Noah James

Posted On Wednesday, October 03, 2012 By Jerri Marie

On the morning of August 21, 2012 I woke up at 3am with the worst headache I have ever had in my entire life. I had headaches throughout my pregnancy but this was like no other I had ever experienced. My boyfriend was on nightshift so I laid in bed with a bag of frozen peas on my face until he came home at 9am. I had taken some tylenol but nothing was touching it. He suggested I lay on the couch, relax and wait for my doctors appointment that day, which was at 3.45pm. Feeling absolutly terrible I called my doctor to see if she could get me in sooner because I just wanted to sleep all day. She said no she was booked tight so just wait for my appointment. At about 1030 the headache was so... Read More

Cooper's Story

Posted On Thursday, September 27, 2012 By Nicole

In December of 2005, I was enormously pregnant and going into my eighth month with our son, Cooper.   Things were progressing normally until I was about 32 weeks and got a nasty winter cold.  I am your typical Texas allergy sufferer that lives on Claritin 90% of the year and that wasnt working anymore so I switched to the hard stuff - Sudafed.  Now anyone with high blood pressure knows that Sudafed is a big no-no and I do now as well.  At my doctor appointment that week I sat in the waiting room for what felt like forever.  Mentally thinking of all the projects on my desk at work that I needed to wrap up, what we were missing from the nursery and upcoming baby... Read More

The Story of Coopers Arrival

Posted On Thursday, September 27, 2012 By Kristen

I had severe edema (swelling) beginning around 32 weeks in my pregnancy. I was sent to radiology to check for clots in my legs. I was so swollen that my shoes didnt fit and the loosest of socks cut off my circulation. The doctor put me on bed-rest at 34 weeks for pregnancy induced hypertension. I was sent to the hospital twice a week at that point for non-stress tests.Bed-rest to me involved staying at home taking care of daily household duties but not necessarily confined to the bed. Throughout that time, however, I was lucky to have Church members bring me meals and took an early maternity leave from school with no planned lessons. Even though I was on bed-rest, I still... Read More

Plans to prosper and not to harm...

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2012 By Loren

My daughter, Summer Lynn was born February 26, 2010. A beautiful red head with bright blue eyes. She is now 2 and a half. Her father and I are blessed by her daily. Her journey getting here was not as blissful. I came to my OB/GYN unaware of the reason behind my frequent headaches and inability to wear my tennis shoes. My OB/GYN told me that I had preeclampsia and must be put on bed rest. For my family at that time this was not anywhere near something we could handle financially. But I did as I was told. After a month of bed rest nothing changed and only became worse ending in ecclampsia. I was induced. After 36 hours of labor I decided to finally get an epidural. The epidural... Read More

Loss of my baby girl

Posted On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 By Sibusiso

I discovered I had hypertension when I was pregnant on my first visit to Ob/Gyn, I was already 14 weeks pregnant. Then my blood pressure was 140/90. I knew nothing about blood pressure and pregnancy and I was not on any hypertension medication. Just because I was feeling fine, I just thought everything was okay. As the pregnancy was progressing at 26 weeks my feet suddenly started swelling. A part of me knew something was wrong but on the other hand I was on denial telling myself everything was okay. On the 27th week I went to see the Ob/Gyn and my blood pressure was 160/110. I was admitted to the hospital for bed rest where the baby was being monitored and she was okay, I could feel her... Read More

Delivery at 34 weeks with my daughter, considering trying to conceive again....

Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 By Melissa

Having had type 1 diabetes for 17 years my pregnancy was high risk from the start. Things just seemed to go from bad to worse. At 20 weeks my cervix started shortening, and at 29 weeks I was hospitalized for preterm labor, and then on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy. Everything was fine and the bed rest was working, I went in on a Friday for my bi weekly non-stress test at 34 weeks, my blood pressure was a bit high so to be on the safe side I took a urine test for protein and came back at +4 which mean I had excessive protein in my urine. The doctor came back to tell me I would deliver that day. I was sent right over to Labor and Delivery and put on pitocin and mag. Well of... Read More

One Long Week, and the Birthing of Our Baby

Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 By Bianca

Written by my husband Justin. August 15, 2012 Original story (with more pictures) here. My mom recently described my wife as the most happy pregnant girl shed ever met. And she was right. For seven months, Bianca... Read More

My beautiful angel

Posted On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 By Judi

My beautiful angel

Gavins Birth

Posted On Monday, September 10, 2012 By Lori

Hi my name is Lori. My and I husband tried for months to have a baby. After a couple of pregnancy tests, one came out positive! I couldn't believe it: I took two just to make sure. Then we went to the doctor's and was told that we were having a baby!! We were so happy! My pregnancy was pretty normal, though I did end up having gestational diabetes. In the middle of my pregnancy, I got really bad headaches and started seeing spots, so went to my doctor.. They told me there must be something wrong with my brain for me to go to an eye doctor. So I went... Nothing was wrong. Headaches went away but at times I still saw spots. Months went on; I did have some swelling in my right foot... Read More

Livia Angelica

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 By Stephanie

We found out we were pregnant on October 6, 2012, my wedding anniversary. Even with the surprise I was mentally prepared this time. However, I was constantly worried about preeclampsia reoccurring. I was seen in a high risk pregnancy clinic and my doctor was so concerned about the preeclampsia but I was in denial that I would get it again because I felt like I was doing things different. But the truth was I was already at risk since I had it in a previous pregnancy at 23 weeks. When I made my 24th week without any symptoms I felt blessed. Then at 31 weeks pregnant my pressure went up. By the time we got to the hospital it was 181/102. I was rushed through triage. I met with so many... Read More


Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 By Stephanie

Emmalynn was a surprise and honestly I was not mentally prepared to be pregnant. But losing her changed the way I felt. I was 5 months pregnant and i felt sick, pain in my abdomen. My doctor was away on vacation so I decided to go to labor and delivery. As they checked my vitals they were shocked to find my pressure high. This was also the first time I noticed the swelling and the first time I heard the term "preeclampsia." I was rushed to another hospital where they handled high risk pregnancies. I was not prepared what I told next. They said that the baby was weak and she wasnt moving much, that there was a possibility we would need to deliver because my condition was also getting... Read More

Evans Birth

Posted On Saturday, August 18, 2012 By Sarah

This story starts out like any other pregnancy story. My husband and I found out we were pregnant on September 13, and found out we were due May 27. We were very excited and nervous of course, like any first time parent would be.I had a very easy 1st and 2nd trimester. No morning sickness, I gained weight normally, I was right on track for my May baby, right up until March 29.On the morning of March 29, I had a serious headache, which headaches are normal for me, so I didnt think anything of it. I came to work like always, and by 11 am couldnt function because of this headache. I took 2 Tylenol and it didnt work, so I went home and took a nap. Normally that... Read More

Gabe's Story: HELLP @ 23w2d

Posted On Friday, August 10, 2012 By Emily

This is the story of the sweetest little baby boy, the light of my life, and how HELLP stole him away. My soul rejoices that he existed, but my heart aches that he is gone. We found out I was expecting in January, 2012. When I told my husband Joe, he warned me not to get too excited because a lot of things can go wrong early on, but we were both thrilled to finally be starting this new chapter in our lives. When I went to the OB for the first time, they did an ultrasound. At only 10 weeks old, our little baby was moving like crazy in there, growing away. My due date was set for September 1. Our excitement grew as the weeks passed. I felt great during the first trimester no... Read More

