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With Maya turning two next week, I realized that it was finally time for me to talk about what I learned from my preeclampsia experience because I want to help others going through it if I can. I also didn’t realize until just now that May is preeclampsia awareness month, so my timing looks intentional. I’m a pretty emotional person, so when I am faced with a situation I often want to internalize and deal with all the emotions surrounding me before I can talk about them with anyone else.

Being diagnosed with preeclampsia can be scary, but I'm sharing all the things I wish I knew back then to make it a little easier.

I am guessing you’re here for one of two reasons: you’ve been diagnosed with preeclampsia or you’re a regular reader at Mabey She Made It. If you’ve just been diagnosed, take a deep breath and know you’re not alone. It took me quite a while to understand what was going on with my body and just how much care went into getting me and Maya through it safely.

My hope here is to share a lot of the things I’ve learned since my diagnosis that have helped me and will hopefully help you as well. Other than a brief definition of preeclampsia, the rest is my experience and understanding.

A lot of what you find online is either medical definitions/symptoms or actual birth stories that can scare the daylights out of you–but what I needed two years ago was someone who understood and could talk to me person to person. And while I’m not physically with you, I hope this post can provide you with some peace and some (non-medical) advice that helps you in this tough time.

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14 Comments on Preeclampsia: What I Wish I Knew (and You’ll Want to Know, Too)

  1. Margaret Crawford
    Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 5:52 AM (11 months ago)

    Preeclampsia is a dangerous and scary condition. I watched my daughter go through 3 pregnancies with it each time. All are healthy and thriving now but as a mother and a nurse it was a time I wish on no one.
    I am happy you and your baby survived the pregnancy. Some don’t. Enjoy your life now.

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    • Lisa
      Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:34 AM (11 months ago)

      Three times? What a scary thing. And I can’t imagine watching someone go through it as a nurse. So glad your daughter and grandkids are fine!

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  2. Kristie
    Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:01 AM (11 months ago)

    I ended up with post partumn pre-eclampsia. Scary. But I am every so grateful for modern medicine and doctors that took fantastic care of me.

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    • Lisa
      Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:32 AM (11 months ago)

      How scary! Was it after you left the hospital or before? I didn’t have a lot of the common symptoms so I know that regular checkups and modern medicine are what saved us.

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  3. Regina Roza
    Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 4:39 PM (11 months ago)

    Hi Lisa

    I read your blog on a regular basis. I just wanted to tell you how impressed I was about your post on preeclampsia. Your information was written from personal experience and I’m sure the ladies reading this post will feel very supported by what you’ve written. Although my childbearing years are passed (I’m 55 and mental-pause is in full swing lol)from what I’ve read, it is fairly common. I think the relationship between Mom and doctor is so important and the communication is tantamount to a healthy pregnancy for Mom & baby!

    God Bless you!

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    • Lisa
      Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:31 AM (11 months ago)

      Thank you so much Regina for your kind words and for reading my blog. It was a scary thing, and I didn’t find any encouraging posts through all of it and wanted to change that. You’re so right about the mother/doctor relationship–I was blessed to have a great doctor.

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  4. Y.K.
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 12:09 AM (10 months ago)

    If only there was some sort of actual information here about preclamsia vs personal experience. Every time I read one of these “things I wish I knew..” I’m not amused. I get that you’re getting paid for the clicks but make it worth while.

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    • Lisa
      Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 9:20 AM (10 months ago)

      Y.K., thank you for your thoughts. If you have preeclampsia and want medical information, the link to the preeclampsia foundation above is a great source (and I’m not getting paid for that link). I realize not every one experiences things the same way.

      When I was diagnosed I could find a wealth of medical information (as much as they know), but couldn’t find anything to help me with the emotions I was going through realizing that I would have a baby in the NICU and not understanding how close to death I would find myself. The things I wrote here are not a click gimmick–they’re actual things I struggled to understand after my traumatic experience.

      I hope your experience is vastly different from mine in a good way and I truly hope my words help someone also struggling to understand why it happened to them.

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  5. julie
    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 2:33 PM (9 months ago)

    As you point out, lots of cases of pre-eclampsia occur at the end of pregnancy when baby is at or close to term. It would be extra scary to have onset at only 32 weeks.
    I’ve never had pre-eclampsia, thankfully, but I’ve had other experiences that make me realize that every single baby is a miracle.
    Thanks for sharing your story

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    • Lisa
      Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM (9 months ago)

      It really was scary, and its still scary knowing I could face that again this time. And you’re so right–they’re all miracles, and I’m so grateful for the way God plays a role in our lives.

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  6. Melanie C. Gonsales
    Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 12:46 AM (4 months ago)

    When you are pregnant, really it is hard for you to accept the fact that you have fear, especially if you know in the first place about the bad condition of your pregnancy. It is so scary also to have the preeclampsia during your pregnancy. Mommies have different birthing experience and only they can detail it well. In my case, I was in labor for almost 1 week and my baby boy comes out in just 33 weeks, a premature baby. Really, I cannot express my feelings and mostly the happiness when I saw him at the first time. Now, he is already 1 year old and began to walk. I’m still happy despite the pain that I have overcome in my pregnancy. I know also that many mommies endured and overcome those pains too.

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    • Lisa
      Friday, January 6, 2017 at 1:03 PM (4 months ago)

      It really is scary and such a personal thing. I’m so glad your son is doing well!

      Reply
  7. Ashley
    Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:24 PM (3 months ago)

    I’m going through this right now…I’m 33 weeks and 1 day and they are hoping to get me to 34 weeks…I’m in the hospital on bed rest and have been here for about 5 days now…this is all very scary…especially this being my first baby…not having had a shower yet and not being prepared for baby at home! The feelings and emotions you go through you can’t really describe…all I can think about is how long will our nicu stay be…how small will he be…will everything be ok…while I know there wasn’t anything I could have done to prevent it my fear of the unknown and the future is what I’m dealing with now…lying in bed playing a waiting game…you only have time to think! I’m glad I found this article and appreciate your honesty and glad to hear of the positive outcome for you and your baby!

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    • Lisa
      Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:57 AM (2 months ago)

      Oh Ashley, I wish I had seen this earlier. How did everything turn out? I’ve actually had a second experience with preeclampsia since I wrote this (again, everything is fine) and I hope you were able to find some peace and comfort while you waited. Hugs to you mama!

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