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Mama to intact DS Dec 06 and intact DS May 10......Looking to declutter 2012 items in 2012! (27/2012)
Hugs for you Mama! I have been in the same boat throughout my pregnancy. It sounds like in your heart and mind your know your LO is ok; you've gone back and looked at records, you know your body, and you know the way you grow babies. Stay strong in your beliefs that you, your body and your babe know exactly what to do to continue this pregnancy healthy, strong and to come earthside safe and happy.
Ive been measuring very small for dates since my hcp's started doing fundal height mesaurements. At my last week appt I was 38wks and measuring only 31. I have gone through 3 BPP/AFI us/'s and 3 NSTs. The u/s's have said my baby girl is anywhere from 4-5.2lbs depending on when they were done. My fluid levels have been anywhere from a 5.2, 7's to a 12. Ive gained a total of 11lbs this pregnancy, ea t very healthy, exercise regularly, no health problems, no urine or bp issues. Im normally 115lbs pre-preg and a size 4 with a very small frame, but average hips. I have always measured small with all my babes, never gained more than 23 lbs (he was my 42weeker that was 8lbs 14oz) and my babes have been in the 7lb range with one being 6lbs even. I tend to grow skinny and long babes, that are built like me. Ive never had a preterm birth, and theyve all been healthy, just on the slim side.
Im sure your mw just wants to "err on the side of caution". This is totally in your court mama. Would you be opposed to having a BPP or NST just to calm the midwife's mind so you can keep your homebirth. If I was having a MW present t my birth I think I could deal with one round of testing just to let her see that all is well so I could keep my birth plans. Some babies are just born petitie, and there's nothing wrong with that. Mamas tend to grow babies that fit their bodies and they are able to birth without difficulty. Tiny doesnt necessarily mean unhealthy.
I think your mind and heart are in the right place. I think you are doing great growing your LO and things will be perfectly fine for you. I do understand you wanting to have your homebirth and being a bit at the mery of your MW. Again, I wouldnt worry about having the testing done just to let the MW see that things are truly ok, and see where things go from there. Wishing you the very best. I know how frustrating and anxiety provoking this can be. *Big Hugs* and please keep us posted. Will be thinking of you!
I just happened to see this post and felt compelled to jump in here... I had a small-for-dates baby that the MW missed... she didn't talk to me about kick-counts either, and when my baby slowed down and I mentioned it, she said, "They slow down at the end, that's normal..." But it wasn't normal. And he wasn't okay. And I was planning a homebirth and worried about risking out, etc. But if I'd listened to my instincts and paid attention to that instead of her reassurance, he might still be alive - because he was stillborn on April 1, 2009, and I was 39 weeks.
I don't say that to freak you out - what happened to me actually happens to a small percentage of women. But it does happen. And a small-for-dates baby, esp one that is slowing down in growth, is a red flag. My son measured 33 weeks at 39 weeks on U/S... but that u/s wasn't done until we went to the hospital because we couldn't find his heartbeat.
I just wanted to tell you about kick counts, in case someone hadn't mentioned it and encourage you to pay close attention to how much your baby is moving. A smaller baby has more room in there and might actually even be more active than a larger baby (who just has room to wiggle at this stage...) I can tell you from experience, it really IS better safe than sorry!
I'm glad you're going in for the U/S and that your MW noticed your baby's size and is paying close attention. Your baby may just be genetically small, and perfectly fine. But if your baby starts slowing down, it would be another red flag. Kick counts can help prevent unexpected fetal loss in 33% of cases, so it really is statistically significant.
All the best to you and your LO... and honestly, I'm not trying to scare you... I just know the pain of losing something so precious, and I never ever want to see another mother have to go through it, esp if it can be prevented.
Just wanted to post and show my support for you!
I know you said you are sure of your LMP, but is it possible that maybe you ovulated late in the cycle so you are a little further behind than you thought? Did it take you awhile to get your BFP? That could be an indication that you ovulated later.
That, coupled with the fact that you know you have small babies anyway could change things. You mentioned this baby was already measuring small at the 20 week ultrasound, so this isn't something that suddenly happened...she has been smaller all along. There are a lot of variables that come into play here.
Every week she stays in there is more time for her to grow so try not to stress too much. I think your midwife is doing the right thing by staying on top of it. My sister in law just had a baby and she was just over 5 lbs. She is perfectly healthy and getting chubbier every day!
Also, my doc told me that when the baby "drops" it can throw off meaurements a little bit and make the baby seem smaller because the head is so far down in your pelvis.
And go ahead and stuff yourself with nutrient rich foods...it couldn't hurt, right? We should all probably be making sure we do that!
Good luck, go with what your gut says but also know that some things are beyond your control and in the end, you will do what's best for the baby.
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