Hey mamas, no flames please, just constructive words of advice if you have them.
I've apparently developed pre-e (I've been struggling with PIH for about five or six weeks now and am now spilling protein.)
My doctor is so not concerned about the baby - she's doing awesome and is totally healthy. She's passed both biophysical profiles with perfect scores and had a great NST today. (Side note, during the u/s, we got to see both of her little feet and counted ten toes!) She's practicing her breathing and still has plenty of fluid and my placenta looks great.
So the doctor is much more concerned for my health and not her's. I've been on BP meds for two weeks now and they're having a minimal effect on my BP - it keeps creeping slowly up and will only continue to go up the closer I get to delivery. (The average today was 130/90 - that's three different readings over two hours.)
The doctor wants me to go to the hospital Thursday morning and they'll prep my cervix with Prepidil
and hope I start having some contractions. (If I'm totally honest with myself, I know they'll probably throw in some Pitocin because I know they want to see how I do with contractions.)
Worst case scenario: my BP goes up during contractions and I don't handle it well - they'll keep me Thursday night and start a "real" induction Friday morning.
Best case scenario: my body handles the contractions, they discharge me Thursday afternoon and I go into labor "naturally" during the weekend.
Mixed case scenario: I do okay with the contractions, they discharge me, and nothing happens over the weekend. I have an appointment with my doctor for Monday morning and they'll re-evaluate me and either try some more Prepidil on Tuesday morning or, if I've made more progress, a full fledged induction Tuesday morning. Although my doctor is a really, really reasonable man and hates inductions, so I think if I've made progress by Monday and my BP appears stable and no extra protein in my urine, he probably would let me go a few more days without more interventions.
Anyway, so the long story short is, I know all of these things are just opening the door for more interventions and I'm scared of what I'm getting myself in to. However, I also know that my body isn't healthy right now and that my health and my baby's health are linked and I don't want to do anything to endanger her (or myself, but I'm more concerned about her.)
I trust my doctor and I know he's not concerned over nothing and he's not an alarmist. So when he tells me it's not healthy for me to carry to 40 weeks, I believe him.
I just, I just don't know what to do. My gut is telling me that I'm a healthy person (not pregnant) and that what my body is doing isn't normal or healthy for me and that I need to do something about it. My head though is telling me that all of this is what I've struggled so hard to resist - all these interventions are just going to lead me to an inevitable c-section.
Any advice mamas? I'm in an emotionally fragile state right now as this was not the news I was expecting today (to say the least.) If you think for my health that an induction is a good way to go - any at home induction advice you can offer would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
My body does appear to be preparing for labor - baby is head down, engaged and I'm 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced - for what all that is worth.