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2 time Preeclampsia Survivor

Posted On Saturday, October 30, 2010 By Kimberlee

Preeclampsia was something I simply glossed over in the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book and I was never told about it by my doctor. I was 19 years old and pregnant with my son. My blood pressure rose over several doctor visits but it was not caught. While being admitted to the... Read More

I wasn't diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome until after I insisted that there was something wrong

Posted On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 By Adrienne

I wasn't diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome until after I insisted that there was something wrong and lab work was done.  (I had chest pain and did not feel good at all.  I also had blood in my urine.) My counts were so low that I was called by my doctor directly and ordered to immediately go to the hospital.I had to be put under general anesthesia and was even thanked by my doctor for being so persistent or I/our son would have died!  We had a doctor before that miss this and just dismissed me as having heartburn without doing any tests.  (Basicallly, he blew me off as just a "nervous" pregnant lady!)  The jerk even was the on-call doctor while I was in the... Read More

I am currently 25 years old. My story begins June of 2008 when my daughter

Posted On Sunday, February 21, 2010 By Christina

I am currently 25 years old. My story begins June of 2008 when my daughter was conceived. I am a paramedic so I was familiar with pregnancy things with seeing people and delivering babies. So when I found out I was pregnant I was so excited. I continued to work with some heavy lifting but I always tried to use my legs and arms. All the guys would give me a hard time and say I couldn't do it. I knew I could and I never felt like I was jeopardizing my pregnancy. As the months passed and my belly got bigger, it was harder to do things because I was so tired and began to swell. (I would take my boots off and have an impression of my sock that would stay for hours!)  I had planned on... Read More

I felt fine. I had a scheduled doctor's appointment in February 27, 2006, at 32

Posted On Saturday, February 20, 2010 By Maya

I felt fine. I had a scheduled doctor's appointment in February 27, 2006, at 32 weeks. After checking my blood pressure twice, and asking if I was "okay", my doctor sent me straight to labor and delivery. I was terrified! My husband was deployed in Iraq, and all I could think about was him not being there to tell me it was going to be okay. I didn't realize that I would soon be giving birth to our first child, alone. I had no warning signs. My head didn't hurt, no blurry vision, no excessive weight gain, and no pain. I felt fine.  An ultrasound determined that because my blood pressure was so high, blood flow was restricted to my daughter. At 32 weeks, she only weighed 3 lbs. Now, I... Read More

When I was 16 weeks pregnant, I went in for my appointment and was told

Posted On Friday, February 19, 2010 By Ann

When I was 16 weeks pregnant, I went in for my appointment and was told my blood pressure was slightly elevated, but we will just keep an eye on it. At my 20 week appointment, my BP was still elevated and my doctor decided to put me on labetalol as a precaution. On the labetalol my BP was finally starting to normalize. At around 28 weeks I started to retain water. I didn't think much of it; I thought it was normal to experience swelling. At 28 weeks I started to go in weekly for non stress tests and protein checks. Around 33 weeks my BP medication was increased and the swelling in my feet was so bad I couldn't wear any shoes but flip flops. At work, I started to notice that I could go all... Read More

My name Is Abigail S. I was a young woman expecting a baby at 19

Posted On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 By

My name Is Abigail S. I was a young woman expecting a baby at 19 years old. I didn't find out my body was developing a child until I was about 4 to 5 months pregnant. It wasn't until after I started going to my doctor visits regularly and taking my prenatal vitamins did I feel fine. I thought to myself, "Man this pregnancy is going to be a walk in the park."  I, like many other young mothers did not know anything about preeclampsia and was concerned and worried when I started to gain at least ten pounds a month. Along with the weight gain I developed high blood pressure which I thought was just something genetic since my mother also has high blood pressure. My body also... Read More

My story begins 8 years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first baby

Posted On Saturday, June 05, 2010 By

My story begins 8 years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first baby together. My pregnancy began as a typical pregnancy with morning sickness and water retention or so I thought. About 12 weeks into my pregnancy I began to become ill with blurred vision, pain around my kidney area and vomiting. I had just been in for a doctor's appointment and made another one. They set me up for a sonogram for the next day, September 11, 2001.I did not make it to my sonogram appointment. I had spent my entire evening ill, and soaking in a warm bath of water to relax me and get rid of the pain I was feeling. I called my doctor at 4 am. He advised me to go to the emergency room. There I had... Read More

Two years ago I decided it was time to have a child. My first born.

