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I think my story is a little out of date, after looking at some other women's stories here, but I hope it will help!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

Out of the Blue

Posted On Saturday, April 23, 2011 By kristin

Eloise was born at 24 weeks and 5 days. I had a very normal pregnancy until week 23. Friday, March 25th, I woke up very early, around 3am, and felt something was wrong. I quickly found I was bleeding and got very scared. My husband was out of town on a church retreat so I was home alone. So, I called my parents who called an ambulance. I was rushed to the hospital. My husband was finally located and rushed back to to town by a friend. The doctors found that my normally low blood pressure had sky rocketed so I was kept Friday night for observation. I... Read More

My Little saint Thomas

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 By Eunamia

It all started on the 1st April afternoon,  at 14h00 I was chatting with some colleagues at work, then by 15h00 I had this sharp pain below my rib cage , I felt nauseas and somewhat light headed. I asked a colleague to take me home. I called my gynae on the way home, who then told me to take a panado and have some rest, she thought it was just baby stretching. Shortly, after I got home, fortunately my husband was home and he phoned my gynae again and took me in to see her. After seeing me, she then said I should be admitted in hospital because of my high blood pressure. She also ordered blood tests. Whilst in hospital that evening, my gynae came to speak to my... Read More

3 time survivor

Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 By Nicole

Hello, My name is Nicole.  I am 34 years old and have 3 children.  I am a 3 time survivor of preeclampsia.  My first pregnancy was going smooth until my 28th week.  It all started going downhill when I had a severe headache for a couple of days.  When I called my doctor, they said to immediately go to the E.R.  When I arrived my blood pressure was 180/130.  Within the hour, I was helicoptered to a different hospital and my son was delivered with in 12 hours by emergency c-section.  They were not sure if I was going to make it, but luckily I did.  Unfortunately because of the prematurity, he did have brain... Read More

The Lucky Ones

Posted On Monday, April 18, 2011 By Jamie

After about 1 ½ years of marriage my husband and I decided we were ready to have a baby.  We were pregnant in no time and aside from the nausea and constant vomiting, I had a perfectly normal pregnancy until about 37 weeks.  I thought I was going into labor and so I headed to labor and delivery to be checked out.  I was not in labor, but my blood pressure was so high so I was kept overnight.  I was sent home the next day on bedrest but went into labor that night and delivered a healthy 6 lb, 9 oz baby girl.  We named her Carly.  I was on the dreaded magnesium drip for 12 hours and then they turned it off.  I was... Read More

The Long Dark Tunnel

Posted On Wednesday, April 06, 2011 By Kristina

The story, “The Silence is Deafening” could have been my story. While I was reading it, it occurred to me that I too was on my way to being discharged from the hospital at one point and the fact that my blood pressure (BP) spiked, probably saved my life. It not only spiked but remained high and erratic. Lucky me! Thankfully, my story had a different ending than Joan’s.  My heart goes out to her husband and family. The loss of this woman is a tragedy. My experience taught me many things, not the least of which was the duality of life. Until this happened, I had a very naive understanding of life. As this story... Read More

My Little Angel Everett

Posted On Tuesday, April 05, 2011 By Errin

It was a regular routine OB appointment, I was running late do to my boyfriend and we were, well I was fussing like usual.  Yet, this time my blood pressure was high. I was told to come back in two days. I get there and my BP was 200/120. Next thing I knew I was being rushed to labor and delivery, when I got up there, all I saw was doctors that seemed extremely nervous.  All I remember was hearing turn off the lights, keep off the lights, we don't want her to seize.  I felt normal and just wanted to get back to work. I heard them ask my boyfriend if I looked swollen, I didn't I looked and felt normal. And, just like that I was being transferred to another... Read More

Autumn and Sydney Spear - Written March 6th 2008

Posted On Friday, April 01, 2011 By Autumn

It has been 6 days since we lost our first baby, our daughter Sydney Josephine. I feel like I have been in a time warp and come out somewhere on a March day. Two weeks ago was much like any other few days of my 5th months of pregnancy except that I had noticed my face and hands were much more swollen than usual when I would wake up in the morning. They would usually go down by the end of the day but start again the next. My shoes and boots weren’t fitting as well either. Thursday February 21st I called my mom who is an OB Nurse Practitioner and asked about the signs and she suggested I call my Doctor and get my blood pressure checked. I had looked in the mirror again at... Read More

One Month ago.....seems like forever

Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 By Tricia

I wanted to share more of my story, it will be one month today that I had to deliver my baby girl Rylee. I think about her often, and miss those little kicks in my belly. I would have been close to 27 weeks now. This whole experience has really changed the way I veiw life. It has positively changed me. I truly believe Rylee was my angel, she saved me so I could continue living with her brothers and rest of her family. The first week after losing her was really rough, I couldn't make sense of anything. I wanted a daughter so bad and all the plans I had with her were soon wiped away. leaving the hospital without her was a gloomy experience since I had to do it twice. I was readmitted after... Read More

