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My name is Linda and I got pregnant when I was 34 years old after

Posted On Friday, June 21, 2002 By

My name is Linda and I got pregnant when I was 34 years old after only 3 months of trying. We never dreamed it would be so easy and quick and really thought that the rest of the pregnancy would be just as easy. I never had morning sickness like other women - only extreme fatigue that I later found out was due to the fact that I was expecting twins. The first trimester was very easy and then toward the latter part of the second trimester I started experiencing headaches. I remember buying Tylenol for them. I had no idea that my blood pressure was up. I had experienced no swelling at all until the twentieth week, at which point I had to sit for long periods at work with little walking... Read More

I first found out I was pregnant with my first child in early April 2003.

Posted On Wednesday, June 09, 2004 By

I first found out I was pregnant with my first child in early April 2003. I was ecstatic and so was my husband Chris. We were going to have a baby! I was fairly nauseous for the first 12 weeks, but I was so happy to be pregnant that it didn't matter, my feet were also quite swollen starting at eight weeks. I had a bit of concern in my fourth month of pregnancy, as my feet were quite swollen, and at my job I was on my feet most of the day. I was feeling pretty good otherwise, I checked with my family doctor about the swelling, my BP was a little bit elevated so she told me to consult with my OBGYN- I was told there was nothing to worry about. On a few occasions I did not feel so well... Read More

I would love to share my story in hopes that it will help other women

Posted On Saturday, October 29, 2005 By Katherine

I would love to share my story in hopes that it will help other women and make them feel less alone. I can still remember the day I found out I was expecting I was so excited and could not wait to tell my husband the great news. We had been trying for a little while and I just knew that this baby was going to bring us more happiness and love then we knew what do with. My pregnancy on the whole was good had a little morning sickness in the beginning but it was not that bad. Little did I know that was all going to change around my 28th week. I went to the doctor the first time with very swollen ankles so bad that it was making it hard for me to walk. At that appointment my blood pressure... Read More

I really don't know how to start this out. I had preeclampsia. I started showing

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2005 By

I really don't know how to start this out. I had preeclampsia. I started showing a lot of signs around almost my fourth month of pregnancy. When I was 26 weeks pregnant I had my son. He weighed one pound and 5 ounces, 11 1/2 inches long, head 9 inches round. I had to be sent to Roanoke, VA. I was there for three days deathly ill, on the fourth day I was in excrutiating pain and I had an emergency c-section. I had him in February, he just came home not even two weeks ago June 20th. I was going into HELLP syndrome. My liver and gul bladder were swollen, the doctors were talking about removing my gul bladder. They said the only thing I had left to swell was my heart and I would... Read More

I had high alpha-fetal protein blood levels and severe nosebleeds in the first trimester. Then

Posted On Thursday, February 19, 2004 By Janet

I had high alpha-fetal protein blood levels and severe nosebleeds in the first trimester. Then high alpha-fetal protein amniotic fluid levels, nosebleeds and severe allergy symptoms in the second trimester (nasal congention). High blood pressure appeared at about 20 weeks. I was placed on bedrest at 24 weeks and was hospitalized at 26 weeks. I spent less than one day in the OB ICU at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, and then experienced elevated heart rate. Tests confirmed that I had little fluid left in my blood vessels and the blood was not clotting. Other blood tests confirmed that I was experiencing liver and kidney failure. HELLP Syndrome was diagnosed. I... Read More

I had a normal pregnancy for 34-35 weeks. Little bit of morning sickness, but other

Posted On Thursday, February 19, 2004 By

I had a normal pregnancy for 34-35 weeks. Little bit of morning sickness, but other than that everything perfect. In the weeks prior to 34 weeks gestation, I would occasionally suffer from what I thought were pulled chest muscles. In hindsight, that may have been the start of this illness. Ill never know. My bp and proteins were okay at my appts and I didnt mention the pulled muscle feeling I occasionally had. At 34 weeks I became ill with what I thought was the flu. I was vomiting and had bad epigastric pains that I thought was from dry heaving. That was over the weekend. The following Wednesday I had a check-up with my OB doc. I had been feeling better by Tuesday and on... Read More

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 I was about eight months pregnant when my baby girl Alexis

Posted On Tuesday, June 07, 2005 By DEBORAH

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 I was about eight months pregnant when my baby girl Alexis past away. It all started Thurday night, I couldn't fall alseep becuase of the sharp pains I was getting in my tummy. Then I got a real bad headache with some vomiting.. I didn't know what to do. Especially when I notice some blood in my urine. I woke up my boyfriend and asked him to take me to the emergency room because I didn't think things were at normal. Around eleven pm we decided to call my nurse, I explained to her all my symptons and all she said was that it was all part of the pregnancy but she will schedule me to go in for a check up in the morning. The next day we arrive at the office and found... Read More

