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Hi, I'm trying to figure out what is healthiest for the baby and for me. I'm 39 weeks and 1 day. I went to the doctor Monday. My blood pressure has been creeping up. I don't remember the exact number, but it was very close to 140/90. I normally have fairly low blood pressure. I'm very swollen in the legs and hands. Now, I have edema on my belly. The swelling looks like I have a grapefruit hanging off my lower belly and it feels sore. I had a migraine all day Monday, but I've been fine since then.
He wants me to come back in on Friday. I don't know if he's going to want to induce, but I want to be prepared when I go in there. I want her to come when she's ready. I most importantly want to do what is safest for both of us.
For further background, this is my third. I had some swelling and elevated blood pressure with the first two, but not nearly as bad as this. I've been 3 cm dilated for a couple weeks, but during the last visit, he said she was still floating. (I know that she can go up and down especially since this is my 3rd)
Pre e can only be diagnosed by a 24hr urine collection and liver panel. Increased bp at the very end of preg is not a bad thing...it shows that your baby and placenta are asking your body to pump up the volume a bit to meet their extra needs.
Edema is normal...esp @ this point in preg and when its really hot.
Increase your water, increase your protein intake, soak in a pool or bath every day and don't limit your salt at all!
I'm just amazed at what is called pre e...what you have is a normal physiologic response to the end of preg.
I'd refuse induction but then again I'm not seeing an OB.