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History of large babies - what to ask consultant?

(9 Posts)
sj257 Wed 27-Jul-16 10:06:27

So I have had two babies that were over 10lb. I was induced at 42 weeks with my first. Labour was difficult as she was so big that she hadn't managed to get herself into the right position and her head presented showing the top of her ear. Pushing stage took 2.5 hours.

2nd time round in pregnancy they gave me a GTT. I didn't have GD. I had a growth scan at 36 weeks, was told he was around 7lb 2 then and that although he would be quite big there was no way he'd get to be as big as his sister. Their attitude was you've delivered a big baby before you can do it again. They agreed to induce me 10 days over instead of 14 i think just to shut me up. The labour was better than first time physically, however I felt traumatised from first time round and when it got to the pushing stage I refused to push. He ended up being delivered very quickly, he seemed to push himself out! He was 10lb 8. I tore again.

When I went for my 12 week scan the midwife I saw afterwards made a big deal about reading my notes and seeing that I have large babies that I "don't like to part with" she said that I must speak to the consultant about my concerns and she thinks that I will be offered scans every 4 weeks nearer to the end. She seemed to make out that more would be done this time. It is 8 years since I had my last child so maybe things have changed since then? She said I need to write down a list of questions for the consultant but all I can think of is a "please don't let me go overdue as I know I won't deliver without being induced anyway" plea!

Has anyone else been in a similar situation? I'm worried sick that this baby will be even bigger than the others as my BMI is higher now too 😞

Whatafrickennightmare Wed 27-Jul-16 11:18:41

Hi I'm currently pregnant with my second ds I'm 18 weeks. My first ds was 10lb9 and born with a broken clavicle. They told me after the birth I would be having a section this time.
Midwife has said as I have delivered before naturally I may be given the choice to be induced early or planned c section so im seeing a consultant after my 20 week scan to discuss options.

sj257 Wed 27-Jul-16 12:10:47

Oh gosh your poor baby! I'm 15 weeks today and see the consultant on Friday. Think i will feel better once I've spoken to them and have a plan of some sort!

thereisnocheese Wed 27-Jul-16 20:47:59

Hi, my first baby was estimated at 11lbs and so I had a planned section. She came out at 10.7lbs so still very big. For what it was worth I found the elcs very straightforward and had a quick recovery. I was prepared for a battle but the consultant was great and agreed almost immediately. Hope this helps. Currently six weeks preggo with my second and would go elcs if I can.

SansaClegane Wed 27-Jul-16 21:09:16

I just had an ELCS confused but then the two previous ones had been EMCSs, partly down to size. But - while I had lots of grief from consultant with DC2 about how baby might grow too big (was trying for VBAC), they basically left me alone for my third pregnancy as it didn't matter how big baby would be.

All I can suggest for you is to either ask to be induced at 39w (this is probably the earliest you'd get), or opt for an ELCS if you feel you can't go through another labour with a big baby.

Anyway, congrats on your pregnancy flowers and good luck!

babyblabber Wed 27-Jul-16 21:16:35

My first was 11lbs at 42 weeks. Forceps and episiotomy and a lot of bruising for me but he was ok.

My second I asked for a section. I'm small, narrow hips and just kept thinking, what if that was a fluke that I got him out?! I bought a book recommended on here (something like a Caesarian birth) re all the risks, pros and cons for both mum and baby of c-section vs vaginal delivery and made up a big spreadsheet of info for myself to be sure I was making the right decision.

DD1 was 9lbs at 39 weeks so I'd say she would have been over 10 had I gone say a week over. Section was much much easier recovery for me.

DD2 another ELCS and she was 9lbs 10. Bit slower recovery for me but still better than DS!

sj257 Wed 27-Jul-16 21:28:41

I really don't think I'd want a section, the thought of that scares me. It's so difficult as I know early induction may not be successful if my body isn't ready, but the thought of going 10-14 days over, only to end up induced anyway fills me with dread!

thereisnocheese Wed 27-Jul-16 21:32:45

Only you can make the decision about what is best for you. For me, I wasn't going into labour, and likely would have ended up an emergency section anyway. I'm also small.at only 5ft 4 but my husband is an ex rugby player so I blame him! Had my baby at 38 so on the old side for a first timer Hope you come to a decision soon.

sj257 Wed 27-Jul-16 21:35:53

Congratulations on your pregnancy 😊 I'm fed up of it all going round in my head, I'm only 15 weeks, I want to enjoy my pregnancy not worry lol. Although saying that I have anxiety so I'm probably fighting a losing battle!

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