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

Losing Emily to Severe Preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, April 01, 2019 By Cairra Hernandez

I was very sick early on in my pregnancy and it never really faded. I was vomiting all the time, couldn't keep even water down, was losing weight, and was in and out of the emergency room for dehydration. I was also under a lot of stress with the father of the child even though I have been assured 100 times stress does not cause preeclampsia. Around the seventh month I finally started to feel better after a trip to Texas. According to my medical team my blood pressure was always normal and gave no reason for them to be concerned and I was due January 12. I believed I was a month earlier than they calculated and I would be due December 12. I thought I was perfectly healthy for the... Read More

Not Your Typical Symptoms

Posted On Tuesday, March 26, 2019 By Amanda Townsend

I have had two pregnancies where I have had preeclamsia with both. My first pregnancy my baby was five weeks early. I went into the triage for back pain that was in the upper middle part of my back. After running some test they found out I had preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome and had to deliver my baby.  My second pregnancy my baby was six weeks early. I went into triage with the same back pain but this time I knew exactly what it was. It was the same exact pain in the same exact location. During this pregnancy I had several 24-hour urine screens that all came back normal. I also had blood work that all came back fine and I didn't have any swelling. With both... Read More

Julian's Birth Story

Posted On Monday, March 25, 2019 By Anna Carreon

My pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery with my second precious boy, Julian, were nothing short of ordinary. The entire experience was challenging and traumatic, yet joyful and humbling at the same time. After dealing with months of morning sickness, sciatica, pelvic girdle pain, taking hormone medication to prevent premature labor, and everything else in between, I had almost had it with being pregnant...then at 35 weeks, I was diagnosed with gestational hypertension. I thought, seriously? I thought I was broken. I felt broken. From then on, it seemed like I was in the hospital almost every other day, for hours at a time, getting poked and prodded. Although there was no... Read More

Síndrome de Hellp

Posted On Wednesday, March 20, 2019 By Norma Pineda

Hola mi nombre es norma pineda el año 2017 salí embarazada de un hermoso barón pues mi embarazo todo era trankilo no me daban síntoma ni nada pues estaba muy feliz porque era mi primer bebé pues tenía 23 años y pues ser mamá es lo más hermoso que Dios nos puede dar pues ya amis 37 semana un día domingo 17 de diciembre mis piernas amanecieron moradas pues ise una cita y me Isieron examen de orina y me tomaron al precio y andaba presión alata de 180/90 y también me detectaron proteína en la orina pues me dijo mi ginecólogos que me tenía que ir para el hospital que me tenían que aser cesaría de emergencia porque tenía preclancia pues me fui para el hospital y pues el... Read More

Warren Carver

Posted On Wednesday, March 20, 2019 By Kimberly Carver

My son was due on 2/10/19. I had a healthy pregnancy and exercised every day during the pregnancy. Throughout pregnancy my systolic blood pressure ranged from 110-120. At 37 weeks there was a fear that the baby was “too small” so an ultrasound was done, but the size was determined to be healthy and all proportions normal. I was passionate about having a vaginal delivery, so when the doctor asked if I wanted to be induced at my appointment the day after my due date, I said no. ... Read More

My 26 Week Miracle

Posted On Tuesday, March 05, 2019 By Nyeisha Tobin

My name is Nyeisha, and my child and I are survivors of preeclampsia! Everything happened so fast, I had never heard of preeclampsia before it happened to me. I was experiencing some abdominal pain, it was not too bad but it made me worry, so I went to the emergency room. When the nurse took my vitals she looked at me as if I had just sprung a second head. She used my other arm to again check my blood pressure and immediately called for a doctor. At this point I was freaking out, the pain started to get worse and I started to get a headache. I was rushed into a room where I got a shot in my buttocks of a steroid and an IV with a magnesium drip that felt SO hot. I was given pain... Read More

Brayden

Posted On Thursday, February 28, 2019 By Brittany Bienfait

Our first pregnancy was as normal as could be - no morning sickness, no nothing, full term birth with a happy 5 lb 11 oz baby girl. Our second started with minor food aversion and nausea that eventually went away. We were due March 9th 2018. Around October/November I started to have moments where I felt like it was hard to breathe. Other times I would get excruciating headaches and despite being able to fall asleep, they would pick right back up when I woke up in the morning. I would check the box for headaches at my checkups, but don't recall being asked about them and I don't remember there being a box for labored breathing so I thought nothing of either symptom. At... Read More

A Year in the Hospital

Posted On Thursday, February 28, 2019 By Julie Williamson

I was 34 years old when I had my daughter, Jessica, 17 years ago. She was a month early, but, aside from an isolated seizure, was healthy. I, however, was not so lucky. The doctors knew that I had Preeclampsia the entire time that I was pregnant due to protein in my urine. They tried to manage it with bed rest, but were not successful. I was not given Magnesium Sulfate (per normal protocol) in a timely manner, so my brain swelled. This did damage to my Optic Nerve, leaving me Legally Blind, and damaged my short-term memory. I then had a seizure and went into a coma for 4 months. I was in the hospital for one year, which is quite a long time. I was in Physical... Read More

Post Delivery Preeclampsia

Posted On Thursday, February 28, 2019 By Nicole Krempasky

I was diagnosed postpartum in 2012, when I had my daughter (January 25th). I had a perfectly normal, healthy pregnancy throughout, though there were subtle signals of something potentially being amiss. I did have one urine screen towards the end come back high- I stayed at the office and retested which came back normal. I also had tremendous swelling in my feet with edema but was told to just drink some lemon water. My mother had preeclampsia with my oldest sibling (16 years prior to my birth) which I told my midwives, but no one ever cautioned me or advised me any further information on it, nor did I have any additional monitoring. My labor was a little difficult, as I... Read More

High Blood Pressure 10 Months Later

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2019 By Chelsie Hoff

I truly (naively) didn’t think I’d get preeclampsia with this 3rd pregnancy. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it had been 5 years since the last one. I had preeclampsia for the first time when I was 19 years old. It was my second pregnancy. My first was a molar pregnancy. I had a pretty typical pregnancy the entire time despite terrible gallbladder attacks. I gained 65lbs. In hindsight, that should have been a red flag. I went to my weekly OB appointment at 38 weeks and was told that my blood pressure was very high and there was protein in my urine. I was also pretty swollen. I was instructed to go to the hospital right away to be induced. My baby boy was born 36... Read More

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