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

Hi everyone. I am new to this forum, and I am here because I have

Posted On Tuesday, July 06, 2010 By

Hi everyone. I am new to this forum, and I am here because I have reached the end of my rope with my health and how I feel since I had my son. I had him at 30 weeks and I suffered severe preeclampsia with HELLP syndrome. I came very close to death and I have never felt normal since. I have gone to my cardiologist and my family doctor...I swear they all think I'm crazy...but I'm NOT!!Everyday i feel horrible...my vision is blurry, I'm dizzy all the time, I just feel out of it a LOT, I get very weird headaches. I'm exhausted all the time. I have numbness and tingling in my arms and legs and sometimes I feel like I can't breathe. I could list a hundred more weird symptoms, but you... Read More

I had 3 different pregnancies all with preeclampsia. I had swelling of the feet, hands

Posted On Saturday, July 03, 2010 By

I had 3 different pregnancies all with preeclampsia. I had swelling of the feet, hands & face but never suffered from headaches. I was put in the hospital a week before my first childbirth due to high blood pressure. I had started throwing up and had broken blood vessels in my eyes. My first baby was born 8/30/89 by c-section. Healthy baby girl born with a heart murmur.My second childbirth I was told it was unlikely to have repeat preeclampsia but they would keep watch. Again, I never felt the high blood pressure. I always felt fine. The doctor checked me and said I want you on bed rest, I do not like your blood pressure. When you feel fine it is hard to rest. Once the... Read More

I began to show symptoms during the seventh month of my first pregnancy. I swelled

Posted On Saturday, June 26, 2010 By

I began to show symptoms during the seventh month of my first pregnancy. I swelled up; my face was puffy, I had to wear my wedding ring on a necklace and I could only wear sandals. I knew my OB was concerned, but I don't think I knew why. This continued until my ninth month when my blood pressure starting edging up. During my 40 week checkup my blood pressure was higher and I had protein in my urine. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia; my OB scheduled me to be induced, but I went into labor before they had a chance. My son arrived healthy and perfect at 7lbs. My preeclampsia developed into HELLP syndrome and I spent 5 days in the hospital until my blood count and... Read More

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

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