First Child - Severe Preclampsia & HELLP

Posted On Thursday, March 17, 2011 By Sarah

I so far had a normal pregnancy. All my prenatal visits went well and I never got sick during my pregnancy (though in the beginning I did get carsick). And then this happened... I was 28 weeks pregnant and it was 1 o'clock Wednesday morning. I‚ had only slept for an hour or so.‚  I woke up with a feeling of nausea and what felt like severe heartburn.‚ I had experienced these same symptoms only 2 nights before, but thought it had been something I ate (maybe bad chowder) and I was ok the next day. But this was much worse than that. I could not lie down in bed. I tried to lay on the couch, nothing could make me comfortable.‚  I felt like I could not... Read More

Hunter Presley

Posted On Thursday, March 03, 2011 By Carla

Hello, I lost my first child, Hunter Presley, on Aug.03 2005 due to severe preclampsia. After a routinue checkup at 21 weeks pregnant, I mentioned to the OB that I was concerned about PE. Not knowing really what it was, I listened to him when he said, "It's way too early for preeclampsia." Well, at 23 weeks pregnant I was omitted to the hospital on a Monday morning. I delivered Hunter, stillborn, two days later.

Heartbroken, I returned home and eventually to work. I had great support from family and friends. I also found great support from this Foundation.

In memory of Hunter Presley Gaydos,

Carla M. Gaydos

devastating Loss

Posted On Wednesday, March 02, 2011 By Tricia

hello everyone, I am so glad to have found this site. I recently suffered a loss of my precious daughter Rylee. I had to deliver her at 23 weeks though she was only measuring 21. I never had symptoms with my other 2 pregnancies. never had a problem with high blood pressure. My doctor says that the placenta from conception was abnormal. he also said it was a rare case, though it happens. I never felt so empty, lost and devastated. I truley believe in god's plan. I plan to try for another child, just not sure when. at this time I just wish I was still carying my Rylee girl. I am taking it one day at a time. I know it will be good for me to share my story and also listen to... Read More

March 1, 2011.

Posted On Tuesday, March 01, 2011 By Lucienne

It is 12 years ago, today,that my daughter Elizabeth died. I share this story with everyone knowing our experiences with HELLP will last our lifetime and the memories of loss and sickness have changed us. I dont remember Elizabeth well. I barely met her. I remember being given last rights. I remember wondering if my daughter‚  would outlive me. ‚ I remember being told she had just a 10% chance of living. It seemed like a good %. I remember giving her my middle name because it was the only thing I could think of giving her. I remember being too sick to understand time.‚  I... Read More


Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2011 By Johanne

Dear Preeclampsia Foundation and Community, I signed up on your website back in September 2010, 2 months after my son Holdon passed away in the NICU after only 3 and half months of life. He was delivered via emergency C-section at 28 weeks when it was discovered that I had preeclampsia and was experiencing HELLP syndrome. It is now nearly 6 months later since I first signed up on this site and almost a year since our son was born and I am finally able to bring myself to tell our story.‚  I am 34 years old (32 when I became pregnant). This was my first pregnancy, I am not overweight, have never had high blood pressure prior to the week I delivered, or any of the other... Read More

283 NIGHTS After I DO

Posted On Monday, February 21, 2011 By MARSHALL

Most people graciously wait for that minute to say "I DO" and kiss the brides of their dreams; for me, it was mixed feelings of great exhilaration and long-sought adventure, to hold the lady of my dream and journey through time! ‚  It was about Yuletide in the year 2008 and the atmosphere was best for any memorable event. Wow! Finally after six years of friendship and building a... Read More

My First Born

Posted On Thursday, February 10, 2011 By Jasmine

I was so happy when I found out I was pregnant, however I was still in college and I knew my family would not approve. Some people even brought up abortion as an option. I already had two abortions, and I deeply regret them. So I was a little on edge about how to break the news to my family. Most of my family was disappointed, but not mad. The entire pregnancy was smooth compared to stories I've heard about pregnancy being awful. I went to a monthly prenatal check-up as usual, but this time the nurse told me my blood pressure was 110/70 which is below average. The following month the nurse told me that my blood pressure was a little high,... Read More

My preeclampsia started at 15 weeks and I delivered at 25

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2011 By jana

Hi there - I am a preeclampsia survivor ( so to speak ) I conceived with my 2nd child and was due to deliver 6/2008. Come 15 weeks into my pregnancy,‚ I began to have symptoms and I was not sure what was going on.‚ I had never even heard of this disease. My Dr. dismissed the fact that it was preeclampsia and brushed me to the side... around 22 weeks‚ I finally went to another‚ doctor on my own and they ran some tests. My protein in my urine was 11,000.00. I had to be rushed to the hospital, and at 25 weeks I delivered my son Cade! He was 6 months old when he passed away. His little lungs did not have time to develop. This is the hardest thing we have ever gone through as a... Read More

HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2011 By Stephen

In 1995 my wife develope HELLP Syndrome at week 26.‚  In order to save her life, our daughter Taylor was delivered 14 weeks early, weighing 1lb, 14 ounces.‚  Thankfully, my wife slowly recovered from her blood pressure numbers doubling, very low platelets and kidney failure.‚  Our daughter lived for 2 months in NICU and never came home.‚  She developed NEC and we had to make the difficult choice to take her off of life support.

My wife and‚ I went on to found the HELLP Syndrome Society to honor our daughter, Taylor.‚  The HELLP Syndrome Society merged with the Preeclampsia Foundation after 15 years of existence.

