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For Women & their families who have suffered with Pre Eclampsia, Eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) and related conditions.
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PostSubject: Pre-eclampsia! What’s that?   Sat 24 May 2008, 6:25 pm

To all those Mums and Babies who have suffered this life changing experience may I as a Mother/Grandmother offer my sincerest and heartfelt good wishes to you all. I can only speak from my experience of having watched my own daughter go through this traumatic time. I cannot tell you the heart ache of watching your child put up a tremendous fight to save the life of her child, the turmoil of emotions, the fear, the admiration at her courage, and the constant worry that she will crack under this enormous strain is a time of great stress for all the family, We could only hold together and try be strong for Mum and Baby, I do not know how we got through those long months together in hospital, as each day brought new dangers we feared that she could not take much more. As her Mother I was deeply concerned for her well being, as well as our Grand daughters, I do not know to this day how she coped but she got her ‘reward’ in the beautiful daughter she was finally able to take home, Of course she is and always will be ‘our little miracle’ but my real miracle was seeing my little girl put up such a tremendous fight for her child. It was for me the time when I realized my daughter was a woman and a mother.

The pre-eclampsia was such a bombshell, especially as my daughter was a nurse! It never occurred to us that she would be unaware of any serious complications, and up until then she had been so happy at the prospect of her own little family. It has since become very clear that this condition was not ‘widely’ known! And I am so saddened when I hear of other young mums facing these same traumas, and especially those who ‘lost the fight’ you are very special people, and only those who have stood where you stand can understand the heart ache. I thank god every night for our little miracle, and ask for his loving strength for all of you. And your families. A grateful Grandmother, and Grandfather.
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PostSubject: Re: Pre-eclampsia! What’s that?   Sat 24 May 2008, 6:31 pm

Hi Molly,
Welcome to the site. I am glad you found us.

Its true, for those standing by our loved ones fighting for their lives, can be so much harder than is imaginable.
Thank you for your courage to post. I am sure sometimes the memories are as fresh today as they were when it happened. You dont say how long ago your faced this trauma with your daughter, but I am guessing it was a little while ago. Often the emotional scars are much harder to heal than physical ones as it takes some time to have the time to reflect & think 'Good Grief - What just happened'.
I hope you will find the answers you need from this site and I am sure your story will be a comfort to others. I look forward to 'getting to know you'.

Warmest Wishes
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PostSubject: Re: Pre-eclampsia! What’s that?   Sun 25 May 2008, 5:07 pm

Hi Molly

I to am a grandmother and Mother my daughter lost her little girl Briannah at 26 weeks due to severe Pre Eclampsia and it was the m ost horrible thing to watch your own child going through so much trauma. The way this desease comes on so quick it amazed me all the signs were there but even I had no understanding of this and sometime I wish I had and could I have done more I suppose its questions we will always ask.

My daughter Samantha had been suffering severe headaches for a while but then at 25 weeks suddenly swelled up on her hands feet and face but carried on for a couple of days until she went to her ante natal class there it was found her BP was sky high had lots of protien in her wee and was rushed to the Local hospital straight away as soon as she got there after a few checks they gave her steriods for the babys lungs and monitered her wee for a few hours it was then decided to move her to the Womens hospital in Liverpool as they could cope with babies born before 28 weeks, she had a scan and it showed that there was no fluid around the baby but there was still a heartbeat she was given medication to bring down her blood pressure, that night was taken down for another scan unfortunately she lost Brianna Samantha was so ill. Sam carried her dead child for two days (we still dont know why) before they started her off luckily she was only in labour for two and half hours after Brianna was born and cleaned up Samantha got to hold her and so did her partner ( to this day Samantha has no recollection of this). It was such a traumatic time as they had to give all kinds to bring Sams blood pressure down and talks of fits and eclampsia it was so scary.

Samantha so wanted another child but suffered so much depression had to give up her stressful job ect and had to have councelling but has come through it.

We now have positive news that Samantha is now 35 weeks and 4 days Pregnant with our Grandson and all is going well she is blooming with no signs of PE (but I think we are all worrying silently waiting for something to happen) we are now taking each day as it comes as each one is a bonus and Sam is convined its because she takes the Aspirin every day and calls it the magic pill.

Ingrid xx
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PostSubject: Grandmothers pain   Tue 27 May 2008, 10:22 pm

Dear Ingrid ,how sorry I am to hear of your loss, and the trauma your daughter and your family have been through.No one knows the heartache who has not been there . Which is why I am so pleased to see this site has been set up by Liz and her team, who as well as being very knowledgable on the medical side has actually experienced this herself!, this in my book makes her more qualified than most to offer not only her experience in the medical field but the emotional side as well . I can only hope that you and your daughter will find the answers you need and the comfort of knowing 'you are not alone'. It is a terrible time and I think it either makes or breaks a family, I realise in your case with the happy event approaching it has made your family much stronger, thank you for sharing this with all the other people on this forum,.
May I wish your daughter a beautiful pregnancy with an even more beautiful outcome . God bless Molly
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