Hope after a pre-eclamptic pregnancy

Posted On Tuesday, February 26, 2013 By Nicky

After I had lost Keira our little girl on the 2nd January 2012. I was really upset and I never believed that I would have a wonderful pregnancy with no issues and or problems. In March 2012, once my gynae had come back from maternity leave for having her baby the same day I lost mine,she gave me a call. And she told me I should wait at least a year before I try again to fall pregnant. I had done a lot of reading and checking this forum for answers as to how long I should wait to try again. All I ever wanted in the whole wide world was to become a MOM. At my check-up with the stand in gynae I asked him how long should I take to start trying again..... He answered me and... Read More

What do you mean HELLP?

Posted On Friday, February 22, 2013 By Sarah

The majority of my pregnancy was wonderful.  I had kept up with my workouts, ate healthy, felt great!  I had no reason to think that this pregnancy would be any different with my first.  All my tests were coming back normal, I was gaining the right amount of weight and the baby seemed to be moving all over the place.  At 33 weeks pregnant I began to have some abdominal pain that I thought was due to the baby's positioning, or possibly gallbladder.  I began having the pain more often and mostly through the night.  I let it go on for about a week until I called my doctor.  By this time I was 34 weeks and only seeing my doctor every two weeks.  The office told me to come on in, they... Read More

Preeclampsia/emergency C-section at 23 years old.

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 By Nicole

I'm so relieved to finally be able to tell my story to people who understand what I went through. No one quite knows how traumatic my birth experience was. Right after high school I was diagnosed with endometriosis and was told it would be very difficult to conceive if I ever wanted kids. I was heartbroken. A year later I began dating my current boyfriend. We've been together 4 years this month. In December of 2011 I took a pregnancy test because I was late and my boobs were killing me. I didn't think it would be positive, but to my surprise it was! As the months went on, I had a few bumps in the road. I was 1 in 4 for down syndrome, I... Read More

HELLP Max make a difference

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 By angela

Little did I know that my Thanksgiving break from the last month of nursing school would be spending admitted to the local hospital by my OB doctor. Looking back, fora few days I wasn't feeling well. Friday I had indigestion, so I thought. Saturday and Sunday I didn't feel right, not much of an appetite and I told my family I felt nauseous. Monday, I would get hot on and off and I thought I had heartburn. The office staff had me go into the office when I called to tell them I was fine, but wanted them to know that yesterday i had the worst "heartburn" ever. I have never had it before so I didn't know what it was suppose to feel like. I told them what I did to try to relieve... Read More

Reid Nicholas Ziska Born into Heaven on November 10, 2012

Posted On Friday, February 15, 2013 By Becky

 On November 10, 2012, my familys lives changed forever.  My sister and brother in law, Rikki & Nick Ziska were expecting their first child, a baby boy.    A little background:  Rikki is 35 years old.  She has an auto immune disease (Ulcerative Colitis).  On November 7th, she had an appointment to have her monthly Remicade Infusion at the Med Center here in Omaha.  Before beginning the infusion, her blood pressure was unusually high, so they called her Ob/Gyn to let him know.  He requested that she go to the hospital for monitoring of her pressure.  Rikki was kept overnight on the 7th for monitoring as they could not get her pressure to come and stay down... Read More

Severe Preeclampsia at 32 weeks

Posted On Thursday, February 14, 2013 By Sommer

My story is like many others who have suffered from preeclampsia during their pregnancies. My first son was born at 39 weeks because I developed preeclampsia out of nowhere and they rushed me into an emergency C-section. He was born weighing 6 pounds even. I had commented to my mother a few weeks earlier that I thought he had stopped growing. Always trust your instincts! It took 4 years before I decided to try again and have another child. I had been told by several doctors prior to my first child that I would never conceive naturally. I told my husband and myself that we had 1 month to conceive our second child naturally and if it didn't happen, then it wasn't meant to be. Later... Read More

Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Saturday, February 09, 2013 By Erin

5 years ago this past January I was blessed to have my healthy little 5 lb 2 oz daughter via induction, she was born at 36 weeks. I had a normal pregnancy for the most part (in the beginning) the normal morning sickness throughout the 1st trimester.  During the 2nd trimester the morning sickness tapered off a little bit, but still had the occasional nausea and vomiting.  I worked at a pharmacy Monday-Friday, which consisted of me sitting at a desk all day long.  All my checkups had been normal up until December 7, 2007 I was sitting at work taking calls from patients when all of a sudden my nose started gushing blood, it bleed for about a hour and a half, it didn't... Read More

