Didn't Expect This Week

Posted On Monday, November 30, -0001 By 1rgs

In June 1990, my husband & I were expecting our third child. Out two previous pregnancies had been basically normal- I had extreme morning sickness & gestational diabetes (diet-controlled) in the first pregnancy, but typical morning sickness in the second and no diabetes. In this pregnancy I had been able to avoid morning sickness by making sure my stomach was never completely empty. Except for a single severe headache one Sunday in May (didn't even consider contacting Dr., since it was gone by next morning), I'd had no exceptional discomforts. On Father's Day, I woke feeling as though I had a kidney infection-something else I first experienced in my... Read More

Julia and Will: Team Strong WILLed

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 By Paige

I found out I was pregnant in the middle of everything. I was finishing graduate school for my MSW and had been together with my boyfriend at the time for almost a year. We had literally just talked about getting married and planned on having our first child within a year of our marriage. I started feeling sick constantly so I took a pregnancy test and it was positive. I worried about us being ready for this huge, unexpected change, but when I called my boyfriend and told him I was pregnant, he was really happy. We got engaged the following month. We were martied in June, when i was 5 months pregnant. My pregnancy was an exciting, happy time, and seemed very normal... until I hit my... Read More

Deguen's Homebirth and Atypical HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2016 By Monica

Between Deguen turning 4 just a couple days ago and it being Preeclampsia Awareness Month, the fact that I'm a HELLP Syndrome survivor is on the forefront of my mind.  Perhaps if I share my story, a mom-to-be may recognize some of the same symptoms and save her and her baby's life.  My pregnancy with Deguen was straight forward and easy for the most part.  There were a few common pregnancy complaints which now looking back were actually HELLP Syndrome symptoms.  At 37 weeks my feet swelled considerably.  The day before, I attended my friend's bridal shower and I had worn heels, walked all over the city and sat on a bar stool with my feet dangling for a couple... Read More

My story of preeclampsia/hellp

Posted On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 By ariana

My story begins in March 2016. My daughter Aarabella's birthday was March 1st, mine was March 9th, and my husbands was March 26th. We had a long month of March birthdays to celebrate. I started swelling. It was so bad, I broke my sandals from the heaviness of my feet. I also couldn't seem to keep food down. I would throw up before i even finished a plate. I saw my doctor as scheduled. He said it was "normal". I could feel something deep down telling me it wasn't normal. I also mentioned that I saw spots occasionally. That was nothing to be concerned about he had told me. So, after gaining no weight during my pregnancy i suddenly weighed as much as my partner. About 200 lbs from 178. I... Read More

Surviving Preeclampsia/HELLP. "Having my son River" September 2015 baby.

Posted On Saturday, May 07, 2016 By Brittany

Part 1 I was scheduled for a planned c section on October 14, 2015 around 39 weeks. River arrived at 36 weeks instead on September 24. It all really started a few days before he was born. I hadn’t been feeling well a few days leading up to his birth and had this weird sense of “impending doom” you could say. I actually got really depressed and weepy and felt so tired and ill. Intuition I guess. The day before I had him I especially started feeling bad and having a strange sharp squeezing and shooting pain right behind and above my belly button, sometimes in my ribs. It came and went in a pattern like contractions but it wasn’t contractions and I was not in labor. My back... Read More

My Preeclampsia Story

Posted On Thursday, May 05, 2016 By Paige

I was 36 weeks pregnant when I went in for my regular doctor's visit.  It was Wednesday May 27th. I had been feeling miserable and was swelled up pretty bad, but that's part of pregnancy right? And with this being my first pregnancy, I didn't know any different. My husband and I got into the exam room, and the nurse checked my urine, and my blood pressure. She then informed me that by blood pressure was way too high and I had protein in my urine so I needed to lay on my side till the doctor came in. My Doctor came in and rechecked my blood pressure. She then said I have severe preeclampsia and was going to be sent to the hospital to have my baby.  All I heard... Read More

Emergency C-section was not my plan!

