Preventing Preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, November 08, 2010 By Sarah

I was recently a guest blogger on a local website for mothers. I wrote about preventing preeclampsia to share my own experience and to spread awareness in my community. Here is the link to the article I wrote: http://triadmomsonmain.com/_blog/My_Blog/post/Preventing_Preeclampsia/ Here is an exerpt from that article: I certainly didn’t think that I would ever have to worry about having a serious pregnancy complication like preeclampsia or that I would have to be induced 5 ½ weeks early in an effort to save... Read More

My Story

Posted On Friday, November 05, 2010 By Chris

I was discharged from the hospital 9 days post-partum, after 4 days of IV iron bolices, and some sort of hemoglobin shot to help get my blood chemistry going in the right direction, with a j-tube to keep draining all the fluid that had third-spaced into my abdominal cavity.  Post-surgery, besides the 40 mg of Lasix I was receiving via IV daily to start getting the water retention off; over 3 litres of fluid, (word picture: over 3 bottles of pop) came out through the j-tube in my abdomen.  During surgery I remember the one surgeon apologizing to the other, I think his initial incision left a rooster tail of fluid that squirted the surgeon opposite him.  She in turn... Read More

Two Miracle Girlz

Posted On Friday, November 05, 2010 By Kristina

My Preeclampsia Story "Two Miracle Girlz" My name is Kristina Lowman, I am 32 years old and a two time preeclampsia and HELLP survivor. This is the quick brief story. My pregnancy started out great.  I... Read More

Twice 1996-2010

Posted On Thursday, November 04, 2010 By Lisette

My name is Lisette and I am 36 years old, I reside in New York City. It all started in 1996 when I was just 22 years old, I was working and hardly rested...was stress due to work. At about 24 weeks my body started acting funny. I recall being in the pool and getting these horrible pains around my shoulder and arm. I was rushed to the hospital where later that day I was told that I had preeclampsia. They gave me 3 shots of steroids to help with the babys growth. After being admitted for 1 week I had seizures and the illness progressed to eclampsia, it was a life or death situation blood pressure was outrageous 185/110 so I was rushed to deliver by c-section. My baby was born at 25... Read More

Surviving Preeclampsia and Learning to Live

Posted On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 By Renee

I am a severe preeclampsia survivor. I still dream about January 18, 2006.  I vividly hear the shrill of my daughter's heart alarm as her tiny heart has stopped beating from inside me, I feel my body convulse uncontrollably, and I see the panic in the nurse's eyes as she yells for help.  The last thing I remember before the anesthesiologist put me out was staring into the harsh glare of the operating room lights and crying to myself - is this how it all ends?  In one way YES, that is how it all ended.  Ending a way of life - through surviving preeclampsia I am learning to live my life.  So, during this time of year... Read More

2 time Preeclampsia Survivor

Posted On Saturday, October 30, 2010 By Kimberlee

Preeclampsia was something I simply glossed over in the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book and I was never told about it by my doctor. I was 19 years old and pregnant with my son. My blood pressure rose over several doctor visits but it was not caught. While being admitted to the... Read More

I wasn't diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome until after I insisted that there was something wrong

Posted On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 By Adrienne

I wasn't diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome until after I insisted that there was something wrong and lab work was done.  (I had chest pain and did not feel good at all.  I also had blood in my urine.) My counts were so low that I was called by my doctor directly and ordered to immediately go to the hospital.I had to be put under general anesthesia and was even thanked by my doctor for being so persistent or I/our son would have died!  We had a doctor before that miss this and just dismissed me as having heartburn without doing any tests.  (Basicallly, he blew me off as just a "nervous" pregnant lady!)  The jerk even was the on-call doctor while I was in the... Read More

