Beyond The Pulse

A portion of all proceeds are dedicated to benefit the Preeclampsia Foundation. This is an organization that we hold dear to our hearts and want to make every effort to raise awareness to expecting parents. We were honored to serve as the 2018 Raleigh Mission Family. See our story below. #TeamSJ


Raleigh Preeclampsia Mission Family

Meet Nicole Tagalk and family! They are the 2018 Raleigh, NC Mission Family! Read their story here and meet them at the Promise Walk on May 5th! “I had only heard of preeclampsia one time before I got pregnant from a close friend who had preeclampsia. I became pregnant with our first child (SJ) shortly after we got married. Our Doctor never mentioned preeclampsia to me. I had a fairly easy and normal and healthy pregnancy up until 27 weeks. I started to feel like I had the flu. Symptoms got worse and resulted in me going to the ER about 29 weeks where we learned I had preeclampsia and HELLP. We also found out our baby had passed. Labor was induced and our son was stillborn. He was 2.9 lbs and 19 inches long. I ended up on magnesium to prevent seizures and spent about 10 days in the hospital.
Recovery was difficult. I had blurred vision which caused difficulty walking. I was extremely swollen which made doing almost anything painful. I was on blood pressure medication for several months. My thoughts were fuzzy. And the grief that ensued was just about unbearable.
We became pregnant again May 2016. We had done a lot of research on preeclampsia and consulted with a maternal fetal specialist. We followed their orders and were closely followed by our new OB. This pregnancy was also normal and healthy up to 36 weeks. Protein showed up on my urine test and I was admitted to the hospital the same day. I was put on bed rest and monitored closely. I was induced at 37 weeks and had a healthy baby girl (Ellie). She just turned 1 in January.
I believe that our second pregnancy had a positive outcome because I knew the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. I knew what to look for and I knew to advocate for myself and baby.