HELLP and What It Means to Me

Posted On Monday, April 01, 2019 By Josie Terry

At the beginning of the year I was surprised and shocked to learn I was pregnant again. After my fourth child I had my tubes tied, so I was surprised to say the least. After the shock wore off and the excitement set in, I was told my blood pressure was starting to creep up like it had with my third child; preeclampsia was feared.  If I had to choose, I would have chosen preeclampsia. I had only just learned what HELLP was. Shortly after my blood pressure continued to climb, I started swelling, seizures started and not big obvious ones, little ones that happened only in my face then gradually got worse; organ distress set in my liver, kidneys, pancreas, and... Read More

Never Look at Symptoms as Being Normal

Posted On Monday, April 01, 2019 By Meichico Aldridge Huggins

I’m a mother of four, two singletons and one set of twins. My first pregnancy I was 19 and delivered at 20 around week 32-33 I developed high blood pressure. After weeks of monitoring my blood pressure and my son’s movement and one overnight stay at the hospital, the doctor scheduled me for induction at 37 weeks. After 30 hours of labor my son was delivered via c-section. Once he was delivered my blood pressure went back to normal. Ten years later I was pregnant with my daughter at 29 and delivered at 30, she was a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks. I had no complications during the pregnancy or after delivery. Two years later I was pregnant for my last time at 31 and... Read More

Losing Emily to Severe Preeclampsia

Posted On Monday, April 01, 2019 By Cairra Hernandez

I was very sick early on in my pregnancy and it never really faded. I was vomiting all the time, couldn't keep even water down, was losing weight, and was in and out of the emergency room for dehydration. I was also under a lot of stress with the father of the child even though I have been assured 100 times stress does not cause preeclampsia. Around the seventh month I finally started to feel better after a trip to Texas. According to my medical team my blood pressure was always normal and gave no reason for them to be concerned and I was due January 12. I believed I was a month earlier than they calculated and I would be due December 12. I thought I was perfectly healthy for the... Read More

Not Your Typical Symptoms

Posted On Tuesday, March 26, 2019 By Amanda Townsend

I have had two pregnancies where I have had preeclamsia with both. My first pregnancy my baby was five weeks early. I went into the triage for back pain that was in the upper middle part of my back. After running some test they found out I had preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome and had to deliver my baby.  My second pregnancy my baby was six weeks early. I went into triage with the same back pain but this time I knew exactly what it was. It was the same exact pain in the same exact location. During this pregnancy I had several 24-hour urine screens that all came back normal. I also had blood work that all came back fine and I didn't have any swelling. With both... Read More

Julian's Birth Story

Posted On Monday, March 25, 2019 By Anna Carreon

My pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery with my second precious boy, Julian, were nothing short of ordinary. The entire experience was challenging and traumatic, yet joyful and humbling at the same time. After dealing with months of morning sickness, sciatica, pelvic girdle pain, taking hormone medication to prevent premature labor, and everything else in between, I had almost had it with being pregnant...then at 35 weeks, I was diagnosed with gestational hypertension. I thought, seriously? I thought I was broken. I felt broken. From then on, it seemed like I was in the hospital almost every other day, for hours at a time, getting poked and prodded. Although there was no... Read More

Síndrome de Hellp

Posted On Wednesday, March 20, 2019 By Norma Pineda

Hola mi nombre es norma pineda el año 2017 salí embarazada de un hermoso barón pues mi embarazo todo era trankilo no me daban síntoma ni nada pues estaba muy feliz porque era mi primer bebé pues tenía 23 años y pues ser mamá es lo más hermoso que Dios nos puede dar pues ya amis 37 semana un día domingo 17 de diciembre mis piernas amanecieron moradas pues ise una cita y me Isieron examen de orina y me tomaron al precio y andaba presión alata de 180/90 y también me detectaron proteína en la orina pues me dijo mi ginecólogos que me tenía que ir para el hospital que me tenían que aser cesaría de emergencia porque tenía preclancia pues me fui para el hospital y pues el... Read More

Warren Carver

Posted On Wednesday, March 20, 2019 By Kimberly Carver

My son was due on 2/10/19. I had a healthy pregnancy and exercised every day during the pregnancy. Throughout pregnancy my systolic blood pressure ranged from 110-120. At 37 weeks there was a fear that the baby was “too small” so an ultrasound was done, but the size was determined to be healthy and all proportions normal. I was passionate about having a vaginal delivery, so when the doctor asked if I wanted to be induced at my appointment the day after my due date, I said no. ... Read More