I am currently 25 years old. My story begins June of 2008 when my daughter

Posted On Sunday, February 21, 2010 By Christina

I am currently 25 years old. My story begins June of 2008 when my daughter was conceived. I am a paramedic so I was familiar with pregnancy things with seeing people and delivering babies. So when I found out I was pregnant I was so excited. I continued to work with some heavy lifting but I always tried to use my legs and arms. All the guys would give me a hard time and say I couldn't do it. I knew I could and I never felt like I was jeopardizing my pregnancy. As the months passed and my belly got bigger, it was harder to do things because I was so tired and began to swell. (I would take my boots off and have an impression of my sock that would stay for hours!)  I had planned on... Read More

I felt fine. I had a scheduled doctor's appointment in February 27, 2006, at 32

Posted On Saturday, February 20, 2010 By Maya

I felt fine. I had a scheduled doctor's appointment in February 27, 2006, at 32 weeks. After checking my blood pressure twice, and asking if I was "okay", my doctor sent me straight to labor and delivery. I was terrified! My husband was deployed in Iraq, and all I could think about was him not being there to tell me it was going to be okay. I didn't realize that I would soon be giving birth to our first child, alone. I had no warning signs. My head didn't hurt, no blurry vision, no excessive weight gain, and no pain. I felt fine.  An ultrasound determined that because my blood pressure was so high, blood flow was restricted to my daughter. At 32 weeks, she only weighed 3 lbs. Now, I... Read More

When I was 16 weeks pregnant, I went in for my appointment and was told

Posted On Friday, February 19, 2010 By Ann

When I was 16 weeks pregnant, I went in for my appointment and was told my blood pressure was slightly elevated, but we will just keep an eye on it. At my 20 week appointment, my BP was still elevated and my doctor decided to put me on labetalol as a precaution. On the labetalol my BP was finally starting to normalize. At around 28 weeks I started to retain water. I didn't think much of it; I thought it was normal to experience swelling. At 28 weeks I started to go in weekly for non stress tests and protein checks. Around 33 weeks my BP medication was increased and the swelling in my feet was so bad I couldn't wear any shoes but flip flops. At work, I started to notice that I could go all... Read More

My name Is Abigail S. I was a young woman expecting a baby at 19

Posted On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 By

My name Is Abigail S. I was a young woman expecting a baby at 19 years old. I didn't find out my body was developing a child until I was about 4 to 5 months pregnant. It wasn't until after I started going to my doctor visits regularly and taking my prenatal vitamins did I feel fine. I thought to myself, "Man this pregnancy is going to be a walk in the park."  I, like many other young mothers did not know anything about preeclampsia and was concerned and worried when I started to gain at least ten pounds a month. Along with the weight gain I developed high blood pressure which I thought was just something genetic since my mother also has high blood pressure. My body also... Read More

My story begins 8 years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first baby

Posted On Saturday, June 05, 2010 By

My story begins 8 years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first baby together. My pregnancy began as a typical pregnancy with morning sickness and water retention or so I thought. About 12 weeks into my pregnancy I began to become ill with blurred vision, pain around my kidney area and vomiting. I had just been in for a doctor's appointment and made another one. They set me up for a sonogram for the next day, September 11, 2001.I did not make it to my sonogram appointment. I had spent my entire evening ill, and soaking in a warm bath of water to relax me and get rid of the pain I was feeling. I called my doctor at 4 am. He advised me to go to the emergency room. There I had... Read More

Two years ago I decided it was time to have a child. My first born.

Posted On Sunday, May 30, 2010 By tere

Two years ago I decided it was time to have a child. My first born. A baby girl. She was active and kicked and it was just amazing. Until that day, the day it all hit me. I woke up one morning with a headache that I just couldn't

Hello I am 35 years old and 14 weeks pregnant and showing some protein in

Posted On Friday, February 19, 2010 By Gail

Hello! I am 35 years old and 14 weeks pregnant and showing some protein in my urine. I had preeclampsia with my first son and the doctor told me I had toxemia which I never understood for years. I was a week overdue when I went to the hospital feeling really horrible with a headache, bad pain in the upper abdomen, and vomiting. I decided to go to the hospital myself since I was only a 5 minute walk away and I didn't tell my family. When I got there I was admitted right away and was being monitored. I had high blood pressure and protein in my urine. I didn't know what was going on because no one was explaining anything to me. They were just panicking and doing this and that and telling me to... Read More

