Surviving Postpartum Preeclampsia & Making ER Changes

Posted On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 By Kristin

My second son was born a few days before Christmas. The delivery itself went smoothly and our son was healthy. We were home in time for Christmas Eve. That night I tried to go to sleep, but every time I would lie down I had a pounding headache. When I stood up again, it would subside. I figured it was just from the stress of being in a hospital and because our newborn was waking up every few hours.     ... Read More

Our Story..from Pre-Eclampsia to HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Thursday, April 07, 2016 By Amy

It has taken a lot for me to get to the point where I can share my story. I have wanted to share the story for a long time but reliving every detail was just more than I could handle. I am now ready. If I can help just one person by sharing and spreading awareness of pregnancy / labor complications, then this journey was more than worth it. Please read our story below.. Our Story: Up until 28 weeks I had a normal pregnancy with no issues. On March 12th my right leg swelled up to about 3 times its normal size. I looked as though I had one elephant leg and one giraffe leg. I called my doctor thinking it was just normal “pregnancy swelling”, and to my surprise I was told to go straight... Read More

Running for a cause: Local woman raises money for preeclampsia awareness at Boston Marathon

Posted On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 By Wendy

Sutton resident Wendy Kendrick has been running for 25 years, and she had no plans of stopping after narrowly missing the explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Wendy, a Project Manager at Framingham-based LFB USA, a sister company of rEVO Biologics, ran her best time that year (3 hours, 28 minutes), crossing the finish line shortly before the bombings occurred and close enough to hear the explosion. With her family on the sidelines, the danger hit very close to home. But she ran again in 2014 and 2015, with her 2015 performance earning her a qualification in this year’s marathon. ... Read More

My HELLP Story

Posted On Friday, February 26, 2016 By Amy Jo

Scott and I were in our first prenatal class and they gave us the tour of the Labor & Delivery Ward half way through class.  As we walked pass the NICU, Scott leaned over and asked me what that was, as he didn’t hear the instructor. I replied “Oh that’s the NICU for premature babies…you don’t need to worry about that.” And it was like a jolt that rocked my world after that, apparently we were going to know what the NICU was, and know it very well. I was 32 weeks and started to not feel well. I even began throwing up. Thinking it was from something I ate, maybe food poisoning, I called my doctor to check in. The nurse said that as long as I stay hydrated and... Read More

Could have benefitted from Preeclampsia Education

Posted On Thursday, February 25, 2016 By Kathryn

My first pregnancy was going so smoothly for the first and second trimester.  I rarely felt any nausea, had incredible energy and felt as if everything was going along as it should.  Right around 26 weeks, I started to notice my feet swelling and didn't think anything of it, or I guess I thought it was normal.  At 27 weeks I started to feel a pain in my upper abdomen.  I struggled with it for 2 days before I told my husband something was wrong.  When I got to the doctor, they told me about my high blood pressure and large amount of protein in my urine so I was admitted right away to the hospital where I was told that the baby would need... Read More

From HELLP Came a Miracle

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 By Morgan

My HELLP Syndrome went undiagnosed for 2 weeks along with 2 misdiagnoses. When I hit 31 weeks I couldn't take the excruciating stomach (URQ) and back pain. It was like my whole body was on fire. I was first misdiagnosed with bronchitis and sent home with a demorral shot with no blood work. A week later I went in and they tried to tell me I had gallbladder disease and tried to give me a shot for it and I refused. They finally did blood work after an hour of no one coming in, a nurse from OB (no I was never sent to maternity either visits) ran in and said I needed... Read More

A nightmare...

