The beauty of being classified as high risk

Oh this sounds promising.

"Promising".

Turns out, Christchurch obstetricians have a thing with not wanting to let gestational diabetes ladies go beyond 38 weeks - meaning, induction's on a list - but being post-Caesarean induction's really not the way forward, either (because of how harsh those medicines can be on contractions and a subsequent risk for the scar just simply... well, ripping open).

All of this is hearsay at this stage for I have just had a chat with my midwife who's explained to me what the obstetricians usually push for in these circumstances - but still! I have a feeling that next week's appointments with the obstetricians are going to be loads of fun.

"Fun".

The thing is, they have this one f*ckin' good weapon on their list and it is: cautioning me to do "what's safest" and reminding me what the "risk factors" are, and if my midwife's words are anything to go by then I will probably be pushed towards an elective Caesarean.

But at the same time I am sitting here and thinking: heck, at this stage THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG YET. I am good weight, good blood pressure, good blood markers, well-managed sugar levels (so technically speaking although I have gestational diabetes I am not actually much different from an average pregnant lady because I am eating so that my blood doesn't get strong sugar fluctuations), good placental blood-flow, well-growing baby... Like, seriously: at this stage there is nothing wrong. Anywhere.

And it's this... feeling that being high risk doesn't necessarily mean having a bad outcome, doesn't it? And, wow, this is going to be confusing, isn't it?

29 weeks, girl, you've got yourself healthily to 29 weeks. You're doing well. You're good. Just keep on doing a good job, day in and day out and future will unfold as it unfolds. It'll be good.

That's what I am saying to myself, anyway =)

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  1. And that is how you must go about it! Be strong willed. You are the one who will have to decide about your body and your baby, because you will be the one living with the consequences. So if you feel healthy, your levels are fine, the baby is growing just nicely, then there is no reason for you to give in to their "demands".

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  2. Anonymous19.3.14

    Kui mul rasedusaegne diabeet oli (2011, Eestis), siis räägiti samuti varem esile kutsumisest (juhul kui lapse kaal suur on) ja tont teab millest, kuid kuna suutsin suhkru kenasti normis hoida (hoolika näppude torkimise ja põrguliku dieediga) ning ultrahelid lapse suurt kasvu ei näidanud (39 nädalal oli lapse kaal ultraheli järgi 3 kg ja arst ütles, et ju ta kuskil 3,5 kg sünnib), siis lubati kenasti oma aeg täis kanda, tegelt sündis tütreke lausa nädal peale tähtaega (kaalus 3475g). Ainus, mis teistmoodi oli see, et hoiti peale sünnitust kauem haiglas (3 päeva kokku), mõõdeti lapse veresuhkrut mõnel korral, et see liiga madalaks ei kukuks. Kusjuures mõnes mõttes oli riskirase isegi tore olla, tehti ultrahelisid rohkem ja valvati last, et kõik korras oleks, see pakkus päris suurt kergendust mulle. Lihtsalt lugeja.

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  3. I'm with you on this one. You're right - there is nothing wrong at this stage. There isn't any need to induce you and if they "have" to, why can't they induce less invasively, like the other handful of ways that don't involve injecting sytocin (not sure of spelling)?

    Again, I agree with you. Right now, there is nothing wrong technically speaking and there isn't any need to invade.

    xx

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    1. even if they induce, my midwife said they wouldn't do it with syntocinon -that's said to be too harsh on caesarean scars. so it only leaves "easier" ways like, oh, prostaglandin and stuff. but even with prostaglandins, it sort of comes to wondering that if a baby's not ready to come out yet at 38 weeks, then is it worth it pushing with prostaglandins, waiting for labour to really kick in (which would be tiring for everyone) and possibly ending up on a caesarean table anyway? but at this stage i'm keeping an open mind - i'm meeting with the obstetric team next week so then i'll hear what it is that they actually say.

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