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Growth Scan; Potentially large baby

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Hekabe Fri 21-Apr-17 17:55:36

Today I had a growth scan... I'm 28 weeks and they measured a 3.7lb baby.

Average is 2.54....

Good bye pelvic floor.

AprilLudgateDwyer Fri 21-Apr-17 17:58:58

I had a 10lb 11 baby and everything in that region is a ok! Don't panic

memyselfandaye Fri 21-Apr-17 18:02:27

They told me I was having a small baby, then they said he was going to be large so I needed an extra scan.

He actually weighed 7lbs 10oz. They were wrong on both counts, it happens a lot.

mummy2pickle Fri 21-Apr-17 18:04:47

I am 28 weeks also and had scan Tuesday and measurements are large and weighs 3lb 6! So in the same boat. I am worried about a large baby as my first was 9lb10 so I know his one is going to be a 10lber!!
Just want to know if hey are thinking of intervening early or not. So I can sympathize with your concerns. Have you got any follow up scans or tests? X

vfoster Fri 21-Apr-17 18:10:56

My first was 10lb 10 and the pelvic floor survived! I've got my 28 week growth scan next week so will be expecting another big baby!

Bubbinsmakesthree Fri 21-Apr-17 18:14:21

Have you been tested for Gestational Diabetes? Generally early induction is only recommended if the size is related to GD.

Also worth thinking whether you'd want an ELCS - current advice is that it should be considered where the baby is predicted to be over 5kg/11lb.

(I have just had a 10lb 7oz baby by ELCS as he was predicted 11lb+)

Babayaggatheboneylegged Fri 21-Apr-17 18:20:07

I had lots of growth scans and was tested for gestational diabetes as I was told I was having a monster baby. At the very end of my pregnancy I saw a consultant who said she thought there had probably been a dating error. My baby was born a few days later weighing a very manageable 8lbs 12. My pelvic floor is very much intact! Try not to worry too much as growth scans are notoriously unreliable

Cagliostro Fri 21-Apr-17 18:20:38

11lb 14oz here (11 days late but would still have been huge on EDD I guess) and both my DS and my pelvic floor are absolutely fine. grin

I may have been induced earlier or sent for CS if they'd known (doctor actually felt my tummy on the day he ended up arriving and guessed 9lb) but it was really fine, way easier than my first labour.

They reckon I developed GD - I had the test at 28wks but it's possible I developed it after, he had low blood sugar etc.

I'm expecting my 3rd now 7 years on, and have been told I'll need growth scans this time because of DS' size. I may be induced at 37 weeks so they don't let this one get as big. And will possibly have a later GD test too.

All the best OP! smile Don't panic!

Cagliostro Fri 21-Apr-17 18:22:37

Oh and everyone kept telling me I wouldn't be able to feed him myself either (I did) and that he'd end up massive as a child (he's not - 50th centile for weight and 75th for height). There are a lot of misconceptions about big babies but honestly don't worry thanks

Cammysmoma Fri 21-Apr-17 18:25:38

Omg they told me this too and my GS with my 1st. I was crapping myself!!

He came out on time and 6lbs 3oz


Cantchooseaname Fri 21-Apr-17 18:28:40

Scan at 36 weeks- told baby was 8lb 13, with head circumference off the chart.
Induced at 38 weeks- baby was 7lb 3oz.
Take measurements with a pinch of salt. Yes some babies are big, but they don't KNOW - try to enjoy pregnancy and not stress.

Hekabe Fri 21-Apr-17 18:58:14

Hey mummy2pickle!

Yes I have two more scans booked as they are monitoring something else.

I've already been listed as potentially being induced due to the other thing... the doc today said that they'd monitor the future scans so that they can make a call. If baby gets too big it'll be a sunroof job. Or induced early. So basically I have no idea!!

Mother was smug "I said you were big...!" Alright'''

Good to know others were fine though! SIL had two huge babies, so I'm definitely blaming DH and his genes... grin

Hekabe Fri 21-Apr-17 19:04:12

Sorry ladies - I'd written the last pos and it only just updated whilst I was working - just refreshed to find all of your tales of sizing. Seems like sprog could end up any size at all!

Also being tested for GD next week, something about a large stomach... but I'm sure it's all fine.