Posted On Sunday, May 30, 2010 By tere

Two years ago I decided it was time to have a child. My first born. A baby girl. She was active and kicked and it was just amazing. Until that day, the day it all hit me. I woke up one morning with a headache that I just couldn't

Hello I am 35 years old and 14 weeks pregnant and showing some protein in

Posted On Friday, February 19, 2010 By Gail

Hello! I am 35 years old and 14 weeks pregnant and showing some protein in my urine. I had preeclampsia with my first son and the doctor told me I had toxemia which I never understood for years. I was a week overdue when I went to the hospital feeling really horrible with a headache, bad pain in the upper abdomen, and vomiting. I decided to go to the hospital myself since I was only a 5 minute walk away and I didn't tell my family. When I got there I was admitted right away and was being monitored. I had high blood pressure and protein in my urine. I didn't know what was going on because no one was explaining anything to me. They were just panicking and doing this and that and telling me to... Read More

Currently I am 36 yrs old and had my first child in 1996 She is

Posted On Thursday, February 18, 2010 By Lisette

Currently I am 36 yrs old and had my first child in 1996 She is going to be 14 yrs old this year 2010. With my daughter I had her at 25 weeks due to preeclampsia. My blood pressure was 180/120. I had a seizure and it was not a pretty experience. My daughter received the three steroids during my pregnancy to try to expedite the organ growth of the baby. Well I gave birth and she was 25 weeks and weighed only 1 lb. She stayed in the hospital for two months but thanks to the lord that my baby today is a beautiful young lady. After 13-14 years I decided to get pregnant and currently am 14 weeks and very frightened, Doctors tell me not to worry. This pregnancy is with a second marriage... Read More

I would like to share my story about the birth of my daughter, Janalee.

Posted On Thursday, February 18, 2010 By Leslie

I would like to share my story about the birth of my daughter, Janalee.  I was due with her on December. 23, 2009.  This was my second pregnancy, 12 years after I had my first.  I was 32 years old when I became pregnant and this was a planned event.  My first pregnancy, also a daughter, was textbook.  I went through the normal sickness in the beginning it lasted through the first trimester, I felt great during the second, and began to feel tired during the 3rd as my belly grew larger and larger!  I was due with her on August 27th and went into labor late in the day on August 25th then having her on the morning of August 26th.  She weighed 9... Read More

I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and at my initial OB appointment my platelets were

Posted On Monday, February 15, 2010 By Meghan

I am currently 13 + weeks pregnant and at my initial OB appointment my platelets were found to be low in the 120s. I was then referred to hematology that rechecked my platelets approx 1 week later and found them to be 110. They did not seem to be concerned until they got down into the 70s but wanted me to get my blood checked at each OB appointment. The next week at my OB appointment they were down to 90 and now I am having to go to the perinatal doctor. I am just starting to get a little worried. Are my platelets going to continue to drop at this rate? Even though it is early, am I heading down the HELLP path? Is there something wrong with me or with the baby? I feel fine other... Read More

In March 2009 I found out that I was expecting our first child. We had

Posted On Friday, February 12, 2010 By Jamie

In March 2009 I found out that I was expecting our first child. We had been praying for and trying to conceive a child for almost 2 years at this point, so we were overjoyed and thankful to have received such a blessing! For the last couple of years I had not had a visible menstrual cycle. I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian syndrome, indicated by the amount of testosterone in my system, a big weight gain over three years and my lack of a period. We were prescribed Clomid, but I was confused by my... Read More

My daughter was born at 28 weeks. She weighed 2 lbs. 5 oz. I had

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 By angela

My daughter was born at 28 weeks. She weighed 2 lbs. 5 oz. I had never been so scared in all my life. They told me before I gave birth to her, she would not cry. She did however struggle to make a squeaky, almost kitten meow sound. She was on a ventilator for only 2 hours and it was room temp air, not oxygen. To everyone's amazement, she was only in the hospital for about 30 days. She came home at 4 lbs. even. She is now 11 years old. No learning disabilities or growth set backs. We are so blessed. She truly is a miracle baby. Today, I am writing this story from bed rest. I am 24 weeks and having symtoms of... Read More

