HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2011 By Stephen

In 1995 my wife develope HELLP Syndrome at week 26.  In order to save her life, our daughter Taylor was delivered 14 weeks early, weighing 1lb, 14 ounces.  Thankfully, my wife slowly recovered from her blood pressure numbers doubling, very low platelets and kidney failure.  Our daughter lived for 2 months in NICU and never came home.  She developed NEC and we had to make the difficult choice to take her off of life support.

My wife and I went on to found the HELLP Syndrome Society to honor our daughter, Taylor.  The HELLP Syndrome Society merged with the Preeclampsia Foundation after 15 years of existence.

Johanna's Story

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 By johanna

In August 2002, my husband and I found out I was pregnant. After miscarrying the previous year, this pregnancy was met with caution at first, then grew into complete joy when we saw the heartbeat.  During my pregnancy, I loved seeing my belly expand.  The doctor said I had a ‘text-book’ pregnancy. I gained only 28 pounds, exercised regularly and waddled to and from work on the train.  Despite the typical swelling of my hands and feet, and lower back pain, I loved being pregnant. Sunday morning, April 20, 2003, I awoke to contractions. I was 1 week from my due date. Contractions had woken me before, but unlike the previous... Read More

Kailey's story, Her first 2 months due to Preeclampsia

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 By Kristina

Donovan's Story

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 By Jennifer

Blink. White lights then nothing. Blink. White lights. No, white walls. People. Noise. Someone is holding my hand, but I can't move. White walls. I can see a television high on the wall. It's off. I can see a crucifix to the right of the television. I must be in a hospital. Good. That's where I should be. But where is my baby? Am I still pregnant? Is he alive? The only thing I am sure of is that I am alive. My husband is by my side repeating the words, "You're in the hospital. The baby was born. The baby is okay. You are in the hospital the baby is okay... the baby is okay." My mother in-law is here. She was in Indiana on Friday. That's thousands of miles away. What day is... Read More

The lost innocence of pregnancy

Posted On Thursday, January 13, 2011 By Jamie

My husband, Adam,  and I could not have been more thrilled when we found out we were pregnant. There was no discussion had or decision to be made... I would use the same doctors I had gone to for ten years.  OB/GYNs are baby docs, they know about babies and their mamas; what's to think about? Having never been pregnant before, I had no idea what to... Read More

The Silence is Deafening

Posted On Thursday, January 06, 2011 By Todd

My wife and I met in 2001 during a press event at our company. I had just landed from a devastating divorce; she from a disappointing long-term relationship that hadn't led to marriage. We hit it off immediately. Though I had a daughter from the previous marriage, what I was missing was the sense of family togetherness. What she wanted more than anything was kids. In 2006 we were married in a dream ceremony in Florence, Italy. A year later we were pregnant with our first child and on May 25, 2008 - a day after my wife's birthday - our daughter entered the world, albeit 6 weeks early. My wife was diagnosed as gestational diabetic... Read More

Story of preeclampsia, hellp syndrome and my two beautiful children, one in heaven with angels.

Posted On Tuesday, January 04, 2011 By Kaylee

I'm 24 years old and in both of my pregnancies had severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. My firstborn was born at 26 weeks gestation, 1lb 9oz 13" long. This was severe preeclampsia. During my ultrasounds at my check up, they noticed she was a little smaller than normal size for the gestation week I was at. It started around 23 weeks- I was swelling up everywhere, I would wake up and barely open my eyes, wasn't able to stand long because my feet were so swollen, as well as my wrists and I had horrible headaches that wouldnt go away. At 26 weeks it was severe.  I was told to come into the hospital where I was admitted on hospital bedrest for 5 days. They... Read More

December 22, 2010

Posted On Monday, January 03, 2011 By Patricia

When December started I figured that with Christmas and the New Year approaching it would be filled with shopping, work, and dreaming about my baby due in March. It started December 8th after a job interview when my legs and ankles swelled up out of no where. I figured I was starting to retain water or something. 25 and my first pregnancy I had no idea what was going on so on it went. A few days before my December 16th OBGYN appointment I noticed that other than my legs swelling to the point of not being able to walk, and the fact that I couldn't breath much, a cut on my left breast was leaking fluid. To my OBGYN it was all normal. She took my blood pressure and... Read More

In Loving Memory of Shirley

Posted On Friday, December 31, 2010 By Johnson

On November 3rd, 2006, Shirley gave birth to baby girl Carina. She was born healthy and weighted 7 pounds 2.5 ounces. In a tragic twist of fate, she did not live to see her beautiful baby. Shirley suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke during delivery and fell into a coma. With profound sadness, she departed us on November 5th, 2006.

For details, please check http://www.myShirleyKo.com.


My story

Posted On Tuesday, December 28, 2010 By Alexandra

Five days before my due date I started to feel sick and had a headache. I went to Walmart to check my blood pressure and it was 150/ 100. I called my ob and she advised me to go to labor and delivery. When I got there, my blood pressure was 146/ 100. They asked me to lay on my left side, so it came down to then 127/ 90. They did several labs including preeclampsia, and they were all negative. The nurse said that I made my blood pressure go up. I didn't agree with her of course, but I was fine and went home. On my last week of pregnancy, my feet were swelling so much that they would get numb... Read More

Pregnant and at High Risk for Preeclampsia Again

Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2010 By Takisha

I am a 31 year old mother of three beautiful baby girls. With my last pregnancy I suffered with severe preeclampsia, which resulted in my daughter having to be delivered at 29 weeks. She weighed 2lbs 13oz. It was the most horrible, terrifying thing I have ever had to go through. Now, I am pregnant with my fourth child and my risk of developing it again is higher than 70% according to the doctors. Needless to say that I am mortified to think of having to go through that again. I know now, that I should pay close attention to certain things, something I didn't know of with my last pregnancy. All I can do is pray that it doesn't hit us as swiftly and severely as it did with my daughter. I... Read More

Eclampsia Saved My Life!

