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

When working as a labor and delivery nurse one never feels that all the things

Posted On Saturday, August 21, 2010 By

When working as a labor and delivery nurse one never feels that all the things you watch out for for your patients could ever happen to you. The "rules" of pregnancy, drinking sufficient water, eating healthy, kick counts, etc... all the things done that most of the patients we see rarely do and yet even in doing all these things as one is supposed to the unthinkable still can happen.At work on a Wed, laboring a 36 week ruptured anorexic teenager with only one other nurse available due to staffing shortage, the day continues to get more and more stressful. The patient reports " I don't eat because I can't get fat and I want to nurse so I can lose as much weight as possible."... Read More

On Jan 6, 2009 we found out we were pregnant after trying for approximately 8

Posted On Saturday, August 07, 2010 By

On Jan 6, 2009 we found out we were pregnant after trying for approximately 8 months and we were overjoyed. My pregnancy was watched by my GP for the first 30 weeks until I had to go see an OB/GYN. I normally have lower blood pressure but through the pregnancy my blood pressure had gone up to more normal levels which didn't concern my GP but she was keeping an eye on it just in case. I met with the OB/GYN at 30 weeks and everything was normal, same with the 33 and 35 week check ups. My ankles and feet had started to get quite swollen but the doctor wasn't concerned since it is normal for pregnant women to have swollen feet. After my 35 week check up (which was a few days after 35... Read More

Hello, my name is Tonya and I was told all my life I wouldn't be

Posted On Monday, August 16, 2010 By

Hello, my name is Tonya and I was told all my life I wouldn't be able to have any children. Well to my surprise I got pregnant with my daughter Tianna Nicole. I was horribly sick during my pregnancy from about 14 weeks on. Everyone was telling me it was normal pregnancy symptoms but I felt like something was wrong. My mom went with me to one of my appointments and she noticed on the blood pressure machine that mine was high.Since about 14 weeks they (OB Clinic) was telling me I had protein in my urine but they never did a 24 hour urine catch. After this appointment my mom talked me into switching to a private practice instead of a clinic. My first appointment with the private doctor he... Read More

I was very blessed to have wonderful doctors throughout my pregnancy. Everything seemed

Posted On Friday, August 06, 2010 By

 I was very blessed to have wonderful doctors throughout my pregnancy.  Everything seemed fine...morning sickness, a little swelling, but nothing out of the ordinary.  I did call the doctor's office one morning and got a doctor that was not mine...my lips were swollen...he said not to worry, so I didn't.A few weeks later, I went in for one of my first "every week" appointments...I guess I was about week 34 or 35...my last appointment had been 2 weeks earlier.  I felt really horrible, and did not want to eat because I felt so sick.  I even had taken to sleeping sitting up....I told my husband I felt like I was drowning if I was lying down (he told me I... Read More

HELLO EVERYONE. I'M NEW HERE I HAVE ALOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT TRYING AGAIN AFTER MY

Posted On Thursday, August 05, 2010 By

HELLO EVERYONE. I'M NEW HERE! I HAVE ALOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT TRYING AGAIN AFTER MY DAUGHTER ("ALIANA") PASSED SOON AFTER I DELIVERED HER DUE TO SEVERE PREECLAMPSIA ON MAY 16, 2010.. I WAS 5 MONTHS PREGNANT & SHE WAS 22 WEEKS, 11 IN. & 14 OZ.
MY ANGEL IS NOW IN A BETTER PLACE WITH ALL THE OTHER ANGELS & MY FATHER, GOD.
IF ANYBODY HAS ANY ANSWERS TO HOW YOU DID IT..  IF THERE'S ANYBODY THAT TRIED AGAIN & HAD SEVERE PREECLAMPSIA BEFORE & EVERYTING WENT FINE.. PLEASE.. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR  STORY!

My story begins on August 4, 1997. I was 32 weeks along with my first

Posted On Tuesday, March 02, 2010 By Regina

My story begins on August 4, 1997. I was 32 weeks along with my first pregnancy. I woke up that morning with severe abdominal pain and I had chest pain. We called my doctor and I went over to their office right away. My blood pressure was skyrocketing and I was spilling protein in my urine. The doctor sent us to the hospital immediately! As soon as we got to the hospital, they started hooking me up to all of the monitors and my blood pressure was 188/118. They immediately started me on Magnesium Sulfate and my doctor came in and said that he was delivering my baby in one hour. He then took my husband outside the room and told him that I had developed HELLP syndrome. My liver and... Read More

