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We had our ultrasound yesterday...<br>
The reason I'm measuring 38 weeks is because apparently Zachariah measures 36w2d...<br>
BUT, by CONFIRMED dates I'm only 32w2d... A full month ahead!<br>
He measures big in <b>all</b> categories--head, belly and leg bone (so it is NOT the GD causing this) All measurements place him at "greater than 97th percentile". They estimate his current weight at 6lb8oz!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"><br>
I'm continuing to contract with some regularity even on the Procardia, and continuing to dilate slowly.<br>
The basic goal is 'One more day' The BIG goal is June 29--Zachariah's lungs and gut will be 36 weeks at that point, (so probably no issues for him prematurity-wise) and if he keeps growing at this rate he'll be about 8lbs.<br><br>
This is SUCH an odd thing for me...especially since my last little guy was so small. I am taller than my hubby, and neither his mom nor mine have had a baby bigger than 7lb11oz. My second was my biggie (until now) at 8lb8oz at 39w2d. For the benefit of a baby with "term" lungs and stomach/intestines I'll let him get as big as he wants, but YIKES!!.<br>
My only pregnancy with gestational diabetes, and my only pregnancy with a giant child, and the former is NOT causing the latter!! Blood sugars don't grow head and leg bones! Can't imagine how HUGE he would be if I ate what I wanted as opposed to controlling my carbs and blood sugars! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">
 

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WOW! U/S and weight estimates can be really off, but they usually aren't wrong with bone measurements. Yikes woman, must be some throwback giant gene that got in the mix! It's good he's big tho, since he might be early. Heavier babies usually fare better when born a bit early. Now if he's just stay put for the next 3 wks!
 

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Wow, sounds like a lovely big baby!!! Yes, here's praying he'll stay put for another 3 weeks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying"><br><br>
So are you back at home or are they keeping you in the hospital?
 

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Home for now. Our hospital is still in the mode of not allowing any visitors under age 18 (H1N1 thing) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I would be missing my boys soooooo much if I were in.<br>
With the steroid shots and his weight they are feeling pretty good about his prognosis even if he came today. The Dr just gave me permission to double up on the Procardia as needed too. The local ambulance company is housed just a block or so from my house, I have them on speed dial. My last labor was very short and started from a point of less dilation and efacement than I am now ( so that has me a bit jumpy) but I need to be with my boys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I'm interested to see how big he is when he is born. You need to remember that weight can be off 2lbs or more. Even if that is the correct size, he will gain about 4 more lbs, putting him around 10lbs at birth. That is not a huge baby. Don't think "yikes". Your body will grow a baby perfect for your body. Also think of it this way - a 7lb baby and a 10 lb baby are often the same length. The "big" babies are typically just fatter, which is soft tissue - easily pliable through your birth path. Also, my SIL had "small" babies (according to me, because I have "big" babies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">) and all her kids heads were way bigger in circumference than mine. So large, in fact, they were all tested for genetic disorders. So, just because you may have a "big" baby, doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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with my DD she measured on a sono that her weight was 6 lbs and that was at our 34 week sono...they told me she would be at least 8+ lbs then she was born at 38 weeks to a whopping 6 lb 8 oz<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
so im hoping for your sake hes not that big<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I pray that he stays put until the end of June!!!!
 

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They told me with the last set of twins I carried that they weighed 4 pounds each.. I delivered the next day to babies over 6 pounds..<br><br>
I hope you and baby do well, just try not to stress mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Tcooper--I meant that at 36 weeks (should he keep up this pattern for growth) he will be around 8lbs...I know that at 39/40 weeks we would be looking at 10-ish lbs. The size thing really doesn't scare me,...too much. My second son had a 15 inch head, and I pushed him out in less than 20 minutes. I'm just a bit shocked at how big Zachariah is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span>now</span></span> combined with the obvious fact that my cervix is wiped out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/faint.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Faint"><br>
I have experience with sonos being "off" for weight, but in my case both times they have UNDERestimated weight by about 1lb. (ymmv)<br>
In any case he is a big boy! All his measurements are in line with each other (+ or - a few days) He is just the size of an average 36+ weeker, that's all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I just got my copy of the u/s report...<br>
BPD (diameter ear to ear) is 9.03cm---36w4d<br>
HC (head circumference, like hat size) is 32.5cm---36w6d<br>
AC (abdominal circumference) is 32.93cm---36w6d<br>
FL (femur length, knee to hip) is 7.03cm---36w6d<br>
HL (humerus length, elbow to shoulder) is 6.23cm---36w0d<br><br>
Fetal weight was estimated based on BPD+HC+AC+FL, arriving at 2944g +/- 430g So 6.49lbs, (with a range of 5.54lbs to 7.43lbs)
 

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Good luck and I hope he stays put as long as he needs to develop!
 

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My ds was 10 lb 4 oz. I had a lovely unmedicated birth and didn't even tear. Big baby does not always equal harder labor. When we knew I was growing a big boy, my midwife told me that in the moment, it doesn't matter if they weigh 5 lbs or 10 lbs. It feels the same.<br><br>
I had an ultrasound on Tues to check for size. They guesstimate that this little girl is about 5 lb 11 oz, so she will likely be over 9 lbs at birth.<br><br>
Your body knows what it's doing. You baby is the perfect size for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Sounds like my babies! My husband isn't tall but his bones are huge (esp his head!). I tell my kids their father has troll descendants from Scandinavia : )
 

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All my hubbie's Welsh roots and all my Scottish roots teaming up, canceling out the other stuff, and creating a 'super Isle baby'!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce">
 

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I'm a bit scared of ths size of my baby too. My dd was born at 37+ weeks and she weighed 8pds 6oz. I think she would have been close to 10 pounds if she was born at 40 weeks or beyond. And yes my dates were very accurate! So I can't help but be worried about the size of this baby, especially if she doesn't decide to come a bit early.
 
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