Monday, March 22, 2010

OMG, Big Baby! (41 weeks & waiting)

That's what everyone's saying, at least. I had an ultrasound and non-stress test today, because I am "overdue" (I feel like a library book) at 41 weeks. Everything is still good with both the baby and I, and I am still planning on a natural birth, but he is measuring at 10 pounds 12 ounces. I know that the ultrasound can be off by 2-3 pounds, and that women have has 12 pound babies vaginally, so I'm not worried too much, but several people around me are freaking out. My midwife said she would schedule a c-section if I wanted, but she also didn't see any reason why it would keep me from having a natural birth as long as everything (kick counts, placenta, etc) stays OK. She would be shy of inducing if he got much bigger, and would not want to use pitocin on a baby this size if labor's not progressing.

My mom went with me to the ultrasound, so she's a little worried about the size, but told me to do what I want as long as I feel comfortable. I think she would choose a c-section in my situation, but she is being pretty supportive and understands that I'd rather take the risk of a big baby and possible tear than the certainty of a major surgery. She still doesn't think they should "let me go this long", but most babies in my family were induced and/or born early, so even a week post-dates seems like a long time. My sister was freaked out by the size, and was just like "you need to have a c-section now!", but I just told her the risk of surgery was more serious to me than the chance that the baby may be big, and that the hospital would be able to do a section pretty fast if it ended up being necessary. Most of my friends think I'm sort of nuts for even considering a natural birth, but I am mostly getting support, encouragement, and offers of help.

I am still only about 1cm dilated, and not very effaced, but he has moved down into my pelvis some. My midwife stripped my membranes a little when she checked, with my permission, and said we'll probably do the same thing on Thursday if I haven't had him, depending on how things look. I want to give it at least another week of watching and waiting, but am hoping I go into labor soon just so other people's concerns don't rub off and cause me to be stressed out and tense during birth. I still feel like everything's good, and there's a reason he's growing and hasn't come yet, but I can also use some baby/labor vibes and good thoughts sent my way right now. :)

1 comment:

  1. Just a note to say excellent work on the blog, it's so enjoyable, hope you don't mind me following!

    And also I hope to God you have the baby soon! Fingers are crossed for you!

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