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    OK Guys i had to have a scan today because the midwives were worried about my measurements as i am measuring 4 weeks bigger then i am supposed to be pregnant.


    So at the ultrasound today the lady told me i had a big baby. Im supposed to be 36weeks pregnant and my babies measurements Head Circumference, Abdominal Circumference and Femal Lenght all measure at 39.5 weeks pregnant and my baby currently weighs 7.8pounds.

    Has anyone ever had a baby measure this big at 36 weeks and did they let you go full term.

    Im just worried as i have a daughter who was only born 7pounds and i got 3rd degree tears with her which needed 130stiches.

    Im worried i wont be able to give birth naturally to a big baby.


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    wow i could so understand why you would be worried. wow. No i never had before my first born was 8.5 pound born vaginally the otehr two were smaller as i had c sections. Have you spoke with your dr about adjusting the due dates? there really is nothing i can say to bring you comfort your obviously a very healthy pregnant woman. With my third born they told me he was under weight yet eh was fine when born he was 7.8 pound.

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    My OB told me that late scan measurements were NOT accurate, and I know plenty of people who have been told they are having large babies who then go on to deliver one under 8 pounds. There really is no way they can accurately predict weight by this stage, and it makes me angry that they scare people by saying things like that. I had a friend in your exact poisition who opted for a c-section as a result of her fears, and her ds turned out to be 8 pound 2 so not big at all.

    Also, remember your body will be better at giving birth this time, so even if baby is bigger than your first there is no reason to think you will not be able to birth it.

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    Dee.....you are correct i have heard this also about baby measurements, thats why the only important ones for accuracy are the 19 week scans.

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    Check out this thread...

    big baby = hard labour?.

    There is some reassuring information about birthing larger babies... for instance lots of 9 & 10lb-ers!

    I'm trying to find the thread ive seen on scans but cant find it yet... bbs.

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    at 31 weeks i had an u/s that said my bub was already 7lbs had another one at 35 weeks said 8.5 lbs and they wanted to do another one last week but i told them no as they are very offten wrong from everything i have been able to find out and why let it stress me and the doctors as this bub is to be a planed vaginal breech birth i dont want them to stress about his size as well thankfully my specialist agrees with me and cant see the point as they are so often wrong,
    this is bub number six for me and yes my last bub was 9lbs 11oz but untill her my biggest was 7lbs 8oz and it wasnt any harder to have her then the rest so rest assured that after the first they are usually easier.

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    Im not that worried about the size of the baby, but the fact that i might need to have a ceserian(SP?) I do not want a ceserian by any means and want it to be natural but the doctors are worried because of my tear with my daughter as it has damaged some of my nerves and that down in that region.

    So my question should be has anyone ever had a really really bad tear and then been able to give birth naturally to a much larger baby.
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    Hi Ange. Its very confronting when we are told we are having a 'big baby' and I honestly think it should be outlawed LOL - all it does is make us doubt our ability to birth a big baby. The measurements they take can be skewed - the abdominal circumference can be bigger if baby has a full tummy, the 'weight' of bubs is measured from a calculation using the length of the femur as a guide (who would have thought that weight could be calculated by using a leg measurment? ), which could mean that you are just having a long baby, not a heavy one. And even if you had a second scan done immediately after that one by a different person you would have gotten different results too.

    Either way, there is no reason at all why you can't give birth vaginally, even with the previous nerve damage from your first birth. Second births are usually a lot easier than the first one as your body has done it before. There are also a lot of contributing factors during birth itself that can increase your chances of tearing - laying on your back, fast second stage of labour (the birth of the baby) and poor management of the perennium as the baby is being born. That said there is a lot you can do before the birth to help your perenium - massage, upright birth positions etc.

    From my personal perspective, I had a episiotomy with my first (4.18kg), went on to only have a 2nd deg tear with #2 and #3 (3.85 and 4.32kg each) and only a small graze that required no stitches with #4 and he was 4.56kg and had the biggest HC of 37cm. The biggest difference out of all of them was I had better perenium management with my 4th.

    So there is absolutely no reason at all why should need a c/s - you've given birth vaginally before and the only issue was the tearing. Grab yourself a copy of the pink kit and get to know your vagina and give yourself the confidence you need.

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    I had a scan at 31 weeks and was told then that bub was the size of a 34 week old but now I'm close to the due date my midwife says that bub is big but an ok size. She said that our bodies grow babies that we are generally able to cope with in terms of birthing.

    I reckon you should try to relax as the reality is until you get to the birth you won't know for 100% and right now looking after yourself and not worrying will help you more. Maybe try massage or other relaxation ideas, I have found these things have helped me when I get worried or concerned.

    Goodluck

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    hey!

    Just wanted to laet you know I am in a very similar situation, I am attempting to try for vaginal birth after a previous c section, and they dont like you trying if your baby is past "so big" due to pressure on the scar. And I am not allowed to go overdue what so ever either.

    I had a growth scan at 34 weeks, and my baby measured 8.8 pounds, they told me he was the size of a 39 week baby at 34 weeks, with all his mmeasurements combined. But they did say it can be inaccurate by half a kilo either way, so he could be half a kilo less or half a kilo more, either way if I am allowed to go to 40 weeks he will be a big baby. Which doesnt surprise me as my 1st was 10lbs 2 oz.

    It is very confronting finding out the size of your baby this far along... its really only a ball path figure anyhow.. but it gets you wondering about things. I had to have a c sect due to bubbys size 1st time around, and probably will have to this time I see my OB tuesday, I am going to discuss my concerns and fears with him of not wanting another c sect and see if I cant attempt vaginal delivery, maybe you should do the same with your OB, you will make the right decision for you and your baby as scary and daunting as it is.

