My daughter had migraines, horrible indigestion, pain in her right side, very very swollen ankles

Posted On Friday, January 08, 2010 By Mary

My daughter had migraines, horrible indigestion, pain in her right side, very very swollen ankles and legs.  When she complained to her ob/gyn, she was told she had normal, end of pregnancy complaints and she would be fine.  She was 40 weeks pregnant.  She called me and was sick and vomitting, couldn't keep anything down (this had been going on for months), I said to call her dr.  She did, they said to do a fetal kick count and call back.  They had her go to the hospital and they did some tests, no protein in her urine.  They sent her home, saying she would have the baby that weekend. She was only dilated to 1/2 to 1 centimeter.  Late that Sunday, her... Read More

Until my 15th week in pregnancy, it seemed like everything was going just normal like

Posted On Tuesday, January 05, 2010 By Kathie

Until my 15th week in pregnancy, it seemed like everything was going just normal like all the books and websites told me it would be. Around my 15th week, we took a trip down to Tennessee (in the beginning of June), and that's when I started to notice some swelling in my ankles and feet. I thought it was caused by the heat and humidity, so I hoped it would disappear when we got home. Unfortunately, it didn't. My midwife checked my blood pressure and protein levels and I was fine at the time, but she would continue to monitor it and she gave me some advice about my diet to prevent it from getting worse. Some family situations came up, and I didn't really pay as much attention to my diet as I... Read More

THIS IS OUR STORY....My first pregnancy back in 2003 seemed to be normal to me.

Posted On Monday, January 04, 2010 By Miranda

THIS IS OUR STORY....My first pregnancy back in 2003 seemed to be normal to me. Until about my 33 week. I was extremely swollen, couldn't hardly walk with out being in pain, headaches that would not go away, not able to keep any food down, high blood pressure and very flushed feeling. My Ob office proceeded to tell me that my BP was high from walking from the parking lot to the office. Being my first pregancy I trusted them. That weekend my husband and I took a trip (about 3 hrs away) to visit my family. My cousin is a nurse and worked in Labor and Delivery. She was so concerned that something wasn't right with me. And was praying nothing happened while I was there. She... Read More

It was December 23, 2009 when I went to my doctor for my 38 week

Posted On Friday, January 01, 2010 By Dawn

It was December 23, 2009 when I went to my doctor for my 38 week visit.  This was my first pregnancy and I had been blessed with a wonderful pregnancy as well.  Throughout my 38 weeks of pregnancy, I never once felt sick, tired and gained on 26 pounds.  I actually enjoyed my time being pregnant.  However, all that changed two days before Christmas.  On my routine visit that typically took 5 to 10 minutes, I was informed that my blood pressure was too high and there was a high level of protein in my urine.Never hearing of Preeclampsia, I didn't become alarmed.  I was sent to the hospital for further testing.  I felt fine with no other symptoms until... Read More

I remember coming to this website looking for hope after having HELLP Syndrome with my

Posted On Monday, April 19, 2010 By

I remember coming to this website looking for hope after having HELLP Syndrome with my first pregnancy, so I wanted to come back and post my story to give hope to anyone in the same position. My first pregnancy went very smoothly, I was all about having a natural birth. I exercised regularly and ate well. I did however seem to be putting on a lot of water weight but my doctors said it was normal. I gave birth at almost 41 weeks. I needed to be induced because my water broke and I was not contracting. So a little over 24 hours after my water broke I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She looked super healthy to me but the doctors were concerned due to several factors... Read More

I was hospitalized with preeclampsia at 23 weeks. I tried to stay pregnant for as

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2010 By

I was hospitalized with preeclampsia at 23 weeks. I tried to stay pregnant for as long as possible. My beautiful son, Ayden Joshua Williams, was born at 24 1/2 weeks on 3/18/2010 at 6:09 PM. He was spunky and fighting all the way.He was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He passed away on 4/6/2010 at 2:35 am in our arms. He contracted an infection in the NICU, and could not fight it due to the lack of his immune system, as he was born premature.Although he was here for a short time, he will always be loved. Ayden was our first child. I pray he knew we loved him, we wanted him so badly, but God decided to take him home. I know I will see my beautiful, sweet... Read More

Hello. My name is Samantha. I have experienced preeclampsia twice now. My first son was

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2010 By

Hello. My name is Samantha. I have experienced preeclampsia twice now. My first son was born 9 weeks and 1 day premature by emergency c-section because of my preeclampsia. I had a very quick onset in his case and don't think they could have caught it any sooner than they did. They gave me steroids before he was born so that his lungs would develop more rapidly. He was born at 3lbs 12 oz and was in the NICU for only 12 days. He never had any complications to speak of and was gaining weight fairly well. He is now 3.5 years old but everyone thinks he's at least 5! He has had a problem with seizures and has been seeing a pediatric neurologist for the past two years, with no results or... Read More

