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    Default Induction due to size or risk going natural?

    So I have an induction booked for 5pm tommorow and I’m dreading it, I haven’t had one before. At first I was okay with it and just thought, I’ll ask for the epi straight up, but then I started reading that the balloon catheter can be painful and now I’m freaking out about the induction process in itself. I’ve also read it leads to a higher risk of c section which I want to avoid.

    They said I could go naturally but aren’t recommending it because they think I have a huge baby like over 5kg which then they usually look at doing a c section but apparently they won’t force one on me straight up if I want to risk going natural only if there’s a problem.

    They often get the size wrong though so Iam thinking risking going natural with this? And if it ends up a c section then so be it? I know I don’t have a small baby though and I’m worried that it will be too big if it goes past the 40week mark. I’m 38 weeks now. I feel I might have a 9 pound something but not 10-11 like they are saying but who really knows. My previous two were 8.5 and pushed out fine, I don’t make small ones and this one is heavier, ate more, gained more. Has anyone had the balloon catheter and was it painful and do you think I should risk going naturally rather than induction due to size.?

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    No one can answer this for you as every individual situation is different. You need to weigh up the pros and cons of each and decide which way you feel most comfortable with and which way is safest for both you and baby. They both come with risks.

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    I had a friend who had one child and was induced for her second with the balloon thing. Her labor was fairly long but no complications.

    I’ve got 6 kids, 5 were big. I’m a size 10 in pants and 55kgs is my usual weight. I’m 5’10. My biggest was my 4th at 4.2kg. He had a 37cm head. So did my first. I was huge with him but I didn’t think he was that big. The birth was the same as my previous 3. I had no scans as public wouldn’t give you any back then (almost 11).
    He was 5 days past due date.

    I understand how you’re feeling because I was scared of huge babies when I had my 5th and 6th. Both were smaller than he was. Going public they would not scan me because I seemed fine. They would not offer me induction til I was 10 days over. How things change hey in 5 years!

    Obviously only you can make the choice, my advice though would be listen to yourself on this one. Try not to let fear dictate your choices. With extra fluid right, the scan could be out estimating weight. But since he is your third you could also birth just fine even if he is bigger.
    Myself I wouldn’t choose induction based on size because I am terrified of interventions having had natural births.
    I feel for you having to make the choice.
    Would they induce you if you make it to 40 weeks?
    After having two go past dates my 3rd was a week early. Past pregnancy is no indication of current ones.

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    You are 38 weeks right? I would hold off until your body is ready. They often pull the big baby card and if you really dont want a c section, I would just wait and see what happens over the next week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebirdgirl View Post
    I had a friend who had one child and was induced for her second with the balloon thing. Her labor was fairly long but no complications.

    I’ve got 6 kids, 5 were big. I’m a size 10 in pants and 55kgs is my usual weight. I’m 5’10. My biggest was my 4th at 4.2kg. He had a 37cm head. So did my first. I was huge with him but I didn’t think he was that big. The birth was the same as my previous 3. I had no scans as public wouldn’t give you any back then (almost 11).
    He was 5 days past due date.

    I understand how you’re feeling because I was scared of huge babies when I had my 5th and 6th. Both were smaller than he was. Going public they would not scan me because I seemed fine. They would not offer me induction til I was 10 days over. How things change hey in 5 years!

    Obviously only you can make the choice, my advice though would be listen to yourself on this one. Try not to let fear dictate your choices. With extra fluid right, the scan could be out estimating weight. But since he is your third you could also birth just fine even if he is bigger.
    Myself I wouldn’t choose induction based on size because I am terrified of interventions having had natural births.
    I feel for you having to make the choice.
    Would they induce you if you make it to 40 weeks?
    After having two go past dates my 3rd was a week early. Past pregnancy is no indication of current ones.
    Yeah I’m sort of thinking maybe going natural and then if there is a problem then they can do the c section. I don’t know what my body is able to push, I was a size 8, weighed 54kg pre birth but im like 90kg now I’m only 5.5 tall. The specialist looked at me and presumed I had a small frame so she didn’t seem convinced I could push out a big one. At my 35 week scan she reckons baby was weighing 4.5kg already but I know from what I hear that their estimates are usually way off. So far all my research on people’s experiences have reported that those who ignored the big baby prediction and went natural didn’t have any problems. Whilst those who had an induction, some of them ended up with a c section. And some of them had the induction earlier and their baby was abit big like 9 pounds around 37-38 weeks. It’s so hard to know really, I do feel huge and Iam a little concerned about the size. I suppose if I let it go I’ll be worrying that I’ll end up with a c section so I can’t win. I’ll make my decision tommorow.

