Fight to Survive

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2018 By Michelle Gray

I went for a routine OB check up on May 25, 2018. At my previous appointment my protein level in my urine was slightly elevated, as was my blood pressure (BP). I didn't think of it as anything serious , as I had recently been under some stress, although I had noticed I had lots of swelling from my head to my toes, excessive tiredness, very short of breath all the time, etc. This was my 4th pregnancy, I've never had ANY bit of complications and my other 3 were full term healthy babies. I knew these symptoms were a "different" feeling. At my check up that day on May 25th and my BP was again "through the roof" as they called it, and the doctor admitted me into the hospital for 24... Read More

Pre-What?

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Jill Carlo

Roughly 30 weeks pregnant. Just another normal trip to my OB for a progress check-up on our little girl and myself. Check in, wait to be called, pee in the cup, check my weight, the normal routine. Then the nurse checks my blood pressure (BP). She pauses and checks again. She asks if i've ever had high BP before. It`s never been an issue in the past... The doctor comes in and we chat a bit about how I`m feeling, etc. I felt perfectly fine. We just thought the high BP was a fluke. Maybe anxiety from a stressful job? Fast forward 2 weeks and again, my BP was high. My doctor is now getting concerned and orders a 24hr urine test for me. How fun!  He said it was... Read More

R.I.P. Brantley A. Williamson

Posted On Friday, June 08, 2018 By Ann Larson

Alright, here is my story. It has taken me some time to be able to tell it but here it is...My boyfriend and I had found out that we were going to have a baby on February 14th of 2017. We were very ecstatic and nervous but totally ready to both be a Mother and Father! At 25 weeks I started to experience severe heart burn that was making me sick and edema to the point where I couldn't wall. I would get short of breath only walking 10 steps or so and would have to sit down...then one night came the lower right abdomen abdominal pain that radiated to the lower right side of my back. It would come and go and at points get unbearable to the point it was making me physically... Read More

Aspirin Helps Midwife with History of Preeclampsia

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2018 By Courtney Watson, CNM

When you're a midwife you know that most women have healthy normal pregnancies. This means when you are growing your own baby, you assume you will be one of those. At 32 weeks my routine visit became an extra sonogram with questions like "how sure are we of your due date?" Well a sonogram at 7 weeks is about as accurate as you can get, so I knew there was something off. Turns out our little baby was much smaller than we thought, small enough to earn the diagnosis of IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction). Weeks later after many ultrasounds and visits to the maternal fetal medicine specialists one blood pressure was a little elevated and I started a 24... Read More

It Can Happen Twice

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2018 By Taylor Logan

I was a 19 when I had my first child (2016) and I had perfect blood pressure the entire time through my pregnancy with my son. The day I was sent home from the hospital my blood pressure sky rocketed and I had tightening in my chest, to where I couldn't breath so my husband took me to the ER. My blood pressure as high as 170/120 and although I didn't know what was normal, I knew something was wrong. After having to be readmitted to the hospital for three days being hooked up to a magnesium drip I was sent home with no blood pressure medicine so my blood pressure spiked again, leaving me no choice but to go back to the ER. Going back to the ER that second time my husband,... Read More

Tommy Lee Martin

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 By Kerri Hudson

Tommy Lee was my first grandchild (blood). He died at birth due to my daughters preeclampsia. For someone I never really knew, I love and miss him so much. I was in the room with my daughter when all of this happened. Her boyfriend was trying so hard to get there quick. We thought she would be transported to OU Med Center then all hell broke loose. She had to have an emergency C section and lost little Tommy. I almost watched my daughter die that day too. I know some won't like this but we totally blame the doctor. We found out she has done this before and the baby lived but will have mental problems his whole life. I don't understand how the doctors get away with that! Sometimes... Read More

Very Ill During Pregnancy

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 By Heather Robertson

In December 2016, I was 6 months pregnant with my 2 baby and had to get my gallbladder removed. I could no longer eat and was losing weight. After that surgery, I experienced the worst pain in my upper right chest. I was hospitalized about 3 times for the pain. Finally, a real doctor showed up (I was at a teaching hospital and none of the residents could do anything aside from order Tylenol) she asked me to try lidocaine patches. I was so desperate, I would’ve tried anything. Well, I managed to make it full term and showed up in the hospital with severe pre-eclampsia and was put on magnesium sulfate. The baby went transverse breech after my water broke, so I ended up... Read More

