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Measuring big

(15 Posts)
MammaCampbell Thu 17-Jul-14 12:34:36

Hi Ladies -
im new here so apologies if ive posted in the wrong place!
Im currently 29+4 and i had my antenatal appointment on Tuesday - the MW measured me and measured me at 32!

Im a big girl and so she said it could be 'me' thats big and giving that reading - or it could be baby but was really impossible to know. I have another appointment at 31 weeks and so im going to get measured again - she said if im still showing big i will be referred for a growth scan...this doesnt worry me, but it makes me feel a bit odd. Just not knowing exactly how big 'big' might be....
Ive only two weeks to wait till that appointment and so hopefully the size will even out but what if it doesnt and a scan shows hes huge lol.... I have been diagnosed with SPD too and so i dont know if this condition combined with a large baby makes me more likely to have a C-sec or early induction?
i have a 4D scan booked this saturday and wondered if they will be able to tell me more from that at all?

has anyone got experience of any of this?
Thank you

Lones80 Thu 17-Jul-14 12:40:25

I measured 2 cm over in my second pregnancy and was really worried as DC1 was over 9lb when my measurements had always been spot on. However DC2 ended up being smaller than DC1, I think she just had her bum stuck right out!

Jodie1982 Thu 17-Jul-14 13:09:28

I was always measuring bigger, usually 2/3cms more and my last baby weighed 10lb 6oz, so u could possibly have a chunky bubby in there!

PlaydoughGirl Thu 17-Jul-14 13:14:11

I measured big with both of mine. My first was 10lb 12oz, and my second 10lb 8oz.
Although I ended up having a c/s for both, my large measurements were never a reason given for early induction or c/s.

weebairn Thu 17-Jul-14 13:18:48

I think about 3cm either way is quite normal, it's not an exact science. Likely all is fine.

I measured a few cm under all the way through last time and i think was 4 or 5cm under at term. But baby was a normal sized 6 lb 14 oz, born about a week late. No one was that worried.

I don't think scans can tell you very accurately how big the baby is either. It's a bit of a lottery!

Trinpy Thu 17-Jul-14 13:19:03

I measured very big until ds changed position and I dropped right down to 75th percentile. I had a 9lb baby in the end and very bad spd (on crutches, bedrest, etc) but there was never any mention of c section and I had a fairly easy vb at home, so it's certainly no reason to worry.

Also, they do seem to send women for growth scans a lot ime. My mw said they have to to cover themselves, but it's usually all fine.

HopefulHamster Thu 17-Jul-14 15:51:20

I always wonder how it works when you're overweight - my bump is clearly my uterus at the top, but there's a wobbly bit underneath that I like to blame on my previous c-section but is probably due to all the cake I eat...

Anyway surely when they measure me the wobbly bits are included as well? I measured 29 at my 28 week appt so nothing to worry about, but I do wonder if I had a 'real' measurement whether it would actually put me as under 28?

But they must see bigger than average women all the time, so... anyway my head hurts.

mssleepyhead Thu 17-Jul-14 16:03:02

I've been 3/4 cms over the whole time and I've never been sent for a growth scan. Don't know how big the little man is just yet! But the midwife is very unconcerned and says it could just be the way he's positioned. My bump is all baby and I'm carrying just much to the front. Until recently he was very high too. In short, I wouldn't worry too much. I think it's only if you're a lot over or under that they get concerned.

NickyEds Thu 17-Jul-14 16:22:22

I measured 2cm larger at 30 weeks and was sent for a growth scan. Everything was fine and my baby turned out to be quite titchy really-6lb 5oz. On my next mw appointment I was back on track so it was either, growth spurt in baby, bloated me (blush) or, most likely, error in measurement (student mw did previous measurement, regular mw did the large one). Sonographer said it's notoriously hard to measure-if I lived 2 miles down the road they wouldn't have bothered scanning me. I was glad they did though, once it was established everything was fine I got to have a good look at my baby[smail]

MrsKoala Thu 17-Jul-14 16:30:43

First pregnancy and this one i measured 3cm above too. DS was 9lb so not massive . I'm 32wks now and having a scan at 34wks to see if they suggest a c-section. I'm a 'big' person tho too - 5ft 10 and very broad and DH is 6ft2in cubed grin So we were never going to make waifs.

Lozmatoz Thu 17-Jul-14 16:42:43

SPD won't make a difference to having a C section or not. In fact as your pelvis will beige flexible, they say its easier to give birth.

Scoobsmam13 Thu 17-Jul-14 21:12:02

I always measured 1cm under with DD and she ended up 10lb 2. Chances are this baby will be big too. My m/w said I will be referred for a growth scan, but that it wouldn't mean a referral for a CS or induction unless there were other factors (so I am unclear as to the point of a growth scan for big babies in all honesty).

dingalong Thu 17-Jul-14 22:22:49

I measured weeks ahead too. I'd a big baby and lots of 10lbs and lots of fluid. I was tested for gtt due to bump size but nothing showed up

MrsKoala Thu 17-Jul-14 22:27:35

Scoobs - My scan is also because i had complications last time, which a big baby would exacerbate, and because i have placenta preavia too. But yes, if it wasn't for those factors i don't think it would be an issue.

frannie2013 Fri 18-Jul-14 09:56:23

hi
i'm the same, though the growth is increasing which is worrying :-/
had a scan on tuesday.
was tested for GD but all clear.
at 32 weeks baby is 'weighing' 5lb 7.5 oz. 2lb bigger than it 'should' :-*
so seeing specialist next week and got an extra scan the following week.
have no idea what the next steps would be though. baby is wriggling round lots and whilst i'm tired and pretty big i can still walk round and don't think i put on too much additional weight so trying not to worry too much - what will be will be - but easier said than done at some moments!! mentally preparing that this baby might (have to) make an early appearance...

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