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    I had an induction...balloon catheter was put in at night then was given something to help me sleep/keep me comfortable so I was rested for labour. By morning the catheter fell out and I was 3cm dilated. Drip started at 9am, bub was born 5 hours later.

    Thinking of you xx

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    I've had 3 bubs all over 4kgs.... the scans were close... its your body, your baby, your birth. It's about you.

    My first they were inducing me at 38+4, at 7pm. They estimated 4-4.5kgs/9-10lb ....Jokes on them. 1am my waters broke on their own. I ended up with a csection. He was 4.080kgs./9lb

    38 weeks with my second they said he was 10lb4oz in a scan. He was 10lb1oz 5 days later at birth. (4.56kgs)

    My 3rd, measured ahead from day dot. 5 data ahead from lmp at 7 weeks!
    20 weeks measured about 23, 28, 32 and 36 weeks all showed him as big too. they estimated 5kgs+ I if I got to 40 weeks . I knew that wouldn't happen given 2 prior csection and gestational diabeties. 39+1 He came out at 4.395kgs/9lb11oz.

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    I can't comment on the induction. I've never had one. Well I was put on a syntocinon drip with my first due to labour failing to progress, but I was already in labour.

    Anyway my thoughts:

    1. Estimated weights can are best guesses only and can be dependant on the skill of the person performing the ultrasound. My number 4 was premmie and I had an ultrasound the day before she was born because the NICU wanted a good estimate her weight. I was told the margin of error for a top expert was plus / minus 10 percent. Fortunately in my case they underestimated her weight - was expecting a 700 gram baby, got an 800 gram one.

    2. I have had three babies over 4kg - 4.02kg, 4.2kg and 4.5kg all very average 51/52 cm in length - so relatively chubby for their length.

    3. I believe that head circumference and position of the baby plays a big part in the ease of labour. My biggest baby was my easiest delivery. She only had a 36cm head though. My son (4.2kg) was a very difficult and prolonged labour. He was posterior for most of my labour (turned around at the last minute) and then came out with a 39.5cm head.

    4 Having said all that, I would suggest that you are guided by your midwife and doctors who have actually examined you. I am quite tall myself (177cm) so it stands to reason that my babies would be on the bigger side. Just because I had no trouble delivering them doesn't mean that it would be plain sailing for you. Your doctor has obviously recommended an induction for a reason. FWIW I know someone whose child has a paralysed arm due to birth injury from shoulder dystocia. If it was flagged as a possibility for me by medical professionals I would be doing what I could to avoid putting myself in a position where it could happen.

    ETA FWIW I had an ultrasound around 34 weeks with my 4.5kg baby to confirm breech. She was estimated to be around 2.5kg then, so really porked up in the last 6 weeks or so of pregnancy. As your baby had a much higher estimated weight at 35 weeks, I would be taking the doctors seriously, as having a 5kg plus baby sounds like could be a real possibility..
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    I had an induction but not with the balloon, I had the gel. The contractions started within half an hour and were very strong and close together. I was in a lot of pain. I’d have another induction if that’s what the medical team advised, however, I would insist on an epidural straight up.

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    I was induced but with the tape. Went in Wednesday at 2pm, by early hours Thursday still nothing so had another lot of tape put in, by Thursday night still nothing. They then gave me gel at 9pm. Woke at 3am to very mild contractions took me to the birthing suites at 9am DD born at 2:45pm so it’s different for everyone. Can’t comment on big baby as DD was only small. Goodluck with it all xo


 

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