I do not know where to begin really, I guess I will start with my

Posted On Friday, October 13, 2006 By Sara

I do not know where to begin really, I guess I will start with my first pregnancy, I became pregnant with Jessica in July of 2002, the first 5 months were okay, I did have swelling but I thought that was normal, when I was 22 weeks, my BP started to climb, so I was put on modified rest, at 26 weeks it got worse and I was put on bed rest by 33 weeks, I was so swollen, and my BP was slowly rising and I felt sick most of the time, nausea, stomach aches, feet swollen and extremely tired all the time, I was hospitalized at 34 weeks, put on Labetalol, than protein appeared, the labetalol reduced BP for two days, than my BP went to 180/100, they called my doctor and took me over to L & D for... Read More

I was 33 years old and having our first child. I did everything that I

Posted On Wednesday, December 11, 2002 By

I was 33 years old and having our first child. I did everything that I was suppose to do and more. On Thanksgiving weekend in 2000 i started getting a severe cramp in my neck. I couldn't move it. And my legs began to swell. Someone told me not worry, i was only in my 22nd week of gestation. So i didn't. I did call my Dr. and he put me on med's thinking that it would be an infection of some sort. Two weeks later I went to see him and he had me put into the hosp. I was only 24 weeks along and there was the threat that my child would be dilvered and not survive. She was too small. The started the steriod shots and I was able to hold her for another 2 weeks. At 26-1/2 weeks of... Read More

When I was 18 I went to my normal doctor visit. I was feeling under

Posted On Friday, April 04, 2003 By

When I was 18 I went to my normal doctor visit. I was feeling under the weather. After the nurse took my blood pressure, the doctor came in and said I need to go to the hospital right now. He told me to not stop anywhere. I was so scared. The hospital wouldn't tell me exactly what was wrong. Just that I had high blood pressure and they were trying to get it down. I was in the hospital for about a week. My father had seen a little medical kit w/ preeclampsia on it. He looked it up and found out how serious it was. After a week I went to the University of Iowa city hospitals. Because they could not get my blood pressure down at all. They had me on heart medicine. I wasn't allow... Read More

I concieved my son on June 6, 2001. What a joy I was considered to

Posted On Sunday, March 02, 2003 By

I concieved my son on June 6, 2001. What a joy! I was considered to have a high risk pregnancy due to having ashma. I had great pre natal care and felt good throughout my first & second trimester. When it came to Chritmas 2001, I felt bad. I was advised this was normal pregnancy swelling. However at my 37 week check up (2/8/02) I was admitted into the hospital for observation. That is when "hell" was a place I felt I had experienced. 72 hours of it! I was finally induced at 5 AM on 2/11/02 and started laboring. I was able to progress to 7 cm and then given an epidural. After that, I was advised that for my health and my unborn childs, I would have to have a c-section. "Take me... Read More

On Feb. 15, 2004 I went into labor at work I was 26 weeks .

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 By

On Feb. 15, 2004 I went into labor at work (I was 26 weeks). They informed me that my cervix was soft. The doctors toyed with the thought of bed rest and finally when my work wouldn't help they did. I was on bed rest two days when I felt this strange pain at the top of my belly it hurt all day. I called the doctor and they told me to go to the hospital just to be safe. I took a shower before the ambulance came. Pain shot throughout my back and something started happening. When they got there my blood pressure was high. When we reached the hospital it was worst. We called at 7 pm. I was getting delirious. My stomached hurt. I was upset so they gave me... Read More

When I was only 14 I had my frist child Dominique, I came from a

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 By

When I was only 14 I had my frist child Dominique, I came from a good home I made one mistake and got pregent and knew I should keep her, my Dr. in Bremerton WA was agenst teenage pregnacy and would make mean coments and discredit my conserns based on my being so young. At the end of my 8th month of pregnacy I started to have alot of sighns of preclampcia, I was so swoolen even my feet had strech marks on them! When my mother demanded me be tested for preclampica my Dr. tould me I was just getting fat and should not eat so much, when my water broke 9 days after my due date we got to the hospital thinking of all the happy memories that were aout to be made! Instead my mother was taken aside... Read More

