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

I was about 27 weeks along with my first pregnancy when I started showing signs

Posted On Monday, June 27, 2005 By

I was about 27 weeks along with my first pregnancy when I started showing signs of preeclampsia. It started with a rapid weight gain of about 15 pounds in one week, due to the swelling. At the time, my doctors just told me that it was a normal part of pregnancy and not to worry. I knew my blood pressure had been elevated during a couple of appointments but it never occured to me that I could have preeclampsia. I found out later that there had been proteins in my urine as well. Three signs that I had preeclampsia. At 29 weeks I began to have migraine headaches but it still didn't occur to me that I could have preeclampsia. My childbirth educator recommended I see my OB/GYN for the... Read More

I have a cousin her name is Lina. She is 25 years old and got

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2005 By Kashish

I have a cousin her name is Lina. She is 25 years old and got married on the 30th of August 2004. She was following up with a doctor (M.S.) that none of us felt well about. I had just had a baby last Jan 2005 and advised her to come with me to my doctor (S.A.) instead of hers, but she refused. When ever she felt anything like headaches or stomach aches, she used to ask her husband to call the Dr. M.S., and he used to answer her husband back screaming:

I had taken my blood pressure at a local grocery store and it was 158/70,

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2005 By

I had taken my blood pressure at a local grocery store and it was 158/70, abnormal for me. I didn't feel well that day, Saturday, Easter weekend. On Monday I went to work as normal performing my physical therapy duties, although I didn't feel 100%. I had to talk to one of the physicians about a patient I was treating and while I was waiting had the nurse take my blood pressure, which was 180/102. I decided to have another nurse take it and it was 186/120. I came back to the clinic and called my doctors office and they called me back within a 1/2 hour. In the meantime my co-workers continued to monitor my symptoms until I heard from my doctors office. At this time I was totally unaware... Read More

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

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