it takes for me to survive one day at a time. On April 28th, 1999, I was on Cloud 9, having given birth to a beautiful baby boy. I felt like I had just won a million dollars in the lottery. But on May 3, 1999 disaster struck! I had suffered a severe intercranial hemorrhage as a direct result of Eclampsia, a catastrophic illness many pregnant women know little or nothing about. I woke up on that fateful day, gave my son his first bath, made coffee for my husband... Read More

I was in perfect health. May 21, 1984 was my due date. I didn't make

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

I was in perfect health. May 21, 1984 was my due date. I didn't make it that long - by April 5 I could no longer work. I was very ill and exhausted and I didn't know why. Two weeks before I delivered, my doctor forgot to take my blood pressure. I had some swelling around my ankles and was gaining a lot of weight. I told the nurse practitioner and she didn't do anything. My doctor told me to cut down on my eating. I was 29 years old and this was my first baby. By the following week I had severe nausea. I was so sick I thought I had the flu. My doctor prescribed suppositories to help me though this. They didn't help. One day I was so severely ill I had to ask my husband to stay home... Read More

I had different forms of pre-eclampsia in 2 of my 3 pregnancies. With my first

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By Donahue

I had different forms of pre-eclampsia in 2 of my 3 pregnancies. With my first preganacy, at age 33, I noticed that my feet were really swelling at work one day, at about 31 weeks. My doctor told me to come in first thing the next morning for a blood pressure check. When I went in, my BP was elevated and there was some protein in my urine. He told me to go straight home and lay down on my left side, and not to go back to work. Since it was the last day before a week off for the December holidays, I called in and went home. Like many women, I didn't take my bedrest very seriously at first and would get up to cook, throw in a load of laundry or a quick trip to the store. On visiting... Read More

I can't believe that I have waited almost 6 years to write my pregnancy story/Conner's

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

I can't believe that I have waited almost 6 years to write my pregnancy story/Conner's birth story. I have started it so many times, but just couldn't seem to get through it. I'm going to this time, though. I was 17 when I got pregnant with Conner. His dad and I were high school sweethearts, and had every intention of getting married someday. We were careful, and used protection, but it's not foolproof. I conceived him on February 8, 1994. It took me less than 24 hours to realize I was pregnant - I just had the feeling. I started having severe morning sickness at about 3 weeks gestation, which continued the entire time I was pregnant. At 8 weeks gestation, I had started... Read More

On July 21, 1999, I went to a regular doctors appointment, where they discovered the

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By Samantha

On July 21, 1999, I went to a regular doctors appointment, where they discovered the protein in my urine was unusually high. The doctor told me at the time that since this was the only unusual symptom of anything (he didn't mention preeclampsia at the time) they would take some tests and get back to me. If they didn't get back to me within one week they wanted me to call them. I was oblivious to any condition it could have been and that I would have virtually every symptom there is for preeclampsia. On July 27, 1999, (exactly one day before I was going to call the doctor for an answer) I woke up at four in the morning with a killer migraine. I took some Tylenol and hoped it would go... Read More

I have never been so scared in my entire life. It was March 1999 and

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

I have never been so scared in my entire life. It was March 1999 and I went in for my normal weekly ob appointment. These were weekly because after two late miscarriages due to PROM, it was finally determined that I have incompetent cervix and had a cerclage put in at 15 weeks. I was not scheduled for an ultrasound on this particular day, so the doctor spent a little more time with me. I complained of some swelling and minor headaches, but nothing else. The doctor, being a little concerned about my hand and facial puffiness ordered a non-stress test to check the baby and it's movement. Well, several minutes into the testing, the baby just wasn't moving like normal. We became... Read More

Hi my name is Kerri Bond of Gladstone Queensland Australia, I have decided to send

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

Hi my name is Kerri Bond of Gladstone Queensland Australia, I have decided to send you a copy of Alanah Rose's birth story. Alanah died exactly 2 years ago as a direct complication of pre-eclampsia. I went on to have another baby very quickly but she was an emergency c-section at 32 weeks with the pre-e developing again very quickly. I hope that this is suitable.

