Originally Posted by LilyTiger
I know you don't necessarily want to risk a VBAC with a big baby, but since you're over 38 weeks now anyway, could you try an induction and see where that gets you? Start with cervadil and see if that softens things up a bit and go from there? There are middle grounds between stripping membranes and a c-section. It seems like you could try a few things this week and then plan on a section if the babe isn't moving.
My doctor advises against any induction technique if your body isn't ready. She thinks cervadil is too risky for a previous c-section - the only medical induction she advises is low doses of Pitocin. I imagine she will offer to check me again at my appointment next Monday and if we think I'm favorable, trying something to get me started. Hopefully that will work out but at this point I think I'm not trying to get my hopes up. I'm going back and forth between anger, depression, and acceptance all the time.
Originally Posted by Tizzy
Is it possible to wait until labour begins for your section? Then you definitely know it's done and ready, and it's not a rush rush emergency C/S?
Kind of the best of both sides IYKWIM.
I've thought about it, but I'm afraid of going on and having him get to be even bigger. 12-14 lbs is hard enough, but what if he ends up at 15, 16 lbs or more? I don't want to end up on the news or something, and supersize babies aren't always healthy. I don't know if health risks get more pronounced if they get bigger, but I really don't want to find out. And then I'm stuck with whatever doctor is on call, not necessarily mine, who I trust and I know is on board with as much contact as possible, breastfeeding, etc.
Originally Posted by Thandiwe ETA: How are you measuring as far as palpation? Are you measuring many, many weeks ahead? My only pregnancy where I consistently measured 6cm ahead was my macro baby (11.3#). Are there other signs, besides u/s, that little one is really big?
At 34 weeks I was measured at 42 cm, at 36 weeks it was 44 cm, and at 37 weeks it was 41. All different doctors though. Combined with having had one so big already I don't doubt that we're looking at someone very big, even if maybe not as big as projected. Plus, I just feel so big, and I swear I feel every movement he makes. I thought they were supposed to not move as much because they're running out of room but I feel it constantly. It looks like two squirrels are fighting under my shirt most of the time.