No wonder i feel tired though...

mummy2pickle Fri 21-Apr-17 19:13:13

Yeah I've got GD test Sunday as babies stomach is also off the scale but my first dd stomach was the same. I don't have any more scans as yet so will just wait and see. When I mentioned about having a big baby before the measurements were found my midwife said " you've done 9lb 10 naturally you can do a 10lb+" great just what I wanted to hear!
Everyone's mentioned how big I look and you just feel like ignoring it. Anyway big babies are more cuddly!!!

All the best

vfoster Fri 21-Apr-17 19:14:01

Just about the GD....big baby doesn't always mean diabetes. I was tested for my first and didn't have it even though I had polyhydrominos and she was 10lb 10. This one was measuring big at the week scan and again my GD test was negative.
I was 9lb 14 and my husband was over 9lb and we're both tall so we never expected teeny babies! Consultant said it's often genetic!

vfoster Fri 21-Apr-17 19:15:50

Oh and, in my experience, big babies sleep for longer! Bigger tummies take more food and can go for longer!

PastysPrincess Fri 21-Apr-17 19:30:38

I was told I was having a small 7lb baby even though I measured slightly over on fundal height. He ended up weighing 11lb 9 oz 12 days overdue.

I ended up making a complaint (very long story) about my treatment and was told even the most experienced obstetrician would struggle to accurately identify the weight pre-birth. it always puzzles me that they can talk as though everything is the gospel truth but put a complaint in and they change their tune.

Bubbinsmakesthree Fri 21-Apr-17 19:46:39

vfoster - I was exactly the same, big baby, polyhydromonis. Had four rounds of testing for GD and nothing found! The doctors were obsessed with finding a 'reason' why the baby was so big and generally scared the crap out of me by obsessing over it and pulling faces over my scans. He's just a big baby!

vfoster Fri 21-Apr-17 19:59:37

Bubbinsmakesthree same here! First pregnancy they were obsessed but this one they are just expecting it! Both sonographer and consultant said it made sense when they saw my 6"5 husband This time around 😂

Hekabe Fri 21-Apr-17 22:10:03

PastysPrincess Jesus H - 11.9?? Hats off to you!

Vfoster - What is polyhydromonis? Wasn't mentioned today? I reckon I wont have GD too...

Thought myself and DH are all very average in height. 5"5 and 5"10, he's fairly muscular though. Could be just a well built one like DH I suppose. THought looking at pics he was actually quite skinny as a kid!

I was small. but mother soked, drank coffee... carried on as normal for back then!

vfoster Fri 21-Apr-17 22:47:16

Polyhydrominos means having more fluid around the baby than 'normal'. It can be a complication but everything was straightforward for me. It can be caused by GD and can be linked to having a large baby or measuring big (they couldn't find a reason why I developed it). Pretty sure you would have been told at a scan if you had it; I think I found out at about 20 weeks (though my recollection of my first pregnancy is awful!).Though they've said I may develop it again later on in this pregnancy.

The growth scans are notoriously innacurate so I wouldn't worry too much. Though, most people I know who have had bigger babies have had quite straight forward deliveries. Don't worry too much, the pelvic floor is pretty tough! 😃

Hekabe Sat 22-Apr-17 07:17:33

thank you all. reassuring!

I think the only thing to worry about is the next 18years worth of grocery bills with this large stomach to cater for... grin

Mamabear14 Sat 22-Apr-17 07:27:25

I also had polyhydramnios and had a weekly scan due to size. Head and stomach measurements off the charts. I also have a small pelvis. Was induced and she was born in her due date weighing 8lb 8oz after being told she would be at least 10lb. Needed stitches but no problems with actually getting her out. I think their measurements are not that accurate.

Vanannabananna Sat 22-Apr-17 07:35:34

I had a 10lb 1 baby through assisted vaginal delivery. Pelvic floor all intact 😄

Bubbinsmakesthree Sat 22-Apr-17 10:17:20

I was told that about 75% of cases of polyhydramnios have no specific cause, 20% are linked to GD and about 5% are linked to congenital problems with the baby (although generally those problems would be evident from the scans). So if the scans of baby are fine and there is no GD, the polyhydramnios is probably just 'one of those things'

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