My entire life I have been considered a 'healthy' person. However, I did decide to

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2005 By

My entire life I have been considered a 'healthy' person. However, I did decide to marry after I had an established career and completed my graduate degee, which were some individual goals of my own. I got pregnant when I was 36 years old and scheduled to deliver my baby when I was 37 years old. My prgnancy was not without incident. I had an odd bleed which we thought was a miscarriage at 15 weeks of pregnancy. It wasn't. However, the bleeding would not resolve itself. It would get better then worse for no explainable reason. Finally after about 7 days, it resolved. At about 22 weeks of pregnany, I lost my ankles. I thought this was strange, but I new pregnant people swelled... Read More

Something about the day just didn't seem right. It felt ominous to say the least,

Posted On Wednesday, May 25, 2005 By Karina

Something about the day just didn't seem right. It felt ominous to say the least, but I knew it was just my imagination, after all, what could possibly go wrong...I left work early, as I often did to get to my doctor's appointment on time...I get there with a few minutes to spare, I check into the doctor's office, follow the same routine...place the urine in the cup and wait for my name to be called out. I remember feeling anxious, but I didn't know why at the time. The nurse takes my blood pressure, and suddenly leaves...comes back and asks if I had headaches...I answer no, and then quickly leaves again. How odd this is...Both she and the doctor come into the room and the doctor begins... Read More

Hi my name is Niki. I got pregnant at 32 years old and had an

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 By

Hi my name is Niki. I got pregnant at 32 years old and had an uneventful pregnancy. No nausea or other symptoms. Towards the 7th month of pregnancy I started to swell in the hands, feet and face but, I thought nothing of it because my sister also swelled up during her pregnancy and everything turned out fine. I gained an excessive amount of weight but, I attributed that to the fact that I was eating so much. Also, I knew a lot of women who gained a lot of weight during their pregnancies. At 33 weeks I went in for a routine doctor

I was diagnosed with preeclampsia in my twenty sixth week. Throught the first four months

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2005 By Audrey

I was diagnosed with preeclampsia in my twenty sixth week. Throught the first four months of my pregnancy I was very sick with exagerrated morning sicknes/hyperemesis. I also tested positive for my baby having down syndrome or spinalbifada and had an amnio which thankfully showed that my baby was fine. It happened in the first days of March 2002, I was not due until June 10, 2002. On a Friday I went to the emergency room with complaints of my stomach flinching up in spasms, I was monitired for some hours and sent home. The following Monday I awoke with an excruciating pain on my left shuolder, I felt as if I had a boulder sitting on my shoulder. I called my gyn and was told that my... Read More

At 21 years of age, 145 lbs, it was a great time to have a

Posted On Saturday, July 17, 2004 By Sylvia

At 21 years of age, 145 lbs, it was a great time to have a baby. So, I thought. I had lost weight using Phen-Fen and was feeling great. I knew within two weeks that I was pregnant. My body went through changes immediately. I was an exhausted, cant hardly move kind of tired for the first couple of months. Then, after being placed on vitamins, my body leveled out and I felt great. By the fifth month checkup, I had gained 10lbs in one month. The doctor told me to eat less and walk more. So, I did. Then, I really started noticing the changes. I asked my husband if he ever saw glitter and checkerboard patterns in front of him. He looked at me as if I were crazy. After standing or... Read More

I became pregnant easily at 34 years old and had a problem-free first pregnancy until

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 By Stefania

I became pregnant easily at 34 years old and had a problem-free first pregnancy until 29 weeks. At a routine check-up my OB detected a slight elevation in my BP and found my fundal height wasn't matching my due date estimation. She suggested I return a week later just to make sure everything was ok. I felt fine, the baby was moving well and the heartbeat was good so I wasn't overly concerned. I should have been! I returned the next week to find my BP had risen to 158/110. I was hospitalized immediately. After several hours of monitoring, my BP had gone down enough to be able to go home on bedrest. That lasted 3 days until a 24 hour urine sample detected high levels of protein. Back to... Read More

The first few months everything seemed to be going great: baby, weight gain, BP, etc.

