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

As I write this, I am actually sitting in the hospital, next to my wife

Posted On Saturday, January 16, 2010 By Jason

As I write this, I am actually sitting in the hospital, next to my wife who is asleep in the hospital bed. She has been in the hospital for 8 days now. Yesterday was our 30 week gestation period. What started as a routine OBGYN appointment turned into a small nightmare. Upon arrival to the hospital on the Army post where my wife and I live, her blood pressure was found to be extremely high. The doctor admitted her for observation and ordered blood pressure checks every 15 minutes and a 24 hour urinalysis check. We received the results of the urinalysis check the next afternoon. The doctor told us that 300 was a good level of protein in the urine. My wife's level was 1100. They... Read More

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am 29 living in New Zealand. I was

Posted On Saturday, January 16, 2010 By Sarah

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am 29 living in New Zealand. I was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia in my first pregnancy. Luckily it was diagnosed early and we had a very happy outcome. Here is our story: The first 28 weeks of our pregnancy ran smoothly, I was healthy and baby was growing well. I have a health condition (IBD) which can lead to the baby being born small so I was scheduled for regular ultrasounds and obstetrician appointments. At one of the OBS appointments, my BP was taken as per usual and read 140/90. As I had a BP reading of 126/60 at my first prenatal appointment, the obstetrician was now less focused on my IBD but on my elevated blood... Read More

I am a very lucky woman. I hear that every time I tell my story.

Posted On Thursday, April 29, 2010 By

I am a very lucky woman. I hear that every time I tell my story. I am a 37 year old mother of three. My oldest daughter was born at 33 weeks after I was finally diagnosed with HELLP syndrome. I had major swelling.......gained 20 lbs in one week. Maggie was in the NICU for 2 weeks and did very well. She had respiratory issues until she was about 3, but is a healthy active almost 10 year old now. We felt we had been very lucky. The stress and emotional battles did not keep us from having our second daughter two years later. We were optimists and had been told that HELLP syndrome does not typically occur in second pregnancies and should we be the rare case it would be... Read More

In June of 1986 is were my story begins. I was 7 months pregnant, happily

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 By

In June of 1986 is were my story begins. I was 7 months pregnant, happily married or so I thought when my baby's father told me he was leaving. This of course placed a lot of stress on me, so I made sure to keep a regular check on the baby with my health care provider. I didn't have a family doctor at the time, I was being cared for at the health clinic in my town, but I was assured at each visit that things were going fine. Since I wasn't working at the time, I moved in with my parents, which was the best decision I ever made. In my 9th month I began to worry, I was already under an enormous amount of stress, and then my grandfather died. Three weeks later my whole life... Read More

My husband and I were married in June of 2002. I am a bit older

Posted On Friday, July 09, 2010 By

My husband and I were married in June of 2002. I am a bit older than he so we decided to try for a child right away and much to our surprise we succeeded. My first pregnancy was miserable and things were complicated with gestational diabetes and such but no preeclampsia. Our baby boy Lucas is now 7 and wonderfully feisty.We conceived shortly after Lucas was born and I suffered a terrible labored miscarriage at 13 weeks with our second child. We really wanted a sibling for Lucas and another child and we tried for several years and finally conceived Lyndzie. I had no concerns at all during this pregnancy and I pasted my glucose test with flying colors so no GD. Towards the... Read More

Hello, My name is Allison and I'm here to tell my preeclampsia story. First,

Posted On Friday, July 09, 2010 By

Hello, My name is Allison and I'm here to tell my preeclampsia story.  First, I want to thank the Preeclampsia Foundation for their awesome efforts to spread the word and educate about the dangers of preeclampsia.  I wish I would have found this particular site while I was going through the signs and symptoms.I was 28 years old, my first pregnancy, and aside from the normal morning sickness I felt great being pregnant.  I was enjoying every single moment.  At 25 weeks I came home from a normal 8 hour shift of work, being on my feet and noticed I had major ankle swelling and edema.  So much you couldn't see my ankle bones. I'm a sonographer at a... Read More

I am Jyoti Sharma from India. In Feb. 2009 I conceived after 10 years of

Posted On Friday, July 09, 2010 By Erin

I am Jyoti Sharma from India. In Feb. 2009 I conceived after 10 years of marriage at an age of 37 years. It was a precious and happy moment for us. We were having our regular visits to our gynecologist and everything was smooth. On Sep. 3, 2009, it was my husband's birthday. We visited the hospital and our doctor told us to get admitted as my blood pressure was on the higher side but she assured us nothing is very serious as such. She told me to be on complete bed rest and if the blood pressure is not normal by noon tomorrow you should get yourself admitted in the hospital. The next day I got my BP checked from the nearby nursing home and it was high. I contacted the... Read More

