About one month into my pregnancy I started having morning sickness. That morning sickness never

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 By

About one month into my pregnancy I started having morning sickness. That morning sickness never went away. Luckily my pregnancy was closely monitered due to a totally different set of circumstances. I had cervical cancer 10 years ago and the doctor was concerned that my cervix wouldn't hold the baby to term. Because of this, I was having frequent visits to the doctors office and ultra sounds. Every visit to the doctors office would consist of stopping in the bathroom to leave a urine sample. On one visit the nurse said I had "trace" amounts of protien in my urine. My blood pressure was normal (as it was prior to pregnancy)and every other test preformed also was normal. The doctor... Read More

My training as a Nursery Nurse saved my life and that of my baby. As

Posted On Friday, February 21, 2003 By Daphne

My training as a Nursery Nurse saved my life and that of my baby. As part of our two year course, we had to visit a family. Christopher was two years old when I first met him. His mum had developed eclampsia at 30 weeks gestation. She was in a coma for 3 days and didn't even know that Christopher had been delivered until she saw his poloroid photo. I asked what her symptoms had been and all she was aware of was that she had swollen up a little bit in her face. When I was 30 weeks pregnant I noticed that my feet had swollen slightly. My boss at work said I had nothing to worry about and that I should just leave it. I knew that there was something wrong and bought forward my... Read More

I like many others had pre-eclampsia. I was a very healthy person with normal blood

Posted On Saturday, October 12, 2002 By

I like many others had pre-eclampsia. I was a very healthy person with normal blood pressure. I also showed signs that my doctor had over looked, what she called weight gain wasnt it was in fact my body filling up with fluids. I also started getting the headaches which come from elevated blood pressure but they were tolerable so I never took it as a sign of any thing. At 27 weeks I went to the hospital where they took my blood pressure and it was 210/180 they freaked when they got that reading and all they keep saying was I should have been having a stroke. I also had proteins in my urine. They put me on some muscle relaxers to calm my body down. I was there for two day and had my son his... Read More

Children truly are a gift from God. After reading the stories on this website, I

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 By

Children truly are a gift from God. After reading the stories on this website, I know that if it were not for the grace of God and many Christian people praying, I might not have my precious little girl. Eva Callie was born on October 21, 2005 at 36

i was 16 when i had my first at36 wks after being admitted for preeclamsia

Posted On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 By Susan

i was 16 when i had my first at36 wks after being admitted for preeclamsia 1 month earlier.the birth was induced baby little and fine.4 years later we were back i was told more than likely we`d be fine this time.at 30 weeks problems began and i was admitted at 31 wks 5dys our baby was to make an appearance via emergency c section.as soon as i started to shake and experience flashing lights i knew something was wrong.my little son was born crying and i was terrified he was taken to special care i couldnt worry as i was so out of t on morphine.my husbund was told i would be lucky to make the night.it took a month for us to both reecover but finally at 36 wks we left.our dear little son weiged... Read More

Well my name is Leslie Gallow. I

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 By AnnMarie

Well my name is Leslie Gallow. I

Even though this condition happen to me 21 years ago, I can close my eyes

Posted On Saturday, September 06, 2003 By Julie

Even though this condition happen to me 21 years ago, I can close my eyes and it seems like yesterday. It was my husband's and my first pregnancy. I was in excellent health. My OB told me I was at a great age to be pregnant. I didn't smoke, drink, but perodically I ate one to many Snicker Bars. I didn't have any morning sickness but I did have intense heartburn throughout the pregnancy. I had never heard of this condition. My OB didn't educate me about this serious, life threatening condition, though he warned me about not handling the litter box! My husband was to take over that duty. Everything was fine, then at about seven months I had trouble getting my wedding ring off. My BP was... Read More

It was really frustrating. My husband is a paramedic and we kept taking my blood

Posted On Friday, August 01, 2003 By Erica

It was really frustrating. My husband is a paramedic and we kept taking my blood pressure. It was steadily increasing. I was swelling (edema) and I felt terrible. My doctor wasn't taking us seriously. They NEVER checked my urine for protein. We kept telling her that my blood pressure was in the 140/90's, but everytime I was in clinic it was 120/80. Which still isn't normal. One day I woke up with a headache that wouldn't go away with tyenol. I went in to the hospital and was diagnosed with Severe Preeclampsia. It was really scary! Luckily my baby was healthy, early but healthy. I ended up being readmitted to the hospital a few days after I was discharged with a blood pressure of... Read More

