Posts Tagged ‘preeclampsia’

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month: Why It Matters to You

In February 2014, I was 23 weeks’ pregnant with my first baby. I had been feeling a bit unwell for a few days: indigestion, breathing was difficult, and I had suddenly weight. All normal pregnancy gripes I thought, but I checked Dr Google just in case, as you do. Dr Google suggested preeclampsia. “Don’t be so […] Read more…

For Your First Birthday, Hugo

My Darling Hugo, Mummy and Daddy so wish you were with us tomorrow, so we could sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to you. We wish we had a mountain of presents to wrap, to add to the others you would get from friends and family. We wish we could watch you unwrap them all. And ignore the […] Read more…

A Year Ago Today

A year ago today I awoke from a fitful night’s sleep. For the past few days I had been suffering from what I thought was heartburn. It was worse at night, and I had been sleeping poorly since it started. Normal heartburn medicine had no effect. At 24 weeks’ pregnant, I thought heartburn was a normal part of […] Read more…

Legacy

Technically, ‘legacy’ is my word of the fortnight. I wasn’t able to post last week because I was struck down by a vomiting bug. I shall spare you the gruesome details, but suffice to say I felt pretty rotten. The past couple of weeks have seen some brilliant developments for Hugo’s Legacy. The timing is […] Read more…

Everyone Should Know About Pre-Eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome

Pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome are life-threatening conditions that can happen in pregnancy. Thankfully they are rare, but they can and do kill women and babies. These illnesses nearly killed me, and they took the life of my much-loved baby son. I say this not to scare people, pregnant women especially. Pregnant women have enough to stress about. The […] Read more…

February: This Time Last Year…

February is here. February is a very significant month: it holds one of the two most difficult anniversaries of all: Hugo’s first birthday. The other one is an anniversary a few weeks later, the day Hugo died at the end of March. February is a month on the calendar, but I cannot but help think what I […] Read more…

HELLP Syndrome: still processing the events, 10 months on

Woke up one night. “Heartburn,” I thought. 23 weeks’ pregnant, right on time. It was uncomfortable, I felt constantly full. Normal heartburn medicine did nothing. I was putting on a lot of weight. Normal for pregnancy, I thought. I was becoming breathless. Related to the weight gain, I thought. I was very emotional. Normal pregnancy […] Read more…

Mental health services cause more distress than they solve

My journey seeking psychological support since my own life-threatening illness and the resulting death of my son earlier this year can best be described as a farce. Today’s psychiatrist appointment was extraordinary, even by the standards that have previously been set, with the doctor bringing religion into the conversation, and refusing to write a repeat […] Read more…

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