I became pregnant very young at 18 years old. At around 5 months I was

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 By

I became pregnant very young at 18 years old. At around 5 months I was informed at a checkup that my baby was showing up a little smaller than she should've been on the utlrasound. The nurse told me that since I was small, it may just be genetic. But I was sent to a specialist anyway. The specialist informed me that I was going to develop preeclampsia and that my baby would most likely be delivered early, "But we're gonna try to keep her in there as long as we can" he said.The very next day I woke up to severe back pain and fell to tears. I told my grandmother, whom I was living with at the time, and she was worried and asked me to call my mother. I did. My mother took... Read More

I remember waking up a week before having my stroke with my whole face, legs

Posted On Monday, February 08, 2010 By Darlene

I remember waking up a week before having my stroke with my whole face, legs and feet being completely swollen. The night before I had my stroke, I remember telling my husband that I think they would induce my labor. That following morning, I was so swollen that I could only take baths. While I was taking my bath, I remember having my stroke in the bath tub. The paramedics rushed me to the hospital and performed an emergency c-section. My daughter was born at 6 months. Now, my daughter is a year old without any complications!! I thank God everyday for blessing me with my daughter and my life! I could have died without ever seeing my child

I never quite know where to start on a story involving as

Posted On Monday, February 08, 2010 By Vanessa

    I never quite know where to start on a story involving as many details, as well as gray-areas, as my story does. So, I will begin with the fact that it was my first pregnancy (and only, so far) and I had began my sobriety at the first knowledge of conception. Therefore, my body was going through both hormonal changes as well as homeostasis adjustments, which made it that much more stressful physically and mentally. I went from 114lbs at conception to 189lbs at the time of labor. Not once during my doctor's office visits did they express any concern for my blood pressure levels OR my protein levels. The only concern was the swelling of my lower legs/ankles that... Read More

My beautiful son Alfie-James Paris was born sleeping due to severe preeclampsia on December 22nd

Posted On Sunday, February 07, 2010 By kimberley

My beautiful son Alfie-James Paris was born sleeping due to severe preeclampsia on December 22nd 2009 at 8.35 a.m.I went to the hospital in the early hours Tuesday morning December 22, 2009 as I was in a lot of pain. I was actually in labor. The nurses tried to find Alfie-James's heartbeat but they couldn't find it. That's when mine and my boyfriends' world's fell apart. They told us he may have died. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. How could my perfect son be dead? They then got the consultant to do an ultrasound but they couldn't find his heartbeat. They told me he was dead. They then told me I would have to give birth to him naturally. It was heartbreaking having to go... Read More

I survived but our son did not. He was stillborn at 34 weeks. I had

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2010 By

I survived but our son did not. He was stillborn at 34 weeks. I had an appointment at my doctor's office two days before this happened and the nurse indicated in the medical record that there was protein in my urine sample which told them that there was a problem with my kidneys. She did not tell the doctor of this and I was sent home to rest rather than be hospitalized to be observed.Two days later I became very ill with pressure in my abdominal area. I went to see my doctor who sent me to the hospital in Waterloo and contacted a OB-GYN to look at me. By the time I got to the hospital my kidneys had failed and my blood pressure was so high that they gave me two shots of magnesium to... Read More

I had my first child at a young age, 18 years old. I was having

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2010 By

I had my first child at a young age, 18 years old. I was having a girl. Everything was going well up until my 25th week of pregnancy. I started to notice my ankle swelling for a few days. I thought I was retaining water but wasn't. I woke up on May, 21, 2009 and my whole body was swollen. I went to the nearest hospital. I was there for a little over 3 hours and the doctor came in and told me I had preeclampsia and was being sent to a hospital in Pontiac.So I went and four days later, at only 26 weeks and 0 days I had a beautiful baby girl at 6:53 a.m. She weighed 1 pound, 4oz and was 12 inches. My original due date was August 31, 2009. My daughter lived for 3 weeks and 2 days and... Read More

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