First Child - Severe Preclampsia & HELLP

Posted On Thursday, March 17, 2011 By Sarah

I so far had a normal pregnancy. All my prenatal visits went well and I never got sick during my pregnancy (though in the beginning I did get carsick). And then this happened... I was 28 weeks pregnant and it was 1 o'clock Wednesday morning. I had only slept for an hour or so.  I woke up with a feeling of nausea and what felt like severe heartburn. I had experienced these same symptoms only 2 nights before, but thought it had been something I ate (maybe bad chowder) and I was ok the next day. But this was much worse than that. I could not lie down in bed. I tried to lay on the couch, nothing could make me comfortable.  I felt like I... Read More

Hunter Presley

Posted On Thursday, March 03, 2011 By Carla

Hello, I lost my first child, Hunter Presley, on Aug.03 2005 due to severe preclampsia. After a routinue checkup at 21 weeks pregnant, I mentioned to the OB that I was concerned about PE. Not knowing really what it was, I listened to him when he said, "It's way too early for preeclampsia." Well, at 23 weeks pregnant I was omitted to the hospital on a Monday morning. I delivered Hunter, stillborn, two days later.

Heartbroken, I returned home and eventually to work. I had great support from family and friends. I also found great support from this Foundation.

In memory of Hunter Presley Gaydos,

Carla M. Gaydos

devastating Loss

Posted On Wednesday, March 02, 2011 By Tricia

hello everyone, I am so glad to have found this site. I recently suffered a loss of my precious daughter Rylee. I had to deliver her at 23 weeks though she was only measuring 21. I never had symptoms with my other 2 pregnancies. never had a problem with high blood pressure. My doctor says that the placenta from conception was abnormal. he also said it was a rare case, though it happens. I never felt so empty, lost and devastated. I truley believe in god's plan. I plan to try for another child, just not sure when. at this time I just wish I was still carying my Rylee girl. I am taking it one day at a time. I know it will be good for me to share my story and also listen to... Read More

March 1, 2011.

Posted On Tuesday, March 01, 2011 By Lucienne

It is 12 years ago, today,that my daughter Elizabeth died. I share this story with everyone—knowing our experiences with HELLP will last our lifetime and the memories of loss and sickness have changed us. I don’t remember Elizabeth well. I barely met her. I remember being given last rights. I remember wondering if my daughter  would outlive me.  I remember being told she had just a 10% chance of living. It seemed like a good %. I remember giving her my middle name because it was the only thing I could think of giving her. I remember... Read More

Holdon

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2011 By Johanne

Dear Preeclampsia Foundation and Community, I signed up on your website back in September 2010, 2 months after my son Holdon passed away in the NICU after only 3 and half months of life. He was delivered via emergency C-section at 28 weeks when it was discovered that I had preeclampsia and was experiencing HELLP syndrome. It is now nearly 6 months later since I first signed up on this site and almost a year since our son was born and I am finally able to bring myself to tell our story.  I am 34 years old (32 when I became pregnant). This was my first pregnancy, I am not overweight, have never had high blood pressure prior to the week I delivered, or any of the other... Read More

283 NIGHTS After I DO

Posted On Monday, February 21, 2011 By MARSHALL

Most people graciously wait for that minute to say “I DO” and kiss the brides of their dreams; for me, it was mixed feelings of great exhilaration and long-sought adventure, to hold the lady of my dream and journey through time!   It was about Yuletide in the year 2008 and the atmosphere was best for any memorable event. Wow! Finally after six... Read More

My First Born

Posted On Thursday, February 10, 2011 By Jasmine

I was so happy when I found out I was pregnant, however I was still in college and I knew my family would not approve. Some people even brought up abortion as an option. I already had two abortions, and I deeply regret them. So I was a little on edge about how to break the news to my family. Most of my family was disappointed, but not mad. The entire pregnancy was smooth compared to stories I've heard about pregnancy being awful. I went to a monthly prenatal check-up as usual, but this time the nurse told me my blood pressure was 110/70 which is below average. The following month the nurse told me that my blood pressure was a little high,... Read More

My preeclampsia started at 15 weeks and I delivered at 25

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2011 By jana

Hi there - I am a preeclampsia survivor ( so to speak ) I conceived with my 2nd child and was due to deliver 6/2008. Come 15 weeks into my pregnancy, I began to have symptoms and I was not sure what was going on. I had never even heard of this disease. My Dr. dismissed the fact that it was preeclampsia and brushed me to the side... around 22 weeks I finally went to another doctor on my own and they ran some tests. My protein in my urine was 11,000.00. I had to be rushed to the hospital, and at 25 weeks I delivered my son Cade! He was 6 months old when he passed away. His little lungs did not have time to develop. This is the hardest thing we have ever gone... Read More

HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2011 By Stephen

In 1995 my wife develope HELLP Syndrome at week 26.  In order to save her life, our daughter Taylor was delivered 14 weeks early, weighing 1lb, 14 ounces.  Thankfully, my wife slowly recovered from her blood pressure numbers doubling, very low platelets and kidney failure.  Our daughter lived for 2 months in NICU and never came home.  She developed NEC and we had to make the difficult choice to take her off of life support.

My wife and I went on to found the HELLP Syndrome Society to honor our daughter, Taylor.  The HELLP Syndrome Society merged with the Preeclampsia Foundation after 15 years of existence.

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