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I had my first child at 21 very young and did not know a whole

Posted On Tuesday, March 02, 2010 By Stephanie

I had my first child at 21 very young and did not know a whole lot about anything. One week before I had my daughter they told me I had preeclampsia, so I went on bed rest for a few days then they induced me. Baby and I were both pretty sick. My Blood pressure during delivery was very high. (I don't remember all the facts.) My daughter is now 10 and I am very thankful and grateful to have her.Then 2 years ago my husband and I decided to have another child. Somehow I had gotten it in my head if I have another child with the same man I wouldn't get it again. I did not get it again. Although with that pregnancy my doctor was looking through my records and she says to me... Read More

I have read some of these stories two years ago, when we had our boy

Posted On Friday, November 20, 2009 By Jackie

I have read some of these stories two years ago, when we had our boy Marcel. Even now when I am writing this and he is sound asleep in his little bed they squeeze my heart.You know that you are lucky and blessed when you get a child, a health child and you never think that things could go so wrong...I was 28 when I had Marcel. Everything was going great, I felt great, the baby was great, all test were fine, no proteins in urine, not even swolen legs. The D day was 14.9. and on the 11. I was at the doctors thinking...when will this happen?? The next night I felt some pinching,went to the toilette and saw a little clog on my panties and realised this is it. I woke up my husband,we... Read More

We tried for 4 years to conceive. I took pills, did injections, we did insemination

Posted On Thursday, November 12, 2009 By

We tried for 4 years to conceive. I took pills, did injections, we did insemination after insemination and nothing worked. We decided to take a break before trying IVF. Then my period was late. There was a second line on the stick. I was pregnant. I was ecstatic. I did everything I could to have a healthy baby. I kept exercising, but cut back from running to walking. I cut out all caffeine, ate healthy, homemade food, drank nothing but water and milk. I got enough sleep at night and I made sure to take my prescription vitamins.Then my blood pressure went up. I was only 16 weeks along. My doctor put me on blood pressure medication and ordered monthly ultrasounds. By week... Read More

In the sixth week of my pregnancy, my legs and feet became so swollen that

Posted On Friday, June 25, 2010 By

In the sixth week of my pregnancy, my legs and feet became so swollen that it became too painful walk.  After a visit to the urgent care and relatively high BP (which they claimed was "nerves"), I consulted my OB about the problem.  That is when he took me in for my very first sonogram to show me that the baby was fine and simply said, "Every pregnancy is different...you need to wear more comfortable shoes."  Rest assured, the swelling went down as my pregnancy progressed. As time went on and into my second trimester, my husband and I began planning our future around our daughter, Aya June.  Since the city school I was working at had decided to close its doors at... Read More

I am a 28 year-old mom who was excited to learn of a second pregnancy.

Posted On Friday, June 25, 2010 By

I am a 28 year-old mom who was excited to learn of a second pregnancy.  My husband and I were thrilled that we got pregnant so quickly again! We have a beautiful daughter who was 1 1/2 years old when we found out the news.  I had a perfect pregnancy with no complications and even less exciting delivery.  I felt like a superhero after her birth and couldn't wait to have that experience again!First Problem:I was 33 weeks pregnant and not due to see the OB again for about a week.  I looked at my husband on Tuesday night and said, "I just want you to know I have been timing contractions for the last hour and they are not regular, but I think I'm... Read More

I have had 3 out of 4 premature babies. My first at 30 weeks

Posted On Friday, June 25, 2010 By

I have had 3 out of 4 premature babies.  My first at 30 weeks with eclampsia; emergency c-section.  2 lbs 3 oz. (Boy, now 6 years---minor speech delay and nearsighted needing glasses.) Second pregnancy, 37 weeks,  6 lbs 5 oz, no complications; VBAC.  (Girl, now 4 1/2 years)3rd pregnancy, preeclampsia at 32 weeks, c-section; 3 lbs 1 oz.  (Boy, now 2 1/2, small for his age) 4th pregnancy, preeclampsia & HELLP, 24 weeks, c-section;  15.8 ozs.  (Girl, 4 months old, still in NICU---Ileostomy, many blood-transfusions, osteopenia with fractures, and ROP concerns to name a few;  time will tell)With my first pregnancy I... Read More

It's always hard to start, but seeing my 2 year daughter running around calling me