HELLP & preeclampsia survivors to become 2013 Charlotte Promise Walk Mission Family

Posted On Monday, February 04, 2013 By Kristi

In early December of 2010, my husband and I found out we were expecting! We were scared and excited all at the same time! I had a great 1st trimester and was thinking to myself  hey, this isnt so bad! As soon as I hit my 2nd trimester all of that changed; I had all-day sickness and was just plain miserable! I worked as a nursing assistant in a small, local hospital and one day I felt weird. I had one of the nurses on my floor check my blood pressure and compared to my norm, was a little high.  I called my doctor and he wanted to see me the next day.  He did all kinds of tests, eventually diagnosing me with preeclampsia.  Being in my 25th week of pregnancy,... Read More

Two-time survivor and now 2013 Dallas Promise Walk Mission Family

Posted On Monday, February 04, 2013 By Christine

I hadnt been feeling well for a few days.  I decided I would go in to work super early and give directions to the staff and then go home and go to the doctor.  I got home and lay on the couch until 8 am when Dr. Cs office opened and then called in to see if I could get an appointment.  I gave the receptionist my symptoms, upset stomach, no appetite, back pain, gas and she said to come in right away to see the nurse practitioner.   When I got in the room with the NP, I went over my... Read More

I was very lucky!

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 By Margie

I was working in the local hospital as a Radiographer when I got pregnant.  During the time that I worked there, there were at least 2 others that were pregnant...  The ob-gyn practice I chose was across the street, and I knew all 4 of the doctors. Due to morning sickness I gained too much weight, but my Gestational Diabetes test was negative and all my other checkups were okay.  About a month before my due date I had early labor, so I went in the hospital overnight and received hydration/drug therapy. In my first trimester I saw the other ladies in the department with swollen ankles, and I said "I'm not going to get those."  They said 'oh, sure.'  Well, I did get... Read More

Pre-eclampsia, Stillborn, Caylin-May

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 By Christina

Hi my name is Christina and I want to share my story. Just this past April 2012, my boyfriend, Mark, and I found out we were expecting a baby. Not only were we scared for the reality of being new parents, we were so excited and thrilled to know we will have a little one this year. I'm not in the greatest shape, however, my doctors didn't seem too worried about my pregnancy. I had regular visits every few weeks to check up on the baby and me. I remember the first time my doctor did a sonogram and we heard her heartbeats; to this day I can still hear them. Also keep in mind, I worked at a Starbucks, and actually just got transferred to an even busier location. Working 40 hours a... Read More

Ronan Kane my sweet little angel.....By Jaime Bennett

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 By Jaime

Well I guess I should start from the beginning: It started when I met my husband, we wanted to plan a baby safely so I went to a baby doctor and had an HSG test done. The results were that I could never get pregnant and well a few stressful months later I received the wonderful news that I was pregnant. My husband and I could not be happier. My husband already had two wonderful sons that I think of as my own and they were very excited as well. We found out that it was a little boy and were very thrilled. I was a baby born early due to preeclampsia, and was very fortunate to survive. I had Ronan through an emergency c-section at 24 weeks of gestation. He lived for 1 month and 9... Read More

Lessons learned from pre-eclampsia and HELLP

Posted On Monday, January 28, 2013 By Laura

Four and a half years ago, my son was born at 31 1/2 weeks, at just over 3 lbs, due to severe pre-eclampsia.  Unfortunately, after delivery, my pre-eclampsia worsened and I developed HELLP post-partum.  Despite the harrowing experience, I count myself very lucky - my son has minor preemie developmental issues, but is otherwise healthy and I recovered after two rounds of mag sulfate, a week in hospital, and a course of beta blockers. A year later, we made a hesitant decision to proceed with a second pregnancy, and luckily the pre-eclampsia did not reoccur.  I took low dose aspirin daily under the recommendation of my doctor during that pregnancy, which worked for me... Read More

jonathan jr

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2013 By jessica

on January 1st, 2013 at 2 am I woke up with what felt like unbearable heartburn. So I took some tums and tried to go back to bed, but after an hour it was still there. So I woke up my fiance and told him I need to go to the hospital. When I got there, they put me in a room and took my blood pressure. I had already been getting some high blood pressure results from the doctor and was already on blood pressure medication. My blood pressure that morning was 200/130, so they had me lay down and they checked it every 20 minutes. They then took my blood and found I had high liver enzymes and checked my urine, which had high amounts of protein in it. So after 3 hours, they gave me some... Read More

