You may have seen our Facebook entry yesterday, but yep looks like Baby Finton is coming this week. About a week and a day early. Over the past few OB visits, my OB has been concerned about my Preeclampsia symptoms. We’ve been monitoring my Blood pressure, protein in the urine and swelling to see how close I am to being a preeclampsia risk.
Fortunately for Baby, she is doing amazingly well. She has no known issues and a strong heartbeat. She’s in position and low. I don’t feel her kick as much as move. According to movie watching with pumpkin, she vastly enjoyed Skyfall to Lincoln and Lincoln to Hobbit.
I’m not doing as hot. While I have loved being pregnant, my body seems to have had enough. So close to 40 weeks too. My blood pressure continues to be high for the last four weeks. The protein in my urine samples has gone up consistently as well. I feel like my overall swelling has gone down. But that’s only one symptom. Add to that the fact that there are risk symptoms like first time mom and mom over the age of 35. Check and check. The odds continue to stack against me.
We’re being admitted tomorrow to start the process of bringing baby finton into this world. I’ve started having contractions, but nothing major. Or at least it doesn’t hurt like hell yet. I’m 100% effaced but only 2 centimeters dilated. So I know there is a long road ahead. The OB says she can feel her head though!! That’s just crazy to me!
Unfortunately against everything I wanted, I will be induced with Pitocin. I guess it’s going to be a small amount to begin with so I hope to avoid the Pit crash that I see featured in every article/birthing movie. My OB believes that once my water breaks and with the Pit we’ll have a smooth labor. That the chances of a c-section are still low.
The only thing I feel bad about is making pumpkin come a little earlier than maybe she wants to. At this point, my OB is focused on the healthy mom aspect. What disappoints me is something as serious Preeclampsia has absolutely no tests. EVERYTHING else during pregnancy has a test or a screening. But this, we’re supposed to just look at symptoms and go with the odds. It’s highly disappointing and frustrating. I don’t understand how such a serious illness (the affects if you end up having it can be deadly) is basically left to chance. Unless the medical industry enjoys having something it can dangle in front of mothers to be to frighten them into having a “controlled” versus natural birth. There definitely needs to be more attention paid to PreEclampsia as our society starts to have babies at an older age. The information out there is pretty dated and some of it is conflicting. Again, I can’t stress enough how there should be a diagnostic test for this too.
As for us, please send any positive thoughts our way tomorrow. It may be a day or two before Pumpkin is actually born, but she’ll be here this week and we’re both very excited!