Hi my name is Kara, my husband an I lost our daughter in june 2003

Posted On Tuesday, March 02, 2004 By Kara

Hi my name is Kara, my husband an I lost our daughter in june 2003 i had really high blood pressure and the doctor who i was seeing put me in the hospital on june 5th 2003 and told me they had to do an early delevery and it would be the next monday well the first day went by and my blood pressure kept going up and down and the doctor kept pushing medicine and that saturday i had very big problems that was the night that we lost our daughter and ill never forgive that doctor for what he did which really god wanted her but the doctor could have taken better care of us. We have come to find out our daughter had a strock i just wish i had her here to hold but we go to the cemetary every month... Read More

I, too, had two pregnancies due to preeclampsia. On my first one, I wasn't aware

Posted On Saturday, October 15, 2005 By

I, too, had two pregnancies due to preeclampsia. On my first one, I wasn't aware what preeclampsia was. The Dr. would constantly monitor my bp from 30 wks.of my pregnancy. I was also a little chunky back then. At at 38 wks. it was too high, so my Dr. admitted me to the nearest hspt. which they induce me. My daughter weighed at 7lbs &4 oz. She's now 7 yrs old and healthy.But I never figure out what caused it.Its a mystery. Five yrs later, I was pregnant with my second, and I weigh only 125lbs., I made my frequent ob/gyn visits. Then I was hit my preeclampsia sooner then my last one, my due date was July 7, 2003-the Dr. had to admit me to the hspt. earlier and gave I birth on June 11, 2005.... Read More

On August 14, 2005 I was sitting in my house with pains I though it

Posted On Saturday, October 15, 2005 By

On August 14, 2005 I was sitting in my house with pains I though it was braxton Hicks contractions because I was 35 weeks pregnant and the pains were not bad and everything that I have read and learned in the classes I was taking was that when you get that close to your due date that you will experience braxton hicks. As time went on I started feeling worse I had diarrhea and I started vomiting at that point I thought it must be something I ate maybe I have food poisoning. My husband and I were a little worried then so we went to the hospital. When I checked in the nurse had me lay down to check for My son's heart beat and she could not find it. At that time I started getting nervous, the... Read More

Our story begins with a life that was wanted so dearly and ends with a

Posted On Thursday, January 05, 2006 By

Our story begins with a life that was wanted so dearly and ends with a life taken away from us too early. My name is Alicia and my husband's name is Ralph and we are the proud parents of a little angel named Jakob Raphael (Jake) stillborn October 9, 2005. Here is our story of the day preeclampsia stole our spirit. It was Friday, September 30, 2005 and I was to meet my husband at the doctors for my routine check up and the dreaded glucose test. I was 24 weeks pregnant. Three weeks earlier we had our BIG ultrasound and found out we were having a boy. My husband's eyes were gleaming with happiness. We asked the tech to take a picture of us holding a sign that said "It's A... Read More

I don't talk about my little girl a lot. I think of her all of

Posted On Saturday, September 24, 2005 By

I don't talk about my little girl a lot. I think of her all of the time, but I try not to think of it everyday because if I did I would be in a psychiatric unit. I found out that I was pregnant when I was 17, and on a Saturday morning. I hadn't been feeling to well so I had been to the doctor the day before that, and had some routine blood tests run for people not feeling well, and Saturday morning the doctor's office called me to tell me about the positive test, and I hadn't even thought that I was pregnant, that wasn't even a thought to me, even though I had been getting sick every morning for a while. Anyway....the nurse told me that my pregnancy test was positive, and I said "excuse... Read More