At the age of 17, I was a trim and healthy 105 pounds I am

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By Joy

At the age of 17, I was a trim and healthy 105 pounds (I am 5

I remember it being a Saturday, April 18, 2005, I remember getting up to prepare

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

I remember it being a Saturday, April 18, 2005, I remember getting up to prepare to go to work, feeling sick to my stomach I went to the bathroom all I could do was lift the commode an proceed to vomit. I had not so much as felt the need to do this throughout my entire pregnancy, this being my first pregnancy. So my husband and I just though maybe I was just getting a late start. I kept feeling sick during the entire time that I dress, so I ask my husband to take me to work that morning. This being a Saturday, I was the only one working in our department at the hospital. During the course of the day, I continue to feel sickly, but being that... Read More

I was progressing along in my pregnancy rather well, this was my second child but

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

I was progressing along in my pregnancy rather well, this was my second child but it was with my new husband. My older child was fathered by my first husband. I went to the doctor for my regular check up in October, which was approximately 2 months before I was due, so I started seeing the doctor every 2 months. At this point, they noticed that my ALWAYS normal blood pressure (120/80) had now been slowly moving upwards to 130/85 and seemed to be progressively getting higher and higher with each appointment in October. On November 4, I went to the doctor and my blood pressure was 140/90, they immediately put me on bed rest and told me to go to the hospital to have some specific tests run. On... Read More

My first pregnancy was a miscarriage at around the 10th week. My second pregnancy, beginning

Posted On Monday, October 02, 2006 By

My first pregnancy was a miscarriage at around the 10th week. My second pregnancy, beginning August 2003 and resulting in my daughter Claire, was immediately better in that I got nausea, so I knew my hormones were stronger. I wanted to have a home birth, so I hired a reputable midwife and met with her regularly. The first trimester was full of nausea and all of the normal symptoms of pregnancy. Beginning early in the second trimester I started getting almost daily migraines with the nausea. I

In October 2001, I was 19 weeks pregnant when I was admitted to hospital because

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By

In October 2001, I was 19 weeks pregnant when I was admitted to hospital because I was experiencing severe epi- gastric pain, and my blood pressure was elevated with the presence of protein in my urine and the level of my platelets was under 100. I was told that I would not be able to carry my baby to term and that there was nothing that could be done to prolong my pregnancy any longer. I had to have an immediate termination of pregnancy done. At 19 weeks of pregnancy my baby boy was born at 450 grams and I was devastated as there was nothing that could have been done to save him as I was too early in my pregnancy for him... Read More

My name is Rishika Krishna I am 28 years old and live in Durban, South

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By Rishika

My name is Rishika Krishna; I am 28 years old and live in Durban, South Africa.   In October 2001, I was 19 weeks pregnant when I was admitted to hospital because I was experiencing severe epi- gastric pain, and my blood pressure was elevated with the presence of protein in my urine and the level of my platelets was under 100. I was told that I would not be able to carry my baby to term and that there was nothing that could be done to prolong my pregnancy any longer. I had to have an immediate termination of pregnancy done. At 19 weeks of pregnancy my baby boy was born at 450 grams and I was devastated as there was nothing that could have been done to save him as I... Read More

My doctor told me that i may be at risk for Preeclampsia. I've gained 25

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 By Diana

My doctor told me that i may be at risk for Preeclampsia. I've gained 25 pounds and im 28 weeks and dont know what to do.

My husband and I found out that we were pregnant again after a miscarriage .

