Death a day away: 1st pregnancy

Posted On Saturday, January 28, 2012 By jackie

I am a survivor!!   I was pregnant in my 7th month and was told by an OB DR, "Welcome to pregnancy!" when i informed her about my swelling. My BP and urine samples were all normal that week. With in the next couple days I started getting abdominal pain, and thinking it was just from constipation, so I took some powder and waited for it to kick in for 3 days. The pain just got worse and started to affect my breathing. Finally, Christmas morning came around and my husband and I got up and ran to the only open CVS 30 min away and got some milk of magnesia. We got home and I took it, then immediately threw it up. I thought it just didn't mix with the juice I drank with it. I... Read More

Lyla Flynn

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By melissa

I  have two daughters, Mia is 4 1/2 and Lyla is almost 14 months.  I got sick during about my 5th month with Lyla.  Terrible nose bleeds, back pain, low weight gain, blurry vision....Constantly going to my doctors saying something was wrong but being ignored...at 31 weeks I went into my doctor for a check-up and was told they were checking me into the hospital....Lyla was showing like a 27 week old and I had a lot of protein in my urine.   That night they told me that they would give me something to help my body get ready to deliver the following morning....Cervidil was given to me and it caused me to start having contraction.  They took... Read More

Thank you Kangaroo Care

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By Jasmine

After several years of trying to get pregnant, my husband and I were finally going to be parents. I found out in January 2010 that I was expecting. It was the most amazing feeling ever. Other than sleeping through most of the first trimester, my pregnancy was perfect and I was glowing.It was the week after my baby shower in July 2010 when my body became very swollen. I immediately made an appointment with my obstetrician, who after routine tests, told me that I was suffering from preeclampsia. My blood pressure was too high and I had a significant amount of protein in my urine. My perfect pregnancy had shifted to a high risk one. However, I was told that it was manageable. I... Read More

The Story Of Keira Our Little Angel

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 By Nicky

It all started with another kidney infection... The second one in a month. It was the morning of Old Year’s Eve. I tried to phone my gynae’s rooms to see if they might possibly be in but, they were not there. But they had a voicemail on their phone and it said if there are any emergencies or problems to go to the labour ward at the hospital and they will be able to help you.Off we went to the Labour ward…told them what had happened and told them the previous evening I also had a few drops of pure clean blood after I went to the bathroom. They told me to give them a urine sample and told me to lie on the bed. They took my blood... Read More

The process of Motherhood

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 By jennifer

  Every woman’s road to being a mother is different, none is easy. Mine starts at a young age, when my greatest concern was the love of my boyfriend (bf then, soon-to-be my husband). The last thing I wanted to do was have children, I saw motherhood as a thankless job, and I really wasn’t interested at working at any job –especially a thankless one. But as fate would have it, in my first year of college when my worldview dictated that humanity was not only depraved & worthless but hopeless to boot - it was no longer just me I had to be consumed with worry about on this doomed planet, but a tiny infant too. ... Read More

Presley Ann's Birth Story

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 By Lauren

On Tues. Oct.19, I measured small for the second week in a row. With a history of pre-e that can be alarming. They sent me for an ultrasound that showed the baby at 5 pounds 5 ounces. At 37 weeks that put her in the 7th percentile. So we went to the hospital for an NST and lab work. I was sent home and told to return the next day for results. They ran another NST. My BP's were coming in slightly high but nothing alarming. They told me I was fine and sent me on my way. My next appointment was Tues Oct. 26 baby was still measuring 2-3 weeks behind. They decided to talk induction. They kept bringing up the fact that I had pre-e. I was extremely confused b/c the week before I was told I was... Read More

Baby Liz's Dramatic Entrance

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2012 By Lauren

  On Feb. 24 (my birthday) I stayed up all night getting things together because I knew in my heart that something was happening the next day. I finally made it to bed around 5:30 the next morning.On Feb. 25 I was awoken at 10:00 to my midwife telling me I only had a few hours to get things together I was being induced that day due to my high BP and high protein levels (over a 4000). I called my husband at work and he came home as soon as he could (well after he found his keys that the guy at work thought would be funny to hide). We arrived at the hospital and they hooked me up to half a dozen monitors and began round 1 of Cervadil. The first round of... Read More

Preeclampsia and HELLP changed our lives.

Posted On Friday, January 06, 2012 By Tanalee

Preeclampsia and HELLP changed our lives.

Reflections

Posted On Monday, January 02, 2012 By Karey

At the dawning of each new year since 1993, I find myself reflecting on that year and the circumstances leading up to it and the achievements since. I've written about it numerous times as I do now. I have so much to be grateful for and it all began somewhere around New Years Eve 1992. I was invited to a New Years Eve party that night and declined at the last minute as I wasn't feeling well and was just over 30 weeks pregnant. The first 3 months of 1993 are a blur. The facts (some are remembered, others have been told to me): As the morning of January 4th dawned, convinced I had the flu, I called in sick to work. (I worked for my Ob/Gyn, thank God, so he called to check on... Read More

God is so Great, So Strong there is nothing he can not do!

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2011 By Jesse

After trying for a year in total and having a miscarriage at 3 months along, my husband and I rejoiced to find we were again pregnant! At 15 weeks I had awfully painful cramping and rushed to my doctor, a ultrasound showed a low lying placenta, causing me pain. I soon quit my job as a cleaner and stayed at home mostly and trained horses on the side (without any more physical activity then walking, no lifting, riding etc.). This helped keep the cramping to a minimum and my 20 week ultrasound showed a lifted placenta and I had no more pain. Yeah God had healed this! I had a perfect pregnancy until around the 8th month or so. My legs begun to swell, and my blood pressure... Read More

All I want for Christmas is to prevent at least one family from suffering this unimaginable loss

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2011 By Lucy

Without you I feel so Empty, Cheated, Robbed, Broken. Without you even in my happy moments are ruined because I feel your absence, and hate myself for having to going on without you. I would have given my life to spare your Mommy and Daddy this pain.

