37.5 weeks.

Posted On Thursday, December 16, 2010 By Sara

I am not sure how to start this story out. Brings lots of sad memories. My fiance' (at the time) was away at Air Assault school in Georgia while I was in Maryland. He had got medically dropped for breaking his hand. The same night while he was waiting to fly back I started to feel really sick, and contractions were back to back with no break. I was persistant on waiting an hour or until I had six within the hour. They eventually stopped after I got up and walked around, and drank water. He got home the next morning, and the rest of the weekend I was fine. I went in on March 16th, 2009 for my regular 38 week scheduled appointment. Little did I know this was the day I would welcome my now... Read More

Surviving Preeclampsia and Learning to Live- by Renee Feagan

Posted On Monday, November 29, 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 of giving thanks, here is what a... Read More

I was diagnosed at 27 weeks and 5 days

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 By Jennifer

I found out I was pregnant in Jan 2010, 6 months after I had gotten married.  I was estatic because my younger sister had just announced that she was expecting two weeks earlier!  We would talk on the phone everyday about how we both hoped they were girls and how we would dress them alike and all the bows we woud make. My pregnancy was progressing great until May.  I am a teacher and I remember the day of TAKS retakes I had to stand and walk around a lot. I was exhausted and my feet and hands were very swollen.  I couldn't even take off my wedding band, even though it was digging into my finger.  I also remember having pain... Read More

Severe Post-Partum Preeclampsia

Posted On Wednesday, November 24, 2010 By Laura

The day after Halloween I went to my 35 week OB appointment.  Everything seemed to be a whirl-wind from the moment I stepped into his office until I was rushed to the OB Triage area of the hospital with complications due Preeclampsia.  I was surrounded by a team of eight doctors as they informed me that they needed to get my baby out or both our lives would be in jeopardy.  ... Read More

Hola a todas

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2010 By

Hola a todas, les contare mi historia, tenia 27 semanas y cuatro días de gestación, cuando empezó mi calvario, me desembarazaron porque mi presión arterial se altero, ademas que empece con un cuadro de infección urinaria, descenso de plaquetas, en fin un cuadro terrible, el cual conlleva a la remisión a urgencias, y a que los médicos decidan desembarazarme, y me diagnóstican preclampsia Help 1, el médico que me atiende de alto riesgo enfatiza en que va  a tratar de salvar mi vida y la de  mi bebe, me realizan una cesárea, y esta dura no mas de una hora, después aparezco en una habitación... Read More

HELLP Syndrome Story

Posted On Saturday, November 20, 2010 By Victoria

My pregnancy was moving along absolutely perfectly. We had only had one hiccup, a threatened miscarriage during week 7 of my pregnancy. But munchkin was fine and my pregnancy progressed and progressed. We moved to Georgia two weeks before my husband left for Basic Training, and while i was 32 weeks pregnant. I was measuring big, but my doctor's didn't seem to be worried about it, so i didn't either. After my husband left for Basic, it was my job to figure out the insurance and start making the doctor's appointments to make sure everything was still going alright. Two weeks after my husband left, i finally was able to get everything straightened out so that i could see a doctor. I was 36... Read More

Oliver's Story

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 By Tamika

Where to start, we are about to celebrate my beautiful son's first birthday and as exciting time as it should be I feel overwhelmed with emotions on his early arrival due to Preeclampsia.  Oliver's story starts as most do with a pretty uneventful first 28 weeks where I had no problems at all only the occasional morning sickness bout.  My blood pressure had started hovering up around 26 weeks and the hospital I attended asked me to come back at 28 weeks. At that point there wasn't really much to worry about my blood pressure was borderline I had slight traces of protienuria but still within normal ranges.  At 28 weeks they decided a few days resting in... Read More

Damsel in Distress

Posted On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 By Ty

At 26 weeks pregnant, I nervously walk into my doctor’s office around 4 pm for an emergency appointment I scheduled the night before. See, for the past few weeks walking had become difficult due to the amount of swelling in my feet. I typically wear a size 8 in shoes however the week previously I purchased a size 10 wide, no lace shoe, just so my feet could fit comfortably. Of course I discussed my concerns with coworkers, friends, and family but the response I received was that “swelling was normal” along with pregnancy stories of wobbly swollen feet. But I was only 26 weeks. Is this much swelling really normal this... Read More

My Daughter's Story

Posted On Monday, November 15, 2010 By shadow205

I first came here in 2004 and found the friendliest, most compassionate and helpful people that you could find anywhere. I was concerned about my daughter who had developed Pre-E late in her pregnancy. Before it was over with she went on to develop HELLP & Sheehan's Syndrome. She also had continuing medical problems post part om. It took about a year and a half for her blood pressure to return to normal and for her adrenal gland to begin producing cortisol again. I am not going to go into detail here, it's just too long, her story can be found by searching "shadow205." There are a lot of posts and information. What I would like to say is that... Read More

Multiple Blessings

Posted On Wednesday, November 10, 2010 By Anna

My pregnancy was one surprise after another.  We planned to get pregnant, but that was as far as "our plan" went.  We only saw one heartbeat at the first ultrasound, but at the second ultrasound, they showed me two babies.  I started having contractions around 22 weeks and was put on terbutaline pills.  That was about the same time my blood pressure started creeping up.  Because it is normally very low - 90s/50s, my husband kept asking the doctors if it wasn't a little too high.  Every response was, "it's high for her, but not that high."  At my 29 week check, I was 1 cm dilated and 80% effaced.  I was admitted to Labor... Read More

Heidi Lynn Hillman-Mueller

Posted On Wednesday, November 10, 2010 By Cindi

Heidi was a very healthy 34 year old woman expecting her first baby in November of 2008. On November 7th Heidi checked into the hospital with Labor pains, once they did the lab work, they realized how bad it was and deciided to go ahead and do a C-Section. Abby was born a healthy 7lb 3 oz baby girl. We got to go into to see Heidi around 4:00 PM but were told not to excite Heidi as they were trying to keep the blood pressure under control. At 7:30 they put Heidi in the ICU to observe her for 24 hrs. On November 9th Heidi suffered a seizure was vented, and then rushed to surgery to try and stop the bleeding. On November 13th we had Heidi airlifted to anothe Hospital that was bigger and... Read More

This Is MY Testimony...

Posted On Monday, November 08, 2010 By Fathiyyah

They say you don’t know how strong you are until you actually have to be strong. And to be honest, the last time I ever felt strong was after my daddy died. It was almost like a forced strength because everyone and everything else around me was crumbling before my eyes. In some strange way, I think I carried that same strength throughout the years, just saving it for the moment that I would need it again. And surely did I need it beginning February 5, 2010. It’s funny how sometimes it takes tragedy and trials to make a believer out of some people. As much as I’ve tried to deny myself of these feelings, it holds true for me.... Read More

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

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