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I had tons of ultrasounds/measurements at the end because I was having complications. One of which was an excess of fluid, which can make measurements inaccurate.
At 34 weeks, my belly was measuring 34 and baby was supposedly 5lbs, 12oz. Which was about a week ahead.
At 36 weeks (35+6) my belly was measuring 38 and baby was supposedly 7lbs, 6oz. Which was two weeks ahead.
At 37 weeks (37+1) my belly was measuring 42 weeks and baby was supposedly 8lbs, 3oz, which was 2.5 weeks ahead.
I delivered at 37w6d and baby was 7lbs on the nose.
I wouldn't get too concerned about it at this stage. Babies grow at lots of different rates and those measurements can be off for a number of reasons. I will say that the guesses I was given for each of my sons were closer to accurate. My first was right on target, my second was about 6oz smaller than guessed.
But I'll say, it was easier to birth my second, who was my largest by 1lb, 5oz than my peanut of a first (my third was my easiest out of all, but not the smallest). So there are lots of things you can do to help a big baby come out easier, even if you do end up with a big baby.
Thank you. I guess I'm worried because my first was measuring big (they were thinking like 9 - 10 lbs!) but was born a week late and was 8.4, but was a very long, hard labor, nearly 4 hours of pushing and I tore ...my second was measuring on time, was a shorter easier labor, 3-4 pushes and out, no tear, and he was 7.10 I have just always assumed it was his smaller size that made him easier. Doc has said it was more likely because he was the second...but the tear, idk I would think that is more about size.
I don't remember how I was measuring relative to how far along I was, but two days before he was born the ultrasound tech guessed 9 lbs 3 oz and baby was born 9 lb 7 oz. I had a terrible labor/delivery but I'm not sure how much of it was because of the size of the baby. I wouldn't worry if only because the stress won't help anything
The fundal height measurements and u/s weights are just a guessing game. I wouldn't rely too much on them weight wise. My fundal height always measured right on track. At my 36 week appt the girl that measured said I measured a week ahead. Since I had preeclampsia and IUGR and had already spent a week in the hospital because of her small size I just guessed she was a little off with the measuring since she was new. As far as u/s size at 33 weeks she measured 4 lbs, 34 weeks was 5 lbs 9 oz, 36 weeks was 5 lbs 13 oz and she was born at 37 weeks 5 lbs even.
I never had any u/s at the end but my midwife said he was big and he only ended up being 7lb 11 born at 39w 1 day so he was early he was smaller than my daughter who was 8 lb abs she was overdue my labour only lasted three hrs so was really quick but I did tear like the other ladies have said I wouldn't go by what u/s there usually not accurate
I measured all over the place. At one point he measured 3 weeks ahead. They induced me at 38 weeks because the ultrasound showed he was very tiny with a large head. They guessed around 4 pounds. He came out PERFECTLY proportioned and weighed 6lbs 11oz. Needless to say- I don't trust ultrasounds for size and weight anymore.
I also wonder why they bother with a technology that seems to cause more worry than anything else
To the OP...my third was my easiest Maybe yours will be too! My first was the hardest to birth (labor wasn't bad), my second was not nearly as hard to birth (11min, 5-6 pushes and no tearing), and my third was a piece of cake to birth (about 2 minutes, 1 big push, and no tearing). I think position can play a role in tearing as well. Your first might have been positioned worse than your second coming out (my first was rotated sideways coming out, instead of the desired face-down, so his head did not compress as much as it could have). I hope it's an easy labor and delivery no matter what size baby is!