Doctor says my labs look great. The result of the 24-hour urine collection show the protein levels lowered from 580-something to 510 I asked what's next and she said I'll probably be here till I deliver Any changes I'll keep you all posted. Thanks again for all the advice, T&Ps and hugs.
Many of you know I've been admitted to the hospital with mild pre-eclampsia. Today the doctor came and said depending on the results of the 24-hour urine collection they will decide if to deliver me or not. If not he said they will continue to monitor me until I get to 37 weeks. He told me that seems to be how long I will be here, I'm 34 weeks on Tuesday so that means atleast 3 more weeks here after Tuesday? I'm not sure if I (or my wallet) can handle that. Hopefully that's not the case but hearing it from the head doctor doesn't give me much hope. All current indications do not point to an early delivery. Bloodwork, urine swabs and bp have been good. Bp is slightly on the higher side of good tho.
My question is; should they decide to deliver me prior to 36 weeks, should I even bother with going through the induction or should I just opt for a straight c-section? I can't believe this is even a consideration at this point but this is where we're at. Thanks for the advice ladies!
Last edited by SoniaNoemi138; 08-14-2011 at 06:54 AM.
I can't remember, but was having a c-section something that was mentioned to you by the Dr's, or something you yourself are considering? Personally,if there's no need at all for a section, I would opt for just the induction and deliver vaginally. I know alot of people have troubles trying to get a vbac etc, and if you want to experience labour for all it's worth - including vaginal delivery, then I say go with that.
Sorry you will probably still be there another 3 weeks, but glad that for now all seems to be going well. Hang in there, soon you'll have her and forget all about this ordeal
If your blood pressure is stable enough I will always say trial of labour. They should be giving you cervadil or another prostaglandin to ripen your cervix (make it more responsive to dilation) first, then once they're happy with your progress start pitocin and at some point break your water.
There are all sorts of mechanisms during labour we don't fully understand that help the baby get ready to transition to the outside world. If we were admitting a baby to the NICU, we are always happier to hear that there was at least some labour, as opposed to a "cold" c-section with no labour.
As much as it would suck to labour for many hours and end up with a c-section anyway, thats not a guarantee. Induction could work just fine and you get a vaginal delivery. If your BP is crazy high that changes things. If you are not stable enough to tolerate the stress of labour they will tell you.
If your BP is fine, and baby looks fine, I am surprised they would want to deliver you based purely on your urine. Ask lots of questions. Have you had an U/S that looks at blood flow to the baby? Its a balance between your health and the baby's health. KUP!!
I've been induced for pre-e and even with high blood pressure, delivered vaginally.
I don't think they hop to c-section due to pre-e- I'm not sure why since you'd think if you HAVE to get the baby out asap that a c-section would be the best option, but ya know- all of the pre-e births I can think of (off hand) were induced labor.
Ok. Great advice. C section has not been mentioned at all, this is just my mind going. The only thing they mentioned was that they would start steroid shots should they want to induce. The sonogram they did Thursday showed she was on the small side (21st percentile) and her belly (waist) was measuring 3 weeks behind. He also mentioned the blood flow was not ideal. I would love to go through this as naturally as possible given the circumstance. I'm just thinking of what would be less stressful for her. I'm not sure why I thought csection would be less stressful prior to 36 weeks than induction.
I've delivered 3 babies either at 36 weeks or before vaginally......they are/were all fine
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I am someone who had a failed induction that ended in a c-section at 34 weeks. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Personally I would do whatever I could to avoid a c-section. Sure there are a lot of inductions that fail, but there are also a lot of inductions that are successful. You never know how your body will react. If she starts to show signs of stress during the induction you will always have the option to move to a c-section if you need to. Sorry you're gonna be stuck in the hospital for a while but it's better for you to be there so they can monitor you.
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Given that this is your first baby, and presumably at some point you will want more...don't do the c-sec unless absolutely necessary! It causes unnecessary complications and stress (trying to get a VBAC etc) with subsequent pregnancies if you have a c-sec your first time. Plus if you want to try and have as much of a "natural" experience as possible, then opt for the induction - yes it's not natural, but you're in a special situation so that's as natural as it's going to get.
I agree with everyone's advice- definitely try the induction first. C-section, aside from possible complications, has a much more difficult (and longer) recovery. I had an emergency c-section (under general anesthesia) with DD after a failed induction, and with this birth I am trying to do everything I can to avoid a repeat c-section. Also, if you're worried about finances, looking at it from a purely monetary point of view, a c-section is MUCH more expensive.
Compare that to the jacuzzi getting a bit more uncomfortable, people warning you you're going to have to get out, slowly making your way up the steps....thats my comparison of a cold c-section vs one that had some labour!
That being said, repeat c-sections or c-sections without labour are often warranted and the best way to go. Not wanting to make any mama feel like a c-section without labour is the worst thing ever, because however baby gets out healthy is what matters. For some mamas, especially previous c-section ones, its just not safe for them to labour.