I Had Never Heard Of HELLP

Posted On Monday, June 24, 2019 By Emily Phillips

My story has a happy ending, and for that I am eternally grateful. My daughter was born in April 2019 at 38 weeks gestation via emergency c section after a very sudden onset of HELLP. This was my second pregnancy, however my first was short lived as I had a miscarriage in week 8 of pregnancy, approximately 3 months before getting pregnant with my daughter. My pregnancy seemed fairly normal from what I had heard about pregnancy. I was exhausted and felt sick from about week 7 through week 12. The second trimester was awesome, and the third was tiring and uncomfortable in the end. I worked out for the entire second trimester and some of the third, and I was... Read More

Unexpected Induction

Posted On Monday, June 24, 2019 By Emily Siemers

My pregnancy was going smoothly. I showed up to my last doctor appointment at 39 weeks and was looking forward to being on the home stretch. My blood pressure was very high but I did not have protein in my urine and no swelling. Women would say how lucky I was that I fit comfortably in my shoes! I had a slight headache which I attributed to not sleeping well. I had my labs done, and was sent home with instructions to call if my condition changed at all. When I got home, my headache got worse to the point where I couldn’t look at lights without being nauseous. I was instructed by my doctor to come in the ER and prepare to have my baby. When we arrived, my lab work had come back... Read More

Postpartum Eclampsia 4 Days Postpartum. 1st Pregnancy, Scared To Try Again!!!

Posted On Monday, June 24, 2019 By Marissa Cepeda

I gave birth Nov.22,2012. I never throughout my 38 weeks of pregnancy had any symptoms of Pre-E, which is what seems rare to me . Anyway, the day I gave birth I could not stop shivering, I was shivering as if It was freezing cold inside (which it was not). I finally gave birth (naturally) and was discharged the day after. Four days after being discharged I had severe swelling on my limbs and genital area, as well as an unbearable headache (which was HBP, but I did not know then), nausea and vomitting. I took a nap thinking that would cure the headache, yet when I woke up at feeding time for my baby, I realized I was so confused and had altered consciousness to the point that I could not... Read More

Delivery is NOT the Cure for Preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, June 24, 2019 By Erin Butrymowicz

I suffered from pregnancy-induced hypertension beginning in the second trimester of my first pregnancy. As a pharmacist, I brushed aside many of aches & pains of pregnancy and attributed the ever-increasing swelling, fatigue and shortness of breath to my 12 hour shifts with little time to sit. My ever-diligent OB and midwife became increasingly concerned about my hypertension and swelling but the first few 24-hour urine screens looked okay and bedrest was not recommended. During my 34th week, I suddenly felt much more fatigued and while I hadn’t been able to wear most shoes I owned for months, the swelling was increasing along with my shortness of breath.... Read More

I Thought it was Normal

Posted On Monday, June 24, 2019 By Nicholle Godar

In 2015, I was 24 and pregnant with my first baby. The first trimester was filled with nausea and exhaustion, but it all improved in the second trimester. It was an absolutely healthy pregnancy with no warning of what was to come. Around 32-33 weeks, I started getting blinding migraines at work that would force me to lock my office door, turn off the lights, and lay on the floor. I was a migraine sufferer when not pregnant, so my only gripe was that Tylenol did NOTHING to touch the pain. I thought it was normal. Also around that time, I noticed my baby’s feet were lodged in my right ribs. Normal, right? I remember constantly pushing on my ribs, trying... Read More

Holding it All Together

Posted On Friday, June 14, 2019 By Jay Korey

To all the dads out there, you’ve been through a lot. Our feelings are real. Every one of them is valid and sometimes carrying tremendous weight. Every emotion we cling to, only to fall short with words to describe it. Every time someone asks how your spouse is holding up but fails to acknowledge your struggles. I know it’s tough to hold it all together for your family and then yourself. But you do...and man, you’re doing a pretty damn good job.  I’m Jay Korey and this is my family.  For almost nine years, preeclampsia has tormented my family. My anxiety from it creeps up in small waves, occasionally awakening underlying feelings of... Read More

We Had it Planned so Well Though

Posted On Monday, June 10, 2019 By Dominek Rainey

My husband and I had planned for our baby girl arrival on 9/15/18 but instead we had her 7/29/18 at 33 weeks. Lets re-wind back to the beginning of the pregnancy. At 4 months pregnant, I started having round ligament pain in my lower abdomen area, at least that's what I was told. The pain became intense further along in pregnancy. I could not walk, turn in the bed or lift up my legs without the aching pain.I had to purchase a belly band and it made it worse. But it wasn't until my 6th month, I started to feel a burning sensation in the middle upper part of my back and had some brown discharge.  I immediately called my OBGYN and he told me that the burning... Read More

