My pregnancy was going really well at first. I was gaining weight and my blood

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2005 By

My pregnancy was going really well at first. I was gaining weight and my blood pressure was fine. At twenty nine weeks I started swelling in my ankles and my face. I didn't think nothing of it I just thought it was because I was pregnant. I had a headache really bad for two days so I decided to go to the hospital. I went to the E.R. and found out I had preeclampsia. My blood pressure was extremely. I was put on magnesium and sent to another hospital thirty five miles away. As soon as I got there they did a ultrasound to make sure baby was ok. I was so sick and I felt like I was burning up. My blood was tooken every hour. I was so out of it and barely knew what was going on. The doctors... Read More

I had gone for a normal prenatal check up when I was 37 weeks pregnant

Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2004 By

I had gone for a normal prenatal check up when I was 37 weeks pregnant with my first child. It was a Tuesday in late August 2001. Everything seemed fine to my doctor. I was unaware of the complications that can occur during pregnacy. I had noticed that I had been gaining an extreme amount of weight but I thought it was due to being pregnant. That same week on Thursday night I got a horrifying headache that lasted all night through the morining. At around 7 am Friday August 31 I started to leak fluid not being prepared of the idea that I could be having a baby 3 weeks early because my doctor gave me no sign that I was even close to labor. I thought the leaking was urine. Three hours later a... Read More

January 3, 2004 After I started reading all of the stories on this website, I

Posted On Saturday, January 03, 2004 By JENNIFEER

January 3, 2004 After I started reading all of the stories on this website, I realized that my story would be redundant. However, I feel it is extremely important to share my story with you all because I was never officially diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome. Up until my 35th week, my pregnancy was completely normal. All blood work; urine tests and blood pressure came back normal. During my 35th week of pregnancy, I gained 7 lbs. My doctor did not seem alarmed at my weekly check up so I really didnt think any thing of it myself. At 36 weeks + 1 day was when the more severe symptoms started to occur. In the early morning hours of July 6th, I woke up with severe chest pain that... Read More

My name is Beth Hayes. I was 34 weeks pregnant when things in my pregnancy

Posted On Sunday, November 16, 2003 By Andrea

My name is Beth Hayes. I was 34 weeks pregnant when things in my pregnancy started to get complicated. It was Thanksgiving Day and I started to get severe pains in my upper stomach on the right side. They were going on for a while and I called my midwife. She wasn't on call, another midwife was. I described the symptoms and she said that it was most likely from indigestion from the coleslaw that I ate for lunch that day. She said that if I went to the ER they would just send me home with indigestion. She advised to take tums and go to bed. I did and they got better. I didn't have the pains the next day so thought that everything was better. I did have them the next night... Read More

My story is a little different because my OB caught my symptoms early and was

Posted On Monday, February 16, 2004 By

My story is a little different because my OB caught my symptoms early and was extremely cautious with me, for which I am eternally thankful. I was 35 years old when I became pregnant for the first time. Everything was great, aside from a little morning sickness and a prolonged bladder infection. I felt great and remained active. At my doctor's visit at 33 weeks, I was concerned because I had gained more weight than I had at any other visit. However my weight gain was on the low end. My doctor checked my reflexes, which were extremely exaggerated and noted minor swelling and an increase in blood pressure, but not in the PIH range. At that point, I told her that my mother had... Read More

Following a couple years of unsuccessful infertility treatments resulting from Polycystic Ovarian Disease, my husband

Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2004 By

Following a couple years of unsuccessful infertility treatments resulting from Polycystic Ovarian Disease, my husband and I became pregnant in spring 2001, which we subsequently lost. In October 2001, we became pregnant with our son, Michael Jr. The first five months went along just fine, with an acceptable overall weight gain of about 10 lbs. I was quite fit before the pregnancy and we were both in our mid-to-late 20s. Around the sixth month, I began noticing less movement, severe headaches (though that was normal for me), and weight gains of 12+ lbs per month. I had swollen up quite a bit, especially in the face, by week 28. One of the doctors in my medical practice dismissed the... Read More

I have recently had an experience with Hellp and PE .I was 22 weeks and

Posted On Tuesday, January 06, 2004 By Jill

I have recently had an experience with Hellp and PE .I was 22 weeks and 5 days into the pregnancy when i had excruitiating pains .Luckily i made the decision to go to my GP who discovered that my BP was elevated and protein was present in my urine .I was then told to go to my specialist who admitted me straight away BP was 160/100 .I had never had a problem until now apart from feeling tired I didnt even suffer morning sickness . I spent 2 1/2 days in a private hospital before being told that they didnt have the specialist facilities for a baby born under 34 weeks .I knew by this time things were not looking good .I went to the womens hospital where i was put in intensive care whilst they... Read More