Posted On Wednesday, May 04, 2016 By Susan

At 28 weeks I had an episode during my first pregnancy. I felt like I was completely out of it and not all together there. I remember going to my dad's house since my husband was still at work. We ended up calling 911. They suggested that I call my doctor's office first to see what they recommend and call back if needed. By the time the doctor on call had called me back I was feeling back to normal. It was such an odd feeling like I couldn't say the words I wanted to say fast enough. I was almost in slow motion struggling to talk. Then a week later I was getting up for work like normal. Thinking about things I needed to do that day. Next thing I know I am being slapped in the face by a... Read More

I Denied I had it

Posted On Wednesday, May 04, 2016 By KateLyn Smith

I had previously had two extremely healthy babies. Two healthy pregnancies with the exception of a bit of preterm labor during my first that had been stopped with medication.  I was a little older during my third pregnancy, 31, and because we were using preventative measures to conceive, we found out far along about our little bundle on the way. I also wasn't the pillar of a healthy mommy-to-be because of this.  About six months in, I had a very high BP reading at a check-up. I convinced my doctor that it was because I was streseed, anxious, suffering from panic disorder. I wasn't suffering from headaches or any of the other symptoms associated with PE, so I went on my... Read More

My pregnancy almost killed me

Posted On Tuesday, May 03, 2016 By Kim Senatore

At the age of 34 I found out I was pregnant. From the minute I saw the positive test I know it was not a normal pregnancy. I found put I was pregnant 6 days before I mossed my period and I was extremely sick and exhausted. In the back of my head I kept thinking there was more than 1 baby. That was confirmed when I had my 1st ultrasound on friday the 13th at 5 weeks 6 days. I remember the ultrasound told me I was wasting her tims because I was so early but she ate her words as soon as she placed the probe on my abdomen. I was carrying identical twins. My pregnancy was brutal. I had morning sickness the entire time and at 33 weeks I was admitted to the hospital for PIH. I spent the week... Read More

second pregnancy first time preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, May 02, 2016 By Stacy Smith

My first pregnancy I had gestational diabetes. My second pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. It was the scariest time of my life.  I didn't know I had it until I was admitted to hospital and transferred to a hospital with a level III NICU. My baby was born six weeks early and we had to leave her in the NICU when I was discharged.  My pressure didn't go down after delivery and I was in and out of the hospital for several weeks. Finally I was put on some blood pressure meds that worked.  I've been on medication for eight years and probably will be for the rest of my life.  I still have strong emotions when I see pre-eclampsia on tv shows or when I see... Read More

In Honor of Zoe

Posted On Sunday, May 01, 2016 By Amy

As we get close to Mother's Day, it's sad to say that as I should be celebrating that I am still a mother to an Angel in Heaven. I can't say I can celebrate that day without having my daughter with me. On Feb 16, 2016, I had my doctors appointment. My blood pressure was high at 164/96, after checking it three times the doctor stated I had to be admitted for 24 hours for a protein urine test. I had no idea of what preeclampsia could be or lead to. As the 24 hours passed by, they had given me the steroid injections for my baby's lungs. On February 18, 2016, the doctor stated I had to have an emergency c-section as my protein in my urine was at 11,000 and the only way to get rid of my... Read More

I am a HELLP survivor. This is my story.

Posted On Sunday, May 01, 2016 By Kristin

   Neither of my pregnancies have been easy. I wasn't one of those woman that enjoyed being pregnant. I actually never could understand how anyone could possibly say they liked it. Both times I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Both times I was constantly achy and tired. I was nauseated all throughout my second pregnancy and with Ethan I had a lot of swelling. We had a huge scare when we went in for our 20 week ultrasound with Audrey. After hearing the wonderful news that I was carrying a baby girl, we were told that there were signs of Down syndrome on my ultrasound. We spent the next month having more ultrasounds and more blood work done, to finally be told that our... Read More

This was not in my birth plan

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2016 By Sarah

Sunday, August 9th, my husband Kirk and I went for a walk on the bike path. It was a warm summer day, but as the sun was setting the cooler air felt like a relief. I was 36 weeks pregnant. As soon as we hit the meadow I started seeing gold stars. Little fireflies dancing in the sky, except I knew I wasn't seeing fireflies. This was a dreaded symptom of preeclampsia my doctor warned me about. On Saturday the 8th I had a scheduled stress test because my blood pressure was creeping up. I starting doing these tests twice a week when I was 35 weeks pregnant. Two straps hugged my 9-month pregnant belly and the sound of a speeding heartbeat eased my mine. Josephine was doing... Read More