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 By Bianca Montalvo

When I found out I was pregnant I was the happiest woman in the world.  I immediately went up to my husband and told him the wonderful news. The next day I scheduled an appointment with an OB GYN for my first check up. Everything went smooth up until I reached 3 months. I was throwing up every day, got migraines, and felt very fatigue. However, when I reached my second trimester, it was the happiest time during my pregnancy not only because I didn't have any pregnancy symptoms but because I also felt very energized. During an OB visit one day, they informed me that my blood pressure was 'very' high and asked me if it was ever high before. A red flag went up, and I immediately knew... Read More

my baby boy

Posted On Wednesday, February 03, 2016 By siobhan

I have had my baby boy. 

When I was pregnant I had no signs of the pre-eclampsia I was due on the 7th of January but my waters broke on the 12th the hospital left me for 3 days in labour. So when I had the seizure they gave me an emergency c section and that's when my baby boy was born 15 January. The hardest part was I didn't get to see him when he was 1st born and for 1 week I wasn't able to be a mum and it breaks my heart everyday when I hold him I cherish every moment with him.

Our Blessing

Posted On Monday, November 30, -0001 By Crystal

Hello, My name is Crystal Cusack, I’m 24 years old and I was blessed with my beautiful daughter who is 3 months old named Abigail. During my pregnancy we knew that I was high risk due to my blood pressure issues, well by my 3rd trimester we were diagnosed with Preeclampsia. I did everything that I could to not have Preeclampsia, I was dieting, working out and even drinking plenty of water (which I do all those things already). Week of October 25th 2015 I was induced; we went in on October 27th 2015. As the nurses and doctors came in one by one hooking me up to all these machines, IV’S and magnesium I was starting to get scared. By October 29th 2015 at 5am I was already in 25 hours of... Read More

Believing for my miracle baby

Posted On Friday, January 22, 2016 By Gloria Akhere

On March 25th 2015 I had high BP and got to later know it was preeclampsia.My gyn saw me adding weight and swollen face and feet but never educate me on preeclampsia which I have not heard before (first-time mum). I lost our son at 30 weeks; I was induced and had to deliver baby Jaden (stillbirth). I and my husband really felt bad because we were so attach to him especially when he kicks. Later in July I conceived and my new ob/gyn prescribed baby aspirin to prevent it from occuring starting from 5 weeks but when I was almost done with my dose a scan was done, but baby was not growing at 8 weeks and no heartbeat. I later miscarried. Now I am pregnant at 11 weeks, my new ob has prescribed... Read More

My miracle son Chance

Posted On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 By Sydnei

I discovered I had severe preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome in March 2015. I was going to all my prenatal checkups to make sure everything was okay with me and baby. My last 2 prenatal checkups were not normal: I was gaining a significant amount of weight that my OB thought was strange, but didn't do further testing to see if things were ok. I had my last sonogram the end of February and found I was having a boy. We hadn't decided on a name since we figured we'd have more time to think. Some time goes by, and on March 14 around 9:00am I woke up in so much pain! My upper abdominal felt terrible and I didn't know why. I tried to wake my husband up and he thought I was being dramatic but I... Read More

I can't see a white light but I know I am about to die

Posted On Friday, January 08, 2016 By Tova Levy

It’s Friday night. I am lying in a hospital bed in the intensive care unit after giving birth to my twins, at 35 weeks and three days. My blood pressure is 240 over 120 and my whole body is shaking. I have lost control of my muscles and I can’t speak when the doctor asks me if I can hear him. Three other doctors rush into the room and stick a second IV in my other arm. I am now being pumped with drugs in a desperate attempt to reduce my blood pressure which is out of control. I can’t see a white light, but I know I am about to die. Rewind eight months. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. We have a beautiful one and a half year old daughter and we want her to have a... Read More

Almost gone, but made it threw the storm

Posted On Wednesday, January 06, 2016 By Sheena

On May 25, 2013 my day was like any other day. 9 Months pregnant and reaching my due date of June 3. I spent the day cleaning and organizing the last of the few things I had left. That Friday May 24 I had put in my notice for maternity leave and was excited to get some rest before my baby was born. To my surprise Saturday night into Sunday morning my water broke. Calm and in disbelief we drove to the hospital. I remember my boyfriend had to stop to get gas. I laugh now, but was ready to strangle him because the contraction were so intense.  Finally, we made it to the hospital around 1230. Did all the paperwork and was finally sent to my room to... Read More

