The Devastation (and Hope) of Preeclampsia: One Mother's Story

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2011 By Eleni

Written April 2002: On March 23, 1998, the EMTs from the ambulance wheeled me into one of the labor & delivery rooms and were preparing to transfer me to the bed when the waiting perinatalogist on call snapped at them to leave me alone: "We don't have time for that!" The ultrasound machine was waiting and the doctor checked my pregnant belly, and then looked at my husband and me, "I'm sorry," he said. "It's too late." In confusion, desperation and amidst the spreading fog of semi-consciousness, I begged him, "Can't you do an emergency c-section and save the baby? Can't you do something? There must be some mistake!"... Read More

I didn't LOOK like I had pre-eclampsia...

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2011 By adelphean

My second pregnancy was uncomfortable from the start, but by 16 weeks my OB had me monitoring my blood pressure and going to an internist for medication.  Both she and the internist I saw for blood pressure medication told me that I had chronic high blood pressure that had only been detected because of the pregnancy and additional monitoring.  However, I had never had high blood pressure at all prior to the pregnancy. I also had not had the intense and days-long headaches I was experiencing.  They were written off as hormones or maybe the blood pressure and I was told that they would lessen once my body got used to the Aldomet I had been... Read More

Hellp Syndrome

Posted On Wednesday, June 08, 2011 By megan

 I lost my baby Gabriel on April 9th, 2011. I went to the hospital vomiting and with pain in my upper right abdomen, and my doctor told me it was trapped gas and sent me home.  Three days later I was in so much pain I went back to the hospital, and my liver was failing, my platelet count was down to 7,000.  I ended up being transferred to another hospital and they had to deliver my precious angel.  I was only 22 weeks.  My baby boy only weighed 7 oz. and 9 inches long.  This is by far the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I really don't know how to cope.  The hardest part was telling my eight-year-old twins that their baby... Read More

The Story of Baby Josephine

Posted On Wednesday, June 08, 2011 By Shell

This morning, I was walking my children down the driveway for their very last day of the school year. My son went to the mailbox and handed me a stack of envelopes. On the very top was the newsletter for the Preeclampsia foundation. I had wondered at first if it were only a coinincidence, perhaps this newsletter was sent to all women, or perhaps I was meant to receive it today. Because only moments before my son handed me the mail, I looked at my little girl, proud, that today would be her last day of Kindergarten, and I looked up to the sky with a grateful smile, because I remember the very day I almost lost her. On October 22, 2005, I was rushed to the hospital in the back of... Read More

A Dad's Perspective...

Posted On Monday, June 06, 2011 By Todd

I generally like telling horror stories, but this one is hard to tell.  I always end up trying to reassure people that what happened at the end of my wife's second pregnancy is very rare, but then I have to admit that I have met many women who suffered from preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.  So it's not so uncommon.  And worse, it seems inexplicable. My wife was seven months pregnant with our second child and it was the week after we had thrown her a baby shower and a few days after another favorable doctor's visit.  She told me she felt like she was catching a cold or something, and she went to bed saying she was ready for this pregnancy to hurry... Read More

Noah Ryan, 26 week preemie

Posted On Monday, May 30, 2011 By lauren

My boyfriend Ryan and I were already going though a hard time, with him losing his job and then trying to find a new place to live, when I found out I got pregnant on birth control. But none the less we started preparing for this new bundle that was coming.. At 5'6 and 115 pounds, my weight slowly increased, and by the time I was 5 months, I had only gained about 8 pounds. Nobody knew I was pregnant, and I didn't feel pregnant either. No morning sickness, tiredness or any problems, so I planned... Read More

Me and Preeclampsia

Posted On Saturday, May 28, 2011 By Lisa

  Please feel free to share this link with every pregnant women you know, every women who is trying to get pregnant so they know to tell their... Read More

A happy ending!

Posted On Thursday, May 26, 2011 By erica

Well I'm one of the lucky ones.  I was able to hold my 1 pound baby, with the life saving cords, and breathing machines attached to him.  I was able to watch him grow and breath in life and turn out to be an amazing 8 year old boy with no medical problems... I was one of the lucky ones!!  On May 25, 2003, we didn't feel very lucky.  After spending 3 days in the hospital with severe preeclampsia, pain began to creep up my back and I began to throw up.  Little did we know that after several hours of these symptoms, I would be screaming "take the baby!"  The pain became so unbearable and I couldn't breathe, I just needed relief.  With... Read More

Looking for help, please.

Posted On Wednesday, May 25, 2011 By Kyisha

This is my fourth baby, so you would think I have this down by now. I have been having some odd symptoms that I am not sure what is the cause. Someone recommended that I look up pre-eclampsia. What has been happening: A month ago (24 weeks pregnant) I was having cramping and pain in my belly. When I went to be checked out the doctor said I had white blood cells and protein in my urine and that I should take antibiotics because I had a UTI. Turns out that the test for an infection came back negative. Fast-forward to a month later (29 weeks and 4 days pregnant) I began having the same pains only worse. So I went to be checked again. The doctor seemed extremely rushed and... Read More

Trust your instinct

Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 By S.

