Possible induction/C-Section for a suspected big baby? You should read this.

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

@KCKnd2:  Moved it! 🙂

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh wow- this is really eye opening! 

I went 8 days past due with my daughter and I kept hearing from friends & family how they should have induced me… but I saw a midwife practice who (unless there were medical reasons) would not induce before 42 weeks.  I cried a little bit when they told me that since I was huge, swollen, miserable, and more than ready to meet my baby.  Looking back though, I’m so glad they let my body do exactly what it was designed to do, naturally, on its own.

My total labor was only 11 hours, it was only really hard labor for about 2 1/2 hours, and I delivered an 8lb4oz perfect baby girl with only 20 minutes of pushing!  I had the birth experience I wanted because my care provider supports my views of letting nature take over and wasn’t in a hurry to get the baby out.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@KCKnd2:  Yes interesting article. I am in the UK and the care is midwife led for everyone unless there is an issue of some sort. I have been suprised to hear people on my due date thread being induced for size. Its just not really something you come across here. Technically I am measuring ahead but no one has suggested doing anything about it. The assumption is that a woman wouldn’t grow a baby she couldn’t birth naturally, and if she did it would be very rare…. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

What a great read! Thanks for sharing!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Very, very interesting. I was already warned that if my baby measures big towards the end, they may go with C-section, since a regular delivery could do worse damage to my parts. But who really knows? I’m a big girl, I’m probably supposed to bring forth a big baby!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Very interesting article.  This is one of many reasons I plan to work with a midwife when I get pregnant – it just seems I’ll have a greater chance of my care provider trusting in nature and helping me trust my body to do what it was designed for, rather than instilling doubt and pushing unnecessary interventions.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@KCKnd2:  +1 on Ina May’s books!  Very helpful, imformative, and more importantly I felt empowered after reading them.  I had the confidence in my body and in my baby I needed to approach birth without apprehension or fear. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@KCKnd2:  

@DaneLady:  I’ve heard such wonderful things about her books.  So far I’ve just been reading about TTC (love TCOYF), but those are definitely on my must-read list for the future.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

That’s a really well-written, evidence-based article.  I think it’s important for women to know this.  But just as an aside, this is not unknown information.  ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recommends against induction for macrosomia, because it doesn’t improve outcomes.  It also says that when a diabetic mom has a baby measuring 4500g by ultrasound (9lb12oz), or a non-diabetic mom has a baby measuring 5000g by ultrasound (11lb), that’s the only time to OFFER an elective C-section to decrease the risk of shoulder dystocia.  You can see from the article that the odds of shoulder dystocia do go up at those weights, but even then it’s not a rule that you HAVE TO do a C-section.

So I guess my point is, we shouldn’t be practicing non-evidence-based care.  But if you find an OB/GYN who follows the official recommendations and who you trust, then you’ll be in good hands. I think midwives are less interventionalist as a whole, but for moms with diabetes who should probably be in the hands of an OB, ask about their induction rate and how they feel about your birth plans.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@KCKnd2: So interesting!

I had a suspected big baby, and went 2 weeks overdue. I was never scanned.

I refused an induction as I was committed to letting the baby initiate labour. I had a natural delivery with the help of forceps as baby was in a slightly wrong position.

All is well and I am healed fine. So glad I didn’t have a C-Section. Oh, and my baby was almost 11 pounds!

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