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

I remember waking up a week before having my stroke with my whole face, legs

Posted On Monday, February 08, 2010 By Darlene

I remember waking up a week before having my stroke with my whole face, legs and feet being completely swollen. The night before I had my stroke, I remember telling my husband that I think they would induce my labor. That following morning, I was so swollen that I could only take baths. While I was taking my bath, I remember having my stroke in the bath tub. The paramedics rushed me to the hospital and performed an emergency c-section. My daughter was born at 6 months. Now, my daughter is a year old without any complications!! I thank God everyday for blessing me with my daughter and my life! I could have died without ever seeing my child

I never quite know where to start on a story involving as

Posted On Monday, February 08, 2010 By Vanessa

    I never quite know where to start on a story involving as many details, as well as gray-areas, as my story does. So, I will begin with the fact that it was my first pregnancy (and only, so far) and I had began my sobriety at the first knowledge of conception. Therefore, my body was going through both hormonal changes as well as homeostasis adjustments, which made it that much more stressful physically and mentally. I went from 114lbs at conception to 189lbs at the time of labor. Not once during my doctor's office visits did they express any concern for my blood pressure levels OR my protein levels. The only concern was the swelling of my lower legs/ankles that... Read More

My beautiful son Alfie-James Paris was born sleeping due to severe preeclampsia on December 22nd

Posted On Sunday, February 07, 2010 By kimberley

My beautiful son Alfie-James Paris was born sleeping due to severe preeclampsia on December 22nd 2009 at 8.35 a.m.I went to the hospital in the early hours Tuesday morning December 22, 2009 as I was in a lot of pain. I was actually in labor. The nurses tried to find Alfie-James's heartbeat but they couldn't find it. That's when mine and my boyfriends' world's fell apart. They told us he may have died. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. How could my perfect son be dead? They then got the consultant to do an ultrasound but they couldn't find his heartbeat. They told me he was dead. They then told me I would have to give birth to him naturally. It was heartbreaking having to go... Read More

I survived but our son did not. He was stillborn at 34 weeks. I had

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2010 By

I survived but our son did not. He was stillborn at 34 weeks. I had an appointment at my doctor's office two days before this happened and the nurse indicated in the medical record that there was protein in my urine sample which told them that there was a problem with my kidneys. She did not tell the doctor of this and I was sent home to rest rather than be hospitalized to be observed.Two days later I became very ill with pressure in my abdominal area. I went to see my doctor who sent me to the hospital in Waterloo and contacted a OB-GYN to look at me. By the time I got to the hospital my kidneys had failed and my blood pressure was so high that they gave me two shots of magnesium to... Read More

I had my first child at a young age, 18 years old. I was having

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2010 By

I had my first child at a young age, 18 years old. I was having a girl. Everything was going well up until my 25th week of pregnancy. I started to notice my ankle swelling for a few days. I thought I was retaining water but wasn't. I woke up on May, 21, 2009 and my whole body was swollen. I went to the nearest hospital. I was there for a little over 3 hours and the doctor came in and told me I had preeclampsia and was being sent to a hospital in Pontiac.So I went and four days later, at only 26 weeks and 0 days I had a beautiful baby girl at 6:53 a.m. She weighed 1 pound, 4oz and was 12 inches. My original due date was August 31, 2009. My daughter lived for 3 weeks and 2 days and... Read More

When I became pregnant with my son in the summer of 2008, everything seemed like

Posted On Friday, May 21, 2010 By

When I became pregnant with my son in the summer of 2008, everything seemed like a dream. I had an absolutely perfect pregnancy. I experienced minimal morning sickness, did not gain very much weight, and basically felt physically amazing. As I neared my due date, I became pretty confident that things were going to be cake, as everything else had been. When I went to my 37 week checkup, I felt great and was looking forward to another perfect appointment. That was when the nurse looked concerned when taking my blood pressure. She took it again, then again. THAT was when the doctor came in to let me know I was spilling protein. She made a quick diagnosis of Preeclampsia and scheduled me to be... Read More

I have had two battles with preeclampsia. The first was with my son, who

Posted On Friday, May 21, 2010 By

I have had two battles with preeclampsia.  The first was with my son, who was also my first pregnancy.  I went along with a fairly normal pregnancy.  I did have a lot of swelling and weight gain, but my Dr kept telling me that was normal.  It was at my 38 week check up that they couldn't get my baby to move during the NST and my blood pressure was high, so they sent me over to another office to have an emergency ultrasound to make sure the baby was ok.  He looked good, but my BP was still high, so they sent me to labor and delivery and said I was being induced.  Being my first baby, I was scared to death.  The induction went fairly well, but then they... Read More

It all started Sunday, Jan 31st. I woke up early in the

Posted On Friday, May 21, 2010 By

   It all started Sunday, Jan 31st.  I woke up early in the morning, around 6 a.m. feeling really sick. I thought it was the usual routine of morning sickness because I had morning sickness throughout the entire pregnancy. My boyfriend started to get concerned because he thought I was dehydrated from all the the vomiting and nausea. I decided to call my OB and he told me to go to the hospital. My mother met me at the hospital because my boyfriend was on his way to church. When I got to the hospital the OB said I was dehydrated and... Read More

