Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: super-crunchy-town, VA
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I'm starting to stress about the size of my baby...
DS was born at 38 weeks and was 7lbs 11oz. That doesn't sound very big, I know, but I pushed for TWO AND A HALF HOURS and still ended up with an episiotomy (which my midwife hardly ever does - the other mw in the practice was really surprised). She tried massage, lots of lubricant, we did about 10 different positions, but the tissue just would not stretch! (BTW, it drives me nuts when people say that with good nutrition/correct positioning/good massage an episiotomy should never be necessary - I had all those things and I still just didn't stretch!)
This time, the baby appears to be even bigger. At my appt yesterday the midwife remarked a couple of times that she was really surprised at how big the baby is. I'm measuring 2 weeks ahead, even though the baby has already dropped.
DH and I are doing perineal massage every night, I'm going to start taking EPO at 36 weeks in order to help ripen my cervix and hopefully deliver at least a week or two before Thanksgiving. What else can I do? I'm stressed, but my midwife is calm about the whole matter... I'm really glad that she's not suggesting ultrasounds or induction or anything - thank goodness I'm not with a traditional OB/GYN!
I guess I wouldn't be worrying so much if I felt like labor was at all close. Suddenly this week I feel like I'll never go into labor. I haven't progressed in a couple of weeks (I'm pretty sure I'm still at 1-2cm and not effaced), I'm still constipated, and even sex last night didn't give me more than one contraction.
Give me words of encouragement! And suggestions for fitting a giant baby head through a fairly small pelvis!
Mama to DS (05/04) and DD (11/05), married to a wonderful DH.