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I have a couple of questions about induction. I'm 36 weeks today and my blood pressure is beginning to run high. While I haven't been diagnosed yet with preeclampsia at my appointment today they said that im beginning to have protein in my urine. Basically the specialist says that within the next two weeks or so I'm going to need to be induced. My plan, was to have an all natural birth with my midwife in the hospital but my blood pressure doesnt seem to want to let me My questions are though what drugs do they use to induce you and should I be refusing any of their drugs? Also, if I need to be induced is there not a natural way to induce pregnancy?
I havent had a chance yet to speak with my midwife about the possiblility of her still delivering my baby...the specialist said that when you develop preeclampsia the midwife usually refers you to her collaborating physician to deliver you...hopefully though she'll be there (I dont really have a relationship with her collaborating doc). Any information or suggestions would greatly be appreciated....or someone who could point me in the right direction
Follow the tom brewer blue ribbon diet for pregnancy - focusing heavily on the protein. In studies with women who ate the recommended amount of protein (75 grams minimum), there were ZERO occurances of preeclampsia/toxemia. In women who did NOT get the recommended amount - they had a 40% occurance!!! This is HUGE! And it shows that pre-E is almost entirely diet & lifestyle.
Some other important things:
Salt food to taste - do NOT restrict salt (dont be crazy, eat wholesome healthy foods salted to taste & you wont have aproblem). Salt used to be considered to be a cause of Pre-e but this has been almost entirely dispelled.
Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. yes its tough, but its necessary
Eat your protein - and make sure to get a balance of fruit & veggies in your diet.
follwo those instructions, relax for na hour before your appt, and I can almost guarantee your pre-e signs will be gone. Protein in the urine is a classic symptom of not getting enough protein. Its a long explanation - which if youd like it is on the blueribbonbaby website as well Essentially your body starts pulling protein from cell walls b/c its so vital to the development of the baby in the last weeks of pregnancy (which is when most women start displaying signs of pre-e). This causes "holes" so to speak & protein spills into the urine.
Also - take your BP at home throughout the day. TRUE pre-eclamptic high BP will NOT go down no matter what you do. No matter wether youre relaxed, asleep, stressed, etc. If your BP is only occasionally high, it will be fixed with diet & relaxation
THEN - if you DO find your self unable to reverse the symptoms - I would SERIOUSLY consider all options before inducing before 40 weeks, ESPECIALLY if this is yoru first baby. If your BP isnt consistently high, I would caution you heavily against inducing.
In the meanwhile - be taking evenign primrose oil & Red Raspberry leaf tea to prepare your body for the impending labor
And finally - pitocin is the most common induction drug. Do your research & steer as far away from Cytotec (a pill that is inserted in your cervix with the potential for major catastrophic side effects) as possible. If the induction is not successful - stop the labor & go home. Im very wary of Pre-E inductions b/c often times the inductions make the BP worse, cause fetal distress, and cause bigger problems than there would have been if you were home on bedrest.
But I have a lot of confidence that with some diet changes over the next week youll likely see a reversal of all Pre-E symptoms & it will prove to NOT be Pre-e Ive gone through this with so many doula clients its unreal & i have yet to figure out WHY the OBs wont just let their patients know to change their diet.
Well actually I was directed to that website by a woman in the hypnobabies yahoo group. So I did begin increasing my protein intake....every since I was released from the hospital last week. I must admit though I dont think I drink enough water. I drink alot....maybe about 60oz or so a day, but I dont feel like its enough. I feel fine..if that accounts for anything lol. I was in the hospital for two days and all of my bloodwork came back normal, they did a 24 hour urine sample and then let me go home. I'm thinking there was more protein in my urine today because I didnt really eat or drink anything before my appointment (it was in the am).
My bp is fine when I'm laying on my side....very low. But on my back or sitting up it gets high. I believe in the hospital today (on my back) it was 140/90 and on my side it was 127/68 or something like that. It doesnt read high consistantly at all...but according to the specialist its going to get worse and I should anticipate induction. I'm really optimistic about it personally. I did have a rapid weight gain...I gained 9 pounds in 4 weeks I believe (I had been consistently gaining 4lbs a month before that).....now, a week later (since changing my diet and resting more) I've gained barely one pound.
I have red raspbery leaf (though I havent been drinking it as I should)...but how would I use the evening primrose once I got it??
considering all thigns - I think with the increased protein youll be fine. Make sure you eat before your appointment & up your water intake. It always helped me to get a huge water bottle (or 2) and fill them up in the morning that totalled what I should have and just make sure I finished it before bed lol.
Because your BP is higher when laying on your back (I would expect this) and sitting and well within normal when on your side, I would say thats a very good indicator that this is NOT pre-eclampsia. You can have PIH (Pregnancy induced hypertension) without it being Pre-E. But its an easy way for them to schedule an induction which means one less spontaneous labor to have to worry about waking up at 3 am for.
As for the weight gain - that is well within normal range as well - you could even go a little higher & it still be well within normal. ACOG has even retracted its recommendations for weight gain but unfortunately not all OBs keep up with ACOG recommendations (unless it directly benefits them and even then soemtimes not). But - in the third trimester is when the most rapid brian development occurs, and is also when your body needs the most protein & weight gain to supply the increasing demands of such rapid brain growth (and lung development!!!). Keep in mind too - that even at 37 weeks lung development is NOT complete!!!
So dont worry at all about the weight gain - its healhty & normal & necessary!
As for the induction - if they continue insisting - but your BP isnt consistently high, youre eating enough protein (track the # of grams!!! there is a guide on that site - I printed it & kept it on my fridge!), then you have the right to refuse an induction.
Its stressful at times - but considering blood work came back normal, your BP isnt consistently high - it clearly shows you dont have Pre-E.
Well, I'm trying to remain optimistic about all of this but it is becoming more difficult. It seems that my blood pressure is rising, despite the diet changes. My last bp, laying on my left side was like 137/81 and 150/95 when sitting up on a chair. So its definitely going up. I hope though, that at my doctors appointment tomorrow that they dont find more protein in my urine. I spend most of the day trying to relax with my feet up and I've completely changed my diet....I'm just starting to think that I waited too long. If I was more informed about the high protein diet sooner, I could have done more about it. I could have been on a high protein diet from the get-go. I'm still hoping and praying that it doesnt develop into pre-e though.......and trying my best to remain optimistic
Accupuncture is a natural way to induce but doctors wont tell you that. They can do the accupuncture that is contraindicated for pregnancy to move the chi down and put you into labor. This is what I had done and I woke up in labor the next day. I had no signs of labor until I did the accupuncture and my MW says she has seen it work more times than not.