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Measuring large... QUESTION!!!

Posted by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 8:40 AM
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I am 31 weeks and 5 days pregnant.  I had a routine doctor's appointment yesterday.  He measured my belly and I am measuring at 33 weeks!  I went up four centimeters in only two short weeks!  When I had an U/S done at 28 weeks, my DD was actually SMALL and in the lower percentile, so they scheduled me for another one at 36 weeks.  I was hoping for a small baby because I am prone to rather large kids, and now I have to have her by c-section so I get the stress of delivery off my mind.  I can't give birth vaginally if she is larger than 8lbs 9oz because my last son got stuck from shoulder dysplesia.  My question is, has anyone else measured two weeks ahead and how large was your child after he/she was born and how many weeks before you went into labor?  THANK YOU!


by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 8:40 AM
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by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:12 AM

I was measuring 2 weeks ahead from about 30 weeks on they finally induced me the day before my due date and she came out at 9lbs 4 oz....she was very tight, and almost got stuck....they said if they would have waited a couple of more days then she would have gotten stuck. Good luck!

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 10:13 AM

this is my first, i am due on saturday.  my measurements by centimeters are never exact by what week i am.  its like give or take a week or two, cause sometimes the baby is in a wierd position.  sometimes i measure a lil smaller cause baby is all balled up in my lower belly.  sometimes he is stretched out.  so i wouldn't go nuts over the measurements by centimeters.  i really wouldn't go nuts by ultrasound measurements either cause they can be very wrong.

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Measuring ahead is no reason for a cesarean--  try not to worry!   Babies have growth spurts and that is wonderful!    The ultrasound and fundal measurements can vary day-to-day, not any big worry.  

Cesareans are generally harder on mom & baby, avoiding them would seem like less stress, I should think.

And there are many things to do to keep a "bigger" baby descending, you are VERY unlikely to have any problems like last time.  You can work for as natural a birth as possible, staying upright, working with gravity, and hiring a normal birth specialist with knowledge of the Gaskin Maneuver might help.

Things can change dramatically for you in the next ten weeks.  Even if baby gets to be ginormous, you can still do your best.  With information, knowledge, and support it's no worries!

Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.

~Barbara Katz Rothma

When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change. -Mongan

by Bronze Member on Dec. 17, 2008 at 12:34 PM

The measuring the doctor does in his office, is only measuring the height of the uterus not the baby. There is a several centimeter range for each week, with gestation week being the middle. Ultrasound actually measures the baby's bone length and then estimates the weight.

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