Jace's Journey

Posted On Monday, June 10, 2019 By Tomeka Isaac

On May 14, 2018, my husband and I were faced with the news no parent ever wants to hear. Our son, Jace Alexander, had no fetal heartbeat. He was due in exactly one month. As we processed this news, we were dealt with another blow, I was very sick. I was diagnosed with H.E.L.L.P Syndrome (Hemolysis Elevated Liver Enzymes Low Platelet) which is pretty much pre-eclampsia on steroids, and I was dying. I had a hematoma on my liver the size of a soft ball and almost a liter of blood in my abdomen. It would take several surgeries, 7 to be exact, an amazing surgical team and many prayers for me to leave the hospital 45 days later. What we uncovered after, was that our son’s death and my... Read More

I Can Tough it Out

Posted On Monday, June 10, 2019 By Kim Moss

Our 28 year old daughter Sara was 7.5 months along with her 2nd child. Sara had one older daughter who was 7. Sara was going into her OBGYN every week as scheduled but each time there would be a different doctor examining her. We were all concerned that something just wasn't right.(We have 6 children and 17 grandchildren and we are familiar with what an expectant mother looks like.) Sara's ankles were so swollen it looked as if her skin would burst and tear open at any moment. She would have a headache and she would go in and they would say that she must be dehydrated and... Read More

Terrifying Ordeal

Posted On Wednesday, June 05, 2019 By Phillip Black

My name is Phillip. I am the father of baby allison, and boyfriend of Wendy, the mother. We went in for a routine appointment, just like any other, but found out that pre-eclampsia has set on in just a days time. When the baby was born, Wendy was on magnesium sulfate to prevent seizures. Well when allison came out, Wendy quickly faded and bled badly while the doctor scooped out the placenta. Her blood pressure tanked to 72/57, and I lost all sense of composure, knowing internally that she wouldn't make it. The nurses escorted me and Allison to the NICU, so that I could calm down and take care of Alli, and so they could stabilize Wendy. When they got her stable, they moved her to the... Read More

Trey: Mommy's Miracle

Posted On Thursday, May 02, 2019 By Leslie Kinney

Well I got pregnant unexpected at 30 years old. I already had 2 kids prior to this one 9 years ago and I never had pre eclampsia with either one of them. But, I did have high blood pressure before I even became pregnant and when I did my blood pressure stayed at 214/205 every single time, but I was never given anything or put on bed rest or anything. Well at 25 weeks and 3 days along I started feeling discomfort in the top part of my stomach so uncomfortable I couldnt sleep. As the night passed on I woke up at 3:00 a.m with a puddle of blood on the sheets jumped up went to the bathroom and out comes blood clots I start freaking out screaming let's get to the hospital to... Read More

My Journey

Posted On Thursday, May 02, 2019 By Allie Bryant

A few days before my sons arrival I had a check-up with my ob. Everything was great! No signs of HELLP syndrome. On Monday November 13, 2017 I woke up feeling sicker than usual, honestly didn’t think anything about it, that it was just “pregnancy sickness.” Nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, headache it just kept getting worse. My boyfriend left to get me some Gatorade when he came back I was unconscious lying in the bed. A few moments after I started seizing. After the seizure he carried me unconscious to the car to drive me to the hospital. It didn’t take long for them to diagnose me with a sudden onset of HELLP syndrome. My platelets kept dropping they... Read More

Gestational Hypertension To Hellp Overnight

Posted On Friday, April 26, 2019 By Jennifer Jolorte Doro

My son John was due on March 18th but was born on March 5th due to severe signs of liver/kidney failure due to overnight development of HELLP syndrome. I was showing signs of gestational hypertension, BP 135-140/90s but no other signs - no headaches, blurred vision or protein in urine. I was being monitored very closely by my OBs which was great. I started taking Labetalol for a few days, blood panel and a ultrasound one morning to check fluid levels. Everything was checking out great until later that afternoon my blood panel returned and my liver/kidney levels were extremely high. My OB texted me, called my husband and demanded I go to the more medical hospital versus... Read More

