Post # 1
i had my 34 week appt yesterday and had an ultrasound since i was measuring about 2 weeks ahead at my last appt and my ob wanted a heads up if my baby is going to be much larger than average.
well, turns out i’m measuring about 38 weeks, and my baby is estimated to be 7 lbs 8 oz already! i know these are just estimates and can be off by a lb in either direction, but has anyone ever heard of someone measuring so far ahead without any other issues present? my ob isn’t too concerned since he is perfectly healthy so far in every other way, i’m just shocked that he’s so big already (big babies don’t run in either of our families). crazy right?
my ob also brought up the possibility of c-section — not that it will definitely be medically necessary, but that if he keeps growing at this rate, she might determine that i need one since a vaginal delivery of a 10+ lb baby can be risky. even though i know she was just trying to prepare me for all possibilities, i was disappointed that she was so quick to bring that up since i really do not want a c-section (or to be induced for that matter). my biggest fear is having unnecessary medical interventions pushed on me….
Post # 3
Oh wow! I totally understand no intervention, but maybe it might be a good idea to think about induction so you won’t have to worry about c section as much? Just a thought, i totally get why you don’t want either! I have actually not heard of a baby measuring so far ahead, but I know hubs and his sister were both large babies (9+ lbs)…
Post # 4
Wow! Are you 100% sure you know when your baby was conceived? If your estimate was off for that then maybe it could explain why you measure so far ahead…
Post # 5
I just went in for my 34/35 week appointment yesterday and am having a growth scan next week because of measuring big. I say 34/35 because they have already moved my EDD from August 18th (LMP) to August 12th (based on AS size). Now they are thinking it could be even earlier!!!
I’m not sure why they want the scan though because he said he still wouldn’t induce me right away and my internal showed that I was still “closed up”.
Can you maybe talk to them about natural induction methods before looking at medical inductions or c-sections?!
Hope it goes well for you!
Post # 6
I had the opposite experience; Addie measured behind for quite a bit of my pregnancy, and my last ultrasound (like a week before she was born) estimated her to be just over 5 pounds. She was born a very healthy 6 pounds, 7 ounces, so I really think so much of it has to do with the way the baby is positioned, and how you’re carrying.
Your doctor may just be trying to prepare you for a possibility you probably weren’t thinking about before. If you are really not interested in interventions, you should tell your doctor. The two of you need to be on the same page and you need to figure out a game plan together.
Post # 7
I measured ahead as well. I had a sono at around 38 weeks and baby T was estimated to be 7lbs 8 oz. At 40 weeks I had another sono and he was estimated to be 9 lbs 12oz. Baby T was born vaginally at 41W3D weighing 10lbs 9oz. So the estimates were right on. They told me they can vary by up to 2lbs either way though.I was induced and my midwife called the on call OB from the same office to come and monitror since I was pushing for a total of 3 hours.
You can deliver a 10lb+ baby vaginally. It’s very rare that you will have a baby that is too big for your body to deliver. Also a lot of moms who measure big and are induced or have a c-section have avg sized babies. If you want to go vaginal, then do it.
Post # 8
I agree, it may just be baby’s position. I was measuring big last week and had another ultrasound, but my due date stayed the same. I think if they change your dude date, THEN something different may happen. Ultrasounds can show something different just b/c of the baby’s position, so they could say 9lbs and baby is 7lbs.
I say wait it out for a while and see what happens and then plan together.
Post # 9
First off congrats!!
Second off, my sister had the same experience! She measured 4 weeks ahead of her due date her entire pregnancy. Her son was born at a healthy and not enormous 7lbs 8oz. However, after delivering her placenta the Doctors were shocked at the size of that. So, maybe that could be causing them to think you’re having a bigger baby?
Post # 10
This is a bit off the subject, but this post reminds me of a story I heard on the news yesterday.
A few days ago, here in Texas, a woman gave birth to a 16 pound baby!! 24 inches long w/ a 17 inch chest!!
Now thats a big baby!!
Post # 11
My hospital has a group of midwives and, if you go through them, the majority of your appointments are group appointments. One of the girls in my group, found out that her baby is measuring 3wks ahead. Everything has been perfectly normal. They were taking her in for some extra ultrasounds because they think her dates were off. That could definitely be a possibility for you.
I would try to stick to your guns as much as possible when it comes to induction & csections. I know so many people that have had vaginal births with large babies. It is possible!! As long as you and baby are doing fine, I wouldnt let them push you into a direction that you don’t want!
I hope you get some answers soon!! 🙂
Post # 11
I was measuring 2 weeks ahead for a while, but now at 38 weeks I’m back to normal. You still have a while for things to change, and like others said, ultrasounds can be off a bit.
Post # 12
thanks everyone! good to hear that people measure ahead and behind all the time, and whether or not the estimates are accurate, go on to deliver perfectly healthy babies 🙂
@skibobrown: i’m definitely thinking that’s possible! the month before i got pregnant, we were particularly diligent about ttc, and i was so surprised that i didn’t get pregnant (i got a normal period on time and never tested). the month i got pregnant was slooow and i was shocked to get a bfp. so i’m thinking i could’ve been pregnant for a whole month and not known?! not likely but it happens all the time on I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant! lol
i definitely communicated (and will continue to) that i do not want any interventions that aren’t absolutely, positively necessary and my ob did seem respectful of that…like some PPs said, i think she was just trying to prepare me for options i haven’t considered yet.
for now, i’ll just wait and see what happens at my next appt next week 🙂
Post # 13
uh…. I’ve been measuring quite a bit ahead throughout my pregnancy. At 14 weeks I was measuring 20 weeks. At 19 weeks I was measuring 26 weeks. At 24 weeks I measured at 26/27 weeks. I seem to be leveling out, but it still scares the crap out of me! Keep us updated!
Post # 14
Nope, not weird. Both my nephews were over 9lbs and my SIL is teeny tiny and so is her family. I always tease her that they sucked all the nutrients out of her body! hehe.
Post # 15
I consistently measured 2 weeks ahead (I was charting so I knew exactly when we conceived) my whole pregnancy. My doctors weren’t concerned since baby was evenly measuring 2 weeks ahead (no abnormal size difference between belly estimates and head estimates, etc). I was all set to have a healthy 8 or 9 lb baby. Turns out baby decided to arrive 11 days earlier than my due date and was perfect at 6 lbs 10 oz. Definitely take those measurements with a grain of salt.