when i was pregnant i was in good health from my 1st month to my

Posted On Wednesday, April 13, 2005 By

when i was pregnant i was in good health from my 1st month to my ninth month i was in good health blood pressure was normal. on August 26, at 8:28 am my baby was born in good health. few minutes later the nusres vhecked my blood pressure it was up. then they checked every five minutes. it went up i couldnt go home on my regular day, i was hospitalized for four days on the second day they ran tests. they found nothing.the checked my urine no protein in my urine. they knew it was definitely pre-eclampsia. they put me on high blood pressure pills and let me and my baby go home the fourth day.

I am telling my story of PIH. I live in Aurora. I have 2 gorgeous

Posted On Saturday, October 15, 2005 By

I am telling my story of PIH. I live in Aurora. I have 2 gorgeous boys. One 5 the other 4. It took me 7 years of trying, to conceive my first baby. Finally, when I was 28 we had completely given up and surprise I was pregnant. I had never felt better during that pregnancy. At my dr visit during my 7th month my doctor my blood pressure had risen and my uterus didn't grow as it should. She sent me to a perionatoligist who monitored me 2x wkly for the remainder of the pregnancy. At 34 weeks the baby was under distress and the decided to take him by emergency c-section at St Jos hospital. He was only 3lbs 4oz, but in every way perfect. He stayed in the NICU there for 10 days. ... Read More

I have been coming to the Preeclampsia Foundation for over 2 years now, and have

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 By

I have been coming to the Preeclampsia Foundation for over 2 years now, and have finally decided to write my story. My pregnancy began in July of 2002. My first doctor's appointment was on September 11th. I can still remember how excited I was to be sitting in an OB's waiting room full of expectant mothers. My first appointments were all wonderful. Blood pressure was great, no protein, no weight gain, no complaints. Then I went in on my 29 week appointment. I had mentioned to the doctor about my swelling, but he said it was no big deal. This appointment, though, I had gained 10 pounds in two weeks. My blood pressure was 140/88. They sent me home that day with a 24 hour urine. ... Read More

I knew I was a high risk pregnancy to begin with. I had suffered 2

Posted On Thursday, December 04, 2003 By

I knew I was a high risk pregnancy to begin with. I had suffered 2 miscarriages before, which were caused by a condition I have called, Antiphosphilipid Syndrome. Before I even became pregnant this time, I started taking heparin injections along with 81mg of baby aspirin a day. I thought as long as I did this everything would be fine. I knew the previous miscarriages were caused because, I was not on these medications before becoming pregnant the last 2 times. Everything seemed to be going fine. At about 18 weeks, they told me the baby's growth was a little off, which could possibly be caused by IUGR. They said they would watch that, and left it at that. At 21 weeks, I started to feel my... Read More

I am 34 years old and my husband and I had not planned to have

Posted On Friday, August 22, 2003 By

I am 34 years old and my husband and I had not planned to have children - but had always said "if it happens - that's ok too". I had been told since I was 22 that I would probably not be able to have children and that if I wanted to try would need fertility treatments. Here we were using birth control and found out we were pregnant! We were shocked but excited. I never knew I wanted to be someones mommy until I was going to be. I have a history of high blood pressure and was on atenalol. My OB referred me to a perinatologist at week 13 as she wasn't sure if she should keep the meds the same or change them. The "peri" FREAKED OUT and shook his papers and ran out of his office to... Read More

My name is Amy, I was 27 years old when I delivered my son Noah,

Posted On Friday, January 09, 2004 By Amy

My name is Amy, I was 27 years old when I delivered my son Noah, who is a heathly 4 years old now. I found out I had pre-eclampsia when I was 32 weeks pregnant, At that time I had no symptoms other than protein in my urine. My OB ordered me to have 2 non-stress test a week and see him once a week, so I was being monitored 3 times a week. Each office visit he would check my pressure and also test my reflexes, which as the time I had no idea why. I really had little swelling until 36 weeks, that's when all went down hill FAST. That week I was swollen, headaches, blurred vision and when my OB test my reflexes my leg went flying into the air!!!! Not to mention my blood pressure was thru the... Read More

I'am a young mother, I was 17 at the time of my sons birth. October

Posted On Friday, January 23, 2004 By

I'am a young mother, I was 17 at the time of my sons birth. October 18th I felt what I believed to be contractions. So at 4 am I got up and monitored how far apart my contractions were, they were about 20-30 minutes. I stayed at home until about noon. and decided to go into the hospital. The hospital finally admited me at 5 pm. At this pointe I believed I could have a normal child birth but later that night the pain worsened and I was given a epideral and the hospital enduced me. The doctor came into the room and enformed me we would need to have a c-section because my labor was not progressing. I had a healthy baby boy, 5 pounds. Later that evening my blood pressure kept kising and I... Read More

Like many of the other people who have stories on this page, I never thought

Posted On Thursday, January 08, 2004 By

Like many of the other people who have stories on this page, I never thought that I could have an unhealthy preganancy. I was totally unprepared for what happened. I felt exhausted all through my first tri-mester, felt naseous, but never vomited, and lost 6 pounds. My OB and I had agreed that since I started out at a higher than ideal weight, it was ok for me to gain only 15 lbs altogether during the pregnancy, and we were on target! In my second tri-mester I started vomiting every day, and my feet started to swell, but my OB was not alarmed, she simply kept on top of it. My blood pressure was a perfect 110/60 for my entire pregnancy, and the only issue was possible low birth weight. Around... Read More

In late November of 1999 I impatiently hovered over an EPT stick which ultimately announced,

Posted On Wednesday, January 12, 2005 By Ilona

In late November of 1999 I impatiently hovered over an EPT stick which ultimately announced, to my surprise, that I was going to be a mother. Estatic, I ran to my husband, who was still asleep in bed and shared the good news. The first 5 months of pregnancy went by rather uneventful and normal. At my 22 week check-up I went into the lab for an ultrasound. I found out that we were right on schedule and that I was having a son! After the highs of seeing my little guy on the ultrasound screne I was scheduled for the normal monthly checkup, however it turned out to be the start of something I pray I never experience again. I was weighed and I had gained 8 pounds in one month (Up to... Read More

My story begins in a way 29 years ago when I was born. My mother

Posted On Tuesday, November 18, 2003 By

My story begins (in a way) 29 years ago when I was born. My mother suffered from Toxemia and deliered me via C-section at 24 weeks, weighing 1 lb 6 ounces. I was in the NICU for 3 months and had no problems as a result. Thanks to bad genes, I repeated my mother's fate. I found out I was pregnant with my first baby April 1, 1999 way out in the deserts CA. I had high blood pressure problems from the start, and I knew exactly what was happening. My husband was in the military at the time, so we had to rely on military hospitals...what a joke. I told my Dr. about my mother's history and she completely disregarded it. Nonetheless, at 23 weeks she finally diagnosed me as having... Read More

It's taken me about 2 years to really feel like I could share my story.

Posted On Wednesday, October 15, 2003 By

It's taken me about 2 years to really feel like I could share my story. I am thankful for the preeclampsia foundation for helping to understand what happened to me and to help me know that I am not alone. My story is unusual in a way. I had a wonderful pregnancy&no sickness, no signs of preeclampsia. Well, I had a lot of swelling but I was pregnant in NC in the heat and humidity of the summer and thought that was probably normal. My due date was 9/19/01. On Thursday, 9/13/01, I was getting ready for work and told my husband I didnt feel good. He is a firefighter/EMT and looked at the swelling in my face and immediately took my blood pressure. It was 160/100 and a few minutes... Read More

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