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 By Courtney

My husband and I found out that we were pregnant again (after a miscarriage). We were very excited because we had wanted a family for so long. The pregnancy was going great. No problems, no sickness, nothing. Around the my fourth month, my feet began to swell. I didn't think too much about it because I figured it was just part of pregnancy. Sometime between the fourth and sixth month, my feet became extremely swollen. My hands and face started to swell as well. I started getting severe indigestion to the point that I would ball up on the floor in pain. It felt like I had a hole burning through my stomach to my back. I began to see black spots and had horrible migraines. ... Read More

I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 26 weeks apparatly it began at 20 weeks but

Posted On Monday, September 25, 2006 By Greg

I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 26 weeks; apparatly it began at 20 weeks but was I was not sent to the hospital until 26 weeks. After being told how important it was for me to rest, I remember beign woken in the middle of the night to have my blood pressure taken. As the days went by, I was told that "if I stayed this way, that I would be ok". One afternoon at 27weeks adn 4 days, they brought me up to special monitoring,a dn decided that my son Gavin, was not doing well and my blood pressure was rising. At 7:01 pm, on 8/16/2005, my son was born via c-section at 1.3 pounds. Within days, Gavin was off the ventalator and on CPAP. We were thrilled as we were told that all he had to... Read More

Hello, I had just turned 5 months when my body started to swell. I thought

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2003 By

Hello, I had just turned 5 months when my body started to swell. I thought it was normal. When i asked my doctor, he said it was fine and there was nothing to worry about. Then about 3wks later, I got a real horrible headache that lasted a week. When I told my doctor about it, he said that it was normal. Later that night I was admitted into the hospital for Preeclampsia. My blood pressure was 220/110. I also had this unbareable pain in my chest. My head felt like it was going to explode. When I was finally stable, the doctor told me that I had Preeclampsia. He also told me that my blood tests indicated that my liver was not functioning and my platellets were not normal. I... Read More

The Friday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27th 2005, I was admitted to the hospital

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 By

The Friday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27th 2005, I was admitted to the hospital because my blood pressures had continued to climb instead of getting better with bed rest and I was spilling 3+ protein. I had PIH beginning at 24 1/2 weeks, full blown PE week 27. I immediately started the steroid shots to help my daughter's lung grow in case we had to deliver early. I had developed Preeclampsia with my first daughter 7 years earlier and had delivered her at 35 weeks because medicine was not even aiding the pressures. She came home 5 days later and has been growing well since. The doctors discussed keeping me in the hospital and felt that they wanted me to get as close to 34... Read More

April 28, 2004 about 35 wks pg the morning of my baby shower. I had

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 By Kate

April 28, 2004 (about 35 wks pg) the morning of my baby shower. I had a headache that made me feel confused and I was seeing little dots dancing in my vision. I just didn't feel right like myself.. I felt kinda stressed and antsy.. My mom who was visiting from out of town for my baby shower took my BP and it higher than usual. She had me lay down on my left side and the headache subsided and my bp came down to 120/80.. What it had been reading my whole pregnancy. I really didn't even think about mentioning it to my OB.. May 11, 2004 (39 weeks pg). OB appointment.. Everything is well.. Blood pressure 120/80. Normal May 12, 2004 Contractions... Read More

I was 30 weeks pregnant when I started to notice symptoms. That was a Thursday.

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 By KATHRYN

I was 30 weeks pregnant when I started to notice symptoms. That was a Thursday. My sister and I were talking one day and she noticed that my ankles were very swollen. When I had my husband look at them we noticed that my legs were as well. I was also complaining of a pain in my side for weeks which turned out to be my liver. One day while I was in the shower I blacked out and saw spots and almost fell. Thank god that my husband was there. The headaches I was getting were so severe that I would become ill. This was a silent disease. I did not even know I had it until I was so sick. We went to my 30 week check-up and... Read More

On February 25, 2001 at 1:06 am my son Dylan Andrew was brought into this

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 By

On February 25, 2001 at 1:06 am my son Dylan Andrew was brought into this world through an emergency c-section. He was 27 weeks gestation weighing only 1 lb. 9.6 oz. and 13.5 inches long. I had found out I was pregnant in October 2000 and was expecting to deliver May 29, 2001. Up until approx. 20 weeks I felt great. I never experienced morning sickness only nauseous a few times. My prenatal appointments went smoothly and my baby was fine and growing like he was supposed to. Shortly after my big ultrasound at 20 weeks I began to notice some changes in my body. My legs, feet, hands and face began to swell. At a prenatal appt. my BP was high,... Read More

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