I became pregnant a few months before my thirtieth birthday, and I had a pretty

Posted On Thursday, January 05, 2006 By

I became pregnant a few months before my thirtieth birthday, and I had a pretty normal pregnancy until my fifth month when I began to swell horribly in my ankles. I went to the OB and had them check my blood pressure, but they felt that everything was normal and they suggested that I avoid salty food, put my feet up, and drink lots of water. At the beginning of my seventh month, I caught a bad cold and took cough medicine for it, but soon after taking it, my skin began to feel tight and my head hurt terribly. So, I went back to the OB and they suggested that I stay away from the cold medicine, and that I continue to put my feet up whenever I could because at that point my feet were so... Read More

My husband and I were very surprised to find out that we were pregnant to

Posted On Wednesday, November 16, 2005 By Sharon

My husband and I were very surprised to find out that we were pregnant to begin with. He's a birth control baby. We moved from California to Georgia with the military while I was about 6 or 7 months pregnant. I went to the doctor right before we left and everthing was fine. We moved and got settled so it was about a month before I saw my new doctor. I thought I had gained a lot of weight in those four weeks so he asked me to come back in two weeks to check my weight gain again. In those two weeks I had gain 20 lbs. I was admited to the hospital on Dec. 18 2004 with all the pre-eclamptic symtoms. They thought they had my blood presure under control and wanted to send me home for the... Read More

I was 21 when I found out I was pregnant. I was elated. For 7

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2005 By

I was 21 when I found out I was pregnant. I was elated. For 7 months everything went smoothly. I had no signs of pre-eclempsia. Since this was my first pregnancy, I was ignorant to the symptoms of the condition until one day I read an article about it while I was in the waiting room of my OB-GYN. The only thing that related to me was swelling and, boy were my ankles huge. I talked to my doctor and he called it "gestational hypertension". He had me take off work and rest for the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy. My due date came and went. My feet were so swollen I couldn't wear shoes and had a hard time walking. Finally, when my blood pressure hit 190/98, and I was 2 weeks overdue, he... Read More

Hi I am currently pregnant with our second child. We had our first child eight

Posted On Wednesday, January 12, 2005 By Christine

Hi I am currently pregnant with our second child. We had our first child eight years ago. I was told on a visit to the hospital that I had mildly high blood pressure and a urine test was taken then to reveal high protein. I thought nothing of this as my doctor was not concerned and I was sent home . I was checked twice more and nothing was said, I also had swelling in my calves and feet and face area. Looking into and now reading about preeclampsia, I now beleive I had this condition. I had our baby at 35 weeks, went into hospital after shedding a lot of blood and then was seen by the doctor who again said nothing and tried to induce me. I then cant remember anything, I woke up... Read More

Delivered at 26weeks 5days gestation due to severe eclampsia.

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 By

Delivered at 26weeks 5days gestation due to severe eclampsia.

This was my second pregnancy. It turned out worse than the first. During my first

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 By

This was my second pregnancy. It turned out worse than the first. During my first pregnancy, I was diagnosed with preterm labor and preeclampsia. Like most others, I had no idea what preeclampsia was. I was put on bed rest and delivered our son at 34 weeks. He spent 2 weeks in the NICU for low birth weight but was otherwise fine. He is 6 1/2 now and just fine. This time around, I was considered high risk because of the bad prior pregnancy. In addition to my OB, I started seeing a group of perinatologists around 20 weeks. I had ultrasounds and non-stress tests every week, I monitored my blood pressure two times every day, and I had blood work done constantly. My BP was steadily... Read More

My name is Kelly, in January 2003 i found out i was 16 weeks pregnant,

Posted On Saturday, October 15, 2005 By Jamie

My name is Kelly, in January 2003 i found out i was 16 weeks pregnant, from then on i had problemafter problem. To start i have RH Negative blood, i found this out after i had had a major bleed, i lost so much blood my GP told me had miscarried, this is when i found out i was pregnant a week later. O then started to have really bad abdominal pain, but the Nurses and Doctors at my then hospital couldn't find the cause and discharged me from hospitak, this is when i would have been around 20 weks pregnant. Come June 10th 2003, i was rushed into hospital by my community midwife who had said i may have Pre-eclampsia. I was now just over 33 weeks pregnant. I had the heart monitors round my... Read More

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