HELLP survival story

Posted On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 By Jana

I was a very active 27 year old and I worked hard throughout my pregnancy as crop adviser.  I walked about 5 miles a day in potato and grain fields.  I felt very good throughout the pregnancy except I had problems with having a lot of braxton hicks contractions.  At 35 weeks I woke up in the night and had incredible abdomen and back pain.  I was hospitalized for 48 hours and the regional hospital almost flew me out to Denver or Colorado Springs where there is a NICU. My liver levels went down and my blood pressure was only moderately high when I was having sever pain so I went home and was on complete bed-rest.  I ended up making two more trips to the hospital and on the second... Read More

One of the Lucky Ones

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2013 By Katie

Hi, my name is Katie and here is my story.  It took my husband and I just over 12 months to conceive after 3 miscarriages.  I was 33 when we started trying and we were getting ready to go through lots of testing to find out why I couldn't sustain a pregnancy.  Finally we fell pregnant and I was able to keep it.  I was ecstatic when I hit 12 weeks and the scan showed a perfect baby comfortably snuggled inside me.   I am a primary school teacher and decided that I felt so good that I would work up until 2 weeks before bub was due (what a mistake that was!).  So fast forward to 33 weeks and I had had a cold for several weeks and was coughing like crazy and felt like I was... Read More

Severe Preeclampsia Almost Killed my Sister-in-Law this week...

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2013 By Tania

On Janurary 2, 2013, Beth had been told by her Co-Worker, Nathan, to go home. She started having difficulty breathing while at work. Shortly thereafter, my brother Jonathan rushed her to a nearby hospital where she underwent all the routine test plus, some. The on-call doctor for the OB that night was called in urgently to inform us that Beth had severe preeclampsia, a life threatening disease that occurs with an at risk pregnancy. ...(Eclampsia is most often characterized by a rapid rise in blood pressure that can lead to seizure, stroke, multiple organ failure and death of the mother and/or baby according to the... Read More

My Story!

Posted On Wednesday, January 09, 2013 By cierra

Hello, My Name Is Breanne. I got pregnant with my son at age 15. I'm 18 now and he is two! I had many problems with my son's health through out my whole pregnancy. The doctors said he had Down Syndrome and that he would have a kidney problem; because of these problems I saw two doctors a month not just one. I also had an Ultrasound each month along with stress tests twice a week. It was December 9th 2010, I went in for my stress test. Well my blood pressure was really high, I was having contractions, and I was dilated to a 2. I was sent to the hospital, who then diagnosed me with preeclampsia. Since I was only thirty five weeks, I was in the hospital till midnight.... Read More

Eclampsia at 29 weeks with my twin girls

Posted On Tuesday, January 08, 2013 By victoria

I found out I was pregnant with non-identical twins at my 12 week scan in February 2011. I had a difficult first 14 weeks with bad nausea but after this I began to feel well and enjoy my pregnancy. At 27 weeks my feet and hands were swelling pretty rapidly, to the point I couldn't fit into my shoes or put my wedding ring on. I went to see my midwife who sent me into hospital to be checked out. My blood pressure was 145/88 (compared to 100/60 at start of my pregnancy) and had all the tests carried out and was let home. This was the first time I heard the word pre-eclampsia and it was explained to me but I was told I didn't have it but was told what to look out for. I... Read More

Pregnancy; Pre-eclampsia; Stillborn

Posted On Sunday, January 06, 2013 By Claire

At 17 years old, about to turn 18, I found out I was pregnant. It was a really tough thing to accept and deal with as we were still living in my partner's mothers house and it wasnt really suitable for a child. I also had always suffered from PCOS, and doctors were always telling me that I would have trouble with fertility. For a whole year I was unprotected because I figured if I was to get pregnant, Id let it happen because my chances were low anyway. Then I was studying and decided Id rather wait until I got some sort of degree and set my life up before thinking about children. The doctor put me on the pill to regulate my hormones and to prevent pregnancy at the same time. Under a... Read More

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