Posted On Wednesday, December 22, 2010 By Kimberly

My name is Kim and I am the proud mommy of 2 handsome boys. Gabriel is 4 and Isaac is 3. I had a very difficult pregnancy with Gabriel from the very beginning. I became terribly sick in my first trimester. I lost my ability to walk thanks to my body producing too much of the relaxin hormone in my second trimester. Finally in my 3rd I developed severe preeclampsia. My doctor dismissed the idea and allowed me to continue to full-term. I was swollen beyond belief and began getting very sick. My blood pressure was average and I didn't have any protein in my... Read More

37.5 weeks.

Posted On Thursday, December 16, 2010 By Sara

I am not sure how to start this story out. Brings lots of sad memories. My fiance' (at the time) was away at Air Assault school in Georgia while I was in Maryland. He had got medically dropped for breaking his hand. The same night while he was waiting to fly back I started to feel really sick, and contractions were back to back with no break. I was persistant on waiting an hour or until I had six within the hour. They eventually stopped after I got up and walked around, and drank water. He got home the next morning, and the rest of the weekend I was fine. I went in on March 16th, 2009 for my regular 38 week scheduled appointment. Little did I know this was the day I would welcome my now... Read More

Surviving Preeclampsia and Learning to Live- by Renee Feagan

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 By Renee

I am a severe preeclampsia survivor. I still dream about January 18, 2006.  I vividly hear the shrill of my daughter's heart alarm as her tiny heart has stopped beating from inside me, I feel my body convulse uncontrollably, and I see the panic in the nurse's eyes as she yells for help.  The last thing I remember before the anesthesiologist put me out was staring into the harsh glare of the operating room lights and crying to myself - is this how it all ends? In one way YES, that is how it all ended.  Ending a way of life - through surviving preeclampsia I am learning to live my life.  So, during this time of year of giving thanks, here is what a... Read More

I was diagnosed at 27 weeks and 5 days

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 By Jennifer

I found out I was pregnant in Jan 2010, 6 months after I had gotten married.  I was estatic because my younger sister had just announced that she was expecting two weeks earlier!  We would talk on the phone everyday about how we both hoped they were girls and how we would dress them alike and all the bows we woud make. My pregnancy was progressing great until May.  I am a teacher and I remember the day of TAKS retakes I had to stand and walk around a lot. I was exhausted and my feet and hands were very swollen.  I couldn't even take off my wedding band, even though it was digging into my finger.  I also remember having pain... Read More

Severe Post-Partum Preeclampsia

Posted On Wednesday, November 24, 2010 By Laura

The day after Halloween I went to my 35 week OB appointment.  Everything seemed to be a whirl-wind from the moment I stepped into his office until I was rushed to the OB Triage area of the hospital with complications due Preeclampsia.  I was surrounded by a team of eight doctors as they informed me that they needed to get my baby out or both our lives would be in jeopardy.  ... Read More

Hola a todas

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2010 By

Hola a todas, les contare mi historia, tenia 27 semanas y cuatro días de gestación, cuando empezó mi calvario, me desembarazaron porque mi presión arterial se altero, ademas que empece con un cuadro de infección urinaria, descenso de plaquetas, en fin un cuadro terrible, el cual conlleva a la remisión a urgencias, y a que los médicos decidan desembarazarme, y me diagnóstican preclampsia Help 1, el médico que me atiende de alto riesgo enfatiza en que va  a tratar de salvar mi vida y la de  mi bebe, me realizan una cesárea, y esta dura no mas de una hora, después aparezco en una habitación... Read More

HELLP Syndrome Story

Posted On Saturday, November 20, 2010 By Victoria

My pregnancy was moving along absolutely perfectly. We had only had one hiccup, a threatened miscarriage during week 7 of my pregnancy. But munchkin was fine and my pregnancy progressed and progressed. We moved to Georgia two weeks before my husband left for Basic Training, and while i was 32 weeks pregnant. I was measuring big, but my doctor's didn't seem to be worried about it, so i didn't either. After my husband left for Basic, it was my job to figure out the insurance and start making the doctor's appointments to make sure everything was still going alright. Two weeks after my husband left, i finally was able to get everything straightened out so that i could see a doctor. I was 36... Read More

Oliver's Story

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 By Tamika

Where to start, we are about to celebrate my beautiful son's first birthday and as exciting time as it should be I feel overwhelmed with emotions on his early arrival due to Preeclampsia.  Oliver's story starts as most do with a pretty uneventful first 28 weeks where I had no problems at all only the occasional morning sickness bout.  My blood pressure had started hovering up around 26 weeks and the hospital I attended asked me to come back at 28 weeks. At that point there wasn't really much to worry about my blood pressure was borderline I had slight traces of protienuria but still within normal ranges.  At 28 weeks they decided a few days resting in... Read More

Damsel in Distress

Posted On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 By Ty

At 26 weeks pregnant, I nervously walk into my doctor’s office around 4 pm for an emergency appointment I scheduled the night before. See, for the past few weeks walking had become difficult due to the amount of swelling in my feet. I typically wear a size 8 in shoes however the week previously I purchased a size 10 wide, no lace shoe, just so my feet could fit comfortably. Of course I discussed my concerns with coworkers, friends, and family but the response I received was that “swelling was normal” along with pregnancy stories of wobbly swollen feet. But I was only 26 weeks. Is this much swelling really normal this... Read More

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