Posted On Friday, June 11, 2010 By

It's always hard to start, but seeing my 2 year daughter running around calling me mammy pushes me to sign in and share my painful experience with everybody and specially with moms who's babies are still in the NICU.After two years of marriage, my husband and I thought that it was time to start a family.Being pregnant is the biggest responsibility I ever had in my life. I was always very worried about my little baby, so I spent so many times at the doctor's office complaining from morning sickness, headache, and some cramping here and there. All was under control until my feet and face started to swell really badly. I remember I woke up one day and didn't recognize myself. I... Read More

Hi,my name is Bev, I married my husband this year in september, apart from that

Posted On Tuesday, December 08, 2009 By Beverley

Hi,my name is Bev, I married my husband this year in september, apart from that very happy event we have experienced much heartbreak and upset in 2009 due to the loss of 2 x pregnancys.I first found out i was pregnant in Feb only to suffer a miscarriage at 10 weeks in March, we were heartbroken but were told it was very common and should try again.For 4 months i thought of nothing else, desparate to gain back what we had lost, i finally found out i was pregnant in July.My second pregnancy was fairly un eventful, the 12 week scan was fine, the downs blood test came back low risk, then the 20 week scan came and went, no issues, we were told we were having a girl, i felt so... Read More

My name is Claudia, I am now 37yrs. old. Last year around this time in

Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 By Claudia

My name is Claudia, I am now 37yrs. old. Last year around this time in October I found out I was pregnant with my second child. I have a now 9yr. old daughter. So, as you can imagine, I was on cloud nine. I had been trying to convince my husband for the longest time to have another child, finally I did; the first month we tried, I got pegnant, I was the happiest woman in the world. I had no complications with my first pregnancy, I am a fairly healthy person, although one of those typical ones that does not see her OB on the regular basis. Though as soon as I found out I was pregnant I made an appointment and was seen on a regular basis, as a normal pregnancy. Everything was going... Read More

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Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 By Tiffany

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On June 14, 2008 my 25-27 depending on which ultrasound you go by week

Posted On Sunday, October 25, 2009 By Lorri

On June 14, 2008 my 25-27 (depending on which ultrasound you go by) week pregnant daughter called me and said mom I haven't felt Cadence move today, I'm having some pain in my right upper quadrant, and these are not normal for me. We went to the hospital, they checked her for contractions and sent her home. Looking back she had protein in her urine that night, and Cadence's heart rate would decel with the "pains" my daughter was experiencing. The next day she called again and said she felt really bad, but was too embarrassed due to how she had been treated the night before to return to the hospital. The next morning she called me and said "mom I think I'm... Read More

Hello My Name is Aiyah. I would like to share with you my story in

Posted On Friday, October 23, 2009 By

Hello My Name is Aiyah. I would like to share with you my story in a hope that someone else with a similar situation will not feel so lonely. My story begins with my five year struggle to have a beautiful, healthy baby. After getting pregnany with my baby I saw an Obgyn as recommended. Throughout my pregnancy everything was wonderful, including my emotional and physical states. I felt great most of the time and only a coulpe of times did I have to call in for some advice. In the 7th month I had contractions and had to have them stopped, but was orded some bedrest and then felt fine. Towards the end of my pregnancy I started to swell in my feet. The doctor said I looked fine and that the... Read More

Just got home from the hospital. On Thursday night, my wife and I were

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 By

Just got home from the hospital.  On Thursday night, my wife and I were at the grocery store.  She was 37 weeks pregnant.  On a whim she took a blood pressure test on the machine at the store.  The pharmacy is nearby.  Our pharmasist, Don, saw my wife's result.  His face turned ashen and he said "you must go to the ER."  We told him she had a doctor's appointment the next morning, so we would just wait until then.  He looked at use very seriously and said, "no, you must go now."  I am so grateful to him.  We went to the hospital and they immediately diagnosed preclampsia (I had never heard of it before).  She had a C-section the next... Read More

After 2 1/2 years TTC, I became pregnant with my third child previous pregnancies resulted

