My Preeclampsia-HELLP Syndrome Story

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 By maegan

“You’re going to have this baby today!”, the nurse said as they wheeled me into the delivery room. I had just arrived at the hospital, just after midnight meanwhile experiencing the worst headache of my life as well as three weeks with the flu. The nurse said that my labs had come back and I had severe Preeclampsia. Previously, I had never been sick, nor had I ever been admitted to the hospital, so I was a little bit nervous leading up to the delivery. My entire pregnancy was perfect until the last three weeks as my blood pressure started to escalate, but always came back down below... Read More

Grateful for my life

Posted On Friday, August 08, 2014 By Sara

I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 30 weeks pregnant with my first son. I spent 4 weeks in the hospital before the doctors decided that my life and the baby’s life was at more risk each day that passed. I gave birth to my first son on January 25th 2001. I was in and out of consciousness through the entire delivery. I was hooked up to different machines and extremely scared. I remember the conversation I had with my mother before giving birth. There was a ton of paper work to sign that at 17, I was unable to understand. I had to make a decision on whose life to save in case of an emergency. Me or the baby. Ultimately my mother made the decision for me. My son was not... Read More

Pre-eclampsia, provoco el dolor mas horrible de mi vida, perder a mi bebe!!

Posted On Wednesday, August 06, 2014 By cecilia

Hola buen dia, mi nombre es Cecy y les quiero compartir mi historia con la preeclampsia. Hace 6 meses yo me encontraba felismente embarazada de una hermosa princesa, tenia mis chequeos contantes tanto con el medico particular como el del servicio social, a los 6 meses de embarazo todo iva bien, no se veia ningun rastro o alguna alerta para que me diera preeclampsia, cuando tenia 24 semanas de embarazo al salir del trabajo, mi espos y yo tubimos un accidente automovilistico, que gracias a dios fueron puras perdidas materiales, pero en ese momento por el impacto comenze a sentirme muy nerviosa  e inquieta, como todo paso tan rapido y no paso mas que daños materiales nos... Read More

My story

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2014 By Tori

My pregnancy had been fairly normal through my first and second trimesters.  I had bleeding early on and we thought we would lose our baby, but it turned out to be nothing.  We found out we were expecting a girl and everything progressed as normal.  My third trimester was chaotic - my teenage brother was hospitalized for 3 weeks and I spent my days back and forth between his hospital, my doctor appointments, and home.  I started to get awful back pain and the swelling set in.  I noticed that I was starting to get bad headaches but figured it was due to the stress so I didn't tell my OB.   By 36... Read More

My preeclampsia story

Posted On Saturday, July 26, 2014 By mad

My whole pregnancy i was very healthy. I ate all organic foods, I made sure I had my 3 cups of veggies and 2 cups of fruit a day (at least) I went to all my prenatal appointments on time, took all my prenatal vitamins on time, made sure I ate every couple hours a little something so I could feed baby, etc. The one thing I didn't stick to was excersisng. I was on my feet for 8 hours at day as a chef and I ran back and forth back and forth in the big kitchen. By the tine I got home the last thing in the world I wanted to do was walk some more. Now thinking back I wish I would have to stay in better shape. We lived in Calif orbit at the time and decided when I was 32 weeks pregnant... Read More

My preeclampsia story

Posted On Thursday, July 24, 2014 By pearl

So it started out really great I had no morning sickness, felt great, nothing to worry about. Then at about 28 weeks I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and asked my husband if my face looked weird. He just said no. Well on my way to work I met my dad. He looked at me and said "I don't like the way yoyou look I think you should call your dr". Being that my dad always thinks the worst of everything I didn't pay much attention.  Then I got to work. Workmate #1 "you look tired". Workmate #2 "something is wrong with your eyes". Boss (my brother) "what'd wrong with you?".  So to make everyone happy I called my dr. She told me to find the nearest pharmacy and take my... Read More

preeclampsia on three

Posted On Sunday, July 20, 2014 By Veronica

I had a normal first pregnancy but I swelled towards my third trimester my doctor was not concerned he said it was normal I delivered my son at 39weeks and 4days he was healthy but I keep swelling so my doctor prescribed me water pills and I was released. Then I got pregnant 3 years later I was good until I was 34weeks I started gaining alot of weight but I didn't feel swollen but my blood pressure was at135/90 the doctor wasn't concerned so I had an appt. Two weeks later when I was on my way to the doctor's appt I was having a hard time breathing so when my blood pressure was taken it was at 150/99 so the nurse had me lay down for an hour then check my blood pressure it was at... Read More

