Vanessa - Why the 35 wk U/S? I just wonder because late term u/s are usually done to "predict" the size, which are notorious for being WAY off. I hate hearing about mom's who are pressured for an induction (or elective c/sect) because of the fear of big babies. Hope that's not the case with your doc!
Anna- I didn't know they could diagnose cleft palates in utero with a Level II u/s. Very cool. But (my doula brain talking here) as with every test you have to weigh the benefits vs the risk. What will you do with this info? Continue with the PG or terminate? What would happen if you get the news of another cleft palate? What if it a false positive? What about the opposite situation? I'm sure you've probably already run the scenarios in your head, I just wanted mention it.
Crunchy - I would be wary of any practitioner who routinely looked for problems when there aren't any clear cut reasons to be looking. Fluid could be low because you are a bit dehydrated. Happens all the time when it's warmer outside... Would that be a reason for a RCS? Or induction?
Big babies get born. Our bodies know what to do when me don't go meddling with the natural process. Look at me. Induced with #2 at term, who was 9½lbs, FTP and wound up with a C/sect and was told that he was "too big". #3 came 1½wks "late" and was 10+lbs born without a problem at home. So much for the "too big" theory. Babies come when they are ready, at how big they were meant to be. Our bodies don't grow babies that are too big to be born. But I think I am preaching to the choir here.
As for the QOTW: This pregnancy is the LAST thing from planned. It took me almost 3 weeks to get over the shock and sometimes, if it wasn't for my expanding belly, I am still a little bit taken back when someone mentions *MY* pregnancy... Like "What'choo talkin' 'bout Willis?!" Oh yeah, I am pregnant.
Heading out of my first trimester, one third of the way done pregnant.
The boys are getting very excited, especially our 6y/o. He drew some pictures today, that almost made me cry, of our family and Peanut.
It makes it easier for me to think of being a mother to 4 children with kids that are happy about it.