Johanna's Story

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 By johanna

In August 2002, my husband and I found out I was pregnant. After miscarrying the previous year, this pregnancy was met with caution at first, then grew into complete joy when we saw the heartbeat.‚  During my pregnancy, I loved seeing my belly expand.‚  The doctor said I had a text-book pregnancy. I gained only 28 pounds, exercised regularly and waddled to and from work on the train.‚  Despite the typical swelling of my hands and feet, and lower back pain, I loved being pregnant. Sunday morning, April 20, 2003, I awoke to contractions. I was 1 week from my due date. Contractions had woken me before, but unlike the previous times, these contractions didnt stop.‚ ... Read More

Kailey's story, Her first 2 months due to Preeclampsia

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 By Kristina

Donovan's Story

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 By Jennifer

Blink. White lights then nothing. Blink. White lights. No, white walls. People. Noise. Someone is holding my hand, but I can't move. White walls. I can see a television high on the wall. It's off. I can see a crucifix to the right of the television. I must be in a hospital. Good. That's where I should be. But where is my baby? Am I still pregnant? Is he alive? The only thing I am sure of is that I am alive. My husband is by my side repeating the words, "You're in the hospital. The baby was born. The baby is okay. You are in the hospital the baby is okay... the baby is okay." My mother in-law is here. She was in Indiana on Friday. That's thousands of miles away. What day is... Read More

The lost innocence of pregnancy

Posted On Thursday, January 13, 2011 By Jamie

My husband, Adam, ‚ and‚ I could not have been more thrilled when we found out we were pregnant. There was no discussion had or decision to be made... I would use the same doctors I had gone to for ten years.‚  OB/GYNs are baby docs, they know about babies and their mamas; what's to think about? Having never been pregnant before, I had no idea what to expect.‚ ... Read More

The Silence is Deafening

Posted On Thursday, January 06, 2011 By Todd

My wife and I met in 2001 during a press event at our company. I had just landed from a devastating divorce; she from a disappointing long-term relationship that hadn't led to marriage. We hit it off immediately. Though I had a daughter from the previous marriage, what I was missing was the sense of family togetherness. What she wanted more than anything was kids. In 2006 we were married in a dream ceremony in Florence, Italy. A year later we were pregnant with our first child and on May 25, 2008 - a day after my wife's birthday - our daughter entered the world, albeit 6 weeks early.... Read More

Story of preeclampsia, hellp syndrome and my two beautiful children, one in heaven with angels.

Posted On Tuesday, January 04, 2011 By Kaylee

I'm 24 years old and in both of my pregnancies had severe preeclampsia and‚ HELLP syndrome. My firstborn was born at 26 weeks gestation, 1lb 9oz 13" long. This was severe preeclampsia. During my ultrasounds at my check up, they noticed she was a little smaller than normal size for the gestation week‚ I was at. It started around 23 weeks- I was swelling up everywhere, I would wake up and barely open my eyes, wasn't able to stand long because my feet were so swollen, as well as my wrists and I had horrible headaches that wouldnt go away. At 26 weeks it was severe. ‚ I was told to come into the hospital where‚ I was admitted on hospital bedrest for 5 days. They thought they were... Read More

December 22, 2010

Posted On Monday, January 03, 2011 By Patricia

When December started I figured that with Christmas and the New Year approaching it would be filled with shopping, work, and dreaming about my baby due in March. It started December 8th after a job interview when my legs and ankles swelled up out of no where. I figured I was starting to retain water or something. 25 and my first pregnancy I had no idea what was going on so on it went. A few days before my December 16th OBGYN appointment I noticed that other than my legs swelling to the point of not being able to walk, and the fact that I couldn't breath much, a cut on my left breast was leaking fluid. To my OBGYN it was all normal. She took my blood pressure and... Read More

In Loving Memory of Shirley

Posted On Friday, December 31, 2010 By Johnson

On November 3rd, 2006, Shirley gave birth to baby girl Carina. She was born healthy and weighted 7 pounds 2.5 ounces. In a tragic twist of fate, she did not live to see her beautiful baby. Shirley suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke during delivery and fell into a coma. With profound sadness, she departed us on November 5th, 2006.

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My story

Posted On Tuesday, December 28, 2010 By Alexandra

Five days before my due date I started to feel sick and had a headache. I went to Walmart to check my blood pressure and it was 150/ 100. I called my ob and she advised me to go to labor and delivery. When I got there, my blood pressure was 146/ 100. They asked me to lay on my left side, so it came down to then 127/ 90. They did several labs including preeclampsia, and they were all negative. The nurse said that‚ I made my blood pressure go up. I didn't agree with her of course, but I was fine and went home. On my last week of pregnancy, my feet were swelling so much that they would get numb if... Read More

Pregnant and at High Risk for Preeclampsia Again

Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2010 By Takisha

I am a 31 year old mother of three beautiful baby girls. With my last pregnancy I suffered with severe preeclampsia, which resulted in my daughter having to be delivered at 29 weeks. She weighed 2lbs 13oz. It was the most horrible, terrifying thing I have ever had to go through. Now, I am pregnant with my fourth child and my risk of developing it again is higher than 70% according to the doctors. Needless to say that I am mortified to think of having to go through that again. I know now, that I should pay close attention to certain things, something I didn't know of with my last pregnancy. All I can do is pray that it doesn't hit us as swiftly and severely as it did with my daughter. I... Read More

Eclampsia Saved My Life!

Posted On Wednesday, December 22, 2010 By Kimberly

My name is Kim and I am the proud mommy of 2 handsome boys. Gabriel is 4 and Isaac is 3. I had a very difficult pregnancy with Gabriel from the very beginning. I became terribly sick in my first trimester. I lost my ability to walk thanks to my body producing too much of the relaxin hormone in my second trimester. Finally in my 3rd I developed severe preeclampsia. My doctor dismissed the idea and allowed me to continue to full-term. I was swollen beyond belief and began getting very sick. My blood pressure was average and I didn't have any protein in my... Read More

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