In 2019, Lana and her husband were ready to start a family shortly after they were married. After 3 months of trying, they were pregnant! Lana’s pregnancy went smoothly until she was 33 weeks pregnant. At that time, she started to experience excruciating pain on the right side of her back. After multiple trips to the hospital, including a two night stay to treat a bladder infection, Lana was unexpectedly diagnosed with preeclampsia with extreme features and induced at 35 weeks. After 13 hours after receiving pitocin, she delivered a healthy baby girl who was 6 lbs & 15 ounces. 


After about a six night stay in the hospital, Lana and her baby girl were finally discharged. However, after being home for six hours, Lana was rushed back to the hospital because she was having difficulty breathing. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with postpartum preeclampsia. 

lana chavez birth story

Lana Chavez Bio

Lana is a 36 year old African American wife, mother, and special education teacher. She lives in Sacramento, Ca with her family. She enjoys spending time with her family & friends, traveling, eating out at new restaurants in town, and attending her local church. Lana shares her story in hope that it will bring awareness to preeclampsia and save a life. Connect with her via instagram @awaken_bylana.


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