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

I was 28 when I got pregnant. My blood pressure always ran on the low

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

I was 28 when I got pregnant. My blood pressure always ran on the low side. I never had morning sickness. In February of 2001, when I was in my 5th month, I started getting explosively sick. It was only when I had a bowel movement. It was horrible. Other than that, I felt fine. I did not like being pregnant though. The doctor was way off on my due date. To begin with they gave me August 17, 2001. Well, I knew that I had gotten pregnant in mid-October, 2000. So when I went to the doctor in Feb, he did an exam and said, 'oh no, you're way too big.' Needless to say, I was sent to have an ultrasound. They gave me a new due date of July 9th, 2001. I had headaches and the urge to... Read More

During my first pregnancy everything went normally until my 31 week visit. At that time

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 By

During my first pregnancy everything went normally until my 31 week visit. At that time my blood pressure was elevated and my OB eluded to the fact that if things don't improve I may end up on bed rest due to preeclampsia. She didn't want to scare me and just made an appointment for four weeks later. By that appointment I really wasn't worried and hadn't really noticed the extremely sudden weight gain. My hands, feet and face were quite swollen, but I didn't want to seem neurotic. I was working full time and was unable to stay off my feet for more than twenty minutes at a time. Anyway, my regular appointment came and I was somewhat surprised at the news. (however, I had registered a... Read More

My name is Jennifer and my daughter and I survived preeclampsia. I was in my

Posted On Sunday, December 12, 2004 By Laura

My name is Jennifer and my daughter and I survived preeclampsia. I was in my 28th week of pregnancy when I was rushed to the hospital and told that I would be having a c-section immediately. I had a normal pregnancy I did not understand what was going on. I had no idea that there was anything wrong, however I only gained 13 lbs in my first 24 weeks of pregnancy when I went back to the dr for my 27 week check up I gained an additional 17 lbs. My husband and I found this odd, but were told by my dr that it was the summer and it was hot and I should cut salt out completely and stay in bed as soon as I got home from work. I followed his directions and still blew up like a balloon. Two days... Read More

I had been feeling sick for about a week. No a lot of energy, my

Posted On Monday, February 07, 2005 By Amanda

I had been feeling sick for about a week. No a lot of energy, my heart was beating rapidly and my head felt very full. The weekend arrived and I attended my best friend's child first birthday. A lot of close friends were there and they all seemed very worried about my appearance. I was very swollen and pale. That night I started coughing. I was up the entire night coughing and crying. Every time I laid down I would feel a crackling in my chest and could not catch my breath. I finally woke my husband I told him I thought I needed to go to the emergency room. He thought I had the flu and told me not to worry we would go to my OBGYN's office first thing in the morning. Finally, nine... Read More

Up until I was about 6 months along, all was going really well with my

Posted On Wednesday, January 12, 2005 By

Up until I was about 6 months along, all was going really well with my pregnancy. No morning sickness, nothing uncomfortable. My doctor's visits all resulted in good news. I went for a routine doctor's visit, during my lunch hour, and they advised my blood pressure was a little high. I was asked to come back the following week. That visit, my blood pressure was higher. There were no other pre-eclampsia symptoms. The doctor advised that he suspected pre-eclampsia and told me to go to the hospital where they would do additional tests. I was so scared. When I got to the hospital they did some tests (stress tests, I believe -- it was 17 years ago, so all the details are difficult to... Read More

Today is March 31, 2005. The past 5 weeks will be a time a never

Posted On Thursday, March 31, 2005 By Melissa

Today is March 31, 2005. The past 5 weeks will be a time a never forget. On November 5, 2004, I found out I was pregnant. I was completely shocked, but very happy. On November 15, 2004, I found out I was pregnant with twins. Of course I was again shocked and overwhelmed, but I felt completely blessed. I met with my OB/GYN on December 1, 2004, and we started all of my testing to receive the best prenatal care available. Due to me having hypertension prior to pregnancy she informed me that my pregnancy would be considered, "high risk". I don't think I knew exactly what she meant by "high risk", but i know now! My doctor recommended that I should see a High Risk Maternal FEtal... Read More

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