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Do they induce early for big baby?

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Jem1593 Sun 07-Jun-20 10:30:03

Helloooo smile

Just a thought really! I had my fundal height measured at 28 weeks, I was measuring above the 97th centile line.

Midwife didn’t say a lot but tested me for GD as a precaution which was clear, so said it’ll just be a matter of keeping an eye on it.

I’ve slightly freaked myself out now because according to my chart if he stays on track he’s estimated at nearly 10lb and I’m really quite short with a small frame 😬

I’ve got my next appointment in a weeks time so I’m sure my midwife will let me know then, but i was just wondering as I’m slightly terrified of having to push out a gigantic baby haha!

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TenThousandSpoons0 Sun 07-Jun-20 11:41:00

If you’re concerned, chat to your midwife about it again and ask to arrange a scan. Fundal height measurements can be pretty inaccurate. If a scan shows a very large baby then there is perhaps a role for earlier induction, but there are lots of pros and cons to it, so would need a discussion with an obstetrician to try and figure out what’s right for you. Plenty of time though, don’t panic!

rosydreams Sun 07-Jun-20 11:59:20

well they did for me they induced me a week early but really they over estimated her weight she was just fine size

Melbs6 Mon 08-Jun-20 08:52:35

I’ve measured over the 97th percentile at my 28 week appointment too. The midwife didn’t seem bothered but I’m worried he’s going to be huge 😰 I guess if we carry on measuring big we might get referred for growth scans which I think are more accurate?

littlejalapeno Mon 08-Jun-20 09:17:40

My baby measured big and the midwife shot down my concerns. I ended up being induced at 40+11 and that resulted in an emcs after 56 hours in labour. Baby was 3.76kgs, but my hips are narrow and they reckon his 92nd percentile head got stuck. I wish I’d pushed the midwife to be induced at term or a c section at term.

It’s your body and you must do what’s right for you. They are there to inform and facilitate not to gatekeep and gaslight. I will have a consultant led planned c section if I ever am lucky enough to get pregnant again. Good luck and congratulations on your pregnancy

JillGoodacre Mon 08-Jun-20 09:27:27

I was induced a week early 😀

JillGoodacre Mon 08-Jun-20 09:28:27

Sorry that was a complete and utter lie - I meant given a sweep a week early

Muchtoomuchtodo Mon 08-Jun-20 09:28:47

Not for me!
Ds was on the same percentile line as you and I was finally induced 2 weeks late!
He was 8lb 11oz and I managed with gas and air.
Good luck

moonlight1705 Mon 08-Jun-20 09:29:43

I ended up with a 10lb4 baby but she was 11 days late. I went into labour the day before my induction was booked.

She did get stuck though and had to have an emcs. I don't know if it would have been better to be induced way or not.

RandomMess Mon 08-Jun-20 09:35:19

Not in my experience!

I'm 5' and pre kids had 6 hips, 10lb 6oz baby at 42 weeks no tears etc.

Baby position has far more to do with a straightforward birth than size. Most people assumed I was having twins because of how HUGE my bump was.

Colouringinbook Mon 08-Jun-20 09:37:16

I was due to be induced at 39 weeks due to size but he decided to come early anyway, he got stuck so only came out with forceps. 90+ centile for weight, length and head size.

Charlottejade89 Mon 08-Jun-20 10:17:09

I measured big with my first and I had to have a growth scan and was then told I'd be induced on my due date but I ended up having her the week before anyway. And she was 7lbs 15oz so no where near the estimated 10lbs

MarshmallowsOnToast Mon 08-Jun-20 13:48:11

My baby was always measuring above the 95th centile & I was checked for GD too but negative.

At 36 weeks had a growth scan that showed big again & they just said they didn't want me to go over DD by more than a week.

So following a failed sweep at 40w I was induced at 41w. DS was born 9lb 7oz with a ventouse (vacuum) intervention as his shoulder was a bit stuck and an episiotomy.

Jem1593 Mon 08-Jun-20 13:58:32

@RandomMess that gives me a little hope! I’m 5’1 and size 8 usually. I just can’t imagine a tiny baby coming out nevermind a massive one 😂

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RandomMess Mon 08-Jun-20 14:03:09

Also my fundal height always measured small it was only 38/39 when I was 42 weeks!!!

Even scans aren't accurate...

grey12 Mon 08-Jun-20 14:17:56

They said DD2 was big and she was bang on the 50th percentile hmm

A relative had a really big baby naturally, so you don't actually need early induction if you don't want. If it gets complicated (which can happen with any labour) then you may need a csection.

Quackersandcheese3 Mon 08-Jun-20 14:39:29

My DS was measuring big . They offered me an elective C section. This was the day before his due date. They did offer to induce as well but I took the c section option.

mylittlesandwich Mon 08-Jun-20 14:42:03

I wasn't offered an early induction so I had a c-section.

whatthefuckamigoingtodo Mon 08-Jun-20 14:45:54

Didn't with my giant baby. Who was 10lb 14 .. ouch

Bluebelltulip Mon 08-Jun-20 14:46:44

Fundal height doesn't necessarily match baby size, I've had big fundal heights in all 3 pregnancies and my babies were born 6th, 9th and 2nd centile so completely opposite end.

Buckingham1988 Mon 08-Jun-20 14:50:44

I had a 9lb4oz baby naturally with just gas and air (I'm also 5ft). I was booked for sweep day after due date and was told they'd quickly move onto induction. However had him a day early naturally.
My Dr measured a good 1lb each more than their actual birth weights so they are not 100% accurate.

Fifilafrog Mon 08-Jun-20 14:58:08

Not sure maternal height or size has much to do with it to be honest. I'm 5'9" and had an 11lb baby by emcs. My midwife wanted to send me for a growth scan based on the size of my feet! I have size 5 feet which apparently, for my height, is quite small. Apparently there's a correlation between your height, the size of your feet and the size of your pelvic opening although they don't use this anymore. Consultant when I arrived for my scan said she wouldn't scan me as they are inaccurate and regardless of the result I would have to try natural labour. Which I did, unsuccessfully! Midwife afterwards said she wished she'd just booked me for an elective cs as an 11lb baby was never going to be born naturally from a 5'9" mother with size 5 feet 🤷🏻‍♀️

So, ask your midwife if she thinks your feet are small and see what she says!!

RandomMess Mon 08-Jun-20 15:01:18

The foot size to pelvis size has been debunked, my feet aren't even a size 3.

Having been induced 4 times I wouldn't go for early induction just because they are more likely to be long and drawn out...

whatthefuckamigoingtodo Mon 08-Jun-20 15:06:01

@Fifilafrog my 2 babies were born naturally with no problems and I am 5 10 with size 5 feet. My second baby was 10lb 14

Fifilafrog Mon 08-Jun-20 16:31:14

As I said, they don’t use the foot size thing anymore but it wouldn’t hurt to ask 😊

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