Mom29, what were some things they did to help you through the full term pregnancy? And were you able to deliver non medicinally...meaning, did they let it come when it was ready? What were the safe guards in place concerning your bp at that time? But no pre e, correct?
I've definitely gotten to the point where I'm pretty nervous about GETTING to keep my baby and will agree to just about anything at this point. Well maybe not. They'd really have to convince me I needed a csection. I"m actually quite grateful to be over here for this. This doctor is so knowledgeable and helpful and I feel so blessed.
Anyway, do comment and offer more suggestions and your stories, as time permits. THank you so much.
It was my 10th baby that I had the post partum pre-e with. The OB did absolutely nothing. I was admitted overnight and put on mag. when another OB was covering for him. Then I was supposed to monitor my bp at home and I was also seen by a peri. for growth ultrasounds. When the peri. saw my bp log she wanted me delivered immediately and called the OB to tell him. I went straight over to the hospital where my reg. OB was on staff and the house OB got one good bp reading by having me lay on my left side and told me I was fine to go home (boy was I confused!). When I went to my appointment the next day, the OB casually said he had been waiting to get a call that I was there. I was induced the following day 10 days before my due date. I was sent home 24 hours later with high bp despite the nurse expressing concern.
There were no safe guards regarding my bp. They had me call in the numbers and the nurse would say they were breathtakingly high, but nothing was done. It felt like a waste of time calling the numbers in. He thought I had PIH, but I had actually developed chronic hypertension and he didn't want to mask pre-e by treating the high bp. Even though I hadn't developed pre-e, I was still at risk for seizures with my bp so high and I felt absolutely terrible. Just unloading the dishwasher or switching over laundry left me feeling breathless.
The next pregnancy, I was already on bp meds. so I felt so much better. I did develop gestational diabetes and was seen by a mfm also. When my bp went up at 38 weeks, the mfm told the OB I needed to be delivered "today" and the OB agreed. Bp went too high after delivery and again the OB just wanted to ignore it. He didn't answer the nurse's numerous pages so she had a house dr. cancel the discharge. I never saw the OB again and he wouldn't increase my labatelol. One nurse whispered to me "Call that MFM as soon as you get home." I called him and he tripled the bp meds. and added a third dose the following week.
With my next pregnancy, I went straight to the MFM. After my previous delivery, the reg. OB had told the pp nurse I was not a diabetic and my blood sugar would be fine when she called him with a high number. Turned out, I was a diabetic and those high numbers didn't "go away" like he said they would. I pretty much lost the trust I had in the reg. OB.
I felt much safer under the MFM's care because he took the increased bp at 30 weeks very seriously. I delivered at 33 weeks.