My pregnancy almost killed me

Posted On Tuesday, May 03, 2016 By Kim Senatore

At the age of 34 I found out I was pregnant. From the minute I saw the positive test I know it was not a normal pregnancy. I found put I was pregnant 6 days before I mossed my period and I was extremely sick and exhausted. In the back of my head I kept thinking there was more than 1 baby. That was confirmed when I had my 1st ultrasound on friday the 13th at 5 weeks 6 days. I remember the ultrasound told me I was wasting her tims because I was so early but she ate her words as soon as she placed the probe on my abdomen. I was carrying identical twins. My pregnancy was brutal. I had morning sickness the entire time and at 33 weeks I was admitted to the hospital for PIH. I spent the week... Read More

second pregnancy first time preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, May 02, 2016 By Stacy Smith

My first pregnancy I had gestational diabetes. My second pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. It was the scariest time of my life.  I didn't know I had it until I was admitted to hospital and transferred to a hospital with a level III NICU. My baby was born six weeks early and we had to leave her in the NICU when I was discharged.  My pressure didn't go down after delivery and I was in and out of the hospital for several weeks. Finally I was put on some blood pressure meds that worked.  I've been on medication for eight years and probably will be for the rest of my life.  I still have strong emotions when I see pre-eclampsia on tv shows or when I see... Read More

In Honor of Zoe

Posted On Sunday, May 01, 2016 By Amy

As we get close to Mother's Day, it's sad to say that as I should be celebrating that I am still a mother to an Angel in Heaven. I can't say I can celebrate that day without having my daughter with me. On Feb 16, 2016, I had my doctors appointment. My blood pressure was high at 164/96, after checking it three times the doctor stated I had to be admitted for 24 hours for a protein urine test. I had no idea of what preeclampsia could be or lead to. As the 24 hours passed by, they had given me the steroid injections for my baby's lungs. On February 18, 2016, the doctor stated I had to have an emergency c-section as my protein in my urine was at 11,000 and the only way to get rid of my... Read More

I am a HELLP survivor. This is my story.

Posted On Sunday, May 01, 2016 By Kristin

   Neither of my pregnancies have been easy. I wasn't one of those woman that enjoyed being pregnant. I actually never could understand how anyone could possibly say they liked it. Both times I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Both times I was constantly achy and tired. I was nauseated all throughout my second pregnancy and with Ethan I had a lot of swelling. We had a huge scare when we went in for our 20 week ultrasound with Audrey. After hearing the wonderful news that I was carrying a baby girl, we were told that there were signs of Down syndrome on my ultrasound. We spent the next month having more ultrasounds and more blood work done, to finally be told that our... Read More

This was not in my birth plan

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2016 By Sarah

Sunday, August 9th, my husband Kirk and I went for a walk on the bike path. It was a warm summer day, but as the sun was setting the cooler air felt like a relief. I was 36 weeks pregnant. As soon as we hit the meadow I started seeing gold stars. Little fireflies dancing in the sky, except I knew I wasn't seeing fireflies. This was a dreaded symptom of preeclampsia my doctor warned me about. On Saturday the 8th I had a scheduled stress test because my blood pressure was creeping up. I starting doing these tests twice a week when I was 35 weeks pregnant. Two straps hugged my 9-month pregnant belly and the sound of a speeding heartbeat eased my mine. Josephine was doing... Read More

My 30 Weeker

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2016 By Whitney

I was 28 weeks pregnanat and started feeling very yucky. I had a good bit of swelling my whole second trimester but my hands and face began to swell drastically. I started taking my blood pressure at home. It was getting higher and higher. Finally one day after work I checked it and it was 150/98. I called my doctor and they wanted me to come in. They kept me over night for observations and I did the 24 hour urine test. When it came back my proteins were very high. They were able to control my blood pressure with me laying on my left side and they diagnosed me with Pre-Eclampsia and sent me home on strict bed rest. Two days... Read More

My HELLP Syndrome Story

Posted On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 By Haylee

When I found out I was pregnant, it was the happiest moment in my life. It's crazy how you can never think about starting a family and then that pregnancy test pops up positive and then thats the only thing you can imagine for your future. I was due on August 1, 2016. We found out I was having a baby girl. I feel like that's every mother's dream come true, a little princess to call my own. I started going to my OB at 8 weeks. Every appointment was wonderful, my sweet Olivia was growing big and strong and I was healthy. I hit 23 weeks and I started to experience "heartburn" or so I thought. In fact the second day I had it, it got so severe I was rushed to the ER. That night is still such... Read More

For all the things my Hands of held, the best by far is you...

