by firstname.lastname@example.org (322 Posts), Thu Aug 16, 2007 07:41 pm
Your wife has preeclampsia. It is likely to worsen over the coming days. If she was preterm, one could probably gain important time for the baby to develop. But your wife is term, and there is very little to gain for the baby by remaining pregnant.
There are risks to remaining pregnant. Preeclampsia does not usually worsen in a slow steady fashion. Suddenly, overnight, your wife could become very ill. Her platelet count is already falling. While the baby looks good on the monitor today, the intra-uterine environment could worsen quickly. The progression of the disease is unpredictable.
The only risk to "getting delivered" depends on the favorability of her cervix for induction of labor. If unfavorable, it could take a long time. On the other hand, if you wait until she is very ill, her platelet count may be too low to get an epidural; there may not be enough time to conduct an induction of labor.