Grateful for my Medical Team

Posted On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 By Paula Hedrick

I am a 43 year old survivor of pre-eclampsia. It was because of my age at my most recent pregnancy that my doctor determined early on to monitor my health extremely close and even told me to do my best to limit stress and also recommended I take baby aspirin everyday along with my prenatal vitamins. His recommendation of aspirin was due to my previous two miscarriages. The first indication that I may have pre-eclampsia was high blood pressure at my monthly appointments, then came the bloody noses. At first we thought they were due to the irregular weather, so we tried a humidifier per a recommendation from a specialist whom I had seen due to my age. The bloody noses were... Read More

HELLP and Pre-E x 2

Posted On Wednesday, May 09, 2018 By Leslie Vaughn

April 29th, I went in for a normal OB appointment. My nurse noticed my blood pressure was high, 177/97. So she had me sit down and went to get my doctors. They came in and had my lie down and relax as they had a normal conversation with me. After about 10 minutes they rechecked it and looked at my urine sample. The constant protein in my urine was higher than it usually was and my BP had gone up a little more 180/98. So they sent me to the hospital. They began taking labs asking for urine, and putting the fetal monitors on. A nurse came in to test the urine sample and came back in the room asking why my doctors said nothing about how dark my urine... Read More

My Postpartum Preeclampsia Story

Posted On Tuesday, May 01, 2018 By Aisha Arnold

I had my second son January 30th 2018 by a planned c-section at 37 weeks gestation. My c section was planned 3 weeks early to prevent uterine rupture. I had a previous surgery called a myomectomy, which is to remove a large uterine fibroid by making incisions on the uterus. I was told I needed to have c sections every pregnancy 3-4 weeks early to prevent rupture. I also had a previous c section January 3rd 2017 with my first son. My second pregnancy I had no issue with my blood pressure at all. Not even after my delivery. I stayed in hospital for 4 days, and I thought everything was great. I was home for about a week and remember getting really cold one night, so cold my body... Read More

I Have Watched My Only Two Children Die

Posted On Tuesday, May 01, 2018 By Cheyenna Osborne

To the women who told me I was to young to be a mom. I was 18 years old when I found out I was pregnant with my son. Yes that`s young, but I was going to make it work. What you didnt know... carrying my son almost literally killed me. If I wasn't found in the garage that day, I would be dead. I delivered my son at 26 weeks and 1 day due to eclampsia. He was 1 pound and 4 ounces. At 19 years old I had to sign my first DNR. I had to give my 7 day old son`s doctor permission to not do CPR. He died that day. Two... Read More

If I Die, Take Care of My Baby

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2018 By Katie Costello

***WARNING: Content may trigger emotional distress*** "200/110 pressure and a heart rate of 34, let's go guys," the nurse to my right said as my spotty vision kept getting darker and darker. This was the beginning of my postpartum experience. My beautiful baby boy was delivered into this world on December 1, 2017 at 1:44 am. He was perfect, with Daddy's nose and Mommy's cheeks. I kept staring at him in disbelief that he was mine and we were about to embark on the journey of life together. Emotions started to flood in -- scared, excited, anxious -- but overpowering the emotions was this nagging pain in my right side. "It will go away, you just gave birth" my mind told... Read More

Two Babies, Two Episodes of Preeclampsia

Posted On Thursday, March 29, 2018 By Jaclyn

When I was 21 and pregnant with my daughter, I was young and healthy.  Being pregnant didn’t affect me other than the occasional morning sickness with her and I was excited to meet my baby girl.  After week 30, I began rapidly gaining weight.  My indulgence was not more than an average pregnant woman and my cravings certainly could have been worse options.     My weight continued to go up and at every appointment they mentioned to slow down on my intake and looked more concerned and spent a longer amount of time checking my blood pressure.  At 38 weeks, I began having contractions and went in.  What happened was not what I expected to happen while... Read More

Today I Celebrate

Posted On Friday, March 09, 2018 By Karen

Today I celebrate. I have been preeclampsia free for one year.   I haven’t been free from the experience for one year though. I endured months and months of intense PTSD from the experience. Flashes of being rushed back to the hospital by my midwife. Flashes from being admitted to emergency with dangerously high blood pressure. Waiting in a hall in the emergency room, with my days-old daughter, for over eight hours; multiple rounds of medication from an IV being given to me at 1:00 am to get my blood pressure to go down. Flashes of being readmitted multiple times, for multiple nights, and told I wasn’t allowed to be alone with my baby, in case something happened.... Read More

I Can't Get Over My Preeclampsia Birth.

