I am not really sure if I am writing for advice or just to get this off my chest. I am 38 + 3 days pregnant. I went to my Obstetrician appointment yesterday and he was measuring bub and became worried about growth from last week’s appointment (which was minimal from the week before too) and suggested the fluid looked low.
I was rushed to an urgent scan to check growth, fluid and placenta. I was also on my own so was trying very hard to be calm etc. The sonographer was brilliant and very thorough, she said the fluid actually looked good but that baby was small. She is measuring 2.68 kilos (I know there is room for error ) the doctor came in too and said yes, you are going to have a small bub but don’t worry, lots of women do. These two ladies actually did 2 other scans for me 16 weeks and 20 weeks because I had low PAPPA results and therefore came out at a borderline DS risk. She said the tummy is small indicating weight not going on etc. They both said Ob may just induce you today. The placenta looked fine, some calcification but that is apparently normal at 38 weeks.
I know that plenty of women have small babies and the weight does not concern me, it’s just the lack of growth he is concerned about and the fact that it should not taper off like it has.
After this I was sent to the mat ward for a stress test, which baby passed with flying colours, e.g. she is moving heaps and heart rate was excellent.
I went back to the ob for a chat after this. Bear in mind I have been quite pushy for a natural birth the whole way through and he has been seemingly on board with this (I am birthing at a hospital that has very high intervention and c section rates). My point of view has always been I will do whatever is medically necessary yet would have loved the shot at natural birth. He has stated all along that he is supportive.
One thing he has said frequently is that he does not induce unless there is some sign from the women that they are starting labour. Eg head starting to engage or a small dilation. His view is that inducing women who are not ‘ready’ leads to stressful long labours that can inevitably lead to emergency c section. His words, his view point.
He has booked me in for 5 days’ time and if there is no process naturally, I will have a c section on that day as he doesn’t want to risk leaving bub in there, not getting nutrients etc. I feel the same too even though it wasn’t on the agenda. I just want this bub to be healthy.
I am panicked and highly anxious now that in utero something could happen to my bub, and if it did I keep thinking I could have pushed for a c section yesterday. I am still wondering if I should revisit him and let him know my fears. I haven’t slept and have gone from a very relaxed mumma to a ball of nerves.
If you have read all this, well done! Please don’t let this turn into intervention/c sections/ private/ public debate or a personal attack on my choices, I am too fragile for that. I am just reaching out to see if anyone has been in this position and can make any comments.