It's been a little over 6 months since I had an emergency c-section to deliver my baby and halt my eclamptic seizures. I learnt I was pregnant back in April of 2010, when I was 32. My husband and I had pretty much decided we did not want to have a child, so the news was unexpected, but nevertheless welcome. My pregnancy started off with nausea, some actual vomiting, and a lot of gagging. Alas, it never went away. I was nauseated pretty much 24/7 and for all 34 weeks of my pregnancy. During the first trimester I was miserable enough that my work suffered and I got a prescription for it although I never did take the medication. I had one decent month during my second trimester when the... Read More

Preeclampsia: A True Story

Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2011 By sasha

Preeclampsia: A True Story by Sasha Frasier on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:19pm In honor of May being Preeclampsia Awareness month, I would like to share my story, Sierra's story. I encourage any other women who have experienced this often overlooked and underdiagnosed... Read More

Cooper's Story

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 By Kristy

May 20, 2011 would have our Cooper’s First Birthday.   My pregnancy with his older brother Davis could not have been more perfect.  No swelling at all, my BP actually decreased 10 points during pregnancy, went two days past my due date before I was induced because Davis was on the large side.   So naturally I was expecting the same with Cooper’s pregnancy two years later.   From the beginning, Cooper’s pregnancy was harder for me.   On April 30, I had a monthly checkup.  One ankle had just swollen up which I thought was odd and I even talked with the doctor... Read More

My Little Angel

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2011 By Nadene

My husband and I have been together for about 9 years.  We started dating when he was 18 and I was 19.  I was always skeptical about young couples since we both were at an age that we would be doing a lot of growing and changing so we never even mentioned marriage until we were together for several years.  We finally got married 09/11/10, after being together for over 8 years.  After we got married, since I was turning 28 just a few short months after the wedding, we agreed we would stop using all forms of contraceptives.  We both really wanted children very badly.  On 01/06/11 I got a positive test, and a blood test from the doctor showed... Read More

This is my story.

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2011 By Beth

My husband, Steve, and I had dreamt of a large family for many years before we decided we were ready for our first child. Things were rocky from the beginning with fears of infertility due to endometriosis. Despite these concerns, I became pregnant very quickly, though trouble continued to come our way. 2 days after learning I was pregnant, I started having signs of a miscarriage. I was taken in for an ultrasound and told that the baby that should have been visible by now was not there, in other words, there was an empty gestational sac. I was supposed to be 7 weeks pregnant at this time and the OB assured me that "something" should have been seen. He sent me home and told me to come... Read More

wish me luck on my 2nd pregnant

Posted On Saturday, May 14, 2011 By siti

Hi, my name is Siti Sumarti from Jakarta, I got preeclampsia on my 1st child. Lucky me, I can birthing with normal on 41 weeks, I hv high protein on my  urine (+2), and high blood presure 160/100. I almost give up and asked doctor to surgery but he told me to calm down. and I got induction and bed rest for 3 days before deliver. so traumatic for me...and now im pregnant 18 weeks (my 1st child now 8 years old). Honestly im a bit scared that I will have preeclampsia again..but I hope it won't happen again. Wish me luck... and bless all women in the world (sorry if my english was not really good).

My Miracle

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2011 By Glenda Kump

I would like to share my story with everyone!! I got married young and had 3 wonderful children.  The pregnancies and birth were great with no complications.  I got divorced after my 3rd child was born.  10 years later, I met and married a wonderful man.  We decided that we wanted to have a baby of our own and we were successful and got pregnant immediately.  I went to all my appointments and procedures and everything was looking great.  We found out that we were going to have a girl!!!  At 32 weeks, my blood pressure was high so I went to the ER and they admitted me, thinking that it could be my gall bladder.  My blood... Read More

Randall's Birth Story

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2011 By Patty

 Randall’s Birth My story begins with a hospital stay of 33 days beginning at 27 weeks gestation before my 5th and final baby’s birth. I once again was put on bed rest for preeclampsia, a dangerous disorder of pregnancy that includes a rise in blood pressure, protein in the urine and usually swelling, visual disturbances and headaches. It can be very serious with a risk of maternal stroke or seizure and growth retardation or placental abruption for the unborn baby. I was very upset the day my midwife told me to go to labor and delivery to be checked out for PE once again. I had spent 3 weeks on hospital bed rest and delivered my... Read More

What If...

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2011 By Gayla

My husband and I had been trying to conceive for a year and a half with no luck, so we began fertility treatments and became pregnant with triplets via IUI.  I  had a perfect pregnancy (considering it was times three) up until 30 weeks.  I began to swell a lot and the doctors ordered ultrasounds on my legs to check for blood clots.  My blood pressure was not yet high at that point so they didn't take it too seriously.  At 32 weeks and 3 days I began to cramp horribly and told my husband that I had to go to the hospital.  As soon as I arrived they inserted a catheter and began monitoring my urine and blood pressure.  I was admitted... Read More

Fifteen years ago...

Posted On Tuesday, May 03, 2011 By Jenny

I think my story is a little out of date, after looking at some other women's stories here, but I hope it will help! I was 23 when I had my son, my only child, and had a difficult pregnancy symptomatically, although without any true complications - severe vomiting and nausea in the first trimester, migraines in the second (I had them prior to pregnancy as well but they worsened for a time in mid-pregnancy, the worst I'd ever had), and then various small issues toward the end.  I dilated to 2 cm very suddenly 3 weeks before the due date and then stopped, having nothing but severe, unproductive, Braxton-Hicks contractions for the next 5 weeks.  Finally, a few days... Read More

24 weeks: Severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2011 By Jeanette

When my husband and I decided to get pregnant it happened in no time at all; I am 34 years old and no one in my family had ever suffered preeclampsia. During my pregnancy I experienced no nausea at all and other than feeling sleepy, the first trimester I actually felt very well. I had attended my doctor checkups every month and everything looked normal. Andy was developing normally and we were thrilled about having a baby boy. Mid-February 2011 I went to my medical checkup and everything was just right; my blood pressure was 100/60 as I always had it and I was 22 weeks pregnant. The following two weeks I started feeling tired again and I had experienced a bit of headaches. I... Read More

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