The scariest moment of my life

Posted On Tuesday, December 29, 2015 By Nikki

My story begins with my first son. He was due May 17, 2012. I had no idea what preeclampsia was. At 28 weeks, my ob sent me straight to the hospital after a high bp reading as well as protein. I stayed for one week to get steroid shots and procardia to lower the bp. After three days, my ob came in and told me she was going to perform a 24 hour urine test and if it came back negative, we'd be delivering my son that next day. I was scared. Fortunately, after several doses of meds and rest, I was regulated and we were able to make it to 39/1. He came out at 8 lbs 10 oz. Perfect. Fast forward to 2014. My second son was due July 4th. I had a normal pregnancy until I started swelling... Read More

The big heal...

Posted On Friday, December 18, 2015 By Quenby

Hello my name is Quenby Schuyler and I am a thirty -year-old post partum stroke survivor.  I have been blogging about my recovery as a form of healing please take a look.

Infertility, HELLP, & Loss

Posted On Saturday, December 05, 2015 By Alyssa

I am new to the site but was hoping to connect with someone with similar struggles. You hear so many stories that are similar in one aspect or another but usually not someone who has dealt with infertility and HELLP. Let me start by telling my story: My husband and I are highschool sweethearts who married after being together for 10 years. We wanted to be responsible about starting a family so enjoyed our first year together and decided to wait for me to finish school and get established with my job. I finally convinced him to take the plunge. My entire life all I dreamed about was being a mom, never in my life did I imagine it... Read More

HELLP Survivor

Posted On Thursday, November 19, 2015 By Kristin

I had been having a lot of pain in my ribs on the right side for a week or so before I went into labor. I never mentioned it to my doctor because I just though I'd twisted funny or carried something I shouldn't have and pulled a muscle. I was taking Tylenol to try and alleviate the pain.   On the night of November 6, 2012 I went... Read More

Preeclampsia: a major threat to mother and child health

Posted On Thursday, November 19, 2015 By Sumona

Pregnancy is the period where a mother nurtures her baby in the womb and develops angiogenic (blood) as well as emotional bond. The family relishes this period, while pampering the expecting mother, and looking forward to welcome their next generation. I was not an exception; every antenatal check-up assured me everything is normal and going well. Pregnancy, however, is not a simple process and the entire scientific community has been struggling to understand the dynamics of this mind that starts with a single cells and ends in a full human child. Since, the entire process happens within the confines of the mother’s womb and the slightest disturbance during... Read More

HELLP Syndrome loss at 20 weeks

Posted On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 By Michelle

My journey with HELLP did not end like many HELLP journeys end. While some people who get HELLP have it in their 3rd trimester and both the mom and baby are able to be saved - that was not my story. I'd like to share that my story somehow had this "fairytale" ending after losing my first and only child but my story isn't there yet. 

You can read about my journey on my blog at

I hope to keep this up to date with follow-up doctors apt, lessons learned and hopefully, one day updates on a future pregnancy and a healthy, living baby.

Preeclampsia at 30 weeks

Posted On Wednesday, October 28, 2015 By Sarah

It took my husband and I two years and three early losses to finally get a pregnancy to stick.  Thankfully the first half was uneventful, but by 24 weeks my midwife noticed my fundal height was measuring short.  Ultrasounds revealed that the baby was measuring behind by a couple of weeks.  Small babies run in my family, but I started googling SGA and IUGR, and through IUGR discovered preeclampsia.  My blood pressure, always on the low end (105/65 at the first prenatal appointment), was creeping up throughout the pregnancy, rather than dropping like it was supposed to around 20 weeks.  I started to think that this would probably happen... Read More

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