Pre-eclampsia stories: Our Experiences of Pre-eclampsia

Sharing an experience of pre-eclampsia or HELLP syndrome can help with processing everything as well as being a way to inform others who are or have been affected by pre-eclampsia. Many women who suffered with pre-eclampsia and associated conditions can still need support  many years after their birth and they have told us that writing their story has often helped express those feelings. We are very grateful to the parents who have sent us their experience stories and thank them for allowing us to share.

Please bear in mind due to the nature of severe pre-eclampsia some of the stories people have shared are very upsetting and may contain bereavement, hospital descriptions and illness. We are here to offer support and advice should you need us 01386 761848

If you would like to share your story, please complete a form here

Join our Patient Experience Volunteer list

If you would like to speak about your experience perhaps in a newspaper article or during a ‘parent story’ slot at one of our midwife study days we would love to hear from you. Your input is a an important way of spreading awareness about pre-eclampsia and the charity. Please complete the form here to be added to our volunteer database and we will contact you to chat about how you could be involved. Thank you.

You might also be interested in reading about others’ experiences of complications in pregnancy on the POPPY study website here: Pregnancy and Pre-eclampsia Stories (

February 5, 2024

Michelle’s Story

When Michelle’s baby was born at just 26 weeks and three days, it was two long, terrifying days before she was able to see her precious […]
February 1, 2024

Lisa’s story

Lisa contacted APEC to share her story in the hope of connecting with others, getting involved and raising awareness after suffering the devastating impact of HELLP […]
January 31, 2024

Adriana’s story

Adriana had severe early onset pre-eclampsia in her first pregnancy. Her experience was when she was living in Cyprus. “This was my first pregnancy and although […]
December 14, 2023

Molly’s Story

When molly was diagnosed with severe early onset pre-eclampsia at at 25 weeks pregnant she didn't even know what it was.
October 12, 2023

Katie’s Story

Katie, a mother of 3, (5, 3, and 2) developed high blood pressure with her third pregnancy around 26 weeks which then lead to her being […]
March 21, 2023

Stuart’s inspirational story makes the front pages

Stuart contacted us last year after his wife, Ami, experienced pre-eclampsia in 2021. “My little boy was tiny when he was born via Caesarean and then […]
January 18, 2023

Helayna’s Story

We were so excited to welcome our little girl into the world. It was everything that me and my husband had dreamt of. At 12 weeks […]
September 28, 2022

Phoebe’s Story

Phoebe suffered with HELLP syndrome, a dangerous variant of pre-eclampsia. Her story is a reminder of the epigastric pain which can accompany pre-eclampsia and why you […]
July 1, 2022

Dani and Cerys

“I’ve always been a planner. So it’s no surprise that as soon as I knew I was pregnant, I made a spreadsheet of the baby supplies […]
June 30, 2022

Brooke’s Story

Kody is my third baby. My first baby Jayden was born at 38 weeks, healthy pregnancy and birth, only suffering with low iron. Jayden weighed 6lb […]
February 17, 2022

Could you join a focus groups to help improve care for bereaved families?

We wrote to supporters recently about this bereavement support project and have had some responses to this request, thank you. Our researchers still need a few […]
May 6, 2021

Lottie’s Story

Lottie was very ill with eclampsia and pre-eclampsia when her son was born during the 2020 Covid Lockdown. Here is her story in her words: “I […]

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