It was January 8th, 2001 when I went to the doctor, for a routine check

Posted On Monday, January 05, 2004 By

It was January 8th, 2001 when I went to the doctor, for a routine check up. I had been having headaches, and swelling for a few days, but I kept telling myself that it was normal since I was 36 weeks pregnant. I weighed in, and I had gained 10 pounds in 2 weeks. My doctor did seem somewhat worried, but didn't say anything yet. She took my blood pressure, then ordered me to go have blood work, and another urine test done. I thought it was funny tthat she was having me do blood work, but I went ahead and went to the lab, not knowing what was going on. I come back to the room, and my doctor walks in and tells me that I need to have my son within 24 hours, or there is a chance that we wouldn't... Read More

When I was 16 years old I had my first baby. I had been swollen

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2005 By

When I was 16 years old I had my first baby. I had been swollen in my hands in face and legs for my second and third trimesters. But my doctor told me everything would be ok seeing as I was not spilling any protein into my urine and my blood pressure was normal. At my 36 week check-Up my doctor was surprised to see that my BP had risen to 150/100. And I was spilling protein. So he admitted me into the hospital. My doctor decided that it was in the best interest of my baby and myself if he were to go ahead and induce my labour. After 10 hours of labour the baby's heart rate dropped and was in distress so he put in an epidural and startedt wheeling me to the operating room when all of a... Read More

In October of 1999 I was 22 I was pregnant with my first child. Although

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 By

In October of 1999 I was 22 I was pregnant with my first child. Although I didn't know it at that time. I had noticed that I had been bleeding for 2 weeks straight. I called my OBGYN and they told me to come right in. When I came in they examined me and told me that I was pregnant and then was scheduled for a sonogram the following day. I went in for the sonogram and everything was fine. There was a heartbeat and the baby was developing normally. I had heavy bleeding every 2 weeks for 6 months. They never did tell me why I was bleeding. Later on I found out it was placenta previa. Other than the bleeding, my first 2 trimesters were uneventful. Not even high blood pressure. Then about 7... Read More

Hi my name is Jodele I am 26 years old. My husband and I have

Posted On Sunday, May 01, 2005 By

Hi my name is Jodele I am 26 years old. My husband and I have been together for 10 years. But we only were married in May 2004. Shortly after we married I started taking Clomid to get pregnant. My first cycle of pills did nothing. So my Doctor increased them the next month. So Istarted the next month of pills and my husband and I had are first night of trying to conceive. Two hours later my husband was asleep and I was reading a book. Suddenly my husband set up and then fell back down going into a Grande Mal Seizure. It lasted 3 min. I was frantic! I grabbed the phone and called 911. Off we went to the hospital... He was diagnosed with a Astrocytoma Lesion Grade II in his... Read More

My First born child was quite a life altering experience. In My first trimester I

Posted On Tuesday, May 17, 2005 By

My First born child was quite a life altering experience. In My first trimester I was always sick after eating. It got to the point of only holding down ice cream and raisinbran for 2months. I ended up losing 13 lbs. My dr. reassured me that this was normal and that I would gain it all back. At about 5 months I began to swell more and more each day, Ihad gained 60 lbs at this time, as well as the 13 I lost back. My ankles were so swollen by the end of each workday, that I would have to switch to slippers to walk out to my car. Once again my dr. said that my desk job was causing the water weight in the ankles. Then, at 5 months, I started having problems with the amniotic fluid... Read More

I was 23 weeks into my first pregnancy when I woke up in the middle

Posted On Sunday, May 08, 2005 By

I was 23 weeks into my first pregnancy when I woke up in the middle of the night with a burning pain under my ribs. I thought it was heartburn from a spicy stew I'd eaten for dinner. It seemed a little low for heartburn pain, but I'd never had it before so I thought maybe I just didn't really know what it was. It was too high for upset stomach pain. I called my doctor the next morning and described my symptoms. I was told that a stomach bug was going around so I should rest and stick to a liquid and/or BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet. As the day went on I felt like I was getting better, but that night the same burning pain woke me up. This went on for a week, and each day I... Read More

I was 23 when my husband and I found out we were pregnant in July

Posted On Sunday, August 28, 2005 By

I was 23 when my husband and I found out we were pregnant in July of 2004. We were very excited when we found out but also at the same time extremely nervous. We had been pregnant earlier that year and had loss the baby to a miscarriage at 8 weeks, not finding out until 12 weeks that the babies' heart stopped beating at 8 weeks. Needless to say, we kept very quiet about this pregnancy, agreeing not to tell anyone until after our first appointment at 8 weeks. We had gone to our first doctor's appt and everything seemed to be great, we even were able to hear the babies' heart beat, which was a huge sigh of relief. We also got to have an ultra sound and we saw the heart beating. It was... Read More

