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

Our Little Miracle Life After HELLP Syndrome As I sat with my photographer

Posted On Sunday, January 31, 2010 By Nikki

Our Little Miracle Life After HELLP Syndrome    As I sat with my photographer taking maternity pictures in late August of 2008, I never thought I would be faced with such critical decisions about my health... Read More

I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia at about 32 weeks to the day. I had

Posted On Saturday, January 30, 2010 By Kimberly

I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia at about 32 weeks to the day. I had severely limited vision and a protein count of about 3000. My nightmare really didn't begin until doctors got involved. After my son was born an (unknown to us) umbilical catheter was inserted and it pierced his heart. Nothing was said or attempted but they did an x ray and moved it knowing what happened. He died 5 days later of cardiac effusion all because of incompetent medical care.

At 31 weeks, I was having what my doctor quoted a boring pregnancy .

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 By Dawn

At 31 weeks, I was having what my doctor quoted a "boring pregnancy".  She commented that not very much was going on with me, I barely looked pregnant, and my blood pressure was remarkable.  Well that was Wednesday and what may have been her unexpected prediction to something much worse to come.  On Friday, I woke up feeling very uncomfortable and was unable to wear my work shoes or my pants.  I scrammbled to find footwear that fit and was forced to wear a very uncomfortable pair of flats.  Within a few hours of arriving at work, I noticed that my legs were extremely swollen and I couldn't bear to sit.  I approached my nurse friend and she said that my... Read More

My name is Danairi Alfonso and on Halloween 2008 I first discovered to be pregnant.

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 By danairi

My name is Danairi Alfonso and on Halloween 2008 I first discovered to be pregnant. My boyfriend and I were so surprised and thrilled. We were so anxious to tell everyone but waited couple months till we let our news out. I was 23 yrs old, healthy, read a lot of pregnancy books, ate healthy and took my prenatal vitamins.

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I was 32 weeks pregnant when I had suddenly gained over 20 lbs. in one

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 By Sara

I was 32 weeks pregnant when I had suddenly gained over 20 lbs. in one month, and I was only 19. I had headaches and swelling, but never thought anything about, I just assumed it was normal to swell and an occasional headache couldn't mean anything serious. My doctor immediatly called me in to her office and did a urine test for protein and check my blood pressure. It was positive for protein and my BP was around 170/100. It all happened so fast and it was so scary. I was receiving care from a hospital that lacked the ability to care for such an early delivery so I was transported by ambulance to a civilian hospital which had state of the art NICU. I was sent to Labor and Delivery and was... Read More

On July 20, 2009 I went in for a 32 week u/s. I was measuring

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 By Christine

On July 20, 2009 I went in for a 32 week u/s. I was measuring small from the outside, so my obgyn scheduled an u/s to make sure the baby was growing correctly and there was enough fluid, etc. Everything looked great and the baby was actually slightly bigger then her gestational age, which was a healthy sign. My 1st pregnancy was going perfect. On July 26th I woke up around 4am with severe upper abdominal pain, blurred vision, and an indescribable headache. I had no idea what was going on. I drove to the emergency room and there the triage nurse took my vitals, asked me a series of questions, and put me back in a room in the emergency department. By this point I couldn't sit still the pain... Read More

A year ago, I was feeling pains in my stomach. I was pregnant for the

Posted On Wednesday, May 19, 2010 By

A year ago, I was feeling pains in my stomach. I was pregnant for the first time and thought... maybe these were just Braxton Hicks, but I started noticing my urine was getting darker and darker and it caused concern. I wasn't sure what was going on because I was a model patient. I hadn't had any problems in my first 32 weeks of pregnancy. We went to the doctor and they found there was a high level of protein in my urine and my blood pressure was elevated. I met with the doctor and she was concerned but said to go home, take it easy, do a urine test over the weekend and to bring it in to have multiple days tested. I took a stress test and baby was fine. I could tell I... Read More