My 26 Week Miracle

Posted On Tuesday, March 05, 2019 By Nyeisha Tobin

My name is Nyeisha, and my child and I are survivors of preeclampsia! Everything happened so fast, I had never heard of preeclampsia before it happened to me. I was experiencing some abdominal pain, it was not too bad but it made me worry, so I went to the emergency room. When the nurse took my vitals she looked at me as if I had just sprung a second head. She used my other arm to again check my blood pressure and immediately called for a doctor. At this point I was freaking out, the pain started to get worse and I started to get a headache. I was rushed into a room where I got a shot in my buttocks of a steroid and an IV with a magnesium drip that felt SO hot. I was given pain... Read More


Posted On Thursday, February 28, 2019 By Brittany Bienfait

Our first pregnancy was as normal as could be - no morning sickness, no nothing, full term birth with a happy 5 lb 11 oz baby girl. Our second started with minor food aversion and nausea that eventually went away. We were due March 9th 2018. Around October/November I started to have moments where I felt like it was hard to breathe. Other times I would get excruciating headaches and despite being able to fall asleep, they would pick right back up when I woke up in the morning. I would check the box for headaches at my checkups, but don't recall being asked about them and I don't remember there being a box for labored breathing so I thought nothing of either symptom. At... Read More

A Year in the Hospital

Posted On Thursday, February 28, 2019 By Julie Williamson

I was 34 years old when I had my daughter, Jessica, 17 years ago. She was a month early, but, aside from an isolated seizure, was healthy. I, however, was not so lucky. The doctors knew that I had Preeclampsia the entire time that I was pregnant due to protein in my urine. They tried to manage it with bed rest, but were not successful. I was not given Magnesium Sulfate (per normal protocol) in a timely manner, so my brain swelled. This did damage to my Optic Nerve, leaving me Legally Blind, and damaged my short-term memory. I then had a seizure and went into a coma for 4 months. I was in the hospital for one year, which is quite a long time. I was in Physical... Read More

Post Delivery Preeclampsia

Posted On Thursday, February 28, 2019 By Nicole Krempasky

I was diagnosed postpartum in 2012, when I had my daughter (January 25th). I had a perfectly normal, healthy pregnancy throughout, though there were subtle signals of something potentially being amiss. I did have one urine screen towards the end come back high- I stayed at the office and retested which came back normal. I also had tremendous swelling in my feet with edema but was told to just drink some lemon water. My mother had preeclampsia with my oldest sibling (16 years prior to my birth) which I told my midwives, but no one ever cautioned me or advised me any further information on it, nor did I have any additional monitoring. My labor was a little difficult, as I... Read More

High Blood Pressure 10 Months Later

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2019 By Chelsie Hoff

I truly (naively) didn’t think I’d get preeclampsia with this 3rd pregnancy. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it had been 5 years since the last one. I had preeclampsia for the first time when I was 19 years old. It was my second pregnancy. My first was a molar pregnancy. I had a pretty typical pregnancy the entire time despite terrible gallbladder attacks. I gained 65lbs. In hindsight, that should have been a red flag. I went to my weekly OB appointment at 38 weeks and was told that my blood pressure was very high and there was protein in my urine. I was also pretty swollen. I was instructed to go to the hospital right away to be induced. My baby boy was born 36... Read More

Postpartum unpleasant surprise

Posted On Friday, February 15, 2019 By Mandi Gross

Parents expect the first weeks home with their new baby to be the best of times and the worst of times; bonding and cuddling, changing poops, and lacking sleep. We worry about the “little thing on the belly button” falling off, and whether that sneeze was normal, usually putting mom’s feelings and health second to the baby’s. Unbeknownst to me, my baby was fine; I was not. I am a rule follower and heeded every direction of pregnancy and post-partum care. I spent nine months without caffeine, soft cheese, parabens, and phthalates; I attended every OB appointment (and even requested extras to see if the random ache was normal). I always had low blood pressure, and... Read More

HELLP Syndrome?