On May 26, 2003, I got the shock of my life. Two purple lines showed

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2005 By Tabitha

On May 26, 2003, I got the shock of my life. Two purple lines showed up on a pregnancy test after being told that it was unlikely that Id ever have children. I went to the OB and found out my due date was January 26, 2004. Morning sickness  rather, all day sickness - plagued me until about 17 weeks, and thankfully, it subsided. Other than not being able to take all of my pre-natal vitamins due to morning sickness, I did everything right. I stayed away from caffeine, I got plenty of sleep, I ate right, I exercised when I felt OK, and I went to all of my OB appointments. I thought everything would go smoothly. Ive never been more wrong about anything in my life. In my 31st week... Read More

My two preemie daughters Marcie Jo When I finally found out I was pregnant with

Posted On Thursday, February 10, 2005 By Anna

My two preemie daughters Marcie Jo When I finally found out I was pregnant with my first child I was almost three months pregnant. I was having headaches by then, but my doctor thought it was a vision problem so he had me sent me to see an optometrist, who told me I had 20/20 vision. By my fourth month I had gained 25 pounds and my ankles were swollen. I told my doctor, who said, Thats what happens when you get pregnant. By my fifth month I had gained 50 pounds and we had started to attend our Lamaze classes. In my sixth month, I had gained a total of 75 pounds; my doctor thought I was eating too much, so he sent me to a dietitian. It was Thursday night November 5, 1992,... Read More

I LOST MY LITTLE ANGEL ON 1-21-2005 HE LIVED ONLY A FEW HOURS. I WAS

Posted On Thursday, February 10, 2005 By

I LOST MY LITTLE ANGEL ON 1-21-2005 HE LIVED ONLY A FEW HOURS. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SEVERE PRECLAMPSIA. MY WOUND IS FRESH. I AM BLESSED TO HAVE SPENT THOSE FEW HOURS WITH OSHEA, I DIDN'T WANT TO LET HIM GO I WISH I COULD HAVE HAD MORE TIME, BUT I MADE THE MOST OF OUR TIME TOGETHER. I NEVER THOUGHT THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN TO ME, OR THAT THE OUTCOME WOULD BE SO TRAMATIC. I DON'T QUESTION GOD'S WISDOM,AND I KNOW THAT I WILL SEE OSHEA AGAIN. I JUST CAN'T HELP WANTING TO SEE HIM NOW, I WANT TO BE WITH HIM NOW. I HAVE ANOTHER CHILD AND I DON'T WISH TO NEGLECT HIM, BUT I WANT HIM TO UNDERSTAND THAT I WANTED THE BOTH OF THEM. I FEEL AS THOUGH I HAVE LOST EVERYTHING AND MY GOALS AND DREAMS ARE NOW... Read More

It was my frist baby and i was really happy .All my scans were good

Posted On Tuesday, December 16, 2003 By

It was my frist baby and i was really happy .All my scans were good untill it came to my 12 week one they said they had abit of trouble but everything was ok now .It wasnt until i was 18 weeks gone i started putting a lot of weight on but thouhgt it was ok then my blood pres when really high and my doc told me to pop up the hosp so i went they checked me over i was there all day by about 5pm they said i could go home ,so off i went .At about 8.30pm i had a phone call telling me i had to go in to the hops with over night bag and stay for one nite i was abit worried but went in . The next day i had alot of tests done but noone thouhgt i had pre-eclampsia as i far too early well thats... Read More

Only two months after getting married in October 1998, I found out I was pregnant

Posted On Thursday, November 06, 2003 By Maryanne

Only two months after getting married in October 1998, I found out I was pregnant! We assumed it would take a while and were shocked by the news, but incredibly happy. I was 25 years old. Like a lot of the other stories here, I had an uneventful beginning to my pregnancy. No morning sickness at all. Around 24 weeks my in-laws came to visit, we decided to go into DC and check out the Cherry Blossoms. It was an extremely warm day and I felt very sick. My feet and hands were all bloated, I was having trouble breathing and I was SO hot. We all assumed that the warm day and too much walking were taking it's toll because I was pregnant. That these were 'normal' symptoms. Little did I know... Read More

Hello My name is Jennifer and I wanted to share my experience with preeclampsia and

Posted On Friday, February 06, 2004 By

Hello! My name is Jennifer and I wanted to share my experience with preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome with you&& Back in 2002 my first pregnancy was going smoothly until my 32nd wk when I developed unexplained pre-term labor. I had noticed a small amount of spotting and immediately contacted my OBGYN. I was admitted and surprised to find that I was having contractions even though I was unable to feel them. After several days in the hospital on Mg Sulfate I was discharged to home on bed rest. Around 33 wks I started to develop some mild achy type pain on my right upper side of my abdomen just below my rib cage. Of course I didnt really think much about it. I thought it might... Read More

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