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April 24th, 2009, 03:09 PM
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So, we were scheduled for a 2nd ultrasound since at our first my placenta was really low. They wanted to double check and make sure it had moved. The good news- the placenta is far enough away from my cervix that I'm cleared for a vaginal birth (instead of c-section). That's GREAT news!! The "other" news- our baby measured in the 92nd percentile and supposedly already weighs more than 4 lbs!! EEk- according to WTE book we're only supposed to be at 3 something. I'm a bit freaked for obvious reasons but also because the birth center has weight min/max and I don't want to get kicked out and have to deliver at L&D!

Other than that, it was an interesting session- got to see the baby yawn and play with her/his toes and wave around its little hand. Fun stuff! I also started to get really lightheaded, clammy, and nauseas so had to roll over on my side and then eventually sit upright until the blood got back into my system. Scary- that hadn't happened since a dentist appt. a while back and I thought I'd overreacted, but this morning I truly felt like crap. I guess 4 lbs. resting on your aorta will do that!!

Unfortunately, we only got one photo and its not very good... but yay and eek for all the news!

So- now I'm just sitting here hoping we don't have a sumo baby on the way!
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April 24th, 2009, 04:58 PM
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U/S are really unreliable for determining weight, especially as you get further along. I wouldn't worry about it.
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April 24th, 2009, 05:00 PM
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we just had a wonderful woman here give birth to an almost 12 lb baby vaginally without meds. I wouldn't focus too much on the u/s, they are notorious for getting weight wrong, and most of the legend about "big babies" and "small pelvis'" is scare tactics.

Can you start practicing squats now? Those really open your pelvis for birth. I started way too late in my pregnancy and it was very difficult.

we just had a wonderful woman here give birth to an almost 12 lb baby vaginally without meds. I wouldn't focus too much on the u/s, they are notorious for getting weight wrong, and most of the legend about "big babies" and "small pelvis'" is scare tactics.

Can you start practicing squats now? Those really open your pelvis for birth. I started way too late in my pregnancy and it was very difficult.
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April 24th, 2009, 06:45 PM
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Thanks for the support, ladies! I will start the squatting, for sure! And I did read the birth story you're referring to, it was amazing! I guess I'm less worried about my own ability to give birth to a chunk than I am concerned that it will disqualify me from the BC and I won't get the chance to labor there. I'll have to talk to my midwife at my next appt, I guess. I really hope it isn't an issue!

ETA: I just remembered- after the US tech told us about the kiddo's weight she even went so far as to ask whether I'd been tested for GD and how that had turned out (I passed). I suppose I shouldn't be letting this stress me out since there's nothing I can/should do about it (right?). Partly I think I'm worried because I've really dropped off my workouts (stopped running completely and haven't been getting to the pool more than 1xweek though I do walk the dog at least once a day and often twice). I remember the stats in the "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" book which stated that mothers who stopped working out mid-pregnancy tended to gain even more weight and have even heavier babies than mothers who didn't exercise at all. I feel like this is the ultimate kick in the pants for being a slacker!

OR... I'm totally overthinking things (wouldn't be the first time!).
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April 24th, 2009, 07:19 PM
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I don't think your exercise routine has any effect on your baby's weight. I didn't exercise through my pregnancy with Abby and I did 5 days a week when I was pregnant with Anna. Anna was bigger by 4oz.

Hopefully they don't kick you out of the birth center though. That seems like a crappy rule!
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April 24th, 2009, 09:43 PM
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I would have concerns about a birth center disqualifying someone for a "big baby". I've never even had a weight estimating u/s before. I don't see any reason to have one, that seems weird.

but yeah, don't stress too much (well, try )
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April 25th, 2009, 03:19 AM
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By 32 weeks (which you are almost at) the baby should be about 4lbs, according to most texts I have seen, so you are really right on track, given that an estimate is just an estimate.

As far as exercising, my exercise has decreased in the past couple weeks, I just physically cannot do what I had been doing. I try to walk, even if it is super slow a few times a week at least. I would not think that has too much to do with your baby's weight gain at all.
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April 25th, 2009, 08:40 AM
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ummm the BC will disqualify you for a big baby? How do they know its a big baby, those things can be off by a few pounds either way!! Heck they tol dme Nichole was a very average size baby at around 8 pounds... she was 6lbs 12 oz. So yay not really average! lol They can only guess.
Is this BC in the hospital?
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April 25th, 2009, 02:17 PM
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Yes, the BC is located within a hospital for insurance issues (according to the orientation- it used to be separate but was actually shut down for awhile until a massive mommy protest got it reopened but in a hospital at the very far end of the L&D wing but very distinct and separate) however in all other issues is a traditional Birth Center. I have no idea how firm they are about birth weights- but in the brochure there is a list of things that may prevent mothers from laboring at the birth center. I guess I didn't think it was that strange- I wouldn't expect them to deal with my 25 week twins... but I have no idea how strict they are about the weight thing.
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