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

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

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