Kaden is my first and only child. A beautiful little bundle born November 10, 2005.

Posted On Monday, October 09, 2006 By

Kaden is my first and only child. A beautiful little bundle born November 10, 2005.  He was 6lbs. even and 19.5 inches long. Kaden had a full head of black hair. Here is "our" story............   I made it through my pregnancy with little difficulty other than the nausea. It did not hit me until my third trimester. I started having back pains, which I were told it was my sciatic nerve. Physical Therapy was  scheduled for me. I started swelling so horribly that I could not even wear my own shoes! I was told that is normal during pregnancy. My urine was checked for protein and my blood pressure was... Read More

HiI came across this site and felt I had to write my story.I had Preeclampsia

Posted On Wednesday, October 04, 2006 By

HiI came across this site and felt I had to write my story.I had Preeclampsia 42 years ago now. I was 18 years old in 1964 and pregnant with my first child.I always like to think that what happened to me then would never happen now but still it is not known what causes it.  My blood pressure started to rise at 32 weeks and I was ordered to rest but a few days later protein was showing in my urine and I was sent to hospital and had complete bed rest for 4 weeks at which stage I was induced and baby was born breech and was only 2 and a half pounds.  Her poor little lungs could not cope and she died at 2 days old.  As I write this the tears pour... Read More

I was 32 weeks pregnant with my first child in August of 1997. I remember

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2005 By

I was 32 weeks pregnant with my first child in August of 1997. I remember that I had swelling in my feet, but one of my doctors told me that every woman had some swelling. On August 4, 1997 I was awakend by terrible chest pain and uncontrollable vomiting. I called my doctor and went in for an immediate exam. They tested my urine and it had 4 + protein and my blood pressure was very high. I was sent to the hospital to be observed, but when my lab work came back, my doctor came in and informed me that he was delivering my baby now because I had HELLP Syndrome. I was started immediately on Mag. Citrate to prevent seizures. My baby was delivered 8 weeks early but was healthy and breathing... Read More

I can feel the pain over again, and it

Posted On Friday, May 20, 2005 By Rachel

I can feel the pain over again, and it

HI, Well i am 22 and was wanting a child the first time i got

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2003 By Megan

HI, Well i am 22 and was wanting a child the first time i got pregnant i lost it, but when i got pregnant the second time i thought great until i lost the twin of my little boy. Everything seemed to be going well i found out i was having a boy and was over the moon but then at about 26 weeks i realised i was havinf swollen legs in fact my whole body was swollen and i had put on a lot of weight. I kept asking the doctor and a midwife about it and they just said 'it is natural when you are pregnant' well no one else thought so. At 29 weeks i went to see my own midwife she took one look at me and saw that i didn't look like myself i had put on up to 6 stone on while being pregnant. ... Read More

My pregnancy started out fine, then after the sixth month I started to develop some

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By

My pregnancy started out fine, then after the sixth month I started to develop some strange symptoms. First I would eat very little but would gain 5 to 10 pounds a visit, I only weighed 135 lbs when I got pregnant, when I delivered my daughter {who was 5 weeks early} I weighed 200 lbs. I also had become very swollen I could poke at my legs with my finger and the indention would be there for the entire day. My urine became dark and brown, when I had a bowel movement it would almost be white. I continued to become sicker and sicker. My physician continued to assur me and my husband that this was all part of the pregnancy and even acted as though I was making it all up. That all... Read More

I was having what I thought was a normal first pregnancy. In my second trimester

Posted On Saturday, February 15, 2003 By

I was having what I thought was a "normal" first pregnancy. In my second trimester I began having flu-like symptoms, bad headaches, and swelling. When I went to the dr for my 28th week apt. she said my bp was a "little high" but it was "nothing to worry about." The dr told me to "watch my sodium intake" and I should be "fine." A couple of weeks went by and I was feeling worse. Then, one night I woke up to go to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and one of my eyes was completely swollen shut! I went back to bed, and when I woke up the next morning, some of the swelling had gone down, I told my husband and he made me call the dr. The nurse called me back, I told her all of my symptoms and... Read More

I became pregnant at the age of 23 with my second son. Beginning early in

Posted On Friday, June 13, 2003 By

I became pregnant at the age of 23 with my second son. Beginning early in pregnancy, I began to gain an extreme amount of weight and had sudden, severe abdominal pain. After testing (ultrasounds) at about four months, it was belived by my GP that my baby was fine and that I was experiencind pain from possibly a cyst or "something" stretching. I was however put on pain medicine that was "safe" to my baby.

