Post # 1
Today I went for a Growth Scan – they measured the head and rest of the body, checked the HR, gave me an estimate on baby’s weight as well.
I am hoping, praying to have a natural birth (no epidural, hoping I don’t have to have a c-section), however, I was scared before but now I am terrified, petrified because the (approx) weight of our baby is 4lbs 13oz! I am currently 31 weeks. They recommend I go for another scan at 36 weeks to get a better idea at how much baby will weigh at birth. The doctor was not concerned, she said the baby is in the 92nd percentile, and that we just have to keep a closer eye on baby. I am concerned because holy crap, if I have a natural birth, I am scared to push out a 8 to possibly 9lb baby! I asked if I should be on a special diet and she said that the baby’s weight has nothing to do with what I am eating, and that this is just the genetic pre-disposition of the baby. I don’t eat bad, breakfast in the morning is oatmeal or cereal or toast with PB, lunch I will have some sort of protein and veggies, then for snacks I have an apple & orange everyday, sometimes a granola bar and for dinner I will have a grilled chicken salad, or protein with veggies.
Maybe I am just freaking out for no reason, if anyone has experienced something similar and would like to share, please do because I had a panic attack when I left the office. I have a check up with my regular OB next week, so I will be asking more questions then.
Post # 2
I had growth scans weekly at the end of my pregnancy because DS was measuring a MONTH ahead of schedule. At his last scan at 37 weeks he was estimated at 8lbs6oz. I went into labor a week later, at 38 weeks he was born at 7lb14oz! So yeah, the ultrasounds can be off, even if they are consistently measuring ahead. They were telling me that if he got to be over 10-10.5lbs by ultrasound that they’d want to do a c-sect. This time around, if baby is measuring ahead I will opt to go naturally no matter what. I know that an emergency c-sect is harder to recover from, but I think a c-sect only to find out that baby was small enough to be born naturally would be tough too.
Post # 3
jny1179: did you have the option of going natural if you had wanted to or did they say you had to have a c-section?
I agree that if you have a c-sect to find out you could have gone natural would be hard to swallow.
Post # 4
I had an u/s the day before I went to be induced and they told me the estimate was 9.1 pounds and the tech only said his head was “big”, I assume not to scare me haha. He was born at 8.7 and his head was big – I needed three episiotomies to get him out! The weight estimates they give are just that, they can be + or – a pound. There’s no way to get an exact measurement – I think it’s generally measureing their tummy and guessing from there. Also, baby’s growth can slow down with 9 weeks left to go – try not to worry too much just yet. Good luck!
Post # 5
My daughter was born at 9 lbs 8 oz at 39w1d! She was a big girl. That being said, I wouldn’t put too much stock in the ultrasound estimates, they estimated my daughter to be 10.5 pounds a few days before I delivered her.
Post # 6
My US tech told me that they would not estimate anything over 9 lb. My first was 9 lb 4 oz (4 weeks early), my second was 9 lb 8 oz (3 weeks early), and my last was 11 lb 7 oz (2 weeks early). My third child was born by c-section, and although it was partially due to size, it had more to do with other complicating factors (transverse lie, polyhydramnios).
But I was one of the few people I knew who had babies as large as what the US tech estimated. The vast majority of people I knew had babies that weighed far less than what their US estimate told them.
Post # 7
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Daizy914: I had a natural birth, no epidural or anything, my baby was 9 pounds 3 ounces, I only had first degree ripps, which is the lowest, so it wasn’t too bad. One thing I will tell you, if you go the natural way, it will hurt no matter what, even if the baby is just 4 pounds! My advice is don’t stress it, trust me you will forget about the pain as soon as is over and you see that angelic face! Good Luck
Post # 8
People push out 8 or 9lb babies all the time. I wouldn’t worry about that. It isn’t really until it is 10-11lbs that there are issues can be more issues. there should be other factors, like gestational diabetes, if for them to be concerned enough about weight to induce early.
But anyway, the growth scans don’t mean much. They can be 1 or 2 lbs off. I only had a scan at 40w and they told me she was 7lbs 12 oz and she was born after 41w 7lbs 4oz.
Post # 9
So, this was about 30 years ago, but: the doctors told my mom I’d be 10lbs at birth, and I was just over 6. They can be very off.
I have a friend who delivered her almost 10 pounder naturally (no drugs either!) and while that kid might be an only child (LOL), she was fine.
Post # 10
My daughter was 7 pounds 1 ounce and 20 inches long at 39 weeks via C section. I am now carrying another child who is right on target for weight so far abc it’ll be another C section. I have a feeling this one will be big but we’ll see. I do agree that the baby’a weight is not related to your diet. Congrats and good luck.
Post # 11
Daizy914 My kids were small, less than 6 lbs each, but I am on the smaller side so it was perfectly normal. My Fiance, though, was over 10 lbs!
Post # 12
I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve read where women were told they were going to have big babies and ended up with 6-7lb babies. I really wouldn’t put much stock into what those scans tell you.
Read this: http://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-for-induction-or-c-section-for-big-baby/
Post # 13
Dear Daughter was consistenly big on the ultrasounds – they were estimating 9.5-10 lbs at birth. She was born 25 days early at 6lbs 15oz. She was just ready to be born – no NICU or problems at all.
Post # 14
Baby number 1 was 8lb 13.9oz
baby two was 8lbs 10oz
baby three was 8lb 4oz.
I got the epidural with all. With baby number 3 it didn’t work. Felt the whole thing. Not as bad as you would think. But I had two babies bigger to prepare for baby number 3.
its honestly not as bad as you think. The contractions are the only pain I felt. Since they were so intense the rest of the pain didn’t happen until after.
now healing after a big baby, that’s a different story. But as for natural birth so long as its not like 9 1/2-10lb baby you should be just fine with your plans
Post # 15
Daizy914: Our daughter was born last Friday at exactly 40 weeks and she was 8 pounds 10 ounces. No drugs, no epidural, but did end up with a third degree tear, which is turning out not to be as bad as I thought it would be. You can do it!