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Measuring too big?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ok, I feel kind of silly posting as I've been lurking on this DDC my entire pregnancy but really haven't posted much. I'm starting to really freak out though and am hoping for some good info from you wise mamas. A recap, I'm Mindy, I've got a 3.5 year old daughter and my due date for this next babe is 11/07/08--I'm at 37 weeks (I've been trying to change my sig to reflect all that but it's not letting me...).

Ok, so I am HUGE, at last week's appointment the doctor said I was measuring about a week too big and scheduled a u/s. The u/s tech said that by her estimation, my new babe is already 8.5 to 9.25 lbs!! OMG!! And I've still got, what, three weeks to go. Then I read on another thread about a baby breaking her collarbone in delivery because she was 9.5 lbs...I'm nervous that they're going to start pushing the c-section, especially because they've expressed mild concern about my weight gain.

I am terrified of a c-section.

Come on mamas--tell me about your big babies and how this is all going to be fine. Please?

Mindy
post #2 of 15
Both of my big kids were in the 7-8 lb range. My 7.5 pounder (DD, first baby) got stuck, my 8.25 pound baby (DS, second baby) just about flew out.

One of my best friends just had a 9.5 pound baby and she tore a bit, but no problems besides.

You can do this, keep telling yourself, you can do it!
post #3 of 15
A friend who just had her baby a month or so ago was told her baby would be nearly ten lbs based on the sonogram, and her baby came out around 6lbs. They're not fool proof obviously, lol. Just a thought. Trust your body.
post #4 of 15
My bf had a similar situation: u/s estimated baby to be over 10 lbs. and they scheduled a c-section. Had the c-section and he was only 8 lbs. 1 oz.
post #5 of 15
I know a mama who had a c section 2 weeks early because her baby was going to be *huge*. He was less than 5 lbs. So, not only are u/s estimates known for being innacurate, but you have to believe that your body is not going to grow a baby that is too big for you to birth. You can do it!!
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Why do they do this? My lactation consultant/friend told me that no good midwife/doctor/US tech should ever tell their client/patient that their baby is measuring more than 8 lbs; I'm thinking she's probably right...
post #7 of 15
Ultrasounds aren't really accurate. I had a friend pushed into a C-Section because her baby was "huge" and according to the ultrasound her DD was two weeks earlier than what her LMP said. She had a tiny (not even 5 pound) premmie that ended up in the NICU. There was no reason she should have had the ultrasound.

I also know of someone who gave birth to an 11 pound baby, vaginally, without complications.
post #8 of 15
My best friend gave birth to her son, who was right around the ten pound mark (I can't remember exactly what...it's been 3 years....somewhere between 9.5 and 10lbs).

At home. In her bathtub. On purpose. It took 4 minutes of pushing. I think the total labor was something like 3 hours.
post #9 of 15
Ultrasounds are notoriously innacurate this late in the game. I'm so surprised they even rely on those. Besides that, your belly measuring a week ahead is totally normal. I've been a week ahead for a while now. Also, is there a chance you're further along than you think you are?

Even if your baby is 9-10 lbs, most of that is fat, and IMO the position the baby is in makes a much bigger difference than how big the baby is, yk?
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by hannybanany View Post
but you have to believe that your body is not going to grow a baby that is too big for you to birth. You can do it!!
I totally agree!! Believe in yourself! You can do it.
post #11 of 15
go get a ruler and look at it, find the centimeters. you are one centimeter over what the average is, that is a TINY bit. i cant believe they scheduled an ultrasound because of that. you have to be measuring at LEAST 4 centimeters over or under for my midwife to order an ultrasound, and thats only if there was a big jump or drop, not if its been consistent the whole time.

like everyone else said, ultrasounds are nearly completely unreliable for estimating weight and size. i'm sure you are doing fine, now you have to fight for your right to birth how you want and need to.
post #12 of 15
My last baby was a 9lb 5oz baby and she came out complete, no broken collar bones!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by DeepLakeSwimmer View Post
Ok, I feel kind of silly posting as I've been lurking on this DDC my entire pregnancy but really haven't posted much. I'm starting to really freak out though and am hoping for some good info from you wise mamas. A recap, I'm Mindy, I've got a 3.5 year old daughter and my due date for this next babe is 11/07/08--I'm at 37 weeks (I've been trying to change my sig to reflect all that but it's not letting me...).

