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

My name is Ashley I am 23 and I live in Florida. Around my 24

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 By

My name is Ashley I am 23 and I live in Florida. Around my 24 week in pregancy I was sent to meteranl fetal medicene due to a ultrasound that showed a thick skin on my babys neck, which the doctors said could be a sign of down syndrome. I was devistated, but this attention to my pregancy proved to save my baby and me.The maternal fetal medicene Dr. had told me to stop working and do very little else, due to my blood pressure but I was not on complete bed rest. That weekend I checked my blood pressure at a store it was very high. I went to the hospital and was monitered and sent home becasue it was going down with rest. I was going to my regular Dr. one day a couple days later around my 28... Read More

At 22 I was married and looking forward to the birth of my first child.

Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2005 By

At 22 I was married and looking forward to the birth of my first child. On the day of my sons birth my mother and I made several trips to the hospital. On the last trip to the hospital I was in so much pain, that I could not sit down in the seat of the car. All I can remember about the day is that I was in so much pain. When we arrived at the hospital instead of going back through the ER, my mother seeing that I was in alot of pain, took me straight upstairs and straight through the deliverly room doors. She explained to the doctor on call that the pain I was experiencing were the same symptoms that she had suffered from when she lost her baby. He examined me instantly and found that... Read More

I was pregnant with my first child at age 38 following a miscarriage 2 years

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2004 By Sarah

I was pregnant with my first child at age 38 following a miscarriage 2 years prior. The only symptoms I experienced were headaches and swelling in my hands and feet which I thought were normal for any pregnancy. I went to my normal doctor's appointment and found that my blood pressure was very elevated. I was only 29 weeks along. I was not only seeing my regular Dr. but I was regularly seeing a neonatologist for frequent ultrasounds to check on the babie's progress since I was considered to be a "highrisk pregnancy" I was immediately admitted to the hospital. Within 24 hours I was diagnosed with preeclampsia. Within 48 hours my weight had ballooned up by 8 pounds and my kidneys had... Read More

MY STORY, My husband and I lost our son in march of 2003 due to

Posted On Thursday, August 21, 2003 By Cynthia

MY STORY, My husband and I lost our son in march of 2003 due to severe preeclampsia,He was our only child Our son Brendan Jay was born 2/4/2003 he lived for 26 days he was taken by emergency c/section at just 24 weeks gestation.We all thought he was going to make it he was doing well to be so premature then he got premature septic shock from 2 infections he got.The sepis began shutting down all his vital organs, He began to code no matter what the doctors would do nothing was working so my husband and I had to make the decision to stop life support,At 7pm on 3/2/2003 our son died in our arms. That is a day that will forever be... Read More

My pregnancy was great. Very little sickness and no complications, until......33 weeks. I went to

Posted On Sunday, July 13, 2003 By

My pregnancy was great. Very little sickness and no complications, until......33 weeks. I went to my doctor for a checkup due to excessive swelling, weight gain, and overall feeling of something wrong, which began in my 32nd week. After taking my BP and urine, I was sent home on bedrest and ordered to complete a 24 hour urine test. I went back 2 days later for the results. The doctor told me that protein was in my urine and I needed to go directly to the hospital. I didnt know what to do. I wasnt prepared for this news. I had NO travel bag, nothing for the baby..and they expected my BP to go down?! I was admitted for a few days, I was put on Magnesium Sulfate and everything is a blur... Read More

I suffered from pre-eclampsia 8 days postpartum. I did not know what was going on.

Posted On Saturday, April 09, 2005 By Jaclyn

I suffered from pre-eclampsia 8 days postpartum. I did not know what was going on. I had just had a c-section and my daughter was in the icu. I was on my way to the hospital to see my daughter, and stopped by my doctor to have my incision checked due to discharge, and as a routine they check your BP, well it was very high and elevating by the minute. I was sent to the L&D floor and was immed. put on magnesium for 24 hours. This was the most horrible day of my life my newborn was in the icu, they were taping pillows and blankets around the bed (in case seizure occured). I am glad that i am here to be able to tell my story so maybe it can help someone. Please if you have any symptoms... Read More

Hello, My name is Jennifer and I would like to share Jacob's story with you.

