My story of survival: Severe Pre-Eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and DIC

Posted On Thursday, March 08, 2012 By TaMyra

This is my story of survival. This is also my daughter's story of survival. At 22 weeks, I noticed my feet were extremely swollen, and I could barely breathe. I thought it was just normal pregnancy symptoms, until the doctor said my BP was 170/11!! I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 23 weeks. It was way too early to have my baby. We were given steroids immediately for her lungs, in case an emergency C-Section was needed. I was also given Magnesium sulfate, so I wouldn't seize. This medicine made me feel like I was dying. I was put on bed rest and admitted to the hospital. I... Read More

Finding My Light Through All The Darkness

Posted On Tuesday, March 06, 2012 By Destanee

Dark Saturday December 11, 2010, I had a really bad headache... stronger than the others. I didn't have headaches throughout my pregnancy however for the past 3 days I was having them. But I shrugged it off since I called my OB's office and one of the nurses said it was "Flu Symptoms." Me and my fiance Steve were at his family party and I sat there feeling fine for the first 5 minutes then all of a sudden I got a migraine and felt really weak. All I had to do was give him a look and we were out the door. I then called my mother and asked her what I should take to get rid of this and luckily she was with my aunt (a nurse) and knew that it was because my... Read More

Fighting For Life: My Story of Post Partum PE and HELLP

Posted On Monday, March 05, 2012 By Anne-Mari

  Six days after delivering my second child I awoke to my heart pounding out of my chest and throat, I felt like death, couldn’t breathe, and my right leg was extremely swollen. I assumed the swelling was normal reaction to all the IV fluids from delivery and I was having an anxiety attack from the past months events, but the ER doctor told me a different more frightening story. ... Read More

My Journey through Preeclampsia

Posted On Sunday, March 04, 2012 By Jessica

To begin the story of my journey, I was 26 years old, happily married to the love of my life, and pregnant with our first baby. The pregnancy was a pleasant surprise, and from the very beginning we were adamant about taking great care for our new arrival. I would take a handful of vitamins everyday, as well as exercise and eat healthy to make sure our little one was getting all the things he needed. We read books, planned, and I even kept a daily journal of my pregnancy as a keepsake for his future. My pregnancy was progressing beautifully, and I was lucky to have a very smooth pregnancy- I didn’t even have a single day of morning sickness!When I was 20 weeks... Read More

Am I the only one who had PE and a Trisomy 21 baby?

Posted On Saturday, February 25, 2012 By Kimberly

I got pregnant with my first son Ryan and got married at the age of 18.  I had one complication while pregnant with him, and that was I could not stop eating.  I ate everything I saw and well… it showed because I gained almost 75lbs with him.  Besides that self-inflicted mishap with Ryan I had nothing wrong in that pregnancy. My beautiful 10 lb, 3 oz baby boy was born October 4, 1996.   After a while of being married and having a new baby so young my then husband decided I was not the one for him, I enlisted in the Navy and off to the Gulf right after boot camp.   I met people went all over the world fell in and out of... Read More

2½ years later

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 By Leanne

and ironically only 9 week before the due date of the next baby here is.

Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome took my babies’ lives

Posted On Friday, February 03, 2012 By Shawn

When I conceived Ava and Noah via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) at 40 years old I was taking a low dose of high blood pressure medication.  I was never warned about preeclampsia and had no idea that 1 in 3 women carrying multiples develop preeclampsia.  I was so desperate to have a baby after three very long years of trying to conceive that transferring two blastocysts seemed like the right thing to do. At 18 weeks I was put on bed rest after a trip to the emergency room when my blood pressure spiked.  I remained on bed rest until I was admitted into the hospital at 24 weeks and 5 days for severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.  When I was... Read More

Plan a 2nd pregnancy in June 2012 after severe preeclampsie 4years ago

Posted On Thursday, February 02, 2012 By laetitia

Hi,

As the title mention, I plan a 2nd pregnancy soon. I'm foreign and looking for somebody in a similar case near my area (DC-MD area) to share experience and interesting, useful and helpful information.

All the Best.

Titia

 

preeclampsia took my baby girl to heaven.

Posted On Wednesday, February 01, 2012 By Raphaela

Tomorrow (2nd Feb 2012) would have been the happiest day of my life. It would have been the birth of my first baby, my baby girl. Instead of tears of joy there would be tears of sadness. Why did she have to go?????? Leaving me and daddy all alone... what have I done wrong to deserve this? My story was a happy love story. I met my boyfriend 8 years ago, fell in love and after all those time together, we decided to try for a baby. After 4months of trying I was pregnant for the first time. What a joyful moment it was. Everything was ok during the first trimester apart from the vomiting. During my second trimester, I noticed that my feet, hand, face and nose was getting... Read More

The Road to Recovery from a HELLP Syndrome Pregnancy

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2012 By Jill

Within 6 months of our wedding day in October 2003, my husband Jeff and I unexpectedly found out we were pregnant. Like all happily expecting, first-time parents, our trepidation grew into excitement and joy as my belly grew and both of us devoured What to Expect When You Are Expecting.We found out in May that I was pregnant and spent the summer debating which of the NYC borough names would be most appropriate for our offspring. . . you see, I had decided long ago that I would name my children after my favorite city and we had nailed down the name if the child were to be a boy. Fletcher Manhattan. But there was still a bit of a debate going on for the potential... Read More

