Stupid double post!
I guess I can use this to update with my latest appointment!
Last Wednesday I had my 36 week appointment. I had an ultrasound prior to the appointment because they have been watching his ureters (tubes from kidney to bladder). They are slightly dilated, so they have been monitoring them my third tri. As of last week they are still a bit dilated, but it's very minimal. All organ function is fine, it's just these tubes. At this point they will monitor his input/output of urine after birth, and go from there. Worst case scenario is he'll need a cath to "straighten" his tube out and fix it. He also had the cord around his neck at my 34 week u/s, but it was not there last week! So yay for that.
As for the appointment, it went fine! Baby is looking and sounding good, cervix is still pretty thick (according to measurement on u/s). I had the VBAC discussion with this OB, and he of course gave me the super long "scare tactic" speech. He basically told me horror stories of uteri (such a weird word) rupturing and blood shooting across the room and people dying. Yeah, it was a lovely conversation. I love how he never discussed the risk of repeat c/s to me, though.
At this point, they are playing (once again) the big baby card. At my u/s last week he was measuring between 6.15 and 7.8 lbs. My OB has scheduled a weight check/position u/s for 38 weeks, but to be honest, I may decline that. He swore up and down that he wouldn't let me VBAC if baby was over 4,000 grams (~8.13 lbs) next week, but u/s can be so wrong on weight! I also checked ACOG guidelines, and they say suspected fetal macrosomia (big baby) is not grounds to dismiss a VBAC on solely. I honestly don't think he's any more than my DS was at this point, and am probably looking at an 8.8 pounder at my due date. I'm not afraid of that! But I'm only 4'11", so I think my OB automatically thinks I won't be able to handle it.
So, that's where we are! Next appointment is Thursday... 37 weeks!
Yay for a good pregnancy so far and no bedrest. I'm sorry the doctor did the scare tactice speech today. Glad it didn't put you off. I hate the big baby card too. BTDT. I shocked some doctor a few months back when he learned my first VBAC was a 9.2lb-er, he would die if he knew my 2nd VBAC was 9.9lbs...lol. I'm shorter too at 5'1", ok almost.
Excited for your VBAC!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Glad you had a good appt...sorry about the "big baby" card getting played. Bummer. I really feel for you ladies going for VBACs. I had no idea what you were up against as far as the "establishment" goes until I started reading some of the lodges of women going for VBACs here. I hope your doctor gets over it and that you get your VBAC!
At this point the weight estimate is based only on the size of the babies head, which can be effected so much by genetics and have nothing to do with weight. I am sorry they are being jerks about this
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
Sucks about the "VBACs are awful" speech. Is that the OB you'll have in labor?
The big baby thing is so silly! There is no reason to not at least see what happens! Plus, u/s are notoriously wrong on weight estimates late in pregnancy.
Hope your appt this week goes well!
Kris, yes this could *possibly* be the OB I have while in labor. There are 3 in the practice, so I guess it will depend who is there when I go into labor!
How are the other docs in the group?
Maybe the longer femur just means baby will be long and lean
That's so annoying. My DD had a 90th percentile head and is 95th percentile in height and was only 8lbs even at 41+1. Long and lean! Thank god nobody gave me any u/s after 20 weeks.
Do you get to pick which doc you get to see at your appointments?? Or is it whoever is there and available when you have your appointment? That would be weird...
I agree that baby's size shouldn't be an issue. Those late u/s are SO unreliable for that!