HELLP at 38 weeks!

Posted On Tuesday, January 02, 2018 By Katie

 "I want to give my old self a hug and tell her she is a fighter and a survivor." I had a wonderful and active pregnancy. I ran a 5k at 24 weeks and was working full time as an RN. I felt wonderful throughout until around 35 weeks. I began feeling more lethargic and was plagued with agonizing mid back pain. I initially brushed these symptoms off and attributed them to late pregnancy. Additionally, we had moved at 32 weeks to another city and I had to switch providers. I was new to them and I was admittedly overwhelmed with all the stress and change from a move. In hindsight, this is why I endured the pain... Read More

Trust Your Instincts

Posted On Tuesday, December 26, 2017 By Amber

It all began around 31 weeks... I couldn't move, I had pains that I (still to this day) cannot describe.  I told my husband on numerous occasions that, "I think I'm dying."  It just had to be how you feel when you're pregnant and 31 weeks, right??   Fast forward 4 weeks (and after at least 3 separate trips to my OBGYN because of pain), when I finally called and said "I have to come in today!"  The receptionist called my bluff and said, "You were here on Monday and the doctor said you are fine.  Why don't you go home and relax and see how you feel later today?"  My reply, "I don't care who I see, I'll come see you, but I will come in... Read More

Saying Hello and Goodbye to Our Daughter Adeline

Posted On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 By Debbie

    ​​My husband, Matt, and I found out we were pregnant right after the New Year in 2017. We were thrilled, of course, as were our families. We've been together a decade, and this was the first grandchild on both sides.   We had what everyone thought was a very normal, healthy pregnancy, regular check-ups included. We had an appointment on a Friday in August, and... Read More

I Felt Totally in the Dark

Posted On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 By Sharlene

   "I read pregnancy books, I went to check ups, had prenatal care, took my vitamins etc., and I did not know anything about preeclampsia."   I was 29 weeks pregnant with our daughter Kylie. We were on the way home from our baby shower. I started to feel nauseous.  I had previously felt swollen (my ankles were swollen), had been having severe heartburn (waking me up... Read More

Six Years After Preeclampsia

Posted On Thursday, October 05, 2017 By Gabrielle

"I feel like I am a 27-year-old walking time bomb for cardiovascular disaster." ~Gabrielle Benitez I was 20 years old when I discovered I was pregnant with my son. While most of the thoughts running through my mind centered around things like "How can I possibly succeed at being a mother?" I never once considered the idea that I could get seriously ill.  ... Read More

Preeclampsia Led to 218 Days in the Hospital

Posted On Friday, July 21, 2017 By Lisa

A decrepit old woman stared at me with eerie familiarity. Her thin mangled body and vacant expression revealed she had seen too much darkness. I was 31-years-old when I met this sickly, worn out soul. Confusion washed over me as I discovered I was staring at my reflection in the hospital room mirror. The last thing I could remember was being wheeled in for another surgery. My husband held my hand as my mom and sister grew smaller in the... Read More

Fear of a 2nd Pregnancy Lead me to Adoption

Posted On Monday, July 10, 2017 By Holly

I got pregnant pretty easily in April 2008 and was due January 14, 2009.  Although I had a little morning/all day sickness, most of the time it wasn't terrible and things went along as planned.  I'd gone to a "high risk specialist," not because I was high risk, but because he was recommended to me.  Everything went along smoothly until around November. I went to the doctor in early November and had gained 13lbs in two weeks.  My BP had been elevated, but I had no other symptoms of pre-e.  The doctor sent me home for weekend bed-rest and I was to come back to the doctor on Monday.  I lost 7lbs that... Read More

Advice for 3rd pregnancy

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2017 By June

I recently lost my baby to preaclmpsia. She was stillborn at 25 weeks. Four years previous to this I had preeclampsia at 32 weeks and my daughter was born via emergency c-section and spent 3 weeks in hospital. She is happy and healthy now. I met with my consultant a few weeks ago and he said he found clots in the placenta and that I tested positive for a blood clotting disorder, he took more blood to test again because he said it could be a false positive because the test was done soon after the birth. I will meet him and a hemotolegest in about month, but he said if the test is positive again I will be on asprin and heparin injections in a future pregnancy. I really want to have another... Read More

The Reason They Share a Birthday

Posted On Thursday, May 18, 2017 By Tracy

I feel a little emotional these days, not only because it was just my first Mother's Day, but also because there was a chance that I wouldn't have been here to celebrate it if it wasn't for an amazing team of doctors! In honor of this past Mother's Day and Cameron's first birthday quickly approaching, I've decided to share my story. ... Read More

Another HELLP story

Posted On Tuesday, May 09, 2017 By Bridgette

To start things off, I got pregnant at 23 and was terrified. From the very beginning I had a rough time. Before being pregnant, I had zero health issues. Starting around week 20, I was around 70% effaced but my cervix seemed to be stable. I ended up being on bedrest for months with a home health nurse coming by once a week to administer progesterone shots. I also saw the doctor weekly from week 20 to birth.  At the time, much like all of the other stories, I didnt realize the symptoms I was having were actually serious. The first thing I can remember that sticks out, is having pain under my right rib cage. It seemed to come after I would eat. It would be very painful, but... Read More


Posted On Saturday, April 29, 2017 By Rachel

Pre-ecclampsia is not something you think of when you find out you are pregnant. Definitely not when the baby is someone you wanted desperately. I found out I was pregnant with my second child last April. We had been trying for two years without success and I'd given up and accepted that we'd be a single child family. We were making plans to get a puppy and move houses and get on with our lives. And then that positive. It was such an easy pregnancy at first. He was due Christmas Day, a small miracle and a wonderful gift. My blood pressure was the lowest it had been in years. We found out we were having a boy, and we thought the biggest issue would be sibling jealousy. I was... Read More

Would have made peace with the infertility!

