by blythe (3060 Posts), Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:03 pm
Ah - sorry, I had it in my head that you were repeating the 24-hour already. Sometimes they don't repeat them, once they know you're sick they just rely on the dips, so I wonder if in your case they're expecting you to be diagnostic now and they just need to confirm the diagnosis?
How often are they drawing labs?
When I was in the hospital I'm pretty sure they were taking my bp every four hours, it seems like they only took it every 15 minutes when I was in labor.
I've never understood completely why the docs don't get quite so worried until bp stays high, but my guess is that they're not so worried about organ damage unless you're consistently high, and because they're trying to keep baby in as long as possible, they're walking that tightrope between your health and baby's gestational age. My guess is that if you were 37 weeks they'd be considering induction a lot more imminently. Right now they're trying to eek out a few more days.
In your shoes I'd take comfort in being *in* the hospital already and that they're watching you close. They don't want you to get really sick either! But they also don't want to see baby in the NICU unless it's really necessary. It's so hard to be where you're at, because there's just no good choice.
Hang in there...
Heather, mom to
#1 7-18-03 - 5#8oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#2 8-11-06 - 6#14oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#3 9-10-09 - 5#10oz 37 weeks PE/PIH