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February 24th, 2011, 04:48 PM
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I'm 31 weeks and really want a VBAC!! MY OB says she's supportive, but some of the things she's said make me nervous. One of her recent comments is that she likes to do an US at 35 weeks for all her VBACs. I'm assuming this is to determine position, size, etc. My DD was born at 35 weeks and weighed 6lb 9oz. They said she'd be 10+ at full term. This baby is already "measuring big" according to the fundus measurement (which isn't always accurate). With my DD the same OB was trying to talk me into a CS because she was measuring so big - I refused, but ended up with an emergency CS because of heart rate issues. I'm scared that if I do the 35 week US my OB will just use it as an excuse to insist on a CS. I'm pretty positive I'll have a big baby, and I'm perfectly ok with VBACing a 10+ pounder if that's what he weighs. I also know that ultrasounds are almost always OVERestimates of the baby's weight. Regardless, I don't want a CS just because they think my baby *might* be big!! Any advice?? Suggestions?? Anyone have experience with VBACing a large baby?
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February 24th, 2011, 05:08 PM
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I'm a VBAC hopeful as well. At 36 weeks I had an US that said Baby would be large. He was already measuring 7 1/2 lbs! Well my midwife said not to listen because the can be off up to a lb!
Go with your gut... If you think your OB will use it as a reason to insist on a C/S, don't do it!
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February 24th, 2011, 07:45 PM
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I don't have any personal experience but one of the OBs in the group I go to told me not to worry if this baby is measuring bigger than my DD because he's seen many women go on to have successful VBACs with bigger babies. He's been an OB for something like 30 years so I take it he's had quite a bit of experience with this.

I hope you get your VBAC! Good luck.
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I would not do it. There is nothing they will learn from an ultrasound that will do you any good. They can tell positioning through touch, and you can map it as well with spinningbabies.com As for size, it's known to be inaccurate.
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February 25th, 2011, 01:20 PM
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I personally would find a new OB, they are already setting you up for failure, and don't seem to have confidence in you. THey didn't in your first birth either.

I did VBAC a large baby, he was 9 lb 14 oz and posterior. it can be done.
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February 25th, 2011, 08:31 PM
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I wouldn't do it. It is pointless. They are just going to say "you have a big baby" which you already know and that gives them fuel to section you.
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February 28th, 2011, 07:51 PM
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Here's something to mull over as well. My oldest was born at 35 weeks, 7 lbs 22" they guessed he would have been a 10 lb'er as well. My next was 37.5 weeks, 6lbs 10 oz 18.5" and my youngest was 37 weeks 5 lbs 15 oz 19.5". The OB I had with my second was so determined that I would have a big baby she was an ERCS(and he was scared that I would spontaneously combust with the first contrax.) I could kick myself now for going along with it. Is there a possibility that they had your EDD wrong? It's fairly easy to be off by a couple weeks and that can be the difference between 5 lbs and 7 lbs.
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Here's something to mull over as well. My oldest was born at 35 weeks, 7 lbs 22" they guessed he would have been a 10 lb'er as well. My next was 37.5 weeks, 6lbs 10 oz 18.5" and my youngest was 37 weeks 5 lbs 15 oz 19.5". The OB I had with my second was so determined that I would have a big baby she was an ERCS(and he was scared that I would spontaneously combust with the first contrax.) I could kick myself now for going along with it. Is there a possibility that they had your EDD wrong? It's fairly easy to be off by a couple weeks and that can be the difference between 5 lbs and 7 lbs.
My EDD is definitely spot on. We were TTC and I was charting everything. I knew my EDD when I went in for my 8 week ultrasound and the results of it put the baby with the exact same EDD as the one I'd calculated. Thanks for posting your experience though. It makes me feel better that you made it 2 more weeks with #2 and #3. Was #3 also an ERCS or a VBAC? Did you take any extra precautions to make it a little further with #2 and 3?
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March 1st, 2011, 07:53 AM
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Your midwife is right. U/S can be incredibly unreliable at estimating weight this late. Mine were nearly 2 lbs off at the end. Regardless big baby doesn't mean you can't birth vaginally. I would refuse.
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I was trying for VBA2C with my third, but my OB wasn't on call and the OB that was there did everything she could to eventually stress Gabe enough that we were back in the OR. I held off and labored for 31 hours with him though, made it through her breaking my water when he was still floating (she told me he was low enough that it shouldn't cause problems but he wasn't) and her starting pit without telling me. I didn't realize the pit had been started for a few hours because they kept it so low. I think the icing on the cake was the epi and the last crank on the pit to stress Gabe to where he wasn't doing well.
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