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

My name is Mary Muhammad, and I am a surviving mother of Preeclampsia. I remarried

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2003 By Nakisha

My name is Mary Muhammad, and I am a surviving mother of Preeclampsia. I remarried after being divorced for twelve years and my new husband and I decided that we wanted to have a child since he had none. I have three children from my previous marriage. All three were carried and delivered without any complications whatsoever. After my third child, I received a tubal ligation with cauterization. Once my current husband and I decided to have a child, we sought out a physician who specialized in tubal reversals and we had the surgery done successfully on July 25, 2002. I became pregnant the first week of April, 2003. Of course we were ecstatic and so full of joy. Initially, the... Read More

My first baby was due February 12, 2000. I had an extremely plesant pregnancy, no

Posted On Saturday, December 04, 2004 By

My first baby was due February 12, 2000. I had an extremely plesant pregnancy, no morning sickness or any problems at all. About six weeks before my due date, I noticed my right eye was 'twitching' for no good reason, it would come and go and I mentioned it to the doctor but he wasn't concerned at all. At my 37 week appointment, my blood pressure was through the roof. They immediately ran blood and urine tests and admitted me to the hospital. I thought they would monitor me for a while but soon realized I was in for the long haul and I wouldn't be going home until my baby was delivered. The doctor put me on a magnesium sulfate IV which gave me horrible headaches and told me I had severe... Read More

i got pre-eclampsia at about my 26th week but it wasn't picked up until my

Posted On Sunday, November 02, 2003 By

i got pre-eclampsia at about my 26th week but it wasn't picked up until my 29th week. i noticed my hands swell up at about 25 weeks and i was getting awful headaches. i went to every ante-natal class. i had a bit of protein in my water at 26 weeks and still nothing was done. at 28 weeks i went to the doctors with swelled legs, hands, face, flashing lights and bad headaches. the doctor said my blood pressure was up and to come back for a urine sample in 2 days, that was full of protein. he then said come back in 2 days again. then my blood pressure was really high but he still told me to go home. i was extremeley lucky to have had an ante-natal that afternoon were a midwife finally... Read More

Dear Moms, On May 29, 2003, I lost my firstborn, Erin Hunter Brandis. She was

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2003 By

Dear Moms, On May 29, 2003, I lost my firstborn, Erin Hunter Brandis. She was 20 inches long. She was tall, just like her father. I am petite, but my Jamie is 5'11". I had the perfect pregnancy. I had very mild incidences of nausea, food cravings, and food aversions. My health and Erin's was perfect throughout. I only gained 12 pounds! But on her due date, there was no heartbeat. I thought I was watching a movie of someone else's life. It's now October 29, five months to the day since it happened. I feel sad, angry, disjointed emotionally. But I have still kept my sunny outlook. We miss her every day. I called and emailed a Bay Area support group called H.A.N.D. and... Read More

Hello My name is Jackie. I am 18 years old and I now have a

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 By

Hello My name is Jackie. I am 18 years old and I now have a 4 month old baby boy. I was diagnosed with Preeclampsia when I was eight months pregnant. Luckily I was pretty far along in my preganacy. This is my first child. I ws recieving my prenatal care and the local clinic here in my home town. I actually had an appointment that day. When I got back home that day I suddenly got very dizzy. My vision was extremely blurry and I had a terrible headache. I called the clinic back and told them how I felt but they didn't think It was a big deal, so I didn't either. The next day I still felt horrible so I then went to my family doctor. When I got in there my blood pressure was 156/110 which is... Read More

From the time that every other woman begins to feel like they are blooming in

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 By

From the time that every other woman begins to feel like they are blooming in their pregancy i began to feel ill. I was swollen everywhere and constantly felt sick, even though id not had morning sickness early on, it only started at 16 weeks. At 24 weeks i was badly swollen and feeling terrible so i visited my doctor. He referred me to hospital where i was told that there was nothing wrong and next time see my midwife so that i wouldnt waste their time. Feeling pretty silly, i decided that this was being pregnant and just to put up with how i felt. At 27 weeks, i began to cough, and had headaches so bad that i couldnt open my eyes. I called my midwife who said that i needed to go... Read More

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