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booked for home birth, now consultant is worried last one was big and wants glucose testing and growth scans...

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hermionegrangerat34 Wed 24-Sep-08 10:43:21

Should I be worried? My first baby (induced, forcepts) was 8lb.8oz. Second (natural vaginal waterbirth in hospital with no pain relief) was 10lb.3oz. I'm booked for a home waterbirth this time, but when I saw the consultant yesterday for a routine booking appointment, he was pulling faces about the size of my last, and says I need to have a glucose test and growth scans at 32 and 36 weeks (I'm only 14 weeks now).
To be fair, he didn't mention it being a problem with home birth, but he did seem unreasonably concerned and rather disbelieving that I had managed to deliver a 10lb3oz baby naturally. He kept saying 'but weren't the midwives very surprised?' 'You had it in the POOL??!!' etc.
Any doctors or midwives out there who can tell me whether it really is significant how big the last one was? Should I have the tests? My husband is now convinced that they are just going to do the tests and then, whatever the results, say I should have it in hospital. I'd rather not, especially as you can't have a water birth in my now local hospital, but obviously if it is actually dangerous to have a big baby at home I'll go in to hospital. But is there any research to show that having a big baby is riskier?

greenlawn Wed 24-Sep-08 11:10:01

I had a similar level of hysteria from the sonographer at 36 weeks - am now 39. Last baby was 9lbs 10oz. Waiting to see if I can have another normal birth but I was a bit taken aback by the reaction of a couple of people, since I'd managed very well with the last baby (vbac). Sadly no hb for me anyway due to previous cs.

I guess they are just covering themselves, but even the scans are notoriously inaccurate. I personally would wait and see, you've got ages till 32 weeks, but your history suggests you managed a large baby very well on your own!
Would be very interested to hear other views considering this birth is pretty imminent ...

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