My preeclampsia story

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 By siobhan

Throughout my pregnancy I had always kept well, all my check ups were always good. At my 31 week check up my blood pressure was higher than normal. I was them admitted to hospital, where I was closely monitored as my blood pressure got way out of control; I was rushed down to labour ware several times. I was a walking time bomb; the protein in my urine went to 5+. This is when my consultant decided to give me am emergency c-section. I delivered my wee boy at 33 weeks: he weighed only 3lbs12oz. Thankfully he was a healthy baby and stayed in scbu for only 12 days. I have never been so scared in my life, not only for my baby's health, but my own. Mason is now 5 months and is weighing over a... Read More

31 weeks and pre-eclampsia

Posted On Tuesday, July 08, 2014 By Stephanie

Ever since I can remember, I always dreamed of having 2 kids. But pre-eclampsia has cured me of that. In July of 2012, a month before my 22nd birthday and just a month after losing my grandmother, I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant and should expect to have a St. Pattys day baby. We experienced the usual array of emotions, happy, scared, anxious, nervous, etc. I had a rather rough pregnancy. Constantly sick, couldn't eat or drink. Multiple trips to the hospital for IV fluids due the being dehydrated from the excessive vomiting. Bruised ribs from it as well. But even with all of that, baby was healthy and growing. So I was "ok" with constantly puking. I went to all my check ups, took my... Read More

God's miracle

Posted On Monday, July 07, 2014 By Natalia

I was 32 years old when my biological clock turned crazy and I had no other big dream than to have a little girl of my own. I was diagnosed with diabetes 6 years before and making 4 injections of insulin daily. I had quit smoking and tried to prepare my body for pregnancy, even if I knew very well the risks, being a doctor. To get pregnant was the easiest thing in this story. Afterwards, I had bleeding, contractions, prolonged risk of miscarriage in the first and even second trimester... Lytic perfusions, bed repause, etc but what gave me strength was the constant doctor's message that my little baby -a girl, as I wished- was completely all right. Beginning with the 19th... Read More

My name is Antonella Bartow

Posted On Monday, July 07, 2014 By Antonella

My name is Antonella Bartow, I am a pre-eclampsia hellp syndrome survivor, and this is my story. I was thirty-two weeks pregnant, and happy as could be. The nursery was...painted, the crib was in place, and the clothes were hung in the closet for the arrival of my son, Jason Anthony Bartow. February fourteenth, Valentine’s Day, was my high-risk doctor visit. I had had some tell-tale signs that made me worry -- spotting, high blood pressure, some early contractions. I tried to tell the nurse about it on that visit. Her answer was, how could I... Read More

32 weeks

Posted On Sunday, July 06, 2014 By cortney

My name is Cortney and durning my pregnancy, I had experienced extreme sleepiness and no urge to eat; I would sleep more then 12 hours at a time. After 29 weeks of testing, they came up with hypertension: I was order to be on bed rest. They immediately gave me the shot to jump start my daughter's lungs. And after 3 weeks of strict bed rest, I woke up for my doctors appointment: they took my b/p and it was 180/111. I was sent to the ER for more wonderful testing. And about 7:30 p.m they had to sign my life away and prepped me for an emergency c-section. All I can really remember is bursting out in tears and holding on to my mother, praying that my daughter was going to be ok. I knew we... Read More

Eclampsia out of the blue!

Posted On Friday, July 04, 2014 By Catherine

My pregnancy was a breeze. Hardly any morning sickness, no other complications at all. The last few weeks of my pregnancy I had ever so slightly raised blood pressure, but nothing anyone was concerned about. Delivery was prolonged and ended up with a c section, but apart from that- all was fine and baby was great. The next day I was still in hospital eating my lunch when apparently I went very pale and became unresponsive. Medical team were called to the scene, where I then began having an eclamptic seizure lasting 20 minutes until magnesium sulphate began to work. Was sent to intensive care for numerous tests, but all came back fine- only explanation was eclampsia with no preeclampsia!... Read More

My short and sweet battle with PET.