I had preeclampsia in one form or another three times. The first time, I was

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

I had preeclampsia in one form or another three times. The first time, I was 23, single and broke. I didn't know what was wrong, just that I needed to stay in bed, on my left side, for six weeks. When the baby was born, I was all too happy to be on my feet and rid of preeclampsia. Six years later, married and working, I had a healthy, normal second pregnancy. All the books on pregnancy said preeclampsia mostly occurs in first pregnancies, and since I didn't have it in the second, I knew I would never have to worry about it again. I was wrong. During the delivery of my third child, my blood pressure soared and I had to have an emergency C-section. After a three-day hospital... Read More

My doctor noticed my blood pressure was rising. Up to 128/76 from 110/65 and asked

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

My doctor noticed my blood pressure was rising. Up to 128/76 from 110/65 and asked me about bedrest at 32 weeks. I pleaded with her to let me start my new substituting job, I was about to graduate and needed the money and the job contacts. She said o.k. to level 3 bedrest as long as I just sat there and came back the next week with a list of blood pressures taken daily. When I came in the next week it was up to 136/86. I had one time where my feet swelled, but it went away when I took off the size and a half too small shoe. She then prescribed level 2 bedrest and mentioned something about watching for a rare thing called HELLP, which went in one ear and out the other. Two nights... Read More

As we approach the 1st birthday of our third child, Emma my husband and I

Posted On Friday, May 14, 2004 By

As we approach the 1st birthday of our third child, Emma my husband and I find ourselves celebrating so much more than just a birthday. We can't believe it was only a year ago that our lives seemed so different. On June 1, 2003 Emma joined our family. All three of my pregnancies had been uneventful. Three days after she was born I was feeling great and home enjoying my new baby. Then my neck started to hurt. A call to the ob office resulted in nothing they said it was not pregnancy related. They could not have been more wrong. By the next day my neck ache had become a headache that made me think my head was about to explode. After a trip to our family practice, a round of catscans... Read More

My first pregnancy at age 27 went uneventful until the beginning of my 37th week.

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2005 By

My first pregnancy at age 27 went uneventful until the beginning of my 37th week. I was at my doctor's visit when it was discovered I had protein in my urine and an elevated blood pressure. Since I was far enough along, my doctor scheduled me to be induced. Fortunately, when I arrived at the hospital it turned out I was already in labor and didn't know it. Seems that I couldn't feel the contractions. Labor never got very intense and 13 hours later with only 5 pushes my son was born - a little blue, but he got an APGAR of 9. I didn't think anything about the preeclampsia at the time because most of what I had read (this was 14 years ago) stated it was common among first time mothers. ... Read More

I had my daughter Keanna on May 16, 2003. I was 36 years and expecting

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2005 By

I had my daughter Keanna on May 16, 2003. I was 36 years and expecting my first child. I was working one of the most stressful jobs you ever want to while you are pregnant. I was a Team Leader in a Call Center. I really think this contributed to my stress level. My pregnancy was fine untill I hit Month number 7 1/2. Then all of a sudden the weight gain started to come on like crazy. I started to feel extra tired all the time and the sweeling was so bad there were no shoes that would fit my feet. I was going to the doctor each and every week and then suddenly one week I gained 20 pounds from one Monday to the next. Needless to say my car stayed in the parking lot at the doctor;s... Read More

I have been overweight for most of my life and have had hypertension for years,

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

I have been overweight for most of my life and have had hypertension for years, so when my husband and I decided to have a child, I went to my OB for advice on what complications might arise. HELLP wasn't one of the complications mentioned. At about 24 weeks, my blood pressure started to go up, so my MD increased my medication. That seemed to work for a couple of weeks. My ankles were swelling a little, as well. At 27 weeks I developed severe epigastric pain - I called my OB and she sent me to the hospital. My blood pressure was sky high and the pain was incredible. I remember joking to my husband that if labor was anything like this, I was in trouble, thinking it was... Read More

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