My name is Jennifer. I am both a product and survivor of preeclampsia. I was

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 By

My name is Jennifer. I am both a product and survivor of preeclampsia. I was born at 29 weeks in 1984, weighing 2 lbs. 8 oz. and have been healthy since. I am now 25 years old and just recently lost my first child, Kelsie Mae due to severe preeclampsia. I was diagnosed at 27 weeks and sent to hospital bed rest. I delivered a healthy baby girl, Kelsie Mae, on January 10 ,2010. She weighted 2 lbs. exactly. She was doing great in the NICU and I truly thought she would come home to my husband and I. She had no problems with her lungs and was close to being on room air when disaster struck!We had an observational surgery to see what was causing her to bloat in her belly, nothing was... Read More

Our first baby was born in April 2008. I had gestational diabetes with him,

Posted On Saturday, March 13, 2010 By Jamie

Our first baby was born in April  2008. I had gestational diabetes with him, and he was born 2 weeks early. Because of the diabetes we had several complications.  He had a feeding tube due to being very dehydrated. His blood sugar was very low, and he had no energy to nurse. He actually never did breastfeed and several of the nurses felt that our due date was wrong, and that he was actually more like a month early. So, I was prepared in my second pregnancy in March 2009 to have diabetes again. We were very surprised when I didn't get it after all. I felt great, although very, very tired ALL the time. My blood pressure in my first pregnancy was on the low end and same with this... Read More

I am a first time Mom to a beautiful baby boy named Tyler who is

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2010 By Mary

I am a first time Mom to a beautiful baby boy named Tyler who is now 10.5 months old.At about 20 weeks into my pregnancy my blood pressure began to creep up a little bit, but it was nothing alarming. My doctor kept an eye on it and eventually tested me for preeclampsia (24 hour urine), which came back negative.About 6 months into my pregnancy, my feet started to swell and the blood pressure was still an issue, though my doctor did not put me on bed rest or put me on any medications. Just for peace of mind, I bought a home BP monitor.I was going weekly to my doctor for blood pressure checks. I also had low Thyroid levels and was on medication for that, but other... Read More

My first pregnancy started out an uncomplicated one. No morning sickness, very little cravings and

Posted On Sunday, February 21, 2010 By Jennifer

My first pregnancy started out an uncomplicated one. No morning sickness, very little cravings and very little weight gain. This was up until my 3rd trimester - once I hit 30 weeks, it all changed. I started to have some problems with my blood pressure. It was getting way too high for this point in my pregnancy. It had been normal, in the 120's/130's over 70's/80's, and then in started raising to the high 140's/low 150's over high 80's/low 90's. My obstetrician of course caught it right away, and advised me to lower my activity level. This was difficult for me because I was working full time and didn't intend on backing off. I was visiting the office weekly, and in one of my urine samples,... Read More

I found out I was pregnant in July 2009. My husband and I had just

Posted On Friday, July 02, 2010 By

I found out I was pregnant in July 2009. My husband and I had just gotten married in June 2009 and were thrilled we got pregnant so fast. We had planned to start trying right away. At our first ultrasound we found out we had a single vessel umbilical cord. The doctors reassured us that lots of babies are born with a cord like this (1 in 100) and told us everything  would be okay. I researched it over and over again. I didn't like some of the things I read but overall our baby had a 75% chance of being "normal." Everything was progressing as should be. I was mostly tired at first and had a few slight headaches, nothing major. No swelling really, ankles... Read More

January 2, 2009, at just 27 weeks pregnant, I went into the hospital with high

Posted On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 By

January 2, 2009, at just 27 weeks pregnant, I went into the hospital with high blood pressure, swelling, and other complications.  I was told that I needed to stay overnight to have a urine test and to monitor the baby.  After the initial 24 hours they determined that I had preeclampsia.  My BP had come down and the nurses thought that maybe I would get to go home but that wasn't the case.  I met with the high risk OB and he did an ultrasound to see how our baby was doing.  He said that he hadn't grown since the 20 week ultrasound and so I was ordered to stay on bed rest until the birth of my son.  Unfortunately that happened a lot sooner then we... Read More