HOLA SOY ROMINA DE LA PLATA MI CONSULTA NO ES POR MI ES POR UNA

Posted On Wednesday, September 22, 2010 By ROMINA

HOLA SOY ROMINA DE LA PLATA MI CONSULTA NO ES POR MI ES POR UNA AMIGA QUE ACABA DE PERDER A SU BEBA QUIEN IBA A SER MI AHIJADA NO ENTENDEMOS QUE FUE LO QUE PASO ESTABA A UN DIA DE CUMPLIR 31 SEMANAS DE EMBARAZO UN EMBARAZO HERMOSO SIN NINGUN TIPO DE COMPLICACION HASTA EL DIA EN QUE TODO SE COMPLICO MI AMIGA ESTUVO TODA LA NOCHE DESCOMPUESTA PENSO QUE ERA QUE ALGO LE HABIA CAIDO MAL Y NO QUISO MOLESTAR AL M ARIDO YA A LA MA

My name is Chilumba Kakusa Yabe I am a Zambian aged 37. I have been

Posted On Thursday, September 16, 2010 By chiluyabe

My name is Chilumba Kakusa Yabe I am a Zambian aged 37. I have been trying to have a baby for the past 5 years now, & everytime i get pregnant my blood pressure shoots up abnormally from 20 weeks, & three of my babies have died in my tummy but with the last one my doctor decided to operate on me after 28 weeks of taking all kinds of highblood pressure medicines but the baby died after two days due to the fact that there is no proper equipment in my country that could help a very small baby survive, this has made my life very miserable especially when i see most of my friends with children. I would really love to have a child and experience the joy of being a parent. I would... Read More

I had my first child, Brook-lynn, on February 14, 2007. I had just turned

Posted On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 By

I had my first child, Brook-lynn, on February 14, 2007. I had just turned 19. That pregnancy was great! No problems at all. I just gained 90+ lbs, because I took the phrase eating for two literally! Then, I became pregnant with my second child, Cheyenne. Everything with that pregnancy was going great.....or so I thought! About 33 weeks into my pregnancy I started seeing flashing spots in my vision and I grew more and more dizzy. So for about a week I just ignored it and said to myself, "Well, like they say,'Every pregnancy is different.' " But, things just started getting worse and I was getting weaker as the days went on. So, I told my husband at around 34 weeks. He... Read More

Hey my name is Jessica. I got pregnant when I was 22 years old and

Posted On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 By

Hey my name is Jessica. I got pregnant when I was 22 years old and throughout my entire pregnancy I was sick 24/7. I found out I was pregnant a week into it so it felt like I was pregnant forever. Anyways through out my pregnancy I was sick day and night the first 2 months I had lost 20 lbs. I couldn't keep anything down and I was in and out of the hospital for dehydration and would stay a day or two and go home. Seemed like no pill would help me. I work at the hospital myself. And I work 12 hour nights and as my pregnancy went on I started getting massive headaches and the doctors thought it was just pregnancy related. So I was put on medicine for that and it seemed to help. Well when... Read More

I had preeclampsia when I had my son 10 years ago. Since then, I have

Posted On Sunday, February 07, 2010 By Paula

I had preeclampsia when I had my son 10 years ago. Since then, I have had trouble recognizing voices on the telephone, even those of people very close to me. I recently learned that this condition is called phonagnosia. It usually results from brain injury or stroke. There is a case documented of someone who had it from birth. Since I didn't, I wondered if it resulted from my preeclampsia? Has any one else had this experience?

Paula Barvin

Hi my name is Maribel,In May 2006 I found out that I was pregnant. This

Posted On Friday, February 05, 2010 By Maribel

Hi my name is Maribel,In May 2006 I found out that I was pregnant. This was going to be my third baby. On September 19 I noticed that I was very swollen and I went to see my doctor. When the doctor was checking to see if the baby was okay, she could not hear the baby's heart beating so the doctor sent me to the ER asap. When I arrived @ the ER my blood pressure was 190. It was very high so they immediately decided to give me an ultrasound to see if the baby was okay. ( I was only 17 weeks pregnant at the time) When they checked they realized that my baby was already dead. This was very devastating for me. This had never happened to me before. The doctor told me that I had... Read More

When I found out that I was pregnant May 2001 my husband and I were

Posted On Sunday, January 31, 2010 By Rachel

When I found out that I was pregnant May 2001 my husband and I were so excited!!  This feeling quickly turned into one of anxiety when my bloodwork came back with all my"numbers" low and the call from the doctor saying that I was probably going to have a miscarriage.  We were so upset, this was our first pregnancy and we wanted this so much.  Fortunately for us things turned around and my numbers went up and we saw the heartbeat.  My pregnancy was mostly typical after that.  I was diagnosed with an ulcer at 5 months gestation and had to be put on many medications for this but the baby was doing well.  One morning when I was 39 weeks I woke up with what I... Read More

Featured Video

Story Spotlight

Community Discussion

Trusted Partners

Attend an Event Near You

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST. We respect your privacy.