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

Hello my name is Christina and at the time of my pregnancy March 2004 I

Posted On Friday, March 11, 2005 By Sylvia

Hello my name is Christina and at the time of my pregnancy March 2004 I was 31yrs old. As soon as I missed my first period we took a home test. When it was positive we immediately made an appointment with my OBGYN they confirmed I was 7 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I did the little survey on Family medical history. Im normally very healthy and my only on going medical issues have been terrible allergies. So when they found out that my sister and several other family members had diabetes they checked me for it. I didnt have it then but said they would re check me again at 28 weeks. I never developed it. The begging of my pregnancy started out normal. I only had very little... Read More

Karen's story for Preeclampsia Foundation My wife Karen Sclafani, an incredibly vibrant, healthy woman, died

Posted On Tuesday, February 08, 2005 By

Karen's story for Preeclampsia Foundation My wife Karen Sclafani, an incredibly vibrant, healthy woman, died from hemorrhaging shortly after the Feb. 5, 2004 birth of our first baby, a healthy 5 pound, 15 ounce, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Montana. Karen was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia Feb. 4, four days before our due date. This condition, along with placenta acreta, was the main factor that triggered a cascade of post-delivery complications that culminated in sudden and catastrophic bleeding from her uterus immediately after surgery to remove the placenta. She was 37. Karen's grandmother, an Italian immigrant living in the Bronx, died in 1932 in the same... Read More

My first pregnancy started out wonderful. I was 24 years old and felt great. Around

Posted On Tuesday, April 05, 2005 By

My first pregnancy started out wonderful. I was 24 years old and felt great. Around 29 weeks I started feeling kind of strange--nothing specific, just not quite right. I called my doctor's office and went in to be checked. My doctor was out of town and his partner didn't find it necessary to see me. The nurse weighed me and checked my blood pressure. It was slightly elevated, but she attributed this to my not feeling well. I was sent home with instructions to take it easy for the rest of the week at home. I already had a regular appointment scheduled for the next week. The next few days were spent waiting and wondering what was really going on--I continued calling my ob's office... Read More

Today I looked up preeclampsia because I was reading something on the news about it

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 By Amanda

Today I looked up preeclampsia because I was reading something on the news about it being past to your children. This is how I found your website. I didn

I have been pregnant five times and happily pregnant again. The baby is due June

Posted On Thursday, January 05, 2006 By

I have been pregnant five times and happily pregnant again. The baby is due June 1, 2006. The first pregnancy I voluntary aborted. The second pregnancy my husband and I have a beautiful nine year old boy, Gabriel. The third pregnancy we have a beautiful five year old boy, Michael. The fourth pregnancy we lost a beautiful girl, Laura Gene. The fifth pregnancy we have a beautiful one year old girl, Isabella. With the second pregnancy, everything went very well, hence the procceding pregnancies. Gabriel was full term, all natural birth. He was a whopping nine pounds two ounces! With Michael I developed gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, around the fourth or... Read More

I am so happy to have found a website to share my story. My husband

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 By

I am so happy to have found a website to share my story. My husband and I have been married for 6 years. I delivered a healthy baby girl at 39 weeks in August 2002, Emily Grace. Moving on to my second pregnancy-----things were progressing nicely until about 33 weeks gestation. My husband who is in the army was deployed to Iraq in January 2005. Our second daughter's due date was March 22, 2005. I started not feeling well and went to my OB appt. My blood pressure was elevated to 150/90.....which was high for me since my BP always ranged 100/60. I told my doctor my concerns that I was developing preeclampsia. (I am a RN and knew a little about the signs and symptoms) He didn't... Read More

I am 42 years old and have a 18 year old, 15 year old and

Posted On Wednesday, November 16, 2005 By

I am 42 years old and have a 18 year old, 15 year old and a 6 month old. It never occurred to me that I could be pregnant at my age. My oldest was getting ready to graduate from High School and this just could not be. I thought that I was beginning Menopause. There was no morning sickness, I had not really gained very much wait, and as it was my periods had become less & less. Well needless to say it was not Menopause. I began having some swelling in my hands, feet and face. I had never had high BP but thought I would check it just to see what it was. Well it was extremely high, probably in the range of 190/120 give or take. This went on for a couple of weeks. After doing some... Read More

I was admitted to hospital last thursday with severe acute pre-eclampsia. It began after a