Death a day away: 1st pregnancy

Posted On Saturday, January 28, 2012 By jackie

I am a survivor!!   I was pregnant in my 7th month and was told by an OB DR, "Welcome to pregnancy!" when i informed her about my swelling. My BP and urine samples were all normal that week. With in the next couple days I started getting abdominal pain, and thinking it was just from constipation, so I took some powder and waited for it to kick in for 3 days. The pain just got worse and started to affect my breathing. Finally, Christmas morning came around and my husband and I got up and ran to the only open CVS 30 min away and got some milk of magnesia. We got home and I took it, then immediately threw it up. I thought it just didn't mix with the juice I drank with it. I... Read More

Lyla Flynn

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By melissa

I  have two daughters, Mia is 4 1/2 and Lyla is almost 14 months.  I got sick during about my 5th month with Lyla.  Terrible nose bleeds, back pain, low weight gain, blurry vision....Constantly going to my doctors saying something was wrong but being ignored...at 31 weeks I went into my doctor for a check-up and was told they were checking me into the hospital....Lyla was showing like a 27 week old and I had a lot of protein in my urine.   That night they told me that they would give me something to help my body get ready to deliver the following morning....Cervidil was given to me and it caused me to start having contraction.  They took... Read More

Thank you Kangaroo Care

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By Jasmine

After several years of trying to get pregnant, my husband and I were finally going to be parents. I found out in January 2010 that I was expecting. It was the most amazing feeling ever. Other than sleeping through most of the first trimester, my pregnancy was perfect and I was glowing.It was the week after my baby shower in July 2010 when my body became very swollen. I immediately made an appointment with my obstetrician, who after routine tests, told me that I was suffering from preeclampsia. My blood pressure was too high and I had a significant amount of protein in my urine. My perfect pregnancy had shifted to a high risk one. However, I was told that it was manageable. I... Read More

The Story Of Keira Our Little Angel

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By Nicky

It all started with another kidney infection... The second one in a month. It was the morning of Old Year’s Eve. I tried to phone my gynae’s rooms to see if they might possibly be in but, they were not there. But they had a voicemail on their phone and it said if there are any emergencies or problems to go to the labour ward at the hospital and they will be able to help you.Off we went to the Labour ward…told them what had happened and told them the previous evening I also had a few drops of pure clean blood after I went to the bathroom. They told me to give them a urine sample and told me to lie on the bed. They took my blood... Read More

The process of Motherhood

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 By jennifer

  Every woman’s road to being a mother is different, none is easy. Mine starts at a young age, when my greatest concern was the love of my boyfriend (bf then, soon-to-be my husband). The last thing I wanted to do was have children, I saw motherhood as a thankless job, and I really wasn’t interested at working at any job –especially a thankless one. But as fate would have it, in my first year of college when my worldview dictated that humanity was not only depraved & worthless but hopeless to boot - it was no longer just me I had to be consumed with worry about on this doomed planet, but a tiny infant too. ... Read More

Presley Ann's Birth Story

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 By Lauren

On Tues. Oct.19, I measured small for the second week in a row. With a history of pre-e that can be alarming. They sent me for an ultrasound that showed the baby at 5 pounds 5 ounces. At 37 weeks that put her in the 7th percentile. So we went to the hospital for an NST and lab work. I was sent home and told to return the next day for results. They ran another NST. My BP's were coming in slightly high but nothing alarming. They told me I was fine and sent me on my way. My next appointment was Tues Oct. 26 baby was still measuring 2-3 weeks behind. They decided to talk induction. They kept bringing up the fact that I had pre-e. I was extremely confused b/c the week before I was told I was... Read More

Baby Liz's Dramatic Entrance

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 By Lauren

  On Feb. 24 (my birthday) I stayed up all night getting things together because I knew in my heart that something was happening the next day. I finally made it to bed around 5:30 the next morning.On Feb. 25 I was awoken at 10:00 to my midwife telling me I only had a few hours to get things together I was being induced that day due to my high BP and high protein levels (over a 4000). I called my husband at work and he came home as soon as he could (well after he found his keys that the guy at work thought would be funny to hide). We arrived at the hospital and they hooked me up to half a dozen monitors and began round 1 of Cervadil. The first round of... Read More

Preeclampsia and HELLP changed our lives.

Posted On Friday, January 06, 2012 By Tanalee

Preeclampsia and HELLP changed our lives.

Reflections

Posted On Monday, January 02, 2012 By Karey

At the dawning of each new year since 1993, I find myself reflecting on that year and the circumstances leading up to it and the achievements since. I've written about it numerous times as I do now. I have so much to be grateful for and it all began somewhere around New Years Eve 1992. I was invited to a New Years Eve party that night and declined at the last minute as I wasn't feeling well and was just over 30 weeks pregnant. The first 3 months of 1993 are a blur. The facts (some are remembered, others have been told to me): As the morning of January 4th dawned, convinced I had the flu, I called in sick to work. (I worked for my Ob/Gyn, thank God, so he called to check on... Read More

God is so Great, So Strong there is nothing he can not do!

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2011 By Jesse

After trying for a year in total and having a miscarriage at 3 months along, my husband and I rejoiced to find we were again pregnant! At 15 weeks I had awfully painful cramping and rushed to my doctor, a ultrasound showed a low lying placenta, causing me pain. I soon quit my job as a cleaner and stayed at home mostly and trained horses on the side (without any more physical activity then walking, no lifting, riding etc.). This helped keep the cramping to a minimum and my 20 week ultrasound showed a lifted placenta and I had no more pain. Yeah God had healed this! I had a perfect pregnancy until around the 8th month or so. My legs begun to swell, and my blood pressure... Read More

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