As a result of glucose intolerance, genetics and bad luck it looks like I'm having a huge baby. According to fundal height measurements (between 40 and 45 cm depending on who's doing the measuring) and an ultrasound the other day he is estimated at 10lb (plus or minus a pound) at 36 weeks. The obstetrician has given me the choice of being induced in two weeks or having a caesarean. I don't like the sounds of either choice! DD was a vaginal delivery with no painkillers and while it hurt like hell at the very end I recovered pretty quickly and I was looking forward (if that's really the right term!) to doing it the same way again. She was 8.3 lb, though, so most likely smaller than her brother even when errors in estimated weight are taken into account.
Other factors I need to consider: the baby is proportionally large, so at least it's not like he's got a small head and huge shoulders to get stuck. However this does mean he has a big boof head, like everyone else in my family . DD had a big head and it wasn't fun pushing that out last time.
Also, I have PGP (SPD). One study I read actually says that vaginal births have better 6 month outcomes for PGP, but a lot of websites seem to recommend caesarean.
A friend of mine recommended trying the vaginal birth first and having a caesarean only as a last resort. She's had both C-section and VB and found VB much easier to recover from. My mum, an ex-midwife, said that doing this could leave me really tired by the time they do an emergency caesarean which could slow my recovery.
... and of course I'm freaking out that something could go wrong for the baby if I try for a natural vaginal birth. But at the same time I know that the fundal height and ultrasound can be wrong and he might not be as big as they say and there are long term benefits from VB.
Any advice from mums who have had big bubs before? (Without detailed horror stories please!)