Posted On Sunday, April 16, 2017 By Anna

I had been shocked to find out that many, if not most women attempted to get pregnant again after nearly dying. Personally, I don't dare to tempt my fate having been close to death. As a result of my reproductive attempt, I'm on permanent disability with the brain damage and unstable, hard to control hypertension. (I must take 4 medications just to keep it relatively at bay..) Plus many other daily medications. I guess I am lucky to be alive and coherent to write about my experience. My daughter is 11 now, but my health has not improved since the day she was born. I have PCOS which without a doubt aggravating state for Preeclampsia. As a symptom of PCOS I had infertility. Several people... Read More


Posted On Saturday, April 08, 2017 By KOIWAH

The SONS I NEVER NUTURED       I am a mother of 5 children, one biological 4 adopted. I am still under 30 years old and yet have suffered under the fatal and cruel menace of the deadly pregnancy disease Pre-Eclampisa.  I have lost two sons because of this disease. Twice my husband and I have had to bury our two sons. My own life has been at risk because of this disease. I say I cannot and will not go through this... Read More

HELLP Syndrome at 18.

Posted On Thursday, March 30, 2017 By Mayra

Hi my name is Mayra Tarazon. I am from a very small town Cottonwood, AZ and I got hellp syndrome when I was 18 years old. I had had my doctor's visit and my blood pressure was a little high, but my doctor had told me I would be fine and sent me home. During the day I started feeling worse and worse and finally at midnight I went to the hospital. When I got to the hospital my blood pressure was through the roof and my doctor told me the baby had to come naturally or with c-section but had to come out. So he induced me and broke my water and 4 hours later I gave birth to my son. I had a very easy labor and everything was fine and perfect. My son was a 6 pound healthy baby. After the... Read More

Can Lightening Strike Twice?

Posted On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 By Erica

I have read over the years that Preeclampsia is something that effects first time moms, mothers of multiples, women with weight issues, and only during the last weeks of pregnancy. No one ever told me that yearly 600 women are effected by postpartum preeclampsia. How is that a mom, on her tenth delivery, no weight, or health issues gets postpartum preeclampsia? I don't understand it. On March 4, 2017 my husband and I checked in to labor and delivery. We were... Read More

Fit Mom now a Patient Advocate

Posted On Thursday, March 09, 2017 By Kristin

My husband and I were beyond thrilled that we were going to have a baby! We were both excited and nervous! Excited that we were starting a family of our own! I was in the best shape of my life; training for a 10k and working out 5 days a week because I wanted to ensure a healthy pregnancy. As a first time mom I didn’t really know what to expect other than morning sickness, fatigue, cravings, weight gain and lots of doctor appointments. I asked friends and family for advice and even read “What to Expect When Your Expecting” to make sure that I was fully prepared. ... Read More

I survived Eclampsia

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 By Kersita Maschmeier

My Story began on May 5th when I discovered I was pregnant with my first child. I have never been pregnant prior to this and I was incredibly excited. I rushed into my husbands and mine's bedroom waking him up from bouncing on the bed and showing him the two lines on the pregnancy test. It was my happiest moment in my life so far.  My pregnancy progressed pretty normally; they were concerned about me becoming a diabetic due to family history so they were keeping a close eye on my blood sugar levels. It never became a... Read More

postpartum eclampsia, gallbladder, PRES syndrome all in one...

Posted On Tuesday, January 31, 2017 By Chelsea

Well my story would begin three days before my daughter was born. I was having horrific upper abdominal pain that would wrap around to my upper back right in between my shoulder blades, along with a tightening feeling in my chest that felt like heart burn only 50 times worse and wouldn't go away... In the early morning of day three (July 14, 2016) I had all I could take and went in the ER. They ran a bunch of tests then and once they did an ultrasound they found I had an enlarged gallbladder and gallstones. Well I guess with all the stress and pain I was in, it threw me in labor. I had my daughter about 4:30 pm. A couple days later we were home again. I was still in a lot of pain but we... Read More

A Preeclampsia Birth Story

Posted On Monday, December 19, 2016 By Mandy Fredericks

I remember it like it was yesterday. The day I went in for what I thought was a routine prenatal checkup turned out to be one of the most emotional, scariest days of my life. I certainly never expected to end up in the hospital in tears. The remaining five weeks of my pregnancy thereafter were much of the same. The Diagnosis:   Thirty-two weeks pregnant and feeling somewhat okay, I headed to the doctor’s office on my lunch break for a routine checkup. I told my coworkers I’d be... Read More

Preeclampsia missed-pulmonary edema

Posted On Saturday, December 17, 2016 By Ashley

I was 37 weeks when my midwives took me off bedrest because I could officially go into labor safely. I begged them to let me stay off work because I was so swollen I couldn't walk, and I had this paralyzing pain in my right side that would  me out of nowhere. But it was a no. I went back to work, but only part time because my body couldn't handle anything more. I had gained 60 pounds, I was swollen everywhere, but they said everything I was experiencing was normal. How would I know any different? Maybe I was just being a baby and needed to suck it up. My widwi always showed interest in the baby but nothing in me. Was what I was going through really normal?  I was 38... Read More

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