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 By Erin

I was admitted to hospital last thursday with severe acute pre-eclampsia. It began after a week or two of just not feeling right. I was swollen and tired and irritable, and I had vomited a couple of times and I had been seeing stars. I also had not felt much foetal movement for about two weeks. Even though I was convincing myself that everything was fine, something told me that it wasn't. At my last pre-natal check, the baby had measured slightly small for his gestation. He was still within normal range, but I had noticed that his activity had become less obvious. I was not feeling 'kicks' anymore, just gentler movements and I was silently worrying that all was not right. I kept prodding my... Read More

First of all, I have to say that I first heard about pre-e on, of

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2004 By Chrissie

First of all, I have to say that I first heard about pre-e on, of all things, the television show "ER" about 10 years ago. I remember thinking as I was watching the episode how horrible this disease was, and from that moment on, whenever I thought about having a baby, pre-e was always in the back of my mind. So, the short form is, I developed it at about 26 weeks. I remember that I went to work one day, and my fingers on my right hand were all numb. I had been swelling a lot - but it was hot outside (June) and my mother was telling me that swelling was normal. Just to be safe, I called my OB, and they made me come in for a BP check. I don't recall the reading, but it was high, and my... Read More

Hello, my name is Nicole, i had our baby on January 3, 2004. Alexis Nicole.

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 By

Hello, my name is Nicole, i had our baby on January 3, 2004. Alexis Nicole. Well, i'll start from the beginning i found out that i was pregnant in June of 2003, and I was sick starting from the end of june til about sept. It was terrible, I was working too, so that made it worse. Other than that my pregnancy was normal, my husband is in the USMC and we were stationed in Missouri, so we got orders in DEc to move to NC.. and So we were going to go home to ALAbama to visit for Christmas, so my mom bought me a plane ticket to visit before i knew we were moving, so my husband stayed behind to clean the house, I went to my last doc appt on Dec 16, he told me everything looks good, it was okay to... Read More

Hello, I am the mother of 4 children. My last baby was certainly the hardest

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 By

Hello, I am the mother of 4 children. My last baby was certainly the hardest on my body and his. My mother had died May 17,1997 and on June 17th we found out a baby was on its way. A bit of a surprise but never the less loved. I craved CHEESE and I could not get enough of it. In my last 2 months of pregnancy. I had gained 41lbs and with all my other babies only 25lbs, I felt swollen and I had this DULL headache that would not go away. My husband said I started to not make sense. We had figured the stress of loosing my mom and my dad was dying and did die 3 weeks before my baby was born. The routine check ups kept saying my blood pressure was up and I was showing protein in my... Read More

I'm 23 years old, and I'm living with the effects of preeclampsia everyday. On July

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2005 By Brandy

I'm 23 years old, and I'm living with the effects of preeclampsia everyday. On July 15, 2005, I went to the hospital with blood pressure of 210/140. My kidneys and liver had shut down. I was told that I had preeclampsia and I was sent to a medical university that specialize in emergency deliveries with a level 3 baby unit. I didn't have a clue what was going on. I was scared for my baby and all I could think about was that we were going to die. I had been to the doctor one week before because of swelling that was so bad I couldn't find shoes to wear. I was sent home with the understanding that everything was fine and that it was normal to have swelling at 30 weeks. I was 283 lbs when I... Read More

My Daughter developed pre-eclampsia at 38 weeks. Sudden onset, BP was 196/110 at Dr's appt.

Posted On Friday, February 04, 2005 By

My Daughter developed pre-eclampsia at 38 weeks. Sudden onset, BP was 196/110 at Dr's appt. Baby was delivered that day. He aspirated on amniotic fluid and required 10 day stay in NICU. My daughters recovery seemed slower than usual with constant headaches. 4 weeks later she was rushed to emergency room in severe pain in right side and fever of 104. I will try to condense what happened next. After every test you could think of, they found that she had a severe kidney infection.She was not responding to antibiotics. Her BP was now 70/40. It would then shoot back up to the 190's/110's then drop again. As a result of some of the blood work it was found that her Adrenal Gland was not working... Read More

My first pregnancy at 20yrs. I felt fine. Ante-natel GP check was fine but 2

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 By Rebecca

My first pregnancy at 20yrs. I felt fine. Ante-natel GP check was fine but 2 weeks later a routine check at hospital detected pre-eclampsia. I was 27 weeks. I was admitted to hospital and put on 24hrs monitoring in the hope to prelong my pregnancy. Next morning my face was huge.They were taking my blood pressure every 5min, no visitors or allowed out of bed. Nothing was working and then I started to get confused,flashing lights infront of my eyes and the baby was distressed. Time to be born. Molly Alice was born 7.22pm weighing 1lb 6oz, 29th April 1992.She lived for 23days,at first doing well, breathed for herself. Then infection set in and she was gone. The ventilator was taken... Read More

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