Posted On Tuesday, May 11, 2004 By

Hello, My name is Jennifer and I would like to share Jacob's story with you. After two years of trying to get pregnant, on October 11, 2001 my husband and I found out that we were expecting. We were overjoyed! My due date was June 11, 2002. My pregnancy was normal until my 32 week. I noticed, after participating in a friends wedding, that my feet were very swollen. A week later at my doctors appointment my blood pressure was slightly elevated (141/90). The nurse had me lay on my left side and they took again. I came down slightly, but not to my normal 120/80. They wanted to see me again in a couple of days. For the next couple of weeks by pressure remained slightly elevated. ... Read More

I was 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant when I went to one of my

Posted On Wednesday, July 16, 2003 By che

I was 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant when I went to one of my doctor's appointments. I had felt really bad the weekend prior to this Monday appointment. I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong, but I didn't think my health or my baby's health was in any danger. I felt like I weighed a million pounds and I had no energy. I just chalked it up to what I thought was what the last trimester would feel like. (this was my first pregnancy). At the doctor's office, to my surprise, I had gained 12 pounds in two weeks and my blood pressure was high ( I don't remember exact, but it was 150 something over the bottom number I don't remember), Irregardless, I hadn't had any high blood pressure... Read More

I started developing preeclamsia at the beginning of my 3rd trimester during my first pregnancy

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2003 By Jennifer

I started developing preeclamsia at the beginning of my 3rd trimester during my first pregnancy with my son. The doctor came in at the beginning of the 3rd tri and told me that I had had a small amount of protein in my urine and my blood pressure was elevated but not high. He said that it was not a lot but we would see what the next sample showed. I did not have any more protein show up nor did I have elevated blood pressure until my last appointment before having my son. This last appointment was two days after his due date. The doctor came in and told me that my blood pressure was high and that I had more protein then I had three months earlier in my urine. He said that I... Read More

Our second pregnancy began with great joy, hope, and not a small amount of trepidation.

Posted On Sunday, January 11, 2004 By

Our second pregnancy began with great joy, hope, and not a small amount of trepidation. After Nicolas's birth at 28 weeks due to seizures resulting from undiagnosed preeclampsia, we were fearful that another micropreemie was in our future. I saw my OB just a couple of weeks into my pregnancy, and he outlined our "game plan." Beginning at 24 weeks, he would be seeing me weekly in his office, and he warned me that bedrest was a probability, so to prepare myself emotionally and financially for it. He seemed to think that hospital bedrest would be a likely scenario, as well. Well, 24 weeks came and went with no indication of heightened blood pressure, as did 28! The only issues to date... Read More

I was overjoyed to find out I was pregnant Feb. 16, 2005. My pregnancy was

Posted On Thursday, January 05, 2006 By Chandra

I was overjoyed to find out I was pregnant Feb. 16, 2005. My pregnancy was difficult from the beginning with low progesterone levels and taking fertility drugs to get pregnant. After the 5th month, 20 weeks, I didn

OCTOBER,3,2003-OCTOBER,9,2003 ADRIAN VILLA FARRELL My name is candra im now 17 I didnt find out

Posted On Thursday, April 08, 2004 By Lorri

OCTOBER,3,2003-OCTOBER,9,2003 ADRIAN VILLA FARRELL My name is candra im now 17 I didnt find out i was pregnant with adrian until i was four mounts i was 16 i told my boyfriend..He was so happy.he told his whole family and all his friends and we started planning At seven months. I stoped prenatel due to insurence. I was looking for a clinic my mom had a nurse visit me good thing she did i had toxcimia(high blood pressure) It was my first pregnacy so my body was rejecting it.On October 3 2003 My son adrian was born at 1lb 14oz I had an emergecy c-section i stayed in the hospital a couple nights i was on i lot of meds i couldnt wait to meet my son my mom brag a picture of him... Read More

I was pregnant with my first child. I started having problems with swelling and kidney/bladder

Posted On Friday, January 02, 2004 By

I was pregnant with my first child. I started having problems with swelling and kidney/bladder infections quite early on. I was due on Valentine's Day of 2002. Right after Thanksgiving, I went for my checkup and my blood pressure was way higher than last time so I had to go for a checkup each week. On January 9, one of my feet got so swollen it was like butter. You could mash it and make an indention. I called the hospital and the doctor told me that if I felt the baby move 10 times or more in an hour then to come first thing the next morning. I headed off to the doctor the next morning, not expecting to be put in the hospital. The nurse took my blood pressure and it was... Read More

My pregnancy had thus far been easy. I had none of the usual unpleasant symptoms

Posted On Sunday, January 11, 2004 By

My pregnancy had thus far been easy. I had none of the usual unpleasant symptoms of being pregnant. At 20 weeks, we found out we were having a boy!! We were so excited!! Then the whole world seemed to cave in. At 24 weeks, I was tested for gestational diabetes. My results were borderline positive. I was placed on a STRICT diet and had to check my blood sugar at least 3 times a day. At 28 weeks, my blood pressure started to rise. I was told to limit my activities and come in to have myself checked 2 times a week. By 30 weeks,I had already been in the hospital for monitering and blood work once, and then I was placed on complete bed rest. I was still going into the doctor's office... Read More

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