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

Re: GUILT...has anyone else experienced this?

Posted On Sunday, October 09, 2011 By Lisa

My husband took me back to UCLA (where I was in intensive care for weeks) and walking the halls was odd. The nursing staff would first see my husband and smile and then their gaze would land on me and they would stand stock still, stare with a shocked expression.  It was as if I were Lazarus come back from the grave and they could not believe their eyes. It made me feel so strange.  For weeks afterwards I told my husband, "I feel like they are family that I left behind and I need to bring them out."  He said, "No honey, it's their job to be there. They want to be there."  But I had a hard time believing him (with my emotions.  I understood... Read More

"One and Done"... Not Always a Survivor's Mantra

Posted On Thursday, October 06, 2011 By Janel

After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be honest, preeclampsia tends to put a damper on a mother's hopes for carrying other children!   The health risks mean that many of us in the preeclampsia community state "one and done" with certainty that it is the correct choice for our own health and... Read More

nearly died of HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Saturday, September 24, 2011 By Lisa

I lost three naturally conceived pregnancies and did many failed fertility attempts before deciding to move on to DE IVF (at the advice of several REs).  However, at the advice of a therapist whose help I sought to deal with the grief I also had immunological and clotting tests run and I came up positive for APA with elevated NK count.  My RE said I should move on to DE and if I got pregnant I should take low dose prednizone during the first trimester and inject lovenox, a blood thinner, for the duration of the pregnancy.  I did both with my pregnancy, achieved with the help of an egg donor (first two possible donor cycles cancelled due to problems with the... Read More

Here we go again!

Posted On Thursday, September 01, 2011 By Amy

I had our son when I was at 35 weeks.  I had a sudden onset of preeclampsia.  He was born by emergency c-section and spent 3 weeks in the NICU.  Besides being small and having some respiratory distress he was very healthy and has and is a very active child.  We just found out we're pregnant with our 2nd child!

Elliot Kyle

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2011 By Ellery

God saved me as 19 years of age. I am sharing this testimony with you first, because if it hadn't been for God's divine intervention in my life, I wouldn't have made it through this traumatic event. I was raised in being told about God from my mom and grandparents, but I come from a very broken household. My parents divorced when I was 12. My dad was an alcholic and was imprisioned for DUI manslaughter for 10 years. Every day I woke up wondering what was the purpose for my life, why was I created? I struggled with feelings of depression and lonliness and tried to supress it with drugs, sex and friends. An addiction to cocanie eventually lead to a nealy fatal over-dose. After that, I... Read More

The Most Traumatic Event in My Life

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2011 By Kristina

My husband and I had tried for almost 3 years to get pregnant.  I had given up all hope when one day in January of 2006 my period was late and I decided to take a pregnancy test.  The first one I took didn't look like it was changing after I stared at it for 30 seconds, so I just tossed it in the trash.  Later that day while I was using the bathroom I happened to look in the trash can and noticed that there were two lines on the stick.  Not just one. The next morning I took another test, then took a shower.  When I got out I looked at the stick and noticed that there again were two lines!  I was so happy!  But I had to go to... Read More

My Five Children

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 By Busisiwe

All the stories I’ve read have a happy ending.... In 2002 I met my future husband, JB, funny, loving, kind and honest. I fell pregnant in April 2003 at a grand age of 24 - never ever having been on any contraceptive. I was more scared of having disappointed my parents than at actually being pregnant- I loved it - I wanted the baby!!! Naively, we thought all would go well, all we had to do was wait 9 months, and hooray we are parents. Though unprepared, we went on to prepare for the new arrival, attended antenatal clinics and all. But at 20 weeks, while at work, I felt excruciating lower abdominal pains, called the ambulance and was taken to hospital and... Read More

Our own angel "Kimberly"

Posted On Friday, August 12, 2011 By Girlie

On October 2010, I was so happy when I found out that I was pregnant with my first child. It was so easy for me because I didn’t experience things other women did, like morning sickness or nausea and other uncomfortable situation that a pregnant woman always encounters.  Before that, I don’t have any medical history that need attention or can cause problem with my pregnancy. I go to my OB regularly for my prenatal and had all the laboratory test done and happy to say that it all went right and they don’t see any problem with me and my baby.  So I thought I was so lucky to have normal pregnancy. We were so happy... Read More

