Since I didn’t receive a phone call from my doctor after my 24 hour collection was dropped off I figured I was out of the woods. Unfortunately the phone call did come last night. My doctor called to tell me I did have protein in my urine, it wasn’t a huge amount but alas I do have mild Preeclampsia.
At my OB check today we were told that I will be induced next week. If I have a headache that doesn’t go away or I notice decreased fetal movement I am to head to Triage and chances are they will admit me for an induction. I will continue my non stress test Friday and next Tuesday and if my blood pressure is high or if the nurses are at all concerned I will be admitted.
The doctor walked us through an induction and it doesn’t sound very fun, especially if I don’t get my cervix opened up a bit more before heading in. I am only 1 cm dilated 50% effaced. Ideally I would like to be 3cm by next Wednesday…any ideas?
Next Wednesday night I will call the hospital at 10:00pm and talk to the charge nurse who will tell me what time to come in. Once I am admitted I can not eat anything and I will be stuck to the hospital bed the entire time. If I am still only 1 or 2 cm dilated they will start me on a drug called Cytotec to ripen my cervix. After 4 hours they will check my cervix to see how things are moving along. The doctor said it usually takes a few doses and sometimes up to 16 hours. Once I am dilated and contracting they will start me on an IV drip of Pitocin, this really gets the contractions going fast, strong and hard. I am told I can have the epidural at any time throughout this process. Then the rest is history unless baby has any problems which would then lead to a C-section.