Grandma Loves and Misses you so very much now and for the rest of my life..

If you are reading this PLEASE go to www.youtube.com search and view  444SJC  or The Story of Scottie Jordan Cartagena, and share with as many people as possible; if we're lucky perhaps we could prevent at least one family from suffering this unimaginable loss.

Liyah's Song

Posted On Thursday, December 15, 2011 By kimaiya

Where do I start, it's been almost 7 years and still seems like yesterday that this "song" was forever engraved in my mind and heart! I told myself that I would keep this to myself, it's much easier that way, or so I thought, but i've been inspired, oh yes inspired, and I'm gonna share my story, as sad as it may seem to some, it has a happy ending, a blessing that came my way on October 25th, 2004 and a miracle that appeared itself, or should I say herself on December 30th, 2009! You see, the saying "time heals all wounds" holds true, and sometimes it takes witnessing the struggle of another person and the way they overcome to inspire you, and yes i've been inspired!! So here it... Read More

I dont want an Angel I want my Grandson

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 By Lucy

This is my Story, I have lost my 1st Grandson (Scottie Jordan Cartagena) and my Faith and don't know how I could ever get it back nor do I know if I even want it back.April 2011; The 1st thing that came to my mind when I heard I was going to be Grandma for the 2nd time was, how could I love another as much as I love my Layla, and then when I saw my grandson's sonogram picture for the 1st time, I knew; it just happens. How could one heart hold so much love?October 5 2011; I planned my Grandson's funeral. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. The last time I came close to this kind of lost and pain was when I had to plan his grandfather's funeral which... Read More

Our little miracle

Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2011 By Melita

My fiancé and I were very surprised the day we found out we were pregnant, and scared of the prospect of becoming parents... but once the initial shock wore off, we were also very excited about how our lives together would change. I had the dream pregnancy.  I had mild morning sickness to 12 weeks which caused me to drop a few kilos before I began to gain and then my weight gain was very minimal and I was constantly being told how small I was looking which at the time I was very proud of but now I know it probably wasn’t a good thing.  I lived in the country and worked for a city company so I was constantly on the road travellng to and from the... Read More

my 50/50 chance

Posted On Thursday, November 17, 2011 By Elaine

I'm Elaine, 27, and I experienced pre-eclampsia during the birth of my son Bradley, who is now 6. I was overdue and was getting a stiff neck. The midwife came out and said that my blood pressure was very, very high so I got rushed in to the hospital and the next minute I was tied to a hospital bed with 5 drips and blood pressure machine and was told I had 50/50 chance of surviving the birth. I had an emergency c-section and my son was delivered safely, weighing 8 pound 11. He was a big boy. I was then told I was very lucky.

Remembering Gia

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 By Gina

My Baby Girls...

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 By Meredith

I am the mother of five—but I only get to kiss two of my children goodnight so far.  I have two boys, Thomas and Henry, and two daughters, Bridget and Elsie.  I also have another little boy on the way.  Thomas is six, plays t-ball, gymnastics and thinks Justin Beiber is cool.  Henry is three, adores his big brother, loves Mickey Mouse and is becoming such a little boy, no more toddler.  Bridget and Elsie died an hour after they were both born. They should be nearly four years old.It was my second pregnancy and we were shocked with spontaneous twins.  Once the surprise wore off, we adjusted to the idea and to the... Read More

my little LJ (Please Read)!!

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 By crystal

Me and my boyfriend tried to get pregnant for over a year, and when it finally happened we were so excited. I was so happy: all that was wrong was the normal things, nausea, vomiting, and eating. When I was 20 weeks along, we found out we were having a boy who we would name Larry Lewis Rich Jr. At 26 weeks, I found out that I had mild preeclampsia. I was scared, but the doctor said I shouldn't be worried because it was just mild and I would be ok. Well I was really sick and my feet were way too big to fit in any of my shoes. I started to get stretch marks on my legs because of how swollen they had gotten. So the doctor did a 24-hour urine; well no one got a hold of me, so I... Read More

My three year journey on trying to have a child

Posted On Monday, October 17, 2011 By Shawn

Hi, my name is Shawn and this is my three year journey on trying to have a child which so far involves miscarriage, fertility issues, severe preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, death and surrogacy.I keep telling myself there has to be a reason that I’ve gone through everything I have.  Am I supposed to learn a lesson or am I supposed to share my journey and struggles with others that have had similar situations.  I’m not sure that I’ll ever know, but I do know that for me this is what I need to do to keep the memory of my beautiful twins Ava and Noah alive.  I have to think I have not gone through all this... Read More

Pre-Eclampsia and Gestational diabetes in 3rd pregnancy.

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 By Amy

Many people develop pre-eclampsia in their 1st pregnancy, but that wasn't the case with me. Other than terrible nausea, I had very healthy pregnancies for my first two. Pregnancy #3 came along and I had gestational diabetes around 18 weeks. I followed a very strict diet and did not need insulin. At week 33, my blood pressure jumped. I took a 24-hour urine and the protein level was around 60. I took another 24-hour urine the next week, it was up to 300+ (now officially pre-eclampsia). At week 35, the protein jumped to 1600. I was swelling pretty badly, which is new for me - I did not swell even a little with my previous two. Early 36 weeks, because of the persistent headache and... Read More

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