Posted On Wednesday, July 02, 2014 By Catie

I had a perfect pregnancy. My doctor told me time and again "Cate, you can't mess this up. Your body is amazing and you'd have to work really hard to hurt her", always with a smile. It made me feel very confident in my pregnancy and I completely credit his confidence in me for my extremely positive attitude during the whole thing. I was due July 31, 2009. On June 16 I went in for my first bi-weekly check up. By this time I knew the drill, take blood pressure, pee in a cup, Dr. Folley will feel around and measure, then I'll be on my way. The nurse had a strange look on her face when she took my... Read More

29 weeks and 3 days

Posted On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 By Kristina

My name's Kristina and at 29 weeks and 3 days with my first child I developed preeclampsia. I came home from work on a normal day; I had then gone out to the movies with my mother. Upon retiring home, my stepmother noticed how swollen my feet were. I was ordered to lay down and relax (I slept for 3hrs). When I woke up, I was urged to check my blood pressure which was abnormally high. I was instructed to head to the ER. When I had arrived my protienuria was extremely high and I was admitted the next morning. My blood pressure reached a high of 190/160 and a few hours later I was prepped for an emergency c-section. My daughter was born 10 weeks early weighing 2lbs 4oz. If it wasnt for the... Read More

Love, Strength, Miracle…

Posted On Thursday, June 05, 2014 By Monika

Love, Strength, Miracle…   Hello, my name is Monika I’m from a small European country – Bulgaria. I’ll tell you story about my experience of HELLP Syndrome. When I was 23 years old, my husband was 30. We had a dream – to have a baby and every day for two years we dreamed of that time to come. I fancied how I carry a life in... Read More

going back one year later...

Posted On Monday, June 02, 2014 By Amiris

A day like today exactly one year ago I was in the hospital. I was 30 weeks pregnant and awaiting for a miracle to save our little boy's life. He only weighted 2.8 pounds. I remembered when my husband kneeled down by my bed's left side, hold my hand and we prayed together. That was the last prayer because God answered really quick. Doctors were only waiting for my health to get worst and that moment... Read More

Brittany Ruth Oakley

Posted On Sunday, June 01, 2014 By Bessie

My very healthy, 19 year-old daughter’s near-perfect pregnancy ended in tragedy, immediately after she pushed out the placenta. The cause of death was cited as “intracranial hemorrhage”. On December 23, 2009, my daughter, Brittany, went to the OB-GYN for her weekly checkup. She was almost ready to deliver, and she had a normal checkup. On December 27, 2009, Brittany was in great physical condition, happy and feeling great! She had no known problems throughout her pregnancy, except for a little swelling of her legs during the 9th month, and unrelenting, severe back pain during the final couple of days. - On December 28,... Read More

Three Strikes

Posted On Thursday, May 29, 2014 By April

Our story starts not unlike most. We’re a happily married couple starting a family and enjoying the ins and outs of our first pregnancy. We’ve chosen a nurse midwife that we really, really like. The weight gain is not too bad as I expected to pack on pounds. There’s not one single moment of morning sickness. Our co-ed baby shower is a hit with more than 3o in attendance. Our baby girl wants for nothing when she enters this world! Around 30 weeks we get a phone call from the obstetrician’s office that we need to come in for an office visit. When we arrive the nurse midwife (the one we really, really like) advises us that due to the rising cost of malpractice insurance she... Read More

Preeclampsia 35 weeks.

Posted On Friday, May 16, 2014 By sarah

Hello my name is Sarah. I lost my son at 35 weeks due to Preeclampsia. It was my first time pregnant. Sunday April 20,2014: Easter Sunday, and also my mother's birthday. Around 3am I noticed my tummy and body alone just felt odd, and I didn't feel my son move who during sleeping hours was very active. My fiancé was at work he travels a lot and I texted him just telling him I didn't feel normal. Being this was my first pregnancy I didn't really think much of it bc I just thought maybe I was over stressing myself, so I laid back down and tried to go to sleep. I woke up around 10am: my belly was extremely hard and I still haven't felt my baby move so I really start to... Read More

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