Grateful for my Medical Team

Posted On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 By

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

Saying Hello and Goodbye to Our Daughter Adeline

Posted On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 By Debbie

    ​​My husband, Matt, and I found out we were pregnant right after the New Year in 2017. We were thrilled, of course, as were our families. We've been together a decade, and this was the first grandchild on both sides.   We had what everyone thought was a very normal, healthy pregnancy, regular check-ups included. We had an appointment on a Friday in August, and... Read More

I Felt Totally in the Dark

Posted On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 By Sharlene

   "I read pregnancy books, I went to check ups, had prenatal care, took my vitamins etc., and I did not know anything about preeclampsia."   I was 29 weeks pregnant with our daughter Kylie. We were on the way home from our baby shower. I started to feel nauseous.  I had previously felt swollen (my ankles were swollen), had been having severe heartburn (waking me up... Read More

Six Years After Preeclampsia

Posted On Thursday, October 05, 2017 By Gabrielle

"I feel like I am a 27-year-old walking time bomb for cardiovascular disaster." ~Gabrielle Benitez I was 20 years old when I discovered I was pregnant with my son. While most of the thoughts running through my mind centered around things like "How can I possibly succeed at being a mother?" I never once considered the idea that I could get seriously ill.  ... Read More

Preeclampsia Led to 218 Days in the Hospital

Posted On Friday, July 21, 2017 By Lisa

A decrepit old woman stared at me with eerie familiarity. Her thin mangled body and vacant expression revealed she had seen too much darkness. I was 31-years-old when I met this sickly, worn out soul. Confusion washed over me as I discovered I was staring at my reflection in the hospital room mirror. The last thing I could remember was being wheeled in for another surgery. My husband held my hand as my mom and sister grew smaller in the... Read More

Fear of a 2nd Pregnancy Lead me to Adoption

Posted On Monday, July 10, 2017 By Holly

I got pregnant pretty easily in April 2008 and was due January 14, 2009.  Although I had a little morning/all day sickness, most of the time it wasn't terrible and things went along as planned.  I'd gone to a "high risk specialist," not because I was high risk, but because he was recommended to me.  Everything went along smoothly until around November. I went to the doctor in early November and had gained 13lbs in two weeks.  My BP had been elevated, but I had no other symptoms of pre-e.  The doctor sent me home for weekend bed-rest and I was to come back to the doctor on Monday.  I lost 7lbs that... Read More

Advice for 3rd pregnancy

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2017 By June

I recently lost my baby to preaclmpsia. She was stillborn at 25 weeks. Four years previous to this I had preeclampsia at 32 weeks and my daughter was born via emergency c-section and spent 3 weeks in hospital. She is happy and healthy now. I met with my consultant a few weeks ago and he said he found clots in the placenta and that I tested positive for a blood clotting disorder, he took more blood to test again because he said it could be a false positive because the test was done soon after the birth. I will meet him and a hemotolegest in about month, but he said if the test is positive again I will be on asprin and heparin injections in a future pregnancy. I really want to have another... Read More

The Reason They Share a Birthday

Posted On Thursday, May 18, 2017 By Tracy

I feel a little emotional these days, not only because it was just my first Mother's Day, but also because there was a chance that I wouldn't have been here to celebrate it if it wasn't for an amazing team of doctors! In honor of this past Mother's Day and Cameron's first birthday quickly approaching, I've decided to share my story. ... Read More

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