My 30 Weeker

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2016 By Whitney

I was 28 weeks pregnanat and started feeling very yucky. I had a good bit of swelling my whole second trimester but my hands and face began to swell drastically. I started taking my blood pressure at home. It was getting higher and higher. Finally one day after work I checked it and it was 150/98. I called my doctor and they wanted me to come in. They kept me over night for observations and I did the 24 hour urine test. When it came back my proteins were very high. They were able to control my blood pressure with me laying on my left side and they diagnosed me with Pre-Eclampsia and sent me home on strict bed rest. Two days... Read More

My HELLP Syndrome Story

Posted On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 By Haylee

When I found out I was pregnant, it was the happiest moment in my life. It's crazy how you can never think about starting a family and then that pregnancy test pops up positive and then thats the only thing you can imagine for your future. I was due on August 1, 2016. We found out I was having a baby girl. I feel like that's every mother's dream come true, a little princess to call my own. I started going to my OB at 8 weeks. Every appointment was wonderful, my sweet Olivia was growing big and strong and I was healthy. I hit 23 weeks and I started to experience "heartburn" or so I thought. In fact the second day I had it, it got so severe I was rushed to the ER. That night is still such... Read More

For all the things my Hands of held, the best by far is you...

Posted On Thursday, April 21, 2016 By Kaely

In October of 2015, I became a wife. Something I had wanted for so long. Our wedding day was perfect, despite the coldest day of the season thus far falling on that day. It was the perfect day. The best day of my life. That was until the next month, the day before Thanksgiving when I learned that I would be extending my portfolio to mother. I was so shocked because I didn't think it would happen so soon for us. But it was the best thing ever. I just remember crying after finding out, because I was so excited. For so many years, the one thing that I was so excited for was becoming a mother. It's the one thing that I always felt would complete my life. That... Read More

Feuerschwenger Story

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 By Stephanie

January of 2014, we found out that we were expecting a baby and that was going to be due on September 6, 2014. In April we found out it was a girl! We were so excited and ready for the challenge of bringing a baby into this world.  Everything was going great until the afternoon of May 29th, when I went to the doctor for a regular checkup and glucose test. After the nurse took my blood pressure and the doctor came in, I was told that I would need to go to the hospital to be monitored for a few hours because my... Read More

How I survived Preeclampsia

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 By Peggy

I was expecting my first baby, a girl.  I was very excited, I went to my doctors apt. and they said your blood pressure is a little high.  It normally was good I was kinda concerned.  Well they put me on a 24 hour urine test and after that I thought nothing of it.  My numbers came back just a little elevated so I was ok with that. I went home and 2 weeks later my mom came over to my house and she seen how puffy I was and told me I need to call my doctor.  So the next day I did and they wanted me to come in.  So I arrived on time and the nurse called my name and said Hunny you need to get into the office at once.  Took my blood pressure it was... Read More

Preeclampsia y HELLP

Posted On Monday, April 18, 2016 By Sara

Me quedé embarazada con 30 años, siempre he tenido una salud muy buena y me cuidé mucho antes y durante mi embarazo. Cuando me quedé embarazada pesaba 49 kilos. No tuve ninguna molestia en todo el embarazo, durante los cuatro primeros meses tan solo engordé un par de kilos. Del cuarto al quinto mes aumenté 4 kilos y mi dieta continuaba siendo la misma. Comenté con la matrona y los ginecólogos mi repentina subida de peso pero no le dieron importancia. Les dije que estaba comiendo muy poco, que bebía mucha agua, caminaba y hacia natación. ... Read More

my preeclampsia story

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2016 By Marie

I was nesting. I was cleaning every square inch of where we were going to live.  I was 30 weeks along.  I thought to myself I’d pack a bag for the hospital. Then “No, that is crazy. I still have so much time.”  Little did I know that I did not….A few days after as I walked to the bathroom I felt something and then there was blood.  I screamed for my mom, although, it felt like I didn’t scream at all—it felt like my voice didn’t sound like anything.  We called the hospital.  I walked straight out the door and into the car I did not want to wait for a call back from the doctor.   We arrived in the emergency room - they immediately... Read More

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