Post # 1
I am 30w2d and had what I though would be my final ultrasound today. I may have to get another one (no complaints here) because my LO is measuring at minimum 2 weeks ahead in size and up to 3w3d ahead by some measurements (leg/arm length and estimated weight). What’s crazy is that as of my last appointment I had not even gained 20 lb (cur rent weight 135) , so it’s not like I am overeating or anything.
I was told that he’s estimated to weigh about 4 lb 5 oz now with almost 10 weeks of growing left to do! Neither of my older boys even reached 6 lb, so I am shocked. I know that these measurements can be inaccurate, but my Darling Husband weighed 9 lb 14 oz at birth, so I’m mentally trying to prepare myself for the worst case scenario (humongous baby delivered vaginally).
Anyone here ever request c-section due to predicted birth weight? I’m considering it! Also, Is it true that it hurts more to deliver small babies than big ones or is that just a myth?
Post # 2
I’m sure this will be a very unpopular opinion so I’m going to omit the details. However, I did have an elective c-section and found it great. The whole procedure was quick and I took pain medication only for two days. It does carry some risks but an elective c-section is the safest way to be born for the baby, although not for the mum (or otherwise I guess my friends and their partners (2 GPs, 1 OB and 1 gyn) wouldn’t have chosen to have one). Statistics, however, don’t differentiate between elective and emergency c-section.
Post # 3
whitepeony: Thanks for sharing your experience. I am just thinking of what the options are and it’s good to have someone say that c-section recovery isn’t always a nightmare. DH said that he doesn’t want me to have to go through a c-section and I told him that I totally get it and we aren’t there yet, but that I don’t want to push a toddler sized newborn out of my hoo-hah! 😳
Post # 4
MissTNBookworm: Well, I have heard lots of anecdotes about people scheduling c-sections (or their doctors pushing/recommending them) with a suspected big baby being the reason…and then the baby is like, 7 or 8 pounds. FWIW, my son was tiny at 6 pounds 5 oz, but he had a big head (95th percentile!). I also had a hard time pushing him out and got a pretty bad tear. My friend had a 10 pound baby vaginally and had an easier recovery than I did! I don’t think I would schedule a c-section for a big baby, but that is just me personally (and I’m pretty petite). I look forward to having another vaginal birth (if all goes well) for a second child. Good luck!
Post # 5
My son was measuring 3 weeks ahead (and supposedly larger) my entire pregnancy. He was born exactly 39.5 weeks (without induction) and came out at 7lbs 6oz…so not huge and just right. His head was 95th percential however, and I did tear, but it was really NBD and I had him out in 3 pushes.
You hear so many stories of measurements being off, and babies being scheduled for csection only to find out they were perfectly Normal sized after all – or in some circumstance they were not quite ready and need respiratory assistance.
Unless you’re an unusually small person I would not be afraid to let this play out naturally. and especially since you’ve had 2 babies you’re body will be able to handle birthing a baby larger than you’re previous 2.
Post # 6
I was 9 lb 2oz and was my mom’s easiest delivery (out of 4). She pushed once and the doctor was like “well, this isn’t going to work,” and on her second push, he pushed down on her belly and I popped out! That was almost 30 years ago though, so I doubt your doc would do that! (I was also a week early)
Post # 7
I wouldn’t ever schedule a c section for anything other than a serious, medical emergency. Plus ultrasounds can be off by two whole pounds!!! Thats way too large of a margin of error for me to choose major abdominal surgery. Plus, you never know how the next few weeks will play out. My baby measured either two weeks or four weeks ahead at every appointment since 20w. Now that I’m 39+5, he’s measuring right on track. I guess he just had a lot of growth spurts in the beginning!
Post # 8
I had an emergency ultrasound (due to passing out) and they told me the baby would come anyday as she was measuring 40 weeks (9lbs) and the due date must be wrong. I still had over a month to go. I was induced at 40 weeks and she was 8lbs 6oz. I wouldn’t put too much trust in that information.
Post # 9
I have no personal experience but my sister had to have an emergency C-section (he wasn’t a big baby, he was in the wrong position or something). Obviously the emergency part wasn’t great, but her recovery was good, for if you do have to have one. The incision healed really well and is surprisingly small, and low enough that it wouldn’t even show above bikini bottoms!
Post # 10
Dear Daughter consistently measured 2-3 weeks ahead – and I was sure of my dates as I was tracking temps, etc. at 36 weeks exactly, the growth scan said she was 7lbs 3oz. My water broke 4 days later and she was born that day at 6lbs 15oz. so the measurements were “off” but not by much. Dear Daughter was a vaginal delivery – I had a second degree tear, healing wasn’t a big deal.
I’m now 34+4 with DS. Like his sister, he is consistently measuring 2-3 weeks ahead in every area. At my 33+6 growth scan, he is estimated at 6lbs 7oz. All the doctors are expecting me to deliver early again, but in the off chance he sticks around, he’s estimated to be 9 1/2 -10 lbs, and they will likely induce around 39 weeks. The plan is to deliver vaginally again, but if the OB says the best idea is a c-section, I’ll follow their recommendation.
Post # 11
US are notoriously innacurrate for weight estimates I wouldn’t worry about it
Post # 12
Ultrasounds can be off for sure. My Dear Daughter measured 3 weeks ahead from 30 weeks onward. They predicted her to be 10lbs at 40 weeks. She was born 9lb 3.5oz at 41+3. She was a big baby but not as big as they thought.
Post # 13
My growth scan results said right on there +/- 21 says is normal range, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I just had a 6lb 7oz baby at 38+5 and pushed 3 times. No tearing it wasn’t very painful, but I have nothing to compare to since my first was 6lbs 14oz and I had an epidural. Personally, I wouldn’t request a c-section unless medically indicated but that’s between you and your doctor to decide what’s best.
Post # 14
I was measuring 2-3 weeks ahead around week 20, but at some point things evened out and I’m back on track. I think there’s still plenty of time for the same to happen to you. (I’m 32 weeks now)
Post # 15
My daughter measured two weeks ahead the whole pregnancy. She was only 7lb 11oz. I can’t compare the pain to my first because I had an epidural with number 1, but with 2 it didn’t take. My active labor with both was relatively quick though.