Posted On Sunday, October 18, 2009 By

After 2 1/2 years TTC, I became pregnant with my third child (previous pregnancies resulted in 1st trimester miscarriages.) I was in optimal health prior to the pregnancy and all my prenatal checkups were fine. During my 20th week of pregnancy, I had increased swelling in my feet, hands, and face. By week 23, I was hospitalized for hypertension and proteinurea. Then, I had to deliver my daughter on September 7, 2009 at 24w5d gestational age because my hypertension was no longer controlled and the blood flow in the umbilical cord was severely compromised. My daughter weighed 1 pound 3.4 ounces and was 12 inches at birth. She survived 17 days and subsequently died from Necrotizing... Read More

Hi My name is Catherine.On July 6th 2007 I was rushed to

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 By catherine

   Hi!My name is Catherine.On July 6th 2007 I was rushed to the ER due to major swelling of my hands and feet and from feeling very shaky and faint.The nurse finally told me I had severe preeclampsia.They decided to do a 48 hour urine specimen.  After that they decided to deliver me finally on the 14th after it got terrible.  I was on magnesium sulfate for days... Which I am sure most of you know makes you feel horrible.  I was very in and out of it.  Also worried my baby would not make it, finally at 11:02 he was here Jason...He weighed a whopping 5 lbs. at 33 weeks!!!After that they brought me back to my room and realized my bp was not... Read More

I am so glad to have found this site. I am sad to know that

Posted On Tuesday, December 29, 2009 By Elizabeth

I am so glad to have found this site. I am sad to know that so many women are suffering in this day and age and losing their lifes or their babies. In 1995 I had my first son who is almost 14 and I had severe hyperemesis. I remarried and due to mismanaged medical care, we lost 3 babies before they were born to hyperemesis. In 2008 we thought we had found the perfect dr. He had helped us try to conceive for a year. He would call us at home to check on us and he seemed like a dream. Or so we thought. When we finally became pregnant after a year of trying on our anniversary we were so excited. My dr. didn't share in our excitement when he did the first ultrasound he said the baby was not... Read More

In the spring of 2008, our family was undergoing so many changes. After six years

Posted On Thursday, December 24, 2009 By Jennifer

In the spring of 2008, our family was undergoing so many changes.  After six years of marriage, my husband Matt and I were finally expecting our first child at the end of April, 2008.  Additionally, my husband had been offered a job promotion so we were preparing for a move from Connecticut to Wisconsin.  My husband was in Milwaukee working while I was finishing up in Connecticut. ... Read More

In December 2003, my husband and I found out we were

Posted On Tuesday, December 22, 2009 By Kelly

    In December 2003, my husband and I found out we were expecting our third child.  We had two very small children already, girls born in 2000 and 2002.  It turned out that our third child was due on our younger daughter's second birthday, September 4, 2004.  I am one of those people who likes to know what to expect or what to watch for, so being a chronic migraine sufferer, I had read the section in "What to Expect" on preeclampsia MANY times trying to memorize what would differentiate my "typical" headaches or migraines from a headache that was a sign of a problem.    In March, we had an ultrasound to date the pregnancy... Read More

I had, by all accounts, a very easy pregnancy. I felt nauseous during the

Posted On Friday, December 18, 2009 By Kristen

I had, by all accounts, a very "easy" pregnancy. I felt nauseous during the first trimester, but only got truly sick once. I was tired, my breasts hurt, and I cried at Hallmark commericals, but nothing was out of the ordinary. I even went on vacation to Puerto Rico with my husband at 27 weeks. All of my tests came back normal, the ultrasounds showed a perfectly normal, healthy, developing baby girl, and I fully expected that I would deliver a healthy baby at the end of January.The only major complaint I had throughout my whole pregnancy was heartburn--horrible, painful, ongoing acid reflux and heartburn that made me want to drink milk by the gallon and led me to take Zantac twice a... Read More

Hello There, Well I was diagnose w/ p-clampsia when I was 29 weeks. I do

Posted On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 By Tammy

Hello There, Well I was diagnose w/ p-clampsia when I was 29 weeks. I do have diabetes and pcos,which doesn't help w/ p-clampsia. It started when I had protein in my urine and then my BP was getting higher every vist between 140/90! So I was in the Hospital 3 X less then 2 weeks apart because every Dr had a different opionion who was on call at the time. To make a long story short I'm back in the hospital at 33weeks and 3 day prego because at my fetal medicine dr. thought my bp was to high and my protein is getting higher every week. I get a 24urine done every monday. But what gets me mad is my gyn Dr. stated she would still treat me from home because I can be on bed reset and my bp and... Read More

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