I became pregnant with my second son at the age of 23. I was under

Posted On Friday, June 13, 2003 By

I became pregnant with my second son at the age of 23. I was under the care of a GP. I began to experience weight gain and sudden, severe abdominal pain in the fourth month of pregnancy. After testing, (ultrasounds)it was found that my son was fine with normal development and appropriate amount of amniotic fluid. My pain was possibly from pain or things "stretching". I was placed on a pain medication that was "safe" for me and my baby. By the sixth month I began to feel really bad, I had gained an incredible amount of weight and could barely function. My joints were sore and I had difficulty bending and standing. I still experienced severe pain in my abdomen. The baby was sluggish and... Read More

It's so hard for me to write what I need to write. I am continually

Posted On Sunday, November 24, 2002 By

It's so hard for me to write what I need to write. I am continually drawn back to this site to read stories from women who have shared in this horrible experience. Some days it seems unbearable. It's been almost three months since I walked in the Dr's office for what I thought was going to be a normal visit. It was anything but that. I knew the moment I stepped on the scale that something was wrong. I knew I had been swelling a bit, actually quite a bit. I figured it was normal. But I had called the Dr's office and they told me not to worry. It was my first pregnancy and I didn't know I should be scared, very scared. I was 24 weeks and about to experience the worst thing in my... Read More

This was our first pregnancy and I was 34 weeks pregnant, working full time for

Posted On Tuesday, September 17, 2002 By Sarah

This was our first pregnancy and I was 34 weeks pregnant, working full time for a high risk pregnancy home healthcare agency as the office manager. The morning of January 4, 2001, I was extremely emotional crying at nothing, I didn't understand why I was so anxious. I just thought that I was tired and didn't want to go to work. I still had 6 weeks left and I had just begun training the woman that would be replacing me after I left to be a full time mother. I drove my husband to work that morning and then went to my prenatal appointment before heading to work. When I got to the Dr's office, I handed the nurse my urine sample and stepped on the scale. I looked at the scale and... Read More

Hi. I am a 24 year old woman, and my mom had preeclampsia when she

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2003 By

Hi. I am a 24 year old woman, and my mom had preeclampsia when she was pregnant with me. It developed in her second trimester ( I think) She had swelling in her wrists and ankles. I was born three weeks early. It was a very difficult birth because after I was born my mom lost a lot of blood and she needed to have blood transfusions, which saved her life! She had to stay in the hospital for a week or so after giving birth. I was 4pds 15 oz. She fortunately did not have preeclampsia with my two younger brothers. I am a bit concerend that i will get it when I am pregnant. My husband and I are going to start trying within the next six months. I am scared that I might get it too and have to go... Read More

At 21 weeks, I had swollen a lot at work and I called the ob.

Posted On Wednesday, July 30, 2003 By

At 21 weeks, I had swollen a lot at work and I called the ob. They wanted me to come in asap for a blood pressure check and a urine check. No protein, elevated bp, dr said come back in a week. Came back and BP was a little better. I remember telling the ob my bp wasn't that bad... glad she knew otherwise. At 28 weeks I came home from a rough day teaching school and my bp was 154/94. I called the ob's office but my dr was at a delivery. They had me lay down and monitor it hourly. If it didn't go down I was to call the on call dr or go to the hospital. It did so I chalked it up to a rough day at school. The next morning I woke up and took it, it was good. I got in the shower and got... Read More