In November 2008 my daughter in her 24th week of pregnancy at age 21 had

Posted On Monday, June 21, 2010 By

In November 2008 my daughter in her 24th week of pregnancy at age 21 had facial swelling, trouble with her vision and complained of a headache ( all of this came on in just one day ). I am a cardiac ICU nurse and remembered from nursing school that these symptoms were not a good thing in pregnancy. I called the OB doc and was told it was probably just a headache and to take Tylenol. After day two of this I brought a BP cuff home from work and checked her BP myself at home and it was 190/102. I called the OB doc again and was again told it was probably not anything to worry about and to call the doc the next day for an appointment for her. I told them we were going to the ER and... Read More

Hi...My name is Mindy and I have an almost 3 year old son named Andrew

Posted On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 By Mindy

Hi...My name is Mindy and I have an almost 3 year old son named Andrew and here is my story...I was 19 when I was preggo with Andrew and I had a rough pregnancy. I was on bedrest from 16 wks till I delivered. I suffered from sciatic nerve pain and swelling all over. I was miserable to say the least but never had any known problems with preeclampsia. I would go to my OB visits and sometimes I was unable to use the bathroom to give them urine to test so it was no big deal they said I was fine. My water broke on its own one morning when I was 37 wks along and I went to the Dr and they sent me to the hospital on a Monday morning around 1100am. I had a hard and rough delivery with little... Read More

I was diagnosed with preelcampsia in week 35 of pregnancy. I was placed on bed

Posted On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 By Mindy

I was diagnosed with preelcampsia in week 35 of pregnancy. I was placed on bed rest for four days but when it was determined that this was not helping my condition the baby was delivered via C-section. The baby was born perfectly healthy at 5 lbs 2.7 oz and 17 inches He did not have to spend any time in the NICU and soon after delivery he was brought to my hospital room. The baby and I were released from the hospital within 96 hours of delivery and within two weeks my blood pressure had returned to normal. The baby and I have not suffered any long term effects and although I was a little surprised at his early arrival everything is great!

I was thirty weeks pregnant. This was my first child. On August 1, 2008, I

Posted On Saturday, December 12, 2009 By Laura

I was thirty weeks pregnant. This was my first child. On August 1, 2008, I woke up around 3 am with a bad headache, which wasn't uncommon in my pregnancy. I took some fast acting Tylenol and laid back down. I couldn't go back to sleep and the headache wasn't going away. My husband was soon up to commute to his construction job for the summer. I put a cold rag on my head to try and soothe the pain. The headache only got worse. I called my doctor's office as soon as it opened, and they said I should go to the Emergency Room. But, silly me, I thought, "I don't need to go to the ER just for a headache, especially since I just went to the doctor yesterday and he said everything was fine." I... Read More

For all of you that don't know, this is going to be hard, but today

Posted On Monday, December 07, 2009 By Amanda

For all of you that don't know, this is going to be hard, but today I feel strong, so I am deciding to write my version of the tragic event that forever changed my life. No one ever talks about what could happen, or tells you about diseases to look out for during pregnancy. I bet 90% of women don't know what Severe pre-eclampsia or HELLP disease is. I did not...if I did it could have saved baby Cara's life, not to mention it almost took my own! October 10 2009 I noticed I seemed to be (for a lack of better description) leaking...I called the OB on call right away and they told me to come into labor and delivery. I did and after running a few tests they said I was not leaking.... Read More

My story begins with my third pregnancy. My first two pregnancies went very well, both

Posted On Monday, December 07, 2009 By Julie

My story begins with my third pregnancy. My first two pregnancies went very well, both delivered to term, natural childbirth, no complications, very fast deliveries. My third started out the same way, I got pregnant when my second daughter was 5 months old. This was not a planned pregnancy, but we were happy none the less. We wanted 4 children. I had always enjoyed being pregnant, I suffer from migraines, but never had them while pregnant. My pregnancy was progressing normally, until about 34 weeks, that's when I noticed some swelling in my ankles. I had told my doctor at my last appt. that I was a little concerned and I was told to relax and keep my feet elevated. At my last appt., I was... Read More

When I was pregnant with my first son, I found out at 24 weeks he

Posted On Sunday, November 08, 2009 By

When I was pregnant with my first son, I found out at 24 weeks he was missing half his umbillical artery, called "SUA" or single vessel cord. The fact that he was missing the cord was reason enough for alarm, as my body would have to compensate for the rest to get him through pregnancy. I was terrified and warned that chances for my pregnancy to continue were not good. The, at about 28 weeks, I started having unusual swelling of my hands and feet - so bad I could barely wear flip flops. I started gaining water weight and felt like I had a water sack hanging on my belly. I contacted the doctor, who told me to stay off my feet and try to do as little as possible. I hun in for another 3 weeks.... Read More

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