by dshodges (2 Posts), Mon Dec 22, 2003 07:16 pm
This is my second pregnancy, I'm at 31 weeks right now, and just officially diagnosed with PE this time. Made it to week 33 last time before diagnosis and bed rest were started. Last time I also had gestational diabetes, and this time I don't, so that's one thing in my favor. With my previous delivery, I was induced at 36.5 weeks, and labor lasted the better part of 3 days. Very long and drawn out, confined to a hospital bed, darkened room, no visitors other than my husband, cervical ripening gel, Dr. broke my water, pitocin and mag sulfate IV, you all know the drill. My question is this: If I'm induced again this time, at about 36-37 weeks like last time, does it have to be like my last labor? Is the long, drawn out, confined, darkened room typical of induced labors for a woman with PE? Might it be smoother this time? Will the fact that I've already delivered once before help? Also, my BP stayed above 170's/110's for nearly a month after delivering my daughter. Because of the BP meds I was on, I gave up on Breastfeeding after 2 or 3 weeks. I was tired and dizzy, and the baby was lazy, and the two of us switched to formula out of desparation. Have any of you had success with BFing WHILE on a BP medication? If so, which one? Thanks for your help!
#2 due 2/23/04