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

When I was 28 weeks pregnant, I read in one of my pregnancy-by-the-week books that

Posted On Monday, October 09, 2006 By

When I was 28 weeks pregnant, I read in one of my pregnancy-by-the-week books that basically there is no hope for a premature baby born prior to 28 weeks, and then at 28 weeks the chances of survival are weak. With all of the books, and magazines, and literature from my doctors that I sifted through during my pregnancy, this was the only discussion of prematurity that I ever came across. Several days later I went to my prenatal appointment and was sent to the hospital for evaluation because my blood pressure and the protein in my urine were so high. Before I left, the nurse scheduled me for my next prenatal, and said she would see me next month assuming they didn

My husband and I found out in May 2005 that we were expecting our first

Posted On Monday, October 09, 2006 By Amy

My husband and I found out in May 2005 that we were expecting our first baby. My pregnancy was very uneventful. My husband and I found out at our 5 month ultrasound that we were having a girl and were elated! I was never sick and felt great, but noticed around 32 weeks that I started to swell a bit. It didn

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

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