Posted On Thursday, April 21, 2016 By Kaely

In October of 2015, I became a wife. Something I had wanted for so long. Our wedding day was perfect, despite the coldest day of the season thus far falling on that day. It was the perfect day. The best day of my life. That was until the next month, the day before Thanksgiving when I learned that I would be extending my portfolio to mother. I was so shocked because I didn't think it would happen so soon for us. But it was the best thing ever. I just remember crying after finding out, because I was so excited. For so many years, the one thing that I was so excited for was becoming a mother. It's the one thing that I always felt would complete my life. That... Read More

Feuerschwenger Story

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 By Stephanie

January of 2014, we found out that we were expecting a baby and that was going to be due on September 6, 2014. In April we found out it was a girl! We were so excited and ready for the challenge of bringing a baby into this world.  Everything was going great until the afternoon of May 29th, when I went to the doctor for a regular checkup and glucose test. After the nurse took my blood pressure and the doctor came in, I was told that I would need to go to the hospital to be monitored for a few hours because my... Read More

How I survived Preeclampsia

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 By Peggy

I was expecting my first baby, a girl.  I was very excited, I went to my doctors apt. and they said your blood pressure is a little high.  It normally was good I was kinda concerned.  Well they put me on a 24 hour urine test and after that I thought nothing of it.  My numbers came back just a little elevated so I was ok with that. I went home and 2 weeks later my mom came over to my house and she seen how puffy I was and told me I need to call my doctor.  So the next day I did and they wanted me to come in.  So I arrived on time and the nurse called my name and said Hunny you need to get into the office at once.  Took my blood pressure it was... Read More

Preeclampsia y HELLP

Posted On Monday, April 18, 2016 By Sara

Me quedé embarazada con 30 años, siempre he tenido una salud muy buena y me cuidé mucho antes y durante mi embarazo. Cuando me quedé embarazada pesaba 49 kilos. No tuve ninguna molestia en todo el embarazo, durante los cuatro primeros meses tan solo engordé un par de kilos. Del cuarto al quinto mes aumenté 4 kilos y mi dieta continuaba siendo la misma. Comenté con la matrona y los ginecólogos mi repentina subida de peso pero no le dieron importancia. Les dije que estaba comiendo muy poco, que bebía mucha agua, caminaba y hacia natación. ... Read More

my preeclampsia story

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2016 By Marie

I was nesting. I was cleaning every square inch of where we were going to live.  I was 30 weeks along.  I thought to myself I’d pack a bag for the hospital. Then “No, that is crazy. I still have so much time.”  Little did I know that I did not….A few days after as I walked to the bathroom I felt something and then there was blood.  I screamed for my mom, although, it felt like I didn’t scream at all—it felt like my voice didn’t sound like anything.  We called the hospital.  I walked straight out the door and into the car I did not want to wait for a call back from the doctor.   We arrived in the emergency room - they immediately... Read More

Surviving Postpartum Preeclampsia & Making ER Changes

Posted On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 By Kristin

My second son was born a few days before Christmas. The delivery itself went smoothly and our son was healthy. We were home in time for Christmas Eve. That night I tried to go to sleep, but every time I would lie down I had a pounding headache. When I stood up again, it would subside. I figured it was just from the stress of being in a hospital and because our newborn was waking up every few hours.     ... Read More