I am hopeful that writing all this out will better help me cope and deal

Posted On Wednesday, January 20, 2010 By Christi

I am hopeful that writing all this out will better help me cope and deal with my pregnancy. February of 2009, I found out I was pregnant. That was amazing news after many years of trying and many rounds of fertility drugs due to PCOS. I fell to my knees and began to cry and thank my Heavenly Father. The first 4 months were difficult due to morning sickness. I made it through by taking Zofran three times a day. I had prayed for this child over and over again and decided that I would try and do everything right. I ate really well, worked out, and just took really good care of myself. My little girl was so active all throughout pregnancy. Months 4-6 were so much fun. My energy returned... Read More

I had successfully given birth to two very healthy baby boys, with very uneventful pregnancies,

Posted On Wednesday, January 20, 2010 By Shannon

I had successfully given birth to two very healthy baby boys, with very uneventful pregnancies, I joked that I was made to have babies.  I never even read the chapters or articles in the pregnancy books or magazines that discussed possible problems, thinking "that won't happen to me."  How wrong I was!  My third pregnancy (another boy) had me extremely swollen, ridiculous really, I had to buy new shoes just to find a pair that I could get my feet in.  My blood pressure stayed steady and continually tested negative for protein in urine, so the Dr. basically told me I was having a run of bad luck with this one and stay off my feet as much as possible and keep them... Read More

I had, what many would consider, a perfect pregnancy -- until I got sick.

Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 By Lisa

I had, what many would consider, a "perfect pregnancy" -- until I got sick.  At 28 weeks I had a great prenatal appointment with no complications and appropriate weight gain.  Two days latter I had a spitting headache all night that was very difficult to control.  I swelled up like a balloon, and for some reason I just stopped urinating.  I called my doctors office in the morning to ask just how much Tylenol I could take without harming my baby.  Wisely, the nurse asked me to come in to have my blood pressure checked.  Grudgingly, not wanting to be sick, I stopped by my doctor's office on my way to work.  Sure enough, I had very high blood pressure. ... Read More

After renovating our house for 2 and a half years, after struggling financially for most

Posted On Sunday, January 17, 2010 By Van

After renovating our house for 2 and a half years, after struggling financially for most of our 10 years together our life had finally taken shape.  Our first daughter was now 3 and my wife had just given birth to our second daughter.  Life was grand and my wife looked like an angel and so happy.  You see she did not like being pregnant and was scared when our first daughter was born but the second was much different.  She was immediately in love and looked like an angelic mommy.  Just as my wife was being discharged the pediatrician on staff informed us that they would be submitting our new born into NICU and given antibiotics in fear that she had a systemic... Read More

Hi,I had never heard of HELLP syndrome before. In fact, I didn't know much about

Posted On Sunday, January 17, 2010 By April

Hi,I had never heard of HELLP syndrome before. In fact, I didn't know much about preeclampsia either, as I had a healthy first pregnancy and didn't worry myself with such complications. I read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" but always skipped over the part about complications in pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my second son, I remember doing this, saying to myself that this would be a perfect textbook pregnancy as well. Boy, was I so wrong.About one to two months before I delivered, I was getting swelling in my face, hands, and feet. I also experienced tingling in my fingers. I mentioned this to my OB/GYN and he said that I had carpal tunnel - which was common in... Read More

It has taken me a long time to write this story, my story. It

Posted On Wednesday, March 03, 2010 By Whitney

Hi my name is Adryan,I am Lisa's son. My mom was pregnant with twins and

Posted On Thursday, May 13, 2010 By

Hi my name is Adryan,I am Lisa's son. My mom was pregnant with twins and her due date was Dec 23. She was married to my dad who beat her. One day he beat her and she went into labor and had them both on September 25, 2009. My sister was born Lynnzie. May was fighting for her life but gave up and on October 6, 2009 she went to be with our God and my little brother died right after he was born. His name is Tristan Jamie. Now my mom was fighting for her life with cancer and went for brain surgery on April 30, 2010. She is doing well but we are still in the hospital and waiting for the doctors to tell us when we can go home. We both are doing well. Since mom has... Read More

I think a lot of people don't know that eclampsia can hit after giving birth.

Posted On Wednesday, May 12, 2010 By

I think a lot of people don't know that eclampsia can hit after giving birth. I have spoken about my condition at a Heart and Stroke Foundation event and am now trying to raise awareness for eclampsia. Everything I have read seems to point to mother's dying in the emergency room due to lack of knowledge on this subject. Doctors just don't know what they are looking at.My story is from April 2008. My husband Chris and I anxioulsy awaited the birth of our first child, we had no idea whether it was a boy or a girl. We were 1 week overdue and our family GP decided it was time to induce me. They put in the gel and I went in to labor like I was supposed to. I seemed to have an... Read More

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