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

Pre-Elampsia Twice My story is so much like all the rest who have suffered with

Posted On Thursday, March 03, 2005 By BERNADETTE

Pre-Elampsia Twice My story is so much like all the rest who have suffered with this horrible disease. My first child was born January 12, 2001 after 30hrs of induced labor, failure to progress, and finally ending up with a csection all at 38 weeks due to my pre-eclampsia. I had been doing 24hr urines over and over since I was 24 weeks with the results always the same-normal; however my symptoms kept getting worse and worse. I had terrible headaches, photophobia, flashers and floaters in my vision and eventually exaggerated and brisk reflexes. I ended up on bed rest when I was 34 weeks pregnant and laid on my left side until the induced me. My delivery was horrific and something out of... Read More

On March 21, 2005, I was admitted to the hospital for an emergency condition preeclampsia.

Posted On Wednesday, March 30, 2005 By

On March 21, 2005, I was admitted to the hospital for an emergency condition preeclampsia. I was 25 weeks pregnant with no sign of any danger until my hands and feel began to swell up rapidly within the matter of days. After I checked into the hospital, my OB started monitoring my blood pressure and said it was too high to be considered safe for me and the baby. I had to have an emergency cesarean section to deliver the baby, even though he chance of survival at this age was marginal. We had to take a chance or both of us could die. Everything happened so quickly that it was almost a blur. I was crying all the way from the hospital bed to the operating room,... Read More

On Thursday, February 13th, 2003 I went to meet with the nurse practitioner to just

Posted On Thursday, March 03, 2005 By

On Thursday, February 13th, 2003 I went to meet with the nurse practitioner to just learn about breastfeeding and during the routine blood pressure check it showed 130+ over 90. They explained that there also appeared to be just a little bit of protein in My urine. I was 33 weeks pregnant and we were on our way to Houston on Friday for a wedding. My husaband flew in that night from work in Chicago and was concerned with the report. My husband wanted to make sure that my Doctor really thought it was ok that we traveled. I want to stress that I showed no visible signs of Preeclampsia. The prior visits to the Doctor has not shown high blood pressure. I had a little bit of... Read More

It was my second pregnancy at the age of 29. My 1st pregnancy was a

Posted On Wednesday, February 02, 2005 By

It was my second pregnancy at the age of 29. My 1st pregnancy was a miscarriage at 11 weeks. I was feeling great and happy to be pregnant and loving every minute of it until I reached 4 months. I started noticing flashes in the sides of both my eyes that would come and go and shortly after that I was noticing alot of swelling in my feet, legs and hands. I was going to the doctor's office on a monthly basis along with my husband who was right by my side. Every visit my blood pressure was taken and my urine was tested with regular kitosis sticks. When I asked my doctor if all was ok, he replied "excellent" baby is doing fine and your doing fine. I always asked about my swelling and the... Read More

My husband and I went in for my 37th week checkup when I was told

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By Erica

My husband and I went in for my 37th week checkup when I was told that I had preeclampsia and that I would be delivering some time within the next day. My blood pressure which had been 110/70 for my whole pregnancy had skyrocketed, there was suddenly protein in my urine, and the swelling in my feet and hands had also taken over my face (I gained six pounds my last week of pregnancy- mostly water). Terrified, I went to my hospital's birthing center to be induced. I was given pitocin to start contractions and magnesium sulfate for the preeclampsia (the doctor told me that it would make me feel bad, I just wasn't prepared for feeling like I had been dragged behind a car while having... Read More

I had my daughter at 35 weeks and 5 days. My preeclampsia showed itself at

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2004 By

I had my daughter at 35 weeks and 5 days. My preeclampsia showed itself at 34 weeks. The week and a half in between was very scary because I had no idea you could have a seizure. I was terrified. I was showing more signs as the week progressed. Spots in my eyes, sometimes blurry vision, swelling that was unbelievable, etc. The doctor told me on the day I would be induced (and before I drove myself to the hospital) that while my blood pressure was only slightly high at that moment, she had seen women with preeclampsia with lower blood pressure than mine at that moment and they still had a seizure. (Thanks!) So all I thought about while I drove the half hour to the hospital was (Is my baby... Read More

In 2001-2002 I was pregnant with my first child, a little girl, and expecting everything

Posted On Sunday, July 18, 2004 By

In 2001-2002 I was pregnant with my first child, a little girl, and expecting everything was going great. Being it was my first pregnancy, I suspected all my signs such as blurred vision, numbing of my arms, swelling to be normal. My doctor was NOT worried, so I figured it was normal. In December of 2001, I had my first ATTACK of not being able to breathe and a pain so SEVERE I thought I was going to die with a flu, or so I thought. I went to the hospital in New Jersey where I was living at the time and they sent me home, telling me it was in my head. Well, I called my doctor and he told me, come in if I feel like it, but still, he was not worried. I was working full time 50 hours a week.... Read More

I thought I would tell my story while it is fresh in my memory. My

Posted On Monday, December 08, 2003 By

I thought I would tell my story while it is fresh in my memory. My husband and I found out we were expecting on Father's Day. We were so excited. I am a planner and this is exactly when I wished it would happen. I had a wonderful beginning pregnancy (no sickness or pains).Things started to turn when I took the AFP triple screen test and it came back positive. We were sent to a genetic counselor and perinatologist to monitor my pregnancy. Noone in our family were there any sort of pregnancy complications so we thought these results were a false-positive. A couple of months later on an ultrasound, my doctor noticed that I had a bi-lobal placenta. He told me to get my x-mas shopping done now... Read More

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