Hi! My name is Teresa. I'm 25 years old, engaged, and I have 3 children. Ryley is 6, Grace is 4, and Ayden is 18 months. I was induced at 40 weeks with my first because my blood pressure was high and my dr thought it best that I go ahead and deliver. My blood pressure was fairly good during my pregnancy with my second child and I went into labor naturally. When I became pregnant with my third child, I really educated myself on having a healthy pregnancy and a natural child birth. This is something I REALLY wanted. My fiance and I took a lamaze class and wrote a great birthplan. We had issues all pregnancy long. The ultrasound tech found a "spot" on his heart and sent us to a specialist an hour away. The "spot" later dissapeared and we had no further issue with that. We did find out that my fluid was low while at the specialist. So, we had to drive back to the specialist a few more times to keep an eye on my fluid. At one point, I thought my fluid was leaking (I was only about 22 weeks along), my midwife checked it with a strip in the office and it came out positive...it looked as though my fluid was leaking. I was immediatly sent to the hospital for further testing....lab tests determined that I was NOT leaking fluid. I was so relieved. I went into preterm labor twice which was stopped by a shot that helped relax muscles which in turn relaxed my contracting uterus. Around the 35nd week of pregnancy, we blood pressure REALLY started to spike. My midwife put me on bedrest at 37 weeks and sent me home with a jug for a 24 hr urine catch. Later that same day, I returned to my midwife with a horrible headache and dizziness. My BP was through the roof. She sent me to labor and delivery and informed me that I would likely be induced. I was on hospital bedrest for a week, and evenutally given magnesium sulfate through IV. I still really wanted to have my baby drug free. The mag definelty ruined those plans. It made me feel like CRAP. I was obviously unable to get out of bed to walk or get in the tub to manage the pain. (I meant to mention that they induced me at 38 weeks). I ended up getting the epidural because the pain of the contractions mixed with the mag was unbearable. My entire birthplan was almost completely down the drain. I delivered Ayden vaginally and was able to breastfeed him immediatly after birth which was in our birth plan. All in all, everything was good....I was just let down that I didn't get to labor and deliver naturally.
So, there is a little background. My fiance and I have recently decided to try for baby number 4, the final baby. Last month, we had no luck. This month, I am waiting to test. My period is due tomorrow. I am just wondering if it is at all possible to have a natural drug free labor and delivery? Can I avoid high blood pressure? Do I have to accept the magnesium if my blood pressure spikes again? I just really want to experience this naturally. I don't want to be induced, or have an epidural. I want to be able to get up and move around freely and even have a water birth. Is this possible?
Thank you all for reading. I look forward to your replies!