Preeclampsia @ 19 yrs of age

Posted On Sunday, August 05, 2012 By Kathryn

My name is Kathryn Ross, and I had a baby girl when I was 19. I carried my daughter very well for almost nine months. I went to my routine doctor appointments with my OBGYN, and took my vitamins daily. I never consumed a drop of alcohol or did any drugs while pregnant. I had the perfect pregnancy. I did not experience morning sickness, never had high blood pressure, and I honestly can say I felt good being pregnant and had a lot of energy at times. I remember my last doctor visit very well. September 9, 2003. I went to the doctor and had my weight, blood pressure, etc. checked, and everything was fine. My due date was September 18, 2003. I remember very well the doctor telling me... Read More

My Katelyn Story

Posted On Friday, August 03, 2012 By sunshine

Hello, My name is Sunshine. I became pregnant with my daughter as a surprise. THE BEST gift ever given to me. Starting at 24 weeks my blood pressure started to increase slowly. My physician being the wonderful doctor that she is, watched me close. At 27 weeks my blood pressure was very elevated. I was eventually put on bedrest at 30 weeks. My doctor wanted to get me as close to 40 weeks as possible. After close monitoring in the hospital and at home my protein was elevated to where she didn't want to risk anymore. I delivered my daughter at 37 weeks after being induced. After 18 hours of labor and 40 minutes of pushing my beautiful daughter arrived and HEALTHY! That was my main concern.... Read More

Don't let this silent killer kill your dreams! I had it twice!

Posted On Thursday, July 26, 2012 By Nancy

Don't let this silent killer kill your dreams! I had it twice!

Diagnosed while in labor

Posted On Sunday, July 15, 2012 By Amy

I had a great pregnancy. I didn't ever get sick or have any real limitations that stopped me from doing anything. I even helped my husband when we moved into‚ our second floor‚ apartment at 8 months along. My back hurt sometimes and I had heartburn real bad to where I ate a lot of tums, but still can't complain. About‚ 6 to‚ 7 months into my pregnancy I started having‚ RUQ pain. I went to the ER about it once and OB triage once. The ER did nothing and triage kept me for about 6 hours, did blood work and sent me home. Then, around 8 months I couldn't sleep or lay on my right side. I was almost paralyzed by the pain if I laid on my right. It hurt so bad. I told the... Read More

My Daughter & I: Pre-Eclampsia Survivors

Posted On Tuesday, July 03, 2012 By Macee

‚  ‚  My husband and I were married March 17, 2011 on the beach on Oahu in Hawaii. After coming home a week later, I started feeling different. Another week went by and I noticed other things: eating more, unusually sore breasts, and fatigue. April 2nd was supposed to be THE day, so when nothing happened, I bought a pregnancy test. I took the test and was prepared to patiently wait the three minutes, but it showed up right away....positive! I thought I was reading it wrong so I reread the instructions two more times before silently freaking out in my head. I quickly took the test, with instructions, to my husband and stuck them in his face. I told him to make sure I... Read More

Our Angel Madi

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2012 By cynthia

My granddaughter Madi Rae Street was born June 30, 2011 and sadly passed on July 2, 2011. She was born 16 weeks early by c-section due to severe preeclampsia. Madi did well at first even though she was only 1 pound 12 oz, and they lowered her oxygen, but her little body couldn't take it and she developed pulmonary embolism.‚  There was nothing more they could do, so on July 2nd she passed.This saddest day was originally supposed to be a happy day: my youngest son's wedding. Madi's dad, my oldest son, was there with us, along with his daughter Rachel, Madi's sister (who was herself 8 weeks early because of preeclampsia). My daughter-in-law felt my son should be there for his brother... Read More

Eva's Story

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2012 By Eliza

My husband and I were excited to find out we were pregnant with our first child in 2007.‚  It was not a planned pregnancy but, we were ready to start our family.‚  My first couple of months during the pregnancy was normal.‚  I felt good but tired.‚  I was hungry more often than not but, everything seemed ok.‚  Shortly after the third month something changed.‚  I was sick daily.‚  Most of the time without warning and no control over vomiting.‚  I constantly felt like something was wrong with the pregnancy.‚  Being that it was my first time I had no idea what but, I found myself in the office of our midwife almost weekly.‚  They would check the... Read More

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