Posted On Tuesday, September 14, 2004 By Rosario

The first few months everything seemed to be going great: baby, weight gain, BP, etc. Around week 27 I started feeling pain between my ribcage, nothing great, but continuous. I initially thought it was the baby's size (my tummy growing). I told my doctor, he thought I was having some digestive problem and gave me some drugs to take (which I didn't as I was sure this was not the reason). I gained a lot of weight during the last part of the second trimester, my weight chart shows a huge shoot in weight gain (mostly water as i lost 14 kilograms in the 3 days after the baby was delivered). I was incredibly swollen (feet, arms, face, etc.) everyone I asked thought I was probably eating too... Read More

God permitted me to take part in a miracle. My pregnant daughter April, became very

Posted On Thursday, February 05, 2004 By Danielle

God permitted me to take part in a miracle. My pregnant daughter April, became very ill on Tuesday, January 13, 2004, and had to have the baby taken c-section because of eclamsia. She was 7 weeks early and had a visit at the doctors that day. Because some test results needed rechecked she was sent straight to St.Clair Hospital. She was never told she might have this very serious condition! She had a severe headache that day, but told me not to bother to come with her, and that it would go away soon. I felt the need to be there and arrived at the hospital around 10 p.m. I knew that something horrific was happening to April. She experienced 10 years of migraines and we probably... Read More

On July 14, 2003, my husband and I were told the news that we were

Posted On Sunday, July 11, 2004 By

On July 14, 2003, my husband and I were told the news that we were expecting! We were so delighted b/c we had suffered through two miscarriages in the past year. I was very careful with every step I took, I did not lift and tried my best to exercise and eat a balanced diet! The first few months were easy, except for the nausea every morning! In January I was about 7 1/2 months pregnant when I began to swell. I was concerned so I contacted my ob/gyn and they checked blood pressure and my urine, all was clear according to the doctor (although I do believe the urine test strip was somewhat green but when I asked I was told it was fine). The following week, I woke up in the middle of... Read More

In April of 2000, I was 35 weeks pregnant with my son, Codye. I went

Posted On Tuesday, January 04, 2005 By

In April of 2000, I was 35 weeks pregnant with my son, Codye. I went in to see my OB for a regular visit. My blood pressure was up, but no protein. I knew nothing about PE or HELLP. My doc sent me home over Easter weekend for bed rest. I had really severe upper left quadrant pain and thought it was heart burn! My swelling was incredible, as it had been for several weeks. So Monday, of course, all heck broke loose and Tuesday morning, I delivered Codye at 5 lbs 14 oz and no complications. He was admitted to NICU for two weeks for a germ in his blood. He almost doubled his weight there! He's now 4 years old and perfect (well, mostly!)! The doctors, NP's and nurses were awesome!I... Read More

My name is Tracy i didn't know i had this til my baby was 6

Posted On Sunday, March 02, 2003 By

My name is Tracy i didn't know i had this til my baby was 6 days old and i started having seizures,i could not focus my eyes and my head hurt real bad.I ended up in intentsive care unit for 4 days,i have been on dilantin for 3 days since i came home i go back to the doctor in the morning to see if i am ok i am just thankful that i am ok and my baby son is ok and seems to be healthy.Thank you

HI, MY NAME IS SARA. I AM THE MOTHER OF A HEALTHY 9LB 13OZ BABY

Posted On Monday, December 16, 2002 By Maria

HI, MY NAME IS SARA. I AM THE MOTHER OF A HEALTHY 9LB 13OZ BABY BOY NAMED ISAIAH. HERE IS MY STORY: I CAME VERY CLOSE TO LOSING MY LIFE IN THE HOSPITAL THAT DAY JULY 23, 2001. MY PHYSICIANS DID NOT THINK MY ILLNESS WAS SEVERE ENOUGH TO HOSPITALIZE ME EARLIER. I GAINED 25 POUNDS IN A MATTER OF 2 WEEKS. MY ENTIRE LEG, RIGHT AND LEFT HAD BALOONED TO THE SIZE OF LARGE WATERMELONS. I COULD BARELY WALK. MY SKIN WAS TIGHT AN ITCHY AND VERY PAINFULL. I COULD'NT SLEEP ON MY BACK BECAUSE I COULD FEEL THE FLUID GOING TO MY LUNGS. I WOULD AWAKEN TO COUGHING AND DISTRESSFULL BREATHING. I WAS LITERALLY CHOKING ON MY OWN FLUIDS. THIS WAS IN JUNE. I FOLLOWED MY INSTINTS. I CALLED MY DR'S... Read More

My daughter Abby was born on March 7, 2002 and the two of us were

Posted On Saturday, May 31, 2003 By

My daughter Abby was born on March 7, 2002 and the two of us were discharged the next day with a clean bill of health. I noticed my legs and hands seemed pretty swollen but the nurses assured me that it was normal and would go away on it's own. For the next few days I felt ok - a little tired and sore although I was sure that was all normal. I was still puffy and swollen and none of my clothes - not even my biggest maternity would fit. I went to church on Sunday morning and felt horrible but wanted to show my new baby to everyone. We came home and rested during the afternoon. Sunday night came and I tried to sleep but everytime I would lay down flat I felt as if I were being... Read More

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