Currently I am 36 yrs old and had my first child in 1996 She is

Posted On Thursday, February 18, 2010 By Lisette

Currently I am 36 yrs old and had my first child in 1996 She is going to be 14 yrs old this year 2010. With my daughter I had her at 25 weeks due to preeclampsia. My blood pressure was 180/120. I had a seizure and it was not a pretty experience. My daughter received the three steroids during my pregnancy to try to expedite the organ growth of the baby. Well I gave birth and she was 25 weeks and weighed only 1 lb. She stayed in the hospital for two months but thanks to the lord that my baby today is a beautiful young lady. After 13-14 years I decided to get pregnant and currently am 14 weeks and very frightened, Doctors tell me not to worry. This pregnancy is with a second marriage... Read More

I would like to share my story about the birth of my daughter, Janalee.

Posted On Thursday, February 18, 2010 By Leslie

I would like to share my story about the birth of my daughter, Janalee.  I was due with her on December. 23, 2009.  This was my second pregnancy, 12 years after I had my first.  I was 32 years old when I became pregnant and this was a planned event.  My first pregnancy, also a daughter, was textbook.  I went through the normal sickness in the beginning it lasted through the first trimester, I felt great during the second, and began to feel tired during the 3rd as my belly grew larger and larger!  I was due with her on August 27th and went into labor late in the day on August 25th then having her on the morning of August 26th.  She weighed 9... Read More

I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and at my initial OB appointment my platelets were

Posted On Monday, February 15, 2010 By Meghan

I am currently 13 + weeks pregnant and at my initial OB appointment my platelets were found to be low in the 120s. I was then referred to hematology that rechecked my platelets approx 1 week later and found them to be 110. They did not seem to be concerned until they got down into the 70s but wanted me to get my blood checked at each OB appointment. The next week at my OB appointment they were down to 90 and now I am having to go to the perinatal doctor. I am just starting to get a little worried. Are my platelets going to continue to drop at this rate? Even though it is early, am I heading down the HELLP path? Is there something wrong with me or with the baby? I feel fine other... Read More

In March 2009 I found out that I was expecting our first child. We had

Posted On Friday, February 12, 2010 By Jamie

In March 2009 I found out that I was expecting our first child. We had been praying for and trying to conceive a child for almost 2 years at this point, so we were overjoyed and thankful to have received such a blessing! For the last couple of years I had not had a visible menstrual cycle. I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian syndrome, indicated by the amount of testosterone in my system, a big weight gain over three years and my lack of a period. We were prescribed Clomid, but I was confused by my... Read More

My daughter was born at 28 weeks. She weighed 2 lbs. 5 oz. I had

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 By angela

My daughter was born at 28 weeks. She weighed 2 lbs. 5 oz. I had never been so scared in all my life. They told me before I gave birth to her, she would not cry. She did however struggle to make a squeaky, almost kitten meow sound. She was on a ventilator for only 2 hours and it was room temp air, not oxygen. To everyone's amazement, she was only in the hospital for about 30 days. She came home at 4 lbs. even. She is now 11 years old. No learning disabilities or growth set backs. We are so blessed. She truly is a miracle baby. Today, I am writing this story from bed rest. I am 24 weeks and having symtoms of... Read More

I became pregnant very young at 18 years old. At around 5 months I was

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 By

I became pregnant very young at 18 years old. At around 5 months I was informed at a checkup that my baby was showing up a little smaller than she should've been on the utlrasound. The nurse told me that since I was small, it may just be genetic. But I was sent to a specialist anyway. The specialist informed me that I was going to develop preeclampsia and that my baby would most likely be delivered early, "But we're gonna try to keep her in there as long as we can" he said.The very next day I woke up to severe back pain and fell to tears. I told my grandmother, whom I was living with at the time, and she was worried and asked me to call my mother. I did. My mother took... Read More

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