BIG BABY

No, not me; the one inside of me! 🙂  We had another midwife appointment yesterday, and my uterus is measuring two to three weeks larger than it should be at this point in the pregnancy.  The same thing happened at our last visit, so it sounds like we probably needn’t be concerned about growth impediments related to the marginal cord insertion.  Instead, the midwife was concerned that faster than average growth could be a symptom of gestational diabetes, and as of yesterday, I hadn’t actually done the pertinent lab work to prove otherwise.

So today I finally completed the two-hour postprandial glucose test, and as I anticipated, my results are perfectly normal at 5.0 mMol/L (the reference range being anywhere from 3.3 to 11.0 mmol/L).  No gestational diabetes there — maybe he’s just dosing up on all that that HGH (human growth hormone) that courses through my body post-workout? 😉

At any rate, we will still go for our follow-up ultrasound in two weeks, just to make certain all is well with the placenta and cord, and that his growth is on track, but it sounds like we don’t have too much to worry about (well, until the delivery, that is… gulp!).

In the meantime, I do find it puzzling that my measurements are large, since I still appear quite small for being nearly 27 weeks.  People actually look at me in disbelief when I tell them I am six months pregnant.  Oh well, I suppose I should enjoy it while it lasts, since I’ll undoubtedly be the size of a house by this time in August! 🙂

8 responses to “BIG BABY

  1. Interesting! I was measuring about 10 days bigger at my last ultrasound (19 weeks, I’m now 25 weeks). I wonder if it has something to do with the paleo diet? Maybe someone has already done some research on that.

    I had a major jump in weight over the past four weeks, something my doctor noted, but it’s really all in my belly. He just said I shouldn’t have the same big number every month going forward, or else we’ll be higher than we need to be at the end! It’ll be interesting to see where we end up! Glucose test for me will be in a couple weeks. Not looking forward to that funky looking orange drink they gave me for the appointment!

  2. I know there was definitely a study that correlated regular maternal exercise with increased fetal size and birth weight (like I said… it’s all that extra HGH ;))

    I’ve also gained quite a bit of weight in the past month — 6 lbs out of a total of 20 lbs. I think doctors get a little bit too caught up with the whole weight gain thing. If you’re eating properly and exercising, you’ll gain exactly what you need to gain, and the baby will be as big as s/he needs to be to be healthy. Plus, women were designed to give birth — even to 10 lb babies!

    Have you thought about asking for an alternative to the GTT, like an HbA1c or the two-hour postprandial? The sugar drink sounds positively nauseating!!

    • Well it’s reassuring that you’ve gained about the same amount of weight as I have! My family has a history of big babies and my husband is 6′ 8″, so I’m just afraid of the little guy getting too big. In the US I feel like the doctors resort to a C-section so quickly, so I’m doing my best to avoid that!

      • Have you read “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth”? If you haven’t, I strongly recommend it. It provides a really positive and healthy perspective on the labour and delivery process, and it went a long way towards reassuring me that we are indeed perfectly capable of giving birth to large babies.

        I think one of the biggest mistakes doctors make is deciding to induce labour for big babies so that they come out earlier, before they get “too big.” This sets off a whole chain reaction of interventions (induction –> overly strong and intolerable contractions –> epidural or other pain relief –> inability to push properly –> c-section). I think I’d rather let things happen on their own time, even if it means he’s an extra pound larger for it, and just give it my best try under natural circumstances. I’m not going to beat myself up if I end up having to have a c-section, but I’m also not going to give into fear tactics about how difficult it might be to give birth to a 9 or 10 lb baby.

        • I haven’t read that one but I’ve read some good ones on how to know what’s happening when that left me feeling confident. Luckily they haven’t moved up my due date or anything based on his size, that happened to both my sisters.

          I had a great conversation with one of the doctor’s in my practice about inducing and he completely agreed with me that just because he’s big, that doesn’t mean we should rush to get him out. So that made me feel better.

          Of course I agree with you that if they really think a C-section is best, I won’t fight it. I just don’t want to make the process you outlined above be the cause of it!

  3. Your boy will be the perfect size when he arrives.
    And you look fantastic, BTW. Your Grace at 26 weeks was so inspiring. Told a few people at CrossfitWestside about it and your time and they were really impressed.
    Fundal height isn’t always a good predictor of size/growth. I was 2-3 cms behind for my whole pregnancy. Had an 8 lb 4 oz-er at 38 weeks, 3 days. Husband is 6’5″ and I am 6 ft.
    There was an article in Impact Magazine a while back on workout intensity while pregnant. Blew up the 140 HB myth (I think you covered that in another post). It also said that women that exercised more intensely during pregnancy were more likely to go to term (37 weeks) and more likely to not go past due (40 weeks). I like to think I was a model for that: did Grouse Grind 2 x week, bootcamp 2 x week until the last few weeks before I had my son.

    • Thanks, Rachel 🙂

      He’ll be getting measured next week as a follow-up from the 21-week ultrasound, so that will probably give us a pretty good idea of his size to date (although the technician at the 3D ultrasound place kept remarking on how “beefy” he is and how chubby his cheeks and thighs are). In some weird sadistic way, I kind of hope he’s really large, just so I can act as living proof that big babies can be delivered naturally… but then again, I should probably be careful what I wish for, LOL!

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