Been an eventful week over here, y'all! But, still no baby. And I'm honestly okay with that!
Read below to see the interesting news we got this week and how it compares with my first pregnancy!
So we had a check-up and ultrasound this week, and while it was mostly uneventful, the ultrasound tech did have some news for us that had my husband and I both a little alarmed yet laughing at the same time.
After checking for all the usual stuff - overall positioning, cute face pictures to print for us, amniotic fluid levels, etc - the ultrasound tech said she was going to measure baby's head, stomach, and femur to get an estimate on her current weight.
She was the friendliest ultrasound tech I've ever had, and we were chatting the whole time, but once she started measuring, she got a little quiet. Once she was done with her measurements, she put down the instrument she was using and calmly said, "Okay, so this is just an estimate on how much your baby weighs right now...she's about 8 lbs."
My jaw dropped and I couldn't help but laugh a little. I immediately said, "already? I have 2 weeks to go!" When I turned to my husband, he was having a similar reaction. Then he claims he knew this baby would be bigger because my stomach has been bigger this whole pregnancy (thanks, hun).
But he's right - I have been complaining about a lot more discomfort and stretch marks this pregnancy than the last, so it makes sense that she is bigger and putting my body under more stress than my first did.
Our first was born a week past her due date weighing 8 lbs. 8 oz. I told the ultrasound tech this and she said with how this current baby is measuring, they won't let me go that far because it's just not safe. This is when I started to mildly freak out. I asked if this increased my chances of a C-section (something I am terrified of) and she assured me that risk was only a little higher.
She explained that with bigger babies (estimated in utero), they will typically induce prior to the due date. With induction, the body isn't always ready to go into labor, so if things don't start happening naturally, they will resort to a C-section for the safety of baby and mom.
When we walked out of the ultrasound room, my husband and I reassured ourselves that this is just an estimate and we should not freak out. I told him right then and there that I will not be induced until I hit 40 weeks. My body did this once naturally and I have faith and confidence it can do it again.
Once we met with my actual doctor (who I LOVE you guys - he is so chill and does not let me freak out about anything), he said he was totally not worried about the size of the baby and that ultrasounds are never 100% right. He asked about my contractions so far and didn't seem concerned about how intermittent they were.
He offered to check my cervix, but explained that with no water leakage or blood at this point, he typically likes to wait as long as possible because sometimes checking sets things in motion that aren't ready quite yet.
I took his advice and we are going to wait until next week to check for any effacement and dilation. I was NOT ready to have this baby that day, so I'm glad this is the direction we went.
The craziest part of all of this is that I've gained less weight with this pregnancy, yet the baby has grown exponentially more than my first did at this point. I looked back through my journals and at my 37 week ultrasound with my first, she was measuring around 7 lbs. 1 oz., which the ultrasound tech then did say was large for where I was at in my pregnancy. But 8 lbs. blows that right out of the water!
It doesn't quite make sense to me, but I've gotten a lot of affirmations from other moms that ultrasounds are just estimates, second babies are typically bigger, and a 9-10 lb. baby can be brought into the world naturally. So I'm going to take their words and repeat them to myself everyday to get through the next few weeks without stressing out!
Should have some more news in next week's post as I have hit the point where I go every week to the doctor until baby is here! If you're the praying kind, prayers for a safe delivery and healthy baby would be very appreciated!
Oh, and with this news of baby maybe coming earlier than expected, I made sure our hospital bag is packed - check out my post all about what necessities we are bringing on that big day!
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