Originally Posted by DeepLakeSwimmer
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?
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!