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 By Destiny

It was my first pregnancy. Everything was going good. I went in to my routine appointments everything was fine except I was having bad headaches a lot and rapid weight gain from the beginning. My BP was never high so no test were done until my 38 week checkup when I told him about seeing little spots moving occasionally and that day my bp happened to be borderline high. So we did the urine sample which led to the24 hour urine sample. After 3 days time, I got a call asking to come into the office immediately. My doctor informed me I had preeclampsia and suggested stripping my membranes then off to be induced. Before leaving the office my bp was only about 146/93 within 30 minutes... Read More

My Pre-E Hell!

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 By Rikki

My pregnancy was perfection. I started training for a bikini competition prior to conception so I was in amazing shape, drinking a ton of water and eating clean along with 5 days per week workouts. I felt amazing until I got a severe headache one day. When it did not subside I asked some friends who instructed me to take my blood pressure. Sure enough it was high- 152/90.  I went to my 35 week appointment the next day. It was elevated so I was sent to L&D Triage. It leveled out, they sent me home. This happened again at my 36 week appointment. At the 37 week appointment I was advised I should be induced.  That Monday before I delivered I started having... Read More

Not the Text-Book Case

Posted On Monday, February 05, 2018 By Savannah

After complications coming one after another during my pregnancy with my first child, what happened at 32 weeks still has me shocked. Before becoming pregnant I had extremely low blood pressure typically running 80’s/50’s and was on medication to raise my blood pressure. At 32 weeks I began having severe headaches and vision issues, so I decided to go in to see my OBGYN. My blood pressure was taken and it was 134/81 (which is higher than normal, but not usual preeclampsia high.) The doctor kept reassuring me things were okay, but I just felt that something was off. At 37 weeks they finally decided to do blood work and urinalysis and come to find out my liver enzymes... Read More

My Preeclampsia Nightmare

Posted On Sunday, January 14, 2018 By Morven

Geez, where do I begin!? Well I fell pregnant very young. Pregnancy seemed fine with just the usual bloating towards the end, mainly feet. Labour was long and difficult as I was induced & didn’t have any breaks between contactions. Ouch! Anyway I gave in & had a epidural. After 18+ hours I gave birth to a very healthy 6lb 10oz boy, who’s now 12. Anyways, about an hour after birth I had a severe headache and remember lots of machines beeping & then woke up in the high dependency unit. I was so young I didn’t really know what happened and don’t recall anything the doctors said once I woke.   Years later with my recently new husband, different partner,... Read More

HELLP at 38 weeks!

Posted On Tuesday, January 02, 2018 By Katie

 "I want to give my old self a hug and tell her she is a fighter and a survivor." I had a wonderful and active pregnancy. I ran a 5k at 24 weeks and was working full time as an RN. I felt wonderful throughout until around 35 weeks. I began feeling more lethargic and was plagued with agonizing mid back pain. I initially brushed these symptoms off and attributed them to late pregnancy. Additionally, we had moved at 32 weeks to another city and I had to switch providers. I was new to them and I was admittedly overwhelmed with all the stress and change from a move. In hindsight, this is why I endured the pain... Read More

Trust Your Instincts

Posted On Tuesday, December 26, 2017 By Amber

It all began around 31 weeks... I couldn't move, I had pains that I (still to this day) cannot describe.  I told my husband on numerous occasions that, "I think I'm dying."  It just had to be how you feel when you're pregnant and 31 weeks, right??   Fast forward 4 weeks (and after at least 3 separate trips to my OBGYN because of pain), when I finally called and said "I have to come in today!"  The receptionist called my bluff and said, "You were here on Monday and the doctor said you are fine.  Why don't you go home and relax and see how you feel later today?"  My reply, "I don't care who I see, I'll come see you, but I will come in... Read More

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