Posted On Friday, February 15, 2019 By Kimberly Barker

I really loved pregnancy. The connection a mom feels with her growing baby is something that can’t be described, learned in a book or really understood until you experience it. It was and IS the most precious experience of my life. Its truly a spiritual experience, and you are sure that there is something out there so much greater than yourself guiding the process the whole time. Finally, the day had come to meet our baby! We worked on keeping my room really comfortable and peaceful with meditations and lots of aromatherapy that kept the entire nurse staff stopping in for a quick whiff lol. My son was born at 1:18Pm August 29, 2017. He was absolutely perfect and I am so... Read More

Errors In Eclamptic Care

Posted On Friday, February 08, 2019 By Amanda Bartlett

Hi. My name is Amanda. I'm a Registered Nurse and survivor of preeclampsia. On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, I was officially diagnosed with preeclampsia. My symptoms, however, started the Saturday before. A severe headache, nausea, and an overwhelming feeling that something wasn't quite right prompted me to contact my OB; it was clear that these symptoms weren't going away. Testing started Monday morning, and by Tuesday afternoon had resulted. Preeclampsia. My OB recommended a foley bulb induction, scheduled for the following morning. I never made it to that induction. I went into labor at home about 2 hours after the diagnosis was made. Once at the hospital, an epidural was started, which... Read More

Wife and Twins Passing

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2019 By Levi Moore

My wife and I had a very difficult time getting pregnant. Luckily for us, the issue was with me, therefore, my wife could get pregnant. We went through four-failed IUI and a failed IVF before our doctor recommended us putting our names on a list for possible donated embryo. We waited our turn for the next and possibly last hope at becoming pregnant. Luckily in March of 2016, my beautiful wife Denise got the news she had been waiting for. Denise was finally pregnant and we couldn't have been happier. Very soon after that we got... Read More

Miracle 26 Weeker

Posted On Tuesday, January 08, 2019 By Jacky Nghiem

My daughter, Adelaide, was born October 27, 2017 due to super-imposed preeclampsia. On October 25, my day started off just like any other. I went to work and chatted with my co-workers about our upcoming office Halloween party. I was really excited to reveal my homemade gumball costume to accentuate my baby bump. I develop a horrible headache and noticed my left hand was extremely swollen. Since I have a history of high blood pressure, I knew these were symptoms of a spiked reading. I had a blood pressure cuff at work, checked my readings, and sure enough the numbers were high. I called my OB and spoke to the nurse, she was aware of my health concerns. She suggested I go to the ER if my... Read More

The One Where A Baby Shower Turned Into A Baby

Posted On Tuesday, January 08, 2019 By Brittany Seybert

When my mother-in-law mentioned throwing a baby shower in my husband’s Ohio hometown, we thought it was a wonderful idea. We lived ten hours away in Tennessee and would just drive up for a few days like we always do. I hadn’t had any pregnancy complications and had even flown to South Africa for work when I was five months pregnant without issue. This trip would be a piece of cake! She scheduled our shower 7 weeks before my due date, which would give us ample time to go through gifts and set up the baby’s nursery when we returned home. We left on a Friday, and we had just met with our nurse, who gave me a clean bill of health and cleared me for travel, on... Read More

What the Hellp Almost Killed Me?

Posted On Friday, December 28, 2018 By Jen Fawcett

When I was 28 weeks pregnant, my blood pressure spiked and blood pressure meds were increased. The way I was feeling, I just figured “I’m pregnant. This is how all pregnant women feel. I’m finally experiencing the terrible side of growing a human being”. HELLP SYNDROME never crossed my mind. Heck, I never heard about it until I was 32 weeks pregnant.  Everything was fine until 30 weeks. My blood pressure spiked and I started swelling up. I was turning into a blown-up tick and not to mention Christmas was less than 5 days away.  Two days after Christmas, I went in for an ultrasound, still feeling like garbage. Blood pressure was... Read More

What the Hellp?

Posted On Thursday, December 27, 2018 By Stefanie Kuehn

After trying to conceive for several years we saught help from Shady Grove fertility and after our third IUI attempt we got pregnant. Below is my story ... It’s 5am on Saturday Sept 22nd. I’m 35 weeks pregnant and something felt off that morning. I called my doctor and she suggested that I come to the hospital for monitoring. My husband and I collect our belongings, get in the car and before we made it out of the driveway I got a pounding headache; the worst I’ve ever felt. 10 agonizing minutes later we arrive at the hospital. I explain my symptoms (headache, nausea, light spotting) and they inform me that my BP is 220/110....early onset preeclampsia. At 6:45am... Read More

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