Size>Date. Big baby or twins?!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

eecuadrado:  Oh my! They would have seen twins in previous untrasounds right?! Are you uncomfortable?!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If it were twins, it would be highly unlikely that they wouldn’t have figured that out by now.

Also, ultrasounds are VERY inaccurate when determining the actual weight of the baby. They can be off by a pound or more in either direction, and it’s really quite surprising doctors still use them as a means of trying to figure out how big a baby is. And size does not equal readiness to be born.

I wouldn’t put much stock in or stress over the weight measurements the doctor gives you. I’ve heard, time and time again, of women being induced for big babies, and it turns out the baby wasn’t that big at all. Even in my own case, they freaked me out and told me my baby was going to be 4.5lbs (she was 5.5lbs).

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

eecuadrado:  If you don’t want a c-section, educate yourself as to when it is needed and how to avoid one.

If they start pushing you to induce due to size, be cautious. Induction carries a higher risk to become a c-section. Of course, there are always times when inductions are needed (I had to have one myself, for IUGR, so opposite of a “big” baby). Just make sure you go in with the knowledge needed (what induction options are there other than pitocin?, how to speed labour naturally, etc), but also felixibility to make changes if need be.

 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  urchin.
Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 

eecuadrado:  Soooooo my baby was measuring at 7.5 lbs at 37 weeks and he was born at 7 lbs and 13 oz at 40 weeks. Obvisouly the ultrasound was off because I doubt the baby didnt grow in the last three weeks lol. Anyway, we were induced because of his “size” and he wasnt even that big. I did however have a c section, the induction worked really well but his big ol head was stuck and wouldnt fit.

Anyway, I know it is so hard right now because you are so close but try to enjoy these last weeks of solitude. You may think life has already changed but you have no idea! Enjoy time with your fiance, eat, sleep and be merry. haha

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 

eecuadrado:  I bet he would rather wake up to you rolling over than waking up every hour with a crying baby haha it’s okay though. I was in a rush to have my baby. We all are.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

its VERY rare however i had a friend whos partner was pregnant and they didnt know it was twins, apprently one of the babys was under the other so when scanning they didnt pick it up – i dont know the ins and outs as to why a heart beat wasnt picked up ect – but in the end both babies were fine (the one “underneith” was just quite a bit smaller)

good luck with the rest of your pregnancy your almost there!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Everyone needs to do what is best for them but IMO c-section > large baby tearing your undercarriage to bits.  <br /><br />Agree the u/s sizing isnt very accurate.  I have several at the last couple of weeks because of how small I was and how little weight I gained.  I gave birth to a 7lb baby.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think without an ultrasound, it is very hard to tell. I went about 2 weeks over, was told she was small at 32 weeks, was told ‘average’ at 36 weeks… ended up having an 11lb 4 ounce baby. That was not a typo. I only gained 17 lbs. I had no clue she was a baby elephant until after she was born and I tore pretty much from neck to toe and all the way back around again. Emergency surgery, post partum hemorrhage, blood transfusions and a LOT of salt baths in the following week.

I had absolutely no hint or idea that she would be that big. I will never EVER have another natural childbirth. No sirree!!! Not after that!  I usually ask mothers of twins their total birth weight, and usually they come out to about the same as my baby. Twins would be easier as they come out separately!

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