A happy, healthy married woman, I was 21 years old when we found out we

Posted On Saturday, May 15, 2010 By

A happy, healthy married woman, I was 21 years old when we found out we were going to have our first baby! We were over the moon! I got pregnant in late may 2009 and was given a due date of February 26th 2010. I would be 22 at the time. I was being sent to a high risk practice in a fabulous hospital where I live in Baltimore, MD. However I was not high risk, or at least not at the time, but God knew and thank God I was with the practice I was!My grandmother had placenta previa with my mother. The doctors did not think my grandma or mother would make it. Both did. When My mother got pregnant for the first time she developed preeclampsia and had no idea. She went into labor at 35 weeks... Read More

My son was born in early March of 2010. I was only 28 weeks pregnant.

Posted On Tuesday, September 14, 2010 By

My son was born in early March of 2010. I was only 28 weeks pregnant. I had suspected Preeclampsia due to the 12 pounds I gained in two weeks. When a urine test and blood pressure check confirmed it, I cried and cried. I was terrified for my baby, I had never considered prematurity before. I was ambulanced to Toronto and monitored continuously. I felt like a pincushion and was trying very hard to remain calm. My husband stayed with me the whole time in my room. We were trying to wrap our heads around the long hospital stay ahead.Our son was delivered via C-section 4 days after I arrived in Toronto. He was 2.2 pounds and the frailest thing I had ever seen. I got a quick... Read More

I had a normal pregnancy other than the fact that I was hyperemic in the

Posted On Tuesday, September 14, 2010 By

I had a "normal" pregnancy other than the fact that I was hyperemic in the first trimester.  I was considered an "elderly" OB at the time because I was 34 years old.  I did not gain a great deal of weight during the pregnancy, only 28 pounds.  I led an active life working as the Supervisor of a small hospital Blood Bank.  I had expected my baby to be born sometime early in June.  It was still May and the doctor seemed content with the progression of the pregnancy, in fact he worked at my hospital, so I felt secure that if anything would happen I would be in good hands.  My glucose test had come back slightly elevated at the prescribed 29 week check, so I... Read More

My name is Diane Williams, and I am a mother of a preeclampsia survivor and

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2010 By Marjorie

My name is Diane Williams, and I am a mother of a preeclampsia survivor and a healthy currently 13 month old granddaughter, Lilleonah.Kata had an almost perfect pregnancy. At 36 weeks, Lille stopped moving. She had been very active since about 18 weeks. Martin,( Kata's boyfriend and Lille's dad) Kata, and I went to the L&D. Her BP was okay and they took a urine sample. The nurses were able to get the fetal kicks and we were sent home about 2 hours later with Kata's urine sample sitting on the tray left untested.  The feet were so swollen she could not wear shoes.  She had daily headaches and was sleeping almost 16 hours a day if not... Read More

I was about 24/25 weeks along, when I just had thats feeling something wasnt right.

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 By Jill

I was about 24/25 weeks along, when I just had thats "feeling" something wasnt right. I was small, I kept thinking when will my "bump" appear? My doctor never measured me. I started noticing my ankles and feet started swelling and I knew that just wasnt normal especially for how little I was and I hadn't gained much weight. I told my doctor and she said it was normal. I didn't believe it. I wish I had insisted more.April 18, 2009 I was in the mall, and I started having pains in my upper right abdomen and I thought it wasnt right and so I had an ambulance come I to get check out. They brought me to the hospital (a different one because I was unsure of the hospital I wanted to deliver... Read More

Hello, My name is Jennie. I was 23 when I became pregnant the first time.

