swings and roundabouts

I’m struggling here folks. The story is getting old now but this time, I really am hanging by a thread at the birth centre. Essentially, I’ve got ’til Thursday to have this baby or I’m out. The hospital wants me to transfer to them and they’re keen to induce. I had to do some serious negotiating to get the extra 48hours.

The thing is, there is nothing wrong with me and there is nothing wrong with the baby.  My blood pressure is borderline (120/80 – I started at 130/60) but I’ve done a billion repeated tests and there is still no indication of preeclampsia. I’ve sat attached to monitors for hours. Squeak is happily bouncing around in there with a strong, healthy heartbeat. I’ve done my research and even the most conservative medical viewpoints aren’t telling me that it’s time to panic.

I’m not stupid and I wouldn’t do anything to put Squeak or I at risk. If it looks like preeclampsia is developing, I’ll be the first to conceed to a transfer and induction if necessary but I’m not prepared to submit to the pressure and bullying just because it’s more convenient.

So today, it’s back for more acupuncture – this time with a pregnancy/birth specialist and if that doesn’t work, then I’m gonna bite the bullet and drink me some castor oil. This babe has to come out, and frankly, the ickiness of castor oil is a much more tolerable thought than a continued fight with hospitals and obstetricians.

Has anyone ever told those ‘professionals’ that all this stress is not good for a pregnant womans blood pressure???



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9 responses to “swings and roundabouts

  1. you poor bugger.

    hoping that babe makes a move soon.

    sending more luck and wishes that the silly birth centre lets you have that baby your way.

    (i have held a grudge against that birth centre since they said i was too fat to have a baby there. i was 8 wks preggers with piggy)

  2. dear lord! i can’t believe they are trying to pressure you so much! good on you for just standing firm. your little boy will come when he is good and ready. like you said, there is no medical reason to induce at this point. and the average pregnancy is 41wks2days! tell them to sod off. sorry, but this really mad me angry for you! keep on keeping on lady. thinking of you! xo

  3. I’m so proud of you love. I’m putting my bet on you and your grit sticking to your guns and listening to your body and your baby instead of the “professionals”.

    So much love. I’d take the oil for you if I could.


  4. I second what the others have said! Good on you for standing firm and don’t let them make you do anything you’re not ready for.

    I honestly think that the absolute worst part of pregnancy is where you’re at right now – I don’t think I’ve got over my experience of it yet, and it sounds like I didn’t have half the pressure you’re facing. What’s with wanting to induce before 41 weeks? Crazy stuff.

    Am hoping that the acupuncture or the nasty oil works for you.

    (Oh and I have lots of teeny tiny baby clothes for you if you want to email me your address cos my boy is a big boofer now)

  5. giggleblue

    i’m disturbed that they are rushing you! i agree, this whole situation does nothing more than add more stress.

    there is this cocktail i read about that combines liquor with the castor oil to make it a little easier on the stomach… here’s the link about it – http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1005120801799

    i wish you the best of luck with getting the little one here!

  6. R

    Just wanted to send you some positive energy and a big hug. Hoping little one hurries up for you ladies!!

  7. checking in! hoping things are progressing for you!!! xo

  8. carrie

    It is your body, your baby, and your decision if you want to get induced when there is no medical reason. I caved with my first birth and baby and I will always have the scars to remember that. Trust your gut. It’s a terrible shame that they do this to women when it is natural for so many women to gestate for 42+ weeks.

  9. Good luck! Hell.. they started pressuring my sister A FEW DAYS BEFORE HER DUE DATE. Sheesh.

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