    Good luck with it all! I hope you work out a decision that will be right for you and your bubby. I am 36 weeks pregannt and still have no idea what I will be doing

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    I was told at my 40 week appointment with number one that he was at least 10lb, when he came out he was only 7lb 13oz

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    Blah measurements are so inaccurate. The are based on averages and you can ask any mother, when their baby goes to the MCHN, it's very rare that babies are on the 50th percentile for everything (average). It takes a big baby and a small baby to make an average baby to make up those figures. So your baby is a little bigger - how wonderful! Height can be a great thing

    Don't fall for an induction for a big baby. Protect your uterus, protect your baby and say no. Mother nature does not put babies inside your body that are impossible to fit. If she did, explain the world population!!!! Please read the below to articles on big babies/small pelvises.

    http://www.bellybelly.com.au/article...nown-and-loved

    http://www.bellybelly.com.au/article...s-big-baby-cpd
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    on size my SIL was told with ehr first he was goign to be about 7pound and he was 9 pound 2 and she had heaps of stitches with him. and then the 2nd they said he was going to be small aswell and he was 10pound 4 but didnt even have 1 single stitch.

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    Hi Ange, (long post but hope this helps you.)

    I'm in cairns too not sure who your ob is but when i had my girls the ob told me that i was having large babies and they both measured two weeks advanced.
    I asked him how big he replied he can't tell me but he predicts about a 9pnder or 10 pnder. I freaked when he said that but he assured me that there is no real way of telling an exact size it is just a prediction. He also told me that i would not need a c/s i would be able to deliver naturaly. He was one great ob and so positive and made you feel so at ease.
    I went into labour just after cyclone larry with dd1 i was 4 days early. I had a great labour naturally and had a shot of pethadine and some gas DD1 was a huge 10pnd 5. I did have a tear internally and i went into shock from the loss of blood i was rushed to emergency to get fixed up and i remember waking up with all these people asking me if i had had a blood trans and my ob at the end of the bed as pale as a ghost! I freaked but i regained some sense into me and recovered after alot of drips/fluids and things into me. It turns out i had a blood vessel down there and Miss T decided that on the way out she would pop it open.

    I then fell preggas with number 2 and i was scared just like you in that i would have the same problem and all of that i asked my ob about a c/s i was not wanting to do that but i did keep my options open in case i had too. He told me that i would not need a c/s at all unless i specifically wanted to he told me the pros and cons and went through it all but was more wanting me to have natural than c/s.
    Right up until i went into labour i had in the back of my mind oh if this blood vessel bursts again i might die and all these stupid thoughts kept going through my head. In the end i delivered naturally and not only that my dd2 was 10pnd 6 and came out fine with no burst blood vessells or stitches needed i did though get hemeroids

    SO in my opinion Ange you do what you think is best for you. The docs have the history of what happened before therefore they should be prepared for it again. Can they not let you go natural and if at all during labour it gets complicated and a health concern for you and the baby then do a c/s at least you tried and you no that in the end you had no choice? Can i ask why they are saying that you need to have a c/s or why they are worried as i can't see how they can justify it is needed because of some nerves not working? Your the client Ange you tell them the plan and they have to go with it.

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    Hi,

    I had Gestational Diabetes and Noah was growing really really quickly so I was having constant scans i was induced at 37weeks and the last scan I had at 36w2d said he weighed 9p12 they is a percentage it could be over the estimated weight and a percentage they can be under. Noah was born 9p4 at 37w.

    I wouldn't worrry the best thing I have heard is

    When you look at a pair of stockings you don't wonder how you are going to get them on - you know they are made to fit and it's the same with babies.

    You have to get a baby out that's going to hurt and I really don't think the size will make all that much difference. Most 1st time mums tear too so that was most likely going to happen. try some perineal massage might help! goodluck

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    I was told my baby was on the 75th pecentile, it turned out she was on the 95th percentile, she weighed in at nearly 10 pound, but she was very long. But her head was on the 50th percentile. I think it is very inaccurate and you should say if you want to go a vaginal birth, you can always go the C-section if needed later.
    I know of lots of girls who have had a bad tear, who have gone on to succesfull births afterwards with not a scratch, try to not worry, it will play out however it is meant to. The more worried you get the hard it will be to relax and allow your body to work at it's best. Good luck!!!

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    my first Jasper 7lb 7oz I had an epsiotimy, lots of stitches, then I had Logan 9lb 12oz slight tear and 3 stitches.. his shoulders got stuck on the way out (shoulderdystocia) nobody predicted he was going to be that large not even me I thought 8lb maybe.. this time I will be monitored more closely as Logan did struggle to get out.. but both dr and midwife have said noone can predict how big a baby is going to be...sending you best wishes for your up and coming birth..

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    Ange I just wanna say try to have more faith in your body hun! Just becasue you tore so badly with your first doesn't mean you will tear again. For example my first vaginal birth was a 6lb7oz girl and i tore all the way up and all the way down and out both sides and through the inner flap (sorry no technical name coming forth in my mind) and they needed 3 boxes of the stitching thread! My next bub was 7lb8oz not one tear! The only thing i did differently was to listen to my midwife! I panted when she said to pant and psuhed when she said so and if she said little push thats what i did! Sometimes that can make all the difference in the world. Also if you are really worried about teraring try doing some pirenial(bad sp) massage with some oils. I have since given birth to a 8lb6oz (that was my biggest to date) and still no tearing or grazing! So please don't let the fact that you tore badly last time have any bearing on what may happen this time.

    Good Luck
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