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post #1 of 29
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I just got back from my second AFI and after pounding water all week, my fluid is down to a 4 (from last week's 7). I had an NST which was good but my BP is up again now too. It did my ear pressure points while on the monitor and the numbers were lower when she checked again, but still not great...can't remember what they were now.
The perinatologist wants me back Monday for another AFI and NST and if my fluid is any lower he may want to induce me. I'll probably refuse that if the NST is still "beautiful" like it was today. I spoke with the head midwife who agreed that it's something we want to avoid but said that the perinatologist is "conservative". Of course he is! He's still better than my old OB who'd have had me in the OR by now lol. They don't do the prostaglandins and pitocin is used very minimally I guess but in no way does it make this ok with me.
Anyway I'm on bedrest, and not happy :
I know the midwives will back me up if I refuse induction.
I just want to be sure I'm doing the right thing KWIM?
post #2 of 29
You are lucky that your mw will back you up if you refuse. I am overdue and had a 4 on my fluids at my bpp today and she told me that she would not attend me at home if i refuse the induction! I have to go back tomorrow for a repeat bpp in the morning and if the levels are not above a 5 im totally screwed and will be forced into induction tomorrow (my only other option would be a UC)... So far everything else in this pregnancy is perfect and they also told me that my NST was perfect - but that seemed to have no bearing on their decision.

This crap sucks!! Good Luck
post #3 of 29
I'm sorry!! Bedrest is no picnic, and it doesn't help that you've got some decisions to make that are stressing you out. I am glad that you've got quite a few people helping you make these decisions. (At least I hope that part is helpful rather than confusing!)

I hope that you can continue to keep in touch from your nest... please let us know how things are going!! It would be really hard with a toddler!! (I've got a 2 year old as well...)
post #4 of 29
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katie9143 sorry that we're in a similar boat, even though it does give me some comfort. Yeah weird how much importance gets placed on fluid when its such a subjective issue. The NST absolutley should make a difference!

And thanks Timneh. I will keep you guys posted. I'm too addicted to MDC not to I'm not sure how I'm supposed to be on bedrest with the kid, but oh well! He's good and everything, but he's still 2!
post #5 of 29
Bedrest is not fun! Good luck with your next test. I hope all goes well!
post #6 of 29
aw... we're all here for ya.. I hope you have another "beautiful" NST and everything works out perfectly
post #7 of 29
Such a shame. It's all so subjective. I hope you get the results you'er looking for today!
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by katie9143 View Post
You are lucky that your mw will back you up if you refuse. I am overdue and had a 4 on my fluids at my bpp today and she told me that she would not attend me at home if i refuse the induction! I have to go back tomorrow for a repeat bpp in the morning and if the levels are not above a 5 im totally screwed and will be forced into induction tomorrow (my only other option would be a UC)... So far everything else in this pregnancy is perfect and they also told me that my NST was perfect - but that seemed to have no bearing on their decision.

This crap sucks!! Good Luck
This is the exact reason that my sister switched at 38wks to a homebirth, b/c the BC she was going to was obsessed with the BPP's and the NSt's. She ended up having a beautiful birth with no complications. She was so glad that she didn't give in and go to the hospital.
post #9 of 29
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Wow switching at 38 weeks! I can understand though! I am planning a hospital birth though. I know the risk percentage is super small of rupture, but if I end up being the .01%, I don't want to have to spend precious time in transport. I really do love my midwives though. Even if they are at the mercy of this perinatologist, I can still make my own choices based on what THEY say KWIM? Last night the senior midwife said that with my history of low fluid (last pregnacy I was induced) that I may well just be someone who makes less than other people. Exactly!
When I said that I may refuse induction she was like "Yea ok. There'd be some paperwork" Then she told us to go home and have s_x so I can go into labor on my own and not have to worry about it LOL!
Anyway my point is that I won't be a blind/trusting fool this time that I Was last time and I will trust my own instincts. I just wish I could be 100% sure. That's the hard part.
Thanks for listening!
post #10 of 29
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double post!
post #11 of 29
I'm sorry you are on bedrest. That can't be easy with a 2 year old. I don't know what I would do with dd. I hope look great on Monday!!
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by MotherWren View Post
Anyway my point is that I won't be a blind/trusting fool this time that I Was last time and I will trust my own instincts. I just wish I could be 100% sure. That's the hard part.
Thanks for listening!
: You are one smart momma!! Keep us updated and remember that no one can be 100% sure of anything
post #13 of 29
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Thanks
I am really feeling that I will refuse this induction (assuming the NST is still good). I truly hope that I don't have to have a face to face with the perinatologist though. I'll get tongue tied for sure. I hope he just speaks through the midwives. I'd still refuse most likely but if he ended up spouting off about something that caught me off guard...I don't know. I'd get flustered. I guess I'll just go home and think about it and then call in my refusal later

Hey does anyone have any stats or info. on rate of cord difficulties in low fluid births or something similar?
TIA
post #14 of 29
You know, you've got a point! If he says something that throws you off, it's not wrong to ask him for a day to consider your options, then call him (or not!) with your decision the next day. Just saying, "I'd like to sleep on this" or "Let's talk about our options, and I'd like another day to consider all of them equally" wouldn't be putting either of you in a "situation".

I don't have stats for you but hopefully someone here will!
post #15 of 29
so sorry hon!

i hope things go better for you this week. i don't know a thing about any of the tests you are refering to, so all i'll offer is support.

(i have heard the whole fluid thing is really subjective and maybe not very reliable)

it sucks not to be able to do anything, but i'm pretty much shot after 2 PM my self so sometimes i feel like i'm on bedrest too!!

stay warm, it's cold out there today!!
post #16 of 29
In the same boat with the fluid thing/ bedrest.
Pain in the rear.
I had one 4 afi and the next was 7 so "whatever you're doing, keep it up."
post #17 of 29
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Dooney I had one that was 7 and the next one was 4 lol!
I was so sure too that after drinking SO much water all week that my numbers would be up. But yea, they sure are subjective tests. It's frustrating.
Are they talking induction with you too?

Thanks for the support guys
post #18 of 29
We ASKED, is there anything we can do to help this? and he said no, not really. On my own, I have been drinking more water and laying only on my left side, and that seems to have been helping.
He hasn't said anything about induction, he's really not an intervention kind of guy. It was the other doctor who put me on bedrest when my dr. was away doing surgery. I wonder if my doctor would have even done that.
post #19 of 29
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The perinatologist who works w/ my midwives is actually less conservative than the old OB practice I used to use. They induced me with an AFI of 4 last time. I'm told that this guy will want to "watch and wait" if it remains at 4tomorrow.
So funny how they operate under the assumption that its an accurate test though. That's what kills me
post #20 of 29
Motherwren there was a discussion in the chilbirth professionals forum today. Check it out http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=599318
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