I was always told that life was like a rollercoaster ride. I never knew

Posted On Friday, July 09, 2010 By Christine

I was always told that life was like a rollercoaster ride.  I never knew what that meant until March 5, 2008.  Here is my story.I guess you can say I was living the "American Dream".  I married my High School sweetheart and bestfriend whom I met at age 11. Josh was busy climbing the corporate ladder and I was traveling the state of Iowa as a motivational speaker for high school seniors.  We bought our first home, a Craftsman/Stucco home that we fell in love with at first sight.   We remodeled the kitchen and added on a baby suite.  We had everything planned out in the right order and everything was going so perfect.  We planned a... Read More

I usuallly am a great conversationalist. For once I don't know exactly how to

Posted On Thursday, July 08, 2010 By

I usuallly am a great conversationalist.  For once I don't know exactly how to start so I'll ramble on my story to the best of my ability.  It has been 6 days.  Dark days since I felt an inch of light.  Last moment of light, holding my beautiful baby boy Caleb Montiel in my arms.  Though his breath was gone and his eyes were closed, I knew his spirit was still in this shell I carried.Caleb Montiel passed in my womb at 25 weeks.  I delivered my baby boy on July 2.  Although weird or abnormal to some I held him in my arms and slept with him in my arms that night.  I could feel his spirit.  I knew exactly when his spirit left his body... Read More

I want to tell my story so that I can give other women hope.

Posted On Friday, January 08, 2010 By Jamie

I want to tell my story so that I can give other women hope.  I had preeclampsia while pregnant with my child.  It was a complete shock.  I had never heard of it, never seen it, and never knew of anyone who had a complicated pregnancy which resulted in extremely premature birth.  I was first diagnosed with preeclampsia at 29 weeks.  I was diagnosed, sent to the nearest hospital which was able to facilitate my needs (and was also 1 1/2 hrs. from home), and delivered my son all within a single weekend.  this was the most horrify experience of my life.  I acknowledged the fact that I my own health and even life was on the line and in danger, but the... Read More

At 33 years of age with my first pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia. I was informed

Posted On Friday, January 08, 2010 By Jayne

At 33 years of age with my first pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia. I was informed that if I were to have any more children that the chances of it reoccurring were slight. However, five years later during the birth of my second son I had it more severe with the onset of HELLP syndrome, nearly losing my sight. but with the aid of magnesium sulphate and a long hospital stay my son and I survived. I was not informed that this was so dangerous. Unfortunately, because I was not informed that if there was a 'next time' I did not look into sterilization and fell pregnant for a third time (unplanned) within ten months of giving birth. My GP and 2 perinatologists informed me... Read More

I had a great pregnancy. We were so excited as it took us about

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2010 By

I had a great pregnancy.  We were so excited as it took us about 2 years to get pregnant in the first place. I was first diagnosed with PCOS, so in order to get pregnant, was put on Metformin and rounds of Clomid. When that didn't work, we did an IUI with an Ovadryl shot which did work.  We were even more excited at 20 weeks when we found out it was a boy. I didn't have any problems until 5 months pregnant with severe headaches. I was prescribed Tylenol. Repeat headaches.  They recommended Tylenol 3 which I refused to taken for fear that it would affect the baby even though they told me it would not.Around 32-34 weeks, my left leg started to swell and I... Read More

Hi, my name is Alyssa McLaughlin. I'm 19 years old and I was 5 months

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2010 By

Hi, my name is Alyssa McLaughlin. I'm 19 years old and I was 5 months pregnant when I got severe preeclampsia. It was at 11pm January 31st when my husband and I got home from Walmart. I had to buy some Tylenol because what I thought was severe rib pain was hurting so badly I couldn't sleep or walk. It hurt to even breath. I went to the hospital but they said nothing appeared wrong and it might be bronchitis. Right when we got in our driveway I threw up and my whole body swelled up. It was so scary I was crying. I had my husband go get my mom. She asked if I recently took anything new that I might be allergic to and I said no I haven't. I've taken the things and eaten the... Read More

My name is Melisa. I am 22 years old and live in Arizona. I recently

Posted On Thursday, April 22, 2010 By

My name is Melisa. I am 22 years old and live in Arizona. I recently had my daughter Jayden Lynn who was born on May 13, 2009. I've had a history of high blood pressure since I was 18 years old, but nobody could get it under control with any medications. I developed severe preeclampsia when I was 20 weeks pregnant with Jayden and was admitted to the Hospital. The doctors kept trying so hard to push me into having her, but I would tell them no. I ended up having her May 13, 2009 which was at 23wks 4days. She wasn't due until September 5, 2009. I chose to have a c-section because I knew she wouldn't survive a vaginal birth with all the stress that would be caused to her. My doctor put the... Read More

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