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With my first pregnancy, I don't remember ever measuring larger than the week I was in.

 

And when I was 33 weeks pregnant, I measured one week behind.

 

Then I go into preterm labor on Monday at 34 weeks 6 days that the hospital was thankfully able to help me stop, but during my midwifery appointment two days later we discovered that I must have had an ENORMOUS growth spurt (actually, that Baby did) and this is what may have triggered the labor. I went from 32cm to 38 in TWO WEEKS.

 

My first child was a girl, this one is a boy. My husband was a big baby (almost 11 pounds, but his mother was diabetic so it's hard to know if I should factor that in)

 

Please help me determine if I am having a big baby or not. :( My daughter was 8lbs 12oz and she was so hard to push out. Should I get an ultrasound to find out how big baby is?? Is this worthless information?

 

Aiming for a homebirth but I am suddenly filled with fear. Please help. What would you do?

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Honestly, nobody can say without an ultrasound. (and even with ultrasound, it's difficult at that stage) 

 

You could have developed polyhydramnion, or just more water around the baby, together with a normal growth spurt, or the baby grew. Or ... you know? 

 

I would say, do whatever you need to do to not be worried. If you feel you want to know the size of the baby, go for an ultrasound. If it only freaks you out, don't :)

 

And for the record, I worked in neonatology, and in my experience, the size of the baby (below a certain weight) does not really matter. I have seen mothers with tiny premature babies and really difficult deliveries and moms with large babies who haven't had a problem. 

 

Hang in there and good luck! 


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Plus: My DS (second baby) was really hard to push out, but that was due to position, he was just 3100 g, so not overly large :) but had a "star gazer" position. 


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I don't really believe the ultrasound weight estimates. I had one at 33 weeks where they estimated my daughter was already 7 lbs. When she was born at 41 weeks 3 days she was 6 lbs 15.8 oz. By their estimates she should have been 10+.
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3rd trimester ultrasound weight estimates can be notoriously inaccurate. They were WAY off for me both times. I believe baby's current positioning can also affect fundal height measurement. Personally, I would wait and remeasure...or maybe with the growth spurt baby is just getting ready to come a little earlier than 40 weeks?

Also, my first child was 10 lbs, pretty difficult to push out, but the next baby weighed more and was an easier, fast pushing stage. First births can be harder.
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I completely agree with the PP. I think first births can just be more challenging.
Ultrasounds at this stage really are useless. They could make you worry when everything is fine or make you think baby is a good size when he's big.
With my last, they were saying he was going to be so small and his percentiles were so low they actually contacted a. neonatal specialist. Guess what, he weighed 8 pounds 10 oz. So they were WAY off and had me all worried for absolutely no reason. They say it can be a pound off either way but in my experience it was more like 3 pounds off. Similar with my third. They had me convinced I was having a 5 pound baby who was really 7lb 5oz.
I wouldn't have another ultrasound done in the third trimester. They're way too inaccurate!!!
Oh and with my third who was much smaller I tore. With my almost 9 pounder I didn't. I attribute that to EPO. If you think this baby might be on the large side start using EPO once you get to 37 weeks. It softens everything up and helps it stretch without tearing .

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Thank you all for your responses! They are incredibly comforting. I have heard that about ultrasounds, that they can be way off, so maybe that shouldn't even be something to consider. I might just freak myself out more. 

 

I've been eating really clean the last 4 days (no simple carbs or junk food/sugary food) so I will keep on that track as best as I can (so hard!) to prevent baby from having excessive growth. I definitely had been indulging a TON before. 

 

I should probably get the evening primrose oil now-ish because I'm wondering if I will be going into labor sooner than 40 weeks since I already did at 35 weeks? 36 weeks tomorrow.

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I started EPO at 35 weeks. But I only inserted 1 capsule at night, until 37 weeks, then I inserted 2 every night.

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OK.

 

Midwife measured me again today and now I am measuring 36 weeks (and I'm 36 weeks tomorrow!!!)

I AM SO RELIEVED!!

 

She thinks the baby could have been in a strange position when I was measured last week. WHEW!

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What a relief! I'm glad its all working out for you orngbiggrin.gif

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I am glad you found some reassurance! I did want to tell you my story - my DD was 7lbs10oz. DS measured ahead, and he was over 10lbs. I didn't have Gestational Diabetes with either of them. I had nice births with both of them, no tearing. DS was a bit longer (40 mins) to push out, but no harder. I did use a different position. I'm about 115lbs when not pregnant. Anyway, your body won't grow a baby too big for you! Focusing on that is my best advice. Good luck, mama!


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