Honestly? I would find a new OB. Failing that I would ask them what the variance is in the estimate. My understanding is that the tolerance for these estimates is huge. I remember reading that estimates done via ultra sound can be + or - up to something like 40%.
ETA: Being induced early especially for a first time baby will drastically increase your chances of the birth ending in an emergency CS.
Sorry if I sound all negative, that's not my intention. Like all women about to give birth I just feel you should be armed with some information or at least questions to ask your health care providers.
Best of luck with everything.
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25-10-2013 13:16 #11
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25-10-2013 13:22 #12Senior Member
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My next delivery after my shoulder dystocia was planned csection & this bub will be too, mind u I had started to think I should keep my options open, after today no way.
Mind you I prefer vaginal delivery as my csection was hard to recover from but end of day I prefer my bub safe as much as I can help.
Again I know I may have differing opinion to others & I've read numerous successful deliveries after previous shoulder dystocia
25-10-2013 13:44 #13Senior Member
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With my first they said id have an 11 pounder. She turned out to be a 8 pounder.
25-10-2013 13:44 #14
Do whatever you feel comfortable with. What is your gut telling you? Trust your instincts they are usually spot on.
Hoping for #3 soon!
25-10-2013 19:23 #15
My ds was 9lb8oz with a huge head, he always measured 3ish weeks ahead. He was a natural birth at 39 weeks, and he had shoulder dystocia. He wasnt breathing when he was born so was taken straight away, and I had a horrible recovery which took over 12 months.
Dd was 9lb1oz at 38 weeks, by c-sec. Scans showed her measuring big too so was going to be induced early but there is actually no evidence proving early induction reduces chances of shoulder dystocia. Thank god I had a c-sec. She came out crying. . Breathing.. healthy! Her shoulders were huge so she would have also been SD. At the time I was being wheeled into theatre I thought I made the wrong choice. . But as soon as she was born I knew I had done the right thing.
Its a tough one, but believe in yourself. Think about what is important to you and what birthing experience you would like.. and aim for that with an open mind.
Good luck x
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25-10-2013 19:35 #16
Personally OP I wouldn't elect a caesarean on the grounds of a possibly big bub. I would start researching the best birthing positions to birth a larger bub and natural ways to deal with pain throughout labor so you can avoid any drugs that may hinder your ability to birth actively I had an emergency caesarean for my first, it was a failed induction and he was just simply stuck. He was 9lb10. DD was born naturally 16 months later and she weighed in at 9lb8.5oz so very similar in size however DD's head was bigger... My point is I couldn't birth my first bub because of all the interventions however, avoiding any unnecessary interventions from the hospital meant I birthed my daughter safely and naturally. I also belive OP that with a decision like this a lot depends on how important the birthing experience is to you. For some it is incredibly important however others are happy to go with the flow and don't get upset by it, explore whats important to you
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25-10-2013 19:44 #17
I was told to expect DS to be over 9 pounds....he was 7lb 3oz (3.75 kg) so the scans can definitely be off. I was induced on my due date cos of other reasons but I pushed him out with no real dramas.
My sis and I were both over 9lbs and mum had us both vaginally.
Don't feel pressured into the c-section, but don't have a moment of guilt if you choose to do it.
Good luck x.
25-10-2013 19:46 #18
My mums OB stopped guessing my brothers weight at about 36 weeks knowing he was greater then 10lb already my mum didnt want to know the full extent. He was near on 13 lb when he was born at 41 wks and should never have been allowed to get to that size or weight.
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25-10-2013 19:54 #19Member
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I had a scan at 35 weeks with my DS which showed he was an 'average' size. I gave birth to him naturally at 40+5 and he weighed 10lb8oz. We always knew he would be bigger than my DD who was 8lbs13 oz but didn't really expect that kind of size! If I had known he was going to be that big I think I still would have tried to birth naturally, though my OB has said if we plan on having a 3rd child we'd have to talk c-section. (Pretty sure we're done though). All the best with bubs birth!
25-10-2013 19:58 #20Senior Member
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Can I just add that with my shoulder dystocia baby I was told he'd be the same size as his sister at 7p7o.
And like a previous poster I also went into my csection thinking I should have tried vaginal and when they opened me up he was already stuck.
My understanding is that birthing position isn't guaranteed to help with the delivery of a big baby. I often actually think there's a difference between a big baby & a baby who's proportions are big particularly shoulders obviously. If that makes sense.
This is such a sensitive topic for me and it's such a hard decision to make. I think your dr needs to provide you with more evidence of him saying bub is big & give his recommendations & why.
If he mentions shoulder dystocia in any way I'd elect csection. From his delivery my son ended up with a condition called Erbs Palsy which resulted from brachial plexus injury which resulted from the shoulder dystocia. It was 5 yrs of treatment but thankfully he's pretty much perfect now😄
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