Is the baby growing at all between growth estimates ? If it is small and not growing then that is a slightly different scenario to small but growing. There could be all sorts of reasons for poor growth , including but not necessarily an inefficient placenta, if it was me I would rather deliver on edd with a planned cs rather than risk continuing and hoping for a late growth spurt (unlikely!). Any chance your dates are wrong?
I was induced twice in similar circumstances l. Looking back I wish I had refused and waited to see if natural labour would happen but I was so fed up of being pregnant by that stage I accepted the induction.
I'm sure your baby is absolutely fine, especially if she's following the curve! I welcomed an induction as my daughters growth was slowing down, but even then she was fine just very diddy. I personally liked the convenience of being induced It was also very quick for me and she was born a few hours after so it worked out quite well for me. If you feel you don't want to be induced though, it's entirely your choice. They can only advise you! But I do think there is no real reason for them to want baby out early if all of your Doppler readings are fine and baby is remaining on curve. Go with what makes you feel comfortable, if they had real concerns I'm they probably wouldn't wait til your due date and would want baby out as early as possible. Good luck x
Well I think inductions are crap but if you do get one, do get the epidural as well. I've had an induced labour and and natural labour and the induction is unnaturally painful in my opinion. On your other topic, I was induced on EDD for the same reason, small baby. In the end it was the right thing because I did have clots in the placenta which were preventing him from getting some nutrients, but not all, which is why his growth didn't disappear but slowed. He was a skinny baby alright! He was 6 lbs and very long so it made him look even skinnier!! So he was better off out than in, so I could start feeding him breast milk! To be honest I was happy to be induced because I was so fed up being pregnant by then that I didn't mind. But I was happy that I didn't need an induction with my second and hopefully I won't need another this time. My second was early (37+4 but weighed 7.5lbs so he was done in my opinion and I was also taking aspirin during that pregnancy) I hope this baby grows just as well. Good luck xx
Thank you for your reply. That is very interesting about clots. I haven't read or heard about that and knowing that there might be something like that does encourage me to go ahead with the induction. She also appears to be very tall. Her FL is on the 90th centile.