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

My Story. My Daughter Alexis was born at 31 weeks, 3 lbs. 6 oz. and

Posted On Thursday, May 06, 2010 By Dina

My Story. My Daughter Alexis was born at 31 weeks, 3 lbs. 6 oz. and 17 3/4 inches due to severe preeclampsia. This is my 2nd pregnancy. My first was delivered full term with no preeclampsia and my only issue was Gestational Diabetes which was under control via diet.This time I was really sick. No Gestational Diabetes but severe morning sickness for the first 6 months. I was fine up until the week I had her. I began not feeling well one Sunday. My feet were swollen but my doctor was not concerned and my BP was a little high, but I can run hIgh and not on meds. I did not feel the baby move at all that Sunday so I went to L&D. They took the test via swab of cervix to see if I was... Read More

My pregnancy was going great I was so excited for my first child. Then out

Posted On Monday, May 03, 2010 By

My pregnancy was going great! I was so excited for my first child. Then out of nowhere things got bad.  At 28 1/2 weeks I woke up completely swollen EVERYWHERE!  I called my ob/gyn &and they told me to come in. When they took my Blood Pressure it was 188/110. I was then sent to the hospital where they kept me for 8 hours monitoring me and my baby. Eventually the swelling went down a little and my BP became better so they diagnosed me with Gestational Hypertension and put me on bed rest (which is not fun!). I was put on BP medication and had to see a perinatologist twice a week and also had to have a NST (non stress test) twice a... Read More

I developed preeclampsia on 5/25/98 at 25 weeks along and I had to deliver the

Posted On Wednesday, May 05, 2010 By

I developed preeclampsia on 5/25/98 at 25 weeks along and I had to deliver the baby via c-section. Emilia weighed a little over 1 pound and lived for 7 days. This was the hardest thing I have ever had to experience. She was my first child, and I still feel responsible for what happened to her. I feel that I wasn't informed at all about this condition during my pregnancy and I maybe could've changed things had I known.


I went on to have another baby a year later and everything went well. She is now 10 years old and the love of my life.

I miss Emilia every day and cannot wait to someday hold her again in Heaven.

I don't really know where to start my story. I knew I had preeclampsia

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2010 By

I don't really know where to start my story.  I knew I had preeclampsia but I had so much going on in my life that I didn't suspect or even think something could happen to me.  Lets start when I was 16 weeks pregnant.  I was traveling into the mountains, a snow storm hit so fast when I rounded the mountain, I lost control of my vehicle and hit a ten passenger van head on.  It was a very scary moment.  I remember hearing a pop.  I didn't have blood anywhere.  My windows weren't cracked.  I couldn't open my door.  I couldn't find my cell phone to call my husband.  I was lost.  Finally, a gentleman pried open my jeep door.  He let me... Read More

Hi, I just don

Posted On Monday, August 02, 2010 By

Hi, I just don

I was 24 weeks, 2 days, when out of nowhere I was being admitted to

Posted On Sunday, July 25, 2010 By

I was 24 weeks, 2 days, when out of nowhere I was being admitted to the hospital and rushed into surgery for a c-section because I had a BP of 251/175, and my baby girl, Sadie Quinn, was in distress.  My baby was delivered (via classic c-section) and survived only a few minutes, due to "severe preeclampsia/HELLP and low birth weight" (as printed on her death certificate).  She was only 365 grams, but truly the most beautiful and precious thing I had EVER laid my eyes on.  We held our beautiful baby girl for as long as we could, crying and praying that this was just a nightmare and she wasn't gone.  I was in ICU for 2 nights, then moved to a floor for 2 more nights, while... Read More

Hi. I'm new to this forum but I believe that the women here can understand

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2010 By

Hi. I'm new to this forum but I believe that the women here can understand what I'm about to write and any insight would be so appreciated. I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia when I was 25 weeks pregnant. I got hospitalized right away...my BP was 196/114. It was pandemonium to say the least. They straight out told me I was 24 hours away from having a stroke and dying. It was the scariest time of my life. They managed to bring down my BP and keep my baby in me until he had to be delivered at 27wks. He was born a little over a pound. He was in the NICU for 4 months and he's now 4 years old and I have to say, after 5 surgeries that he had to undergo because of his prematurity, he is... Read More

June 18, 1982: Sarah was conceived and I experienced a very normal pregnancy. I was

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2010 By

June 18, 1982: Sarah was conceived and I experienced a very normal pregnancy. I was 28 and this was my first pregnancy, so I was nutritionally and physically fit. Working out regularly and losing any extra weight before I conceived was a goal, so I began the pregnancy weighing 127 pounds, which is good for my petite 5'4" height. My mother had three normal deliveries and I read all the books available. Of course I skipped over the chapter on preeclampsia, since I just KNEW that would not be a problem for me. My husband and I decided that I would substitute teach instead of renewing my teaching contract. As the Thanksgiving holidays approached, I began to eat sweets and high... Read More

During my first pregnancy I was only 17 and trying to deal with

Posted On Saturday, July 17, 2010 By

During my first pregnancy I was only 17 and trying to deal with  life. I lived in a maternity home for women needing help.  I got a lot of help learning what I would need after my baby boy was born but no one told me that I would be fighting for my life before he even got here! During my 7th month of pregnancy I keep telling my doctor that something was wrong. I didn't feel right! She would just tell me that this was my first pregnancy and that I didn't know how I was suppose to feel! I stayed this way until 36 weeks with slightly elevated BP's  but nothing severe until the day I passed out while walking down the hall at the maternity home! When... Read More

We were ecstatic to find out we were going to have a baby. The first

Posted On Thursday, July 15, 2010 By

We were ecstatic to find out we were going to have a baby. The first time we saw him was on our one year wedding anniversary. He was about the size of a blueberry so we nicknamed him Blue. He was conceived on Christmas Day and we thought he was the ultimate Christmas present. My pregnancy was completely normal. Prior to pregnancy the only medical problem I had was Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It was controlled with Metformin. I stopped taking it after 12 weeks gestation, per my doctor's advice. My endocrinologist also agreed it would not make a difference to take it... Read More

I started having really bad back pain on Friday. It wasn't the normal back pain

Posted On Thursday, July 15, 2010 By

I started having really bad back pain on Friday. It wasn't the normal back pain like I had had with my first pregnancy and it didn't feel like contractions. The pains were in the middle of my back and were constant. It felt as if they radiated threw my back into my chest and it was mainly at night.I had the worst time sleeping. I would take Tylenol which would only work for a short time and I switched positions so many times trying to get comfortable. I already had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and they were doing an ultrasound to check on the nutrition of the baby because I was measuring small and also was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the beginning of the pregnancy. So I... Read More

I had a wonderful pregnancy, relatively complication free until I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 By

I had a wonderful pregnancy, relatively complication free until I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 37 weeks.  I was at my routine checkup, and expecting no problems to arise, just like all our past visits.  We were running a little late, so I was stressed at being late for the appointment.  Much to my surprise, our whole world was rocked in a matter of minutes.  At the visit, my blood pressure was pretty high and I also had protein in my urine.  I remember saying, we were rushing to get here, so that is probably why my BP is high.  The look on the doctor's face is something I will always remember.  I realized that things were more severe than I was... Read More

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