2 Time Post-Partum Hypertension/Preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, August 08, 2011 By julie

I just delivered my son, via a second c-section, a month ago.My daughter's birth almost 2 years ago was not a smooth process.  I endured a 36-hour labor of pitocin, getting an epidural after my water broke.  I stalled at 5 centimeters and had to be delivered via c-section.  I had my baby girl on 10/24/09 and she was 10 lbs. 8 oz.  I was not diabetic. The recovery was painful, and I was swollen like a grape.  My eyes were so puffy.  My toes were spread out on my feet and I couldn't bend them because my feet had swelled to much.  But despite this, my blood pressure only started to rise slightly on my last day in... Read More

HELLP Syndrome (my story)

Posted On Thursday, August 04, 2011 By Lisa

I didn't get pre-eclampsia, instead moved rapidly from eclampsia into full-blown HELLP that gave me a stroke, ruptured my liver, and put me in a three-week-long coma from which the doctors were not certain I'd emerge. I was blessed with world-class medical care, completely paid for by my Union-provided medical insurance.  I also had amazing friends and family who helped care for our infant daughter, so that my husband could be with me every step of the way, advocating on my behalf.  Now, more than a year later, I am finally finishing up cognitive therapy and re-testing to qualify for my driver's license again. I am blessed because my daughter and I both survived... Read More

Cooper Landon

Posted On Wednesday, August 03, 2011 By Elizabeth

I remember how excited we were when we first found out I was pregnant. It was November 8, 2010. I had taken a pregnancy test by myself because I wanted to surprise my husband with the news. After taking the test I was ecstatic and went to the store where I found a bib that said “Daddy’s hugs are the best.” My husband gives the best hugs so I thought this was perfect. I wrapped the bib and went... Read More

How I lost my baby at 7 months to preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2011 By flora

After the birth of my son in 2001, it was now 5 years having a Norplant and I felt that it was now was good time to try and have another baby so I had Norplant removed. I immediately conceived in 2006 and so I thought it would be a similar to my first pregnancy which was smooth with the usual morning sickness. I attended antenatal clinic at private hospital where they had a package which was cheaper, I thought than having a private doctor. At about 5 months in the pregnancy I started swelling all over my body but I didn't think it was anything I just thought it was just normal pregnancy weight.  During my... Read More

My journey through pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes

Posted On Thursday, July 07, 2011 By winter

I got pregnant when I was 19 years old. I had a perfect pregnancy, until one day i woke up and couldn't recognize myself. I went outside for fresh air and put my feet down and they wre so swollen my toes didn't touch the ground. My next doctor's appointment was 3 weeks away. When I went in for my monthly checkup, they did all the usual tests and did not say a word, just looked at me as if they wanted to say they were sorry and that they knew what was laying ahead for me. When my nurse practitioner came in she rechecked my urine and bp, then gave me a prescription and told me to take it with me to labor and delivery along with my test results. i was sent home about 8 hours... Read More

Twice A Survivor

Posted On Tuesday, July 05, 2011 By Kristen

Like many of those involved with the Preeclampsia Foundation, Kristen Simmons has a unique story of survival, but Simmons' case included a very unusual complication. In July 2009, Simmons developed severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome shortly before the birth of her daughter Sydney. Sydney was born not breathing, but was successfully resuscitated, while her mother bleed internally, going into multi-organ failure. Simmons ended up needing a liver transplant only days after giving birth and was transferred from her home state of New York to a high risk facility in Pittsburgh, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma for weeks. "Life had changed so drastically it was very... Read More

More questions than answers

Posted On Sunday, June 26, 2011 By Ashley Snyder

My pregnancy was nearly perfect. I felt better than I had my entire adult life.  I didn't have any morning sickness, I avoided many of the typical pregnancy complaints. I absolutely loved being pregnant.  Then at 36 weeks I went to my OB told me I was measuring big and sent me for a follow up ultrasound at the hospital.  I was 36 weeks 4 days.  I arrived at the hospital nervous, but not too concerned after all I felt fine and baby seemed to be doing well.  Thankfully my husband was by my side.  There had been a debate on whether he should take more time off work for another appointment.  I was happy we would get to see baby one more... Read More

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

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