Fertile Journeys

February 16, 2010

Disappointing Appointment & Contractions

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lhoham @ 8:18 pm

Quick update since I’m out of energy completely today.

I had my 35 week appointment yesterday – the baby looks awesome! But, he’s HUGE. Not just big – HUGE. At 35 weeks 4 days (yesterday), he was an estimated 7 lbs 3 oz. What’s more, his shoulders are already measuring 39 weeks. They told me that there is a chance I may not even get to attempt a normal delivery.

I’m crushed.

I had my heart set on a vaginal delivery. I want that experience. I want them to put my baby on my chest right after he’s born. I want to breastfeed him right away. I don’t want a c-section. I cried for at least a solid 30 minutes after they told me. It’s not certain yet. We have to get another growth ultrasound in two weeks to check his growth again and the doctor will make the final call at that time. I just need to prepare myself.

So that was yesterday….then today…I’ve had contractions all day. In less than one hour I was able to count 18 contractions (about 2-3 minutes apart). But, those were not hurting. I had some that hurt during lunch time and a bit after. Then they were less painful again and spread out to about every 7-8 minutes. And they’ve been that way for quite some time now with a few painful ones mixed in there. Like when I got up from the couch (yeoch!!!) or tried to walk up the stairs.

So who knows…maybe this kid will come early?! At this point, we are just waiting it out. Either I go into labor or I don’t. I just would rather not contract like this for the next month. Because I’m tired from just one day of it. But, an earlier delivery would give me better chances of a vaginal birth….we’ll see what happens! They will probably calm down and go away before morning. That’s happened before. Just in the past, I haven’t had this many and they haven’t been this strong. Stay tuned!!


  1. Hm – I’ve never seen anyone measure a baby’s shoulders. Weight estimates can be notoriously off, so I hope they got it wrong and you can have the vag birth you really want.

    Comment by Kate — February 16, 2010 @ 10:09 pm |Reply

  2. 😦 I’m sorry to hear your delivery might not go as planned. I’ll hope they measure and there’s no issue but I guess it’s at least good they’re checking it out (I had a relative almost die because my cousin’s head was too large for a normal delivery -they didn’t catch that)

    And yeah contractions are annoying. I had them a long time before the girls showed up and never knew “when” I should go in. Can drive you crazy trying to guess. Good luck – hope it all turns out the way you want!

    Comment by Jules — February 17, 2010 @ 12:13 pm |Reply

  3. I’m sorry to hear your news. I hope they really “look” at things because growth ultrasounds at the end can be off as much as 1-2 pounds in the end.So don’t let them “make” that decison for you. Trust your mommy instincts and if you want a vaginal delivery, fight for it. There is no harm in trying also. And from the sounds of things, you may have that baby early too. Keep us posted.

    Comment by Amy from SK — February 17, 2010 @ 3:48 pm |Reply

  4. Honey, I would add that it’s okay to advocate for a vaginal delivery, but not to the point where you’re putting yourself or the baby at risk. At this point, they’re not just basing this on his weight, but also on his shoulder measurements. If they’re right on that and you try to deliver and he gets stuck, you may be in for an emergency C-section. And that, in my book, is much less desireable than a planned section. Love you, Mom

    Comment by mom — February 17, 2010 @ 3:56 pm |Reply

  5. If you have a planned section, maybe you can have the baby on St. Patrick’s Day!! Ha ha ha!! How cool would it be to pick your baby’s birthday???

    Comment by kathy — February 17, 2010 @ 6:14 pm |Reply

  6. I’m sorry you are disappointed. All I can say is I’ve heard them make BIG mistakes in guessing the size before. My one friend was told she was having a 9-10 lb baby so they did an early planned c-section – only to find out her baby was right around 7 lbs. They told me Micah was almost 1 lb bigger than he was! I agree with the others – you can certainly try for a vaginal delivery, but if they are certain he is large, you don’t want to risk him getting stuck. So, use your instinct and listen to what the doctors say, too. I do know that if you have to do a c-section, you can be awake, and they can also lay the baby on your chest after that, too, so you really don’t have to “miss out” on anything.

    Comment by Tkeys — February 17, 2010 @ 6:29 pm |Reply

  7. Like the other commenters, I encourage you to make sure you are fully informed and comfortable with the weight estimate and choice for c-section if that is what it comes to. Weight estimates can be off by over a pound. Before her c-section, my cousin was told she was having a “huge” baby and the baby was so small as to almost qualify as “low birth weight”. There is some excellent information here if you’d like to learn more: http://www.theunnecesarean.com/avoid-an-unnecesarean/

    Best of luck with your birth! I hope no matter what happens, everything turns out well.

    Comment by Rebecca — February 17, 2010 @ 7:15 pm |Reply

  8. Thanks for your comments, everyone!!

    I plan to talk more with the doctor and explain why I want a natural delivery and hear what he has to say.

    Ultimately I will do whatever is safest for Baby – even if that means I’m disappointed.

    Like a good friend said to me recently, there will be many moments to bond and love our little man – a c-section doesn’t take those away!

    Although a natuaral delivery is still my first choice 🙂

    Comment by lhoham — February 18, 2010 @ 1:45 pm |Reply

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