I've Lost 3. No More Please,

Posted On Tuesday, March 03, 2020 By Kameron Loftman

My name is Kameron. I found my soulmate in college. 2006 to be exact. His name is Seymour. At age 19 we found ourselves becoming parents. Complications started from the beginning. My son Elijah was born at 24 weeks due to Pre-eclampsia in December 10th 2007. After a long 8 months Elijah lost his battle to prematurity of his lungs. We were young. I didn’t understand why this happened but I went on with my life like it was nothing. I should have gone to counseling if some sort.Things didn’t work out with my soulmate and I. He continued to play football in college. I went home and got a job and took classes at a community college. During this time in 2009, I... Read More

Eclampsia Strikes at Work

Posted On Wednesday, February 26, 2020 By Alayna Almen

I had regularly been going to my appointments and never informed of any issues. Just as my appointments were getting closer together, I started to get a migraine.The migraines started on a Saturday and I had an appointment the next week, so I wasn't thinking much of it as everything was normal before. My drives into my office take about 2 hours in the morning. The morning everything took place, the drive was fairly regular, my head just hurt from the migraine. I got to work and started my day. Noon is my lunch time. It had been getting really hard to focus on texting, becoming incoherent and incredibly hard to focus. I thought I just needed some food.... Read More

Be Your Own Advocate

Posted On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 By Gina Schenck

Throughout my pregnancy, my blood pressure was always normal, and in fact it was lower than it had ever been in my life. There was no protein in my urine any of the times I was tested. However, at around 30 weeks I started waking up with crushing headaches right behind my eye and they would last throughout the entire day. I asked my doctor about it, but he said I didn't have any other signs of preeclampsia. These were unlike any headaches I had ever experienced. But, because I trusted the doctor I didn't pursue it. I was induced at 41 weeks. I received Pitocin and then the epidural. I couldn't feel anything at all, but every time I asked for the doctor... Read More

Time Saves Lives

Posted On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 By Melissa Osbourne

I was 16 years old and pregnant. I had just turned 17 before I delivered. It was my first pregnancy, I didn't know what to expect or what was normal. I was on bed rest some and had a home health aide that came to help me during the day because I was so sick I had actually lost weight in the beginning. I was only about 85 lbs to start at so not alot of room to be losing weight. I thought everything was pretty normal with my pregnancy, they did however find out that I had abnormal cervical cells through a pap test. I had to wait until after I delivered to have those removed. The Dr. said my pregnancy might have saved my life, because it was pretty bad when they caught... Read More

It Was Worth It

Posted On Monday, December 16, 2019 By

For most of my pregnancy I was suffering from Preeclampsia, but no one told me. My midwife never checked my urine and when she did she was like "you're ok." She was always angry if I called her about my symptoms telling me not to call, and was even more angry when she asked, why I never told her. I was always nauseous from the very first day, constantly feeling drained, dizzy, lightheaded and extremely swollen, I could barely stand. My manager at work didn't seem to care either, so I was constantly on my feet at work feeling uncomfortable and in pain. My weight gain increased significantly and so fast, I could barely focus. I went on maternity leave a month earlier... Read More

Our Christmas Miracle

Posted On Monday, December 16, 2019 By Scarlett Grinsted

At 31/32 weeks pregnant I started to feel unwell, my head felt fussy. I had swelling and headaches, and I knew it was the start of preeclampsia. I was showing 2+ protein in my urine, but my bloods hadn’t hit the PCR level of 30 which is what was needed to diagnose preeclampsia. At 33 weeks I went into hospital with high blood pressure. They gave me Nifedipine within 10 minutes my heart rate jumped from 60-180. I was rushed to the delivery suite and told I had an allergic reaction. So they decided to switch to Labetalol instead which seemed to work although I still felt awful and had the worst migraine. I could barely open my eyes. The next day my BP had improved and my... Read More

Trust Your Gut

Posted On Thursday, November 21, 2019 By Brandi Brown-Doner

For over half of my pregnancy I experienced symptoms of preeclampsia. My blood pressure runs around 100/60 but throughout my pregnancy was running 120-130/70-80. I was extremely swollen, very sick, spotty vision, and high weight gain between apts. I spoke with my OB office several times and was told not to worry. They finally tested me and my protein level was high but they said every other level was in “normal range” and when they further tested the protein in my urine the dr said it was okay. I found out after my delivery from my primary medical doctor that some of my levels were actually on the higher end of that “normal range”. At 38... Read More

It Was Truly A Perfect Pregnancy…until It Wasn’t.

Posted On Thursday, November 21, 2019 By Erin Elliott

My husband and I learned we were pregnant with twins on my 30th birthday after our 4th frozen embryo transfer. I had an incredible pregnancy. I felt great, I was fit and healthy and so ready to bring these babies into our lives. On May 1, 2018 at 33 + 6, I noticed some swelling in my legs. I called my OB and she said I was probably dehydrated and should elevate my legs, drink lots of water and come in for my regular 34-week checkup the next day. I woke up feeling OK. It's so strange, I remember everything about that day...I remember texts I sent, work emails and conversations, phone calls, streets signs, I remember the faces of people I saw before my appointment. When I got... Read More

Max and Cindy Rose Are Here

Posted On Monday, October 14, 2019 By

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, I had a routine OB-GYN appointment. I was pregnant with twins, 1 boy, 1 girl. I was 33 weeks and 6 days. I had normal blood pressure throughout my pregnancy. But that day, it was 140 over 90. I told my doctor we'd better re-test me for pre-eclampsia.That night, we took my blood pressure. It was 165 over 105. Everyone told me it was stress. I was regularly storing urine in a container. The next morning, I had work and called the doctor just to notify them. They said to come in right away.I was given magnesium sulfate in the labor and delivery unit. The hospital workers tried in vain to keep me pregnant. Later that night, my blood... Read More

Constellation of Hope

Posted On Monday, August 19, 2019 By Tiffany Hawley


When our daughter Eva was born three months premature dues to Preeclampsia, we didn’t know quite the journey that laid before us. Survival was just one. Living with the health ramifications was just another and at the religious route was yet another out of nowhere turn. But sometimes some of the turns in life are from out of nowhere. 

That's why I turned our story into an easy to read book to share our story with the families to help them find hope, healing and encouragement. It's available on Amazon.com with more information on our website, www.ConstellationofHope.com 

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

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