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

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

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