by veronica44 (136 Posts), Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:19 am
It is standard practice to induce at 38 weeks or so, even with mild PE. It is a condition which can progress very rapidly, and so delivery is done as soon as it is relatively safe for the baby to do so. A study was published not too long ago which showed that outcomes for mother and baby, even with mild PE or PIH alone, were better if induction was done a couple of weeks early.
I had mild PE and was induced at 38 weeks exactly. My daughter and I both did great. I'm glad induction at 38 weeks was chosen for us. By the time I checked into L&D for induction I was getting new PE symptoms like hyperreflexia and face swelling.
Pitocin was used to induce, and my labor went quickly and without complications. I was already at 2 cm dilation to begin with though so that might have helped. I did have to get an epidural due to the intense pain, I suspect the Pitocin played a factor.
Also, I did not have success breastfeeding as my daughter had a weak sucking reflex at the beginning and my supply never got established. IF you want to breastfeed and IF you have this issue due to early induction, I'd recommend supplementing with a lactation aid instead of with bottles, and finding an LC you can work with to help. That is the only thing about the early delivery I regret and wish I had done differently.
All in all, I'd have gotten induced at 38 weeks again if faced with the same situation. Best of luck to you!