Losing Carson

Posted On Friday, April 26, 2019 By Payton New

My name is Payton. I am 21. I was 22 weeks and 3 days with Carson. I went in to the hospital with really bad abdominal pain, that was going from my back to my stomach. I arrived at the hospital and I was informed that my blood pressure was 200/108. I also had protein in my urine. This had never been discovered at my appointments with my obgyn. I had to be put on mag and transferred to a hospital the could help me. When I arrived at this hospital they done a ultrasound which is when it was found that my baby was getting little to no blood flow threw the umbilical cord. I was told at first if we waited till I was 23 weeks that they would try to save him. Later on my... Read More

3x Preeclampsia Survivor

Posted On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 By Shawnterria Tigner

My first experience of this condition I had never heard of it all. I was put on bed rest and was instructed take care at home strategies to keep blood pressure down. My first born was a 30 weeker, 2nd born was 34 weeks, and 26 week twins. They are all girls and all of my symptoms started around 25 weeks and delivered once it turned into eclampsia. I had a placenta abruption with my second birth and I told my nurse something was not right when they decided to induce. She thanked me for saying something because some women just sit there. My twins were just taken after my 24 hour testing as usual and this time no bedrest and they were sent to ICU and not breathing on there... Read More

The Hardest Thing

Posted On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 By Julia Thorn

My first child was stillborn at 23 weeks due to severe preeclampsia. Maybe everything started around 20 weeks. I was waking up from sleep with pain under my ribs, nausea, and vomiting. It seemed a bit late for morning sickness. I saw my OB, who recommended Vitamin B6 and Unisom; I started feeling better. My blood pressure at that visit was 126/88.  At exactly 22 weeks my feet started to swell. My husband, friends, and I joked about my “cankles.” All part of normal pregnancy, I thought; although it seemed a bit early for such noticeable swelling. The anatomy scan happened at 22 weeks and 4 days. My husband and I were excited to find out the sex--it’s a... Read More

What is Preeclampsia?

Posted On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 By Tisha Young

As parent of three, I never ever heard of or witnessed preeclampsia until 2018. I had been following with up with my OB/GYN and hospital visitor throughout my pregnancy. I had several sonograms from November until January; I was around 32 weeks when my pregnancy was all high risk due to not having a cerclage placement so they monitored me until 32 weeks. I was told usually after 32 weeks, babies have a better chance of survival. I didn’t need to come as often anymore. At my last visit, they noticed something wrong -- before I could leave from my regular sonogram appointment, they sent me upstairs to the ER to get my blood pressure checked. It was a little high and I was told to... Read More

"Only Heartburn"

Posted On Monday, April 01, 2019 By Sune Pieterse

At first, I thought that I was experiencing some extreme heartburn, imagine my surprise. This is where my life-changing story starts. “Only heartburn" only to find out later that the burning sensation I felt was my liver failing. To take you back to the beginning, this was our first shot at becoming parents, so excited that words can’t explain. I had an extremely easy pregnancy, no morning sickness, constipation, cravings, etc. Having said that, my hormones were all over the show. But once again a normal pregnancy symptom. On week 23 I went for my monthly check-up. I had concern regarding high blood pressure, keeping in mind that I was hypertensive prior to my... Read More

HELLP and What It Means to Me

Posted On Monday, April 01, 2019 By Josie Terry

At the beginning of the year I was surprised and shocked to learn I was pregnant again. After my fourth child I had my tubes tied, so I was surprised to say the least. After the shock wore off and the excitement set in, I was told my blood pressure was starting to creep up like it had with my third child; preeclampsia was feared.  If I had to choose, I would have chosen preeclampsia. I had only just learned what HELLP was. Shortly after my blood pressure continued to climb, I started swelling, seizures started and not big obvious ones, little ones that happened only in my face then gradually got worse; organ distress set in my liver, kidneys, pancreas, and... Read More

Never Look at Symptoms as Being Normal

Posted On Monday, April 01, 2019 By Meichico Aldridge Huggins

I’m a mother of four, two singletons and one set of twins. My first pregnancy I was 19 and delivered at 20 around week 32-33 I developed high blood pressure. After weeks of monitoring my blood pressure and my son’s movement and one overnight stay at the hospital, the doctor scheduled me for induction at 37 weeks. After 30 hours of labor my son was delivered via c-section. Once he was delivered my blood pressure went back to normal. Ten years later I was pregnant with my daughter at 29 and delivered at 30, she was a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks. I had no complications during the pregnancy or after delivery. Two years later I was pregnant for my last time at 31 and... Read More

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