It's been over 20 years and I can only imagine that medical science has made some headway into the prevention or treatment of toxemia and pre-ecclampsia. I was not formally diagnosed until after my first-born was stillborn, back in 1983. I was treated with Aldomet to control my severe hypertension. My kidneys shut down. I gained over 100 pounds in 6 months. Strangely, later research indicated that the weight gain (i.e., a high caloric intake) had saved my life. My blood pressure (only during the pregnancy) ran around 210/140. It was so high when I went into labor that they wouldn't even give me the numbers. I wasn't much of a drinker any way, but I stopped any alcohol intake and quit smoking as soon as I found out I was pregnant.
In the last 3 months, I was diagnosed as hyperinsulinemic. After a myriad of tests, I had a hysterectomy almost 6 weeks ago. There was a large fibrostic mass in my uterus (which was also enlarged); my cervix (per the pelvic exam) was demonstrating "highly abnormal" cells; and my right ovary (which they discovered was hidden behind my intestines) was, upon removal, determined to be riddled with hemmorraghic cysts.
Over 15 years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful and healthy and ALMOST full-term baby boy -- the pregnancy was not by the same man as the first. He was born 8 years after my first child was stillborn, almost to the day. They induced my labor with my son because of my history. Two weeks early, he still weighed almost 8 pounds. I am thankful for my son, even if he is a teenager, but I still think about the child I lost. I still remember how horribly ill I was for the duration of the first pregnancy. With recent diagnoses and surgery, I am still trying to put all the pieces together. I hope the world of medicine continues to strive for a cure or earlier diagnosis or more effective treatments. I hope the medical profession remembers the children that we never got to know, never got to hold . . . and they don't forsake the pursuit of a better way.