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lucyintheskywithgin Thu 02-Jun-16 23:24:01

Hey, I've just had my booking scan for baby2 and feel a bit deflated.
Dd was induced and born by forceps after epidural at 5.5kg so a biiig girl and a bit of blood loss after and observed in high dependency unit for 9hrs overnight. I didn't think the birth was particularly high risk apart from her size (40wk plus 13days)
I just feel a bit like the rug's been pulled out from my feet with the mw at the appt telling me I'll prob have a consultant led managed birth and that she thinks I prob had gestational diabetes, I definitely didn't. It's ok if it comes to the bit but I was a low risk pregnancy last time and don't foresee any problems this time. Am I just being stupid in feeling like I have no choice in this?? confused I wanted midwife led ... Can it change?

Northernlurker Fri 03-Jun-16 00:49:08

You don't have to accept anything offered but your baby was big and required forceps. That does put you at higher risk of similar complications so I would want to listen to the opinions offered and then decide what care you feel you will accept.

Quodlibet Fri 03-Jun-16 00:54:25

It seems a bit premature for your midwife to be defining how this pregnancy will go? For what it's with I have a friend who had a very large first baby (over 11lb, c section after v long labour) and she was monitored for gestational diabetes in second pregnancy but found not to have it. She was allowed to try for VBAC, and her second baby was a very normal size.

Stumbleine Fri 03-Jun-16 08:17:06

When you say a bit of bleeding how much was a bit? You mention HDU so sounds like it would have been fairly significant?

superwormissuperstrong Fri 03-Jun-16 08:32:41

I was automatically consultant led because of my age. Which meant that I've had extra scans and meetings with consultants. Yes it's a bit annoying but they are simply maintaining a closer eye on your pregnancy because 'on average' there is a higher risk. As it turns out I have nothing to indicate any problems and at 38 weeks have been signed back to midwife care for the actual birth. I think that's the right balance - monitor you more during the pregnancy but if all going smoothly then back to the midwives as term approaches...

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