Ok, so I am HUGE, at last week's appointment the doctor said I was measuring about a week too big and scheduled a u/s. The u/s tech said that by her estimation, my new babe is already 8.5 to 9.25 lbs!! OMG!! And I've still got, what, three weeks to go. Then I read on another thread about a baby breaking her collarbone in delivery because she was 9.5 lbs...I'm nervous that they're going to start pushing the c-section, especially because they've expressed mild concern about my weight gain.

I am terrified of a c-section.

Come on mamas--tell me about your big babies and how this is all going to be fine. Please?

Mindy

ok, ultrasounds are kinda bs at this stage in the game, hate to break it to all the midwives and docs who rx them but they are statistically highly inaccurate in determining birth weights. I was rx'd an us when i was 38 weeks in my last pregnancy because supposedly i was measuring low (really baby had dropped into my pelvis) and the doc who did the us said "oh, the baby is already 8.5 lbs you better have him soon, he'll be over 10 lbs!!!", well DS was born at 41 wks 4 days and guess what? he was a whopping... 8lbs 4 oz, haha. and no, i did not need a c-section.

c sections are rarely medically neccessary for big babies, they may be needed for malpositioning or other reasons but docs and our country as whole are c-section happy these days and a big baby is not in and of itself any reason to assume c section. my mother for example gave birth at home, vaginally of course, to my "little" brother who weighed 12lbs 4 oz at birth! and she did not tear! she said it was her quickest labour as well, though the most intense.

also i was my moms first baby and weighed 9lb 4 oz, born vaginally on the dining room floor, completly healthy, no broken bones. my best friend has given birth twice, once to which i got to witness, to babies over 9lbs AT HOME, VAGINALLY, no broken bones, no cutting, no tears. both of her kids are healthy, happy people now.

why are your docs or midwives concerned about your weight gain? do you have diabetes or some other medical problem that could affect your birth? I gained 70lbs when pregnant with ds and lost it all by 3 months postpartum. this pregnancy i have gained over 35 lbs at 35 weeks and feel good and my midwives have not said a single word about my weight.

have confidence in your body, your spirit, God/universal birthing energy whatever you believe in and your baby! babies usually grow just as big as they should if we let them be born when they choose!
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you all again for all your supportive replies. I KNEW you all had to know the truth...I'm just so frustrated because I really do LIKE my doctor and really WANT to trust her but still, despite the fact that my hospital does have a very low c-section rate, I do need to be very aware of going into this ready to fight if necessary.

The weight thing is irritating as well, I started at 190 (I'm 6 ft tall) and have gained 45 lbs--really a totally "acceptable" amount in my opinion, with no history of diabetes or GD; at my last appointment though the doc made mention of my "probably being fine since even though I didn't pass the first GD screen I did fine on the second." But I DID pass the first screen, maybe she was confusing me with someone else, or maybe she was making assumptions based on my weight? I have no idea, in any case, I'm afraid that despite being corrected, she's still got that little thought in the back of her mind of "this woman's got GD, she might need a section" you know?

What a PITA. I'm just so ready to have my little one and be done with all this doctor garbage.

Thanks again for the support,
Mindy
post #15 of 15
she could have mistaken you for another client with the GD, i would gently correct her and maybe ask for a copy of your chart, considering all the confusion going on.
maybe she has another client with a very similar name that she is mixing charts with.
has been known to happen in large practices, hell, it happened to me in the hospital.
my maiden name was danielle humphries, and they switched my chart with daniel humphrey, but it didnt take long for them to figure that one out for obvious reasons!
so, something to ask about, hopefully she just got a little confused and it can be easily cleared up.
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