Our Story..from Pre-Eclampsia to HELLP Syndrome

Posted On Thursday, April 07, 2016 By Amy

It has taken a lot for me to get to the point where I can share my story. I have wanted to share the story for a long time but reliving every detail was just more than I could handle. I am now ready. If I can help just one person by sharing and spreading awareness of pregnancy / labor complications, then this journey was more than worth it. Please read our story below.. Our Story: Up until 28 weeks I had a normal pregnancy with no issues. On March 12th my right leg swelled up to about 3 times its normal size. I looked as though I had one elephant leg and one giraffe leg. I called my doctor thinking it was just normal “pregnancy swelling”, and to my surprise I was told to go straight... Read More

Running for a cause: Local woman raises money for preeclampsia awareness at Boston Marathon

Posted On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 By Wendy

Sutton resident Wendy Kendrick has been running for 25 years, and she had no plans of stopping after narrowly missing the explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Wendy, a Project Manager at Framingham-based LFB USA, a sister company of rEVO Biologics, ran her best time that year (3 hours, 28 minutes), crossing the finish line shortly before the bombings occurred and close enough to hear the explosion. With her family on the sidelines, the danger hit very close to home. But she ran again in 2014 and 2015, with her 2015 performance earning her a qualification in this year’s marathon. ... Read More

My HELLP Story

Posted On Friday, February 26, 2016 By Amy Jo

Scott and I were in our first prenatal class and they gave us the tour of the Labor & Delivery Ward half way through class.  As we walked pass the NICU, Scott leaned over and asked me what that was, as he didn’t hear the instructor. I replied “Oh that’s the NICU for premature babies…you don’t need to worry about that.” And it was like a jolt that rocked my world after that, apparently we were going to know what the NICU was, and know it very well. I was 32 weeks and started to not feel well. I even began throwing up. Thinking it was from something I ate, maybe food poisoning, I called my doctor to check in. The nurse said that as long as I stay hydrated and... Read More

Could have benefitted from Preeclampsia Education

Posted On Thursday, February 25, 2016 By Kathryn

My first pregnancy was going so smoothly for the first and second trimester.  I rarely felt any nausea, had incredible energy and felt as if everything was going along as it should.  Right around 26 weeks, I started to notice my feet swelling and didn't think anything of it, or I guess I thought it was normal.  At 27 weeks I started to feel a pain in my upper abdomen.  I struggled with it for 2 days before I told my husband something was wrong.  When I got to the doctor, they told me about my high blood pressure and large amount of protein in my urine so I was admitted right away to the hospital where I was told that the baby would need... Read More

From HELLP Came a Miracle

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 By Morgan

My HELLP Syndrome went undiagnosed for 2 weeks along with 2 misdiagnoses. When I hit 31 weeks I couldn't take the excruciating stomach (URQ) and back pain. It was like my whole body was on fire. I was first misdiagnosed with bronchitis and sent home with a demorral shot with no blood work. A week later I went in and they tried to tell me I had gallbladder disease and tried to give me a shot for it and I refused. They finally did blood work after an hour of no one coming in, a nurse from OB (no I was never sent to maternity either visits) ran in and said I needed... Read More

A nightmare...

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 By Bianca Montalvo

When I found out I was pregnant I was the happiest woman in the world.  I immediately went up to my husband and told him the wonderful news. The next day I scheduled an appointment with an OB GYN for my first check up. Everything went smooth up until I reached 3 months. I was throwing up every day, got migraines, and felt very fatigue. However, when I reached my second trimester, it was the happiest time during my pregnancy not only because I didn't have any pregnancy symptoms but because I also felt very energized. During an OB visit one day, they informed me that my blood pressure was 'very' high and asked me if it was ever high before. A red flag went up, and I immediately knew... Read More

my baby boy

Posted On Wednesday, February 03, 2016 By siobhan

I have had my baby boy. 

When I was pregnant I had no signs of the pre-eclampsia I was due on the 7th of January but my waters broke on the 12th the hospital left me for 3 days in labour. So when I had the seizure they gave me an emergency c section and that's when my baby boy was born 15 January. The hardest part was I didn't get to see him when he was 1st born and for 1 week I wasn't able to be a mum and it breaks my heart everyday when I hold him I cherish every moment with him.

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