Posted On Sunday, January 24, 2010 By Jennie

Hello, My name is Jennie. I was 23 when I became pregnant the first time. It was only 5 months since my husband and I were married. It was a bit of a shock but we were so excited. My pregnancy started out good until I had some issues at work. I worked at a hospital in dietary and had to carry,push and pull a lot of heavy equiptment and stock. One day while at work I felt really crampy and just the general feeling of uneasiness like something was wrong. I was only 9 weeks into my pregnancy so I was really scared that I was miscarrying and of course I had just been in the middle of lifting something very heavy. I went immediately to the er. After a long couple hours and 2 ultrasounds... Read More

My first son was born four weeks before his due date because of preeclampsia. We

Posted On Thursday, January 21, 2010 By Olga

My first son was born four weeks before his due date because of preeclampsia. We were lucky to avoid major complications but the whole experience was terrifying. I and my husband never talked about it after our son was born as it was the most frightening thing that ever happen to us. We were simply grateful to be alive. To get pregnant for the first time we went through infertility treatment, so it came as a total surprise to learn 5 years later that I was pregnant again. We were both happy and devastated. Those who know what it takes to have another baby after preeclampsia would understand. Our first son was born in the USA. I got pregnant for the second time when we... Read More

It started the Sunday before Christmas, of 2007.I had gone swimming with some girlfriends to

Posted On Friday, May 14, 2010 By Debra

It started the Sunday before Christmas, of 2007.I had gone swimming with some girlfriends to take the mounting pressure of baby belly off my back.The water felt so good, I was weightless! The next day, I had this awful pain in my side. I figured I had over done it at the pool, and decided to rest up.The pain got worse as the days went on. Christmas was comical. I was on the living room floor, in the most intense pain of my life. I still thought "Wow, this must be practice contractions." I wasn't due for another four weeks. I'd convinced myself that I would be going overdue, and having a ten pound baby. I was excited! I wanted to be that woman waddling around,... Read More

I developed HELLP Syndrome in my 36th week of pregnancy with my son. I had

Posted On Friday, May 14, 2010 By goldie

I developed HELLP Syndrome in my 36th week of pregnancy with my son. I had been experiencing high blood pressure readings since the 2nd trimester and was monitoring at home. My husband and I had gone out to dinner on January 11th, 2007, and that evening I didn't feel so well. I thought it was indigestion from dinner, but no matter how many Tums I took or how I tried to get comfortable, nothing worked. I was having some mild right quadrant pain, but nothing severe. Finally, at about 4:30 in the morning, I remembered something my OB had said at one of my recent visits. He told me to get medical attention if I started having pain in my upper right quadrant, and I remember... Read More

Today, I can tell you I celebrate the fact I have a beautiful and healthy

Posted On Thursday, May 13, 2010 By

Today, I can tell you I celebrate the fact I have a beautiful and healthy baby girl, but things didn't start out so well!Here's a little background on how me and Brooke's journey began. Around my 28th week of pregnancy, I was begining to have signs of preeclampsiaia. My symptoms were all the regular ones, like high blood pressure, blurred vision, headaches, severe water retention in the legs/feet/face. I was  progressively becoming more sick. So, to make a long story short, in my 30th week I was hospitalized... Read More

My son was born October 25, 2009. He wasn't due until December 1, 2009.On

Posted On Thursday, May 13, 2010 By

My son was born October 25, 2009.  He wasn't due until December 1, 2009.On October 14, 2009, I went to the emergency room in my hometown because I was feeling a lot of pain.  Turned out I was having "threatened pre-term labor". They sent me to another hospital right away where they are known for their NICU.  2 days into my stay in the hospital I caught H1N1 and they placed me in isolation for a week.  The doctors continued to monitor my blood pressure and checked my urine for protein.  On October 24, 2009, I was diagnosed with HELLP.  My son had to be delivered right away. I delivered him on the 25th. There was blood in my urine and... Read More

Hello -I had an up and down pregnancy last year. I was told I had

Posted On Thursday, May 13, 2010 By

Hello -I had an up and down pregnancy last year. I was told I had a 1/8 chance of having a baby with down syndrome so I did an amniocentesis and found he would be okay. It was the most scary time of my life. 1/8! I couldn't believe it since I was 34 and thought I had better odds than that. Anyway, at 29 weeks for my regular check up I went in to my appointment letting my ob-gyn know that my swelling had gotten worse and I was down to only one pair of comfortable shoes. She felt my legs and immediately told me she was going to admit me to the hospital that night and I was done working until the baby came. Of course I was in total disbelief! I had 2 1/2 months to go, how was this... Read More

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