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It seems like so many women in my DDC are being induced or having c-sections because their blood pressure is too high. I don't think there have been too many elective inductions or sections, they mostly all relate to the "dangerous blood pressure." But there are SO many of them. It feels like more than those who are going by natures course.
Are doctors just overly cautious these days, inducing women before they truly qualify as having pre-eclampsia? Or is the induction/section rate going up because more women are being diagnosed with pre-E?
mama to 5 yr old DS1 , 3 year old DS2 , and nursling DD .
I am very skeptical. While I am very aware that Americans are not the healthiest bunch, and BP is a byproduct of our poor diet.... I am also very aware that Docs have a way of working the system and often quick draw on high bp.
That being said, I have had pre-e twice and I have supported an eclamptic mom before. It's nothing to mess around with. Having experienced it, I can understand if a doctor is sensitive about it- things can get pretty scary very quickly.
When I switched to midwifery care, things changed for me because they taught me how to change my diet and take care of myself in efforts to avoid any more problems with pre-e. My OB's never did that. They just waited and hoped and put me on bedrest with dread. I felt like a ticking time bomb with my OB's and it seemed so manageable with my midwives.
I've noticed quite a few of my friends who are pregnant have also had this issue. It is terrifying and something that does scare me a bit, but I'm lucky that I've always had abnormally low blood pressure. Being pregnant has raised my BP to where I actually feel better than usual. (formerly it wasn't uncommon for my BP to drop as low as 80/40, which is truly terrifying and awful feeling. Now it stays at around 100/60)
I actually started showing signs of it the weekend I went into labor. I'm glad I was not seen by a doctor and delivered when I did because my birth center was more strict than others and they almost forced me to have an IV during labor. On Friday my blood pressure was 140 over something and I started spilling protein in my urine. I went into labor that Monday morning and my blood pressure was still 140 and I was still spilling protein and passing keytones (sp?). After hours of this and me refusing to eat as much as they wanted they started talking about giving me an IV due to the possible Pre E. I refused it and am glad I did. Had I had a long labor they could have easily overruled me and transferred me to the hospital claiming I had Pre E and my natural child birth dreams would have been down the toilet. To this day I just like to not think about all the things that could have gone wrong with my labor had it taken longer than it did or had I been in a hospital. I would have had a csection for sure.
I will say though, I had a friend in high school die at home from Pre E from her doctor not taking the proper precautions and just taking the baby. She was full term and instead of just delivering her they decided to wait a week. She stroked out at home. I'll never get passed that and it was senseless so it's nothing to mess around with.