I waited until everything was in place in my life prior to getting pregnant. Our

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By Shigehiko

I waited until everything was in place in my life prior to getting pregnant. Our plan was to have a family of 3 children. I was 26 years old when I got pregnant, several months after having a full physical and being pronounced healthy. This is my story. I had the perfect pregnancy, not a moment of morning sickness, no complaints. Early on in the pregnancy there was some excitement while we waited for a ultrasound because the doctor thought we may have a multiple birth. When the ultrasound was performed it was just one large baby. My ultrasound provided a due date of March 28th, which worked perfectly with when I missed my first period. My symptoms started on March 8th, while... Read More

My pregnancy went so well until about my 7th month. Then my ankles swelled to

Posted On Monday, July 28, 2003 By Kristen

My pregnancy went so well until about my 7th month. Then my ankles swelled to the size of canteloupes! My doctor could not detect any problem, so she just put me on bedrest for the remainder of my pregnancy, which didn't last long. On August 26, 2002, I went into labor. My baby wasn't due until October of 2002. I have never been more scared in my life. This was my first pregnancy, and we were at the hospital almost two months early! My daughter came out okay though, weighing in at 4 pounds 4 ounces. Although she was tiny, she had no health problems. I, on the other hand, began having seizures. A few hours after delivering, my blood pressure bottomed out and then sky-rocketed, causing... Read More

On August 23 in a city just north of Toronto, my daughter-in-law, Julie Little, gave

Posted On Friday, September 26, 2003 By Jenny

On August 23 in a city just north of Toronto, my daughter-in-law, Julie Little, gave birth to twin boys, Connor at 6lbs 9oz and Evan at 4lbs 5 oz. Hellp syndrome was discovered that day. She was monitored in the hospital and on August 28th, she became delerious and was sent to the Critical Care Unit in that hospital at 2:30 am. By 9:30 they had decided to send her to Toronto for a Blood plasma transfusion. She did not leave the smaller hospital till 2:30 pm and subsequently, upon arrival in the Toronto hospital, had a seizure and died. Now my son and his brother-in-law are caring for the babies. We (the family) cannot figure out how this tragedy could occur while Julie was being... Read More

I was 26 years old and looking forward to the birth of our first child.

Posted On Thursday, March 06, 2003 By Sara

I was 26 years old and looking forward to the birth of our first child. My symptoms of Preeclampsia start in my second trimester, with swollen ankles. The next time I went to the Doctor my blood pressure was up. It kept rising with each visit. I'd say I was about 32 weeks along when I became more apprehensive about my condition; My ankles and legs were huge and I was having headaches, but the doctor didn't seem too worried. So I just decided I should calm down. I continued to have tons of headachesand the swollen ankles/legs, but my fingers were also swollen now. In about my 35th week I went in for my normal check up and my Blood Pressure was even higher, so my doctor said to come in... Read More

Just this year I had my son in May. I never thought I could get

Posted On Monday, October 02, 2006 By

Just this year I had my son in May. I never thought I could get preeclampsia. Hear is my story. I went to work on my usual day, but I had a doctor''s appointment. I went to it not thinking I would have to be induce that same day. I was 37 weeks along, technically that isn''t early, but still I was worried that something could be really wrong. The reason why my doctor sent me to be induce, (not knowing before), that the horrible swelling in my feet and ankles and my gaining more weight than recommended were signs of this horrible disease. The other symptoms of preeclampsia, I never really had, yeah I had headaches, but they went away... ... Read More

I had pre-eclampsia with my daughter when I was 21 years old, at about 6

Posted On Friday, October 06, 2006 By Clarissa

I had pre-eclampsia with my daughter when I was 21 years old, at about 6 months into the pregnancy my feet swelled up so bad that they cracked, and they bled. My feet looked like two big footballs. It was so embarrassing because people would stare at my feet and legs, some people would even laugh. I was so swollen it hurt to even move. My hands began to swell and crack open between my fingers too. I went in to see my obstetrician not thinking anything about it and when she saw how swollen I had become in a week she admitted me into the hospital. In 1989, they made me sit on a hospital bed in the complete darkness to keep my blood pressure down for three... Read More

I have always been told that having a baby completely changes your life forever

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 By

I have always been told that having a baby completely changes your life forever

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