I read this post this morning from a woman named HoneyBunnyLove. In it, she speaks about her baby measuring 2 weeks ahead and the midwife's discussion with her about shoulder dystocia and her need to see the GP to get clearance to have the homebirth she wants. She is in London, England, so their system is a tad different than for those of us in the United States, she needing the approval of all the care providers before being permitted to deliver at home.
She says in part:
I am SO frustrated.
So what if he is 2 weeks ahead in growth?!
Does that mean that I won't be able to give birth naturally on my own terms? :[
My midwife was telling me not to worry, because even if I do have a c-section then it doesn't mean I can't try to give birth naturally with my next child - oh, but I will have to be continuously monitored at the hospital from the moment I go in to labour, by the way! O_o
It took all my strength not to yell and cry..
Somehow I managed.
I sat there, looked right in to her eyes and I said "I will do this naturally if I can, as long as my son is healthy and not distressed. I would never purposefully endanger my sons health. But I want a natural birth at home, I want to try and give birth to him normally, even if he is a little larger than some babies. I want the chance to TRY."..
Because HoneyBunnyLove is on LiveJournal, I am not permitted to comment and really wanted to share a couple of things with her, so decided to write here instead of not saying anything at all.
HBL, I can't imagine how hard this must be! I think you are dealing with it really well. You are a trooper. Some thoughts...
1. If you are measuring larger than weeks just one or two times, it can be the position of the baby. Re-measuring is absolutely called for, if possible, by the same provider each week. It is very odd to me that they would want to send you in for a consult after ONE measurement with large-for-dates (large for gestational age - LGA).
2. If you were my client, I would discuss diet with you and HIGHLY encourage some serious changes in order to keep the baby growing normally, but not too big.
I have my clients with a history of large babies eat a diet with ZERO dairy. Dairy foods are almost pure sugar and can meke babies grow huge. I have seen subsequent babies up to 2 pounds less than a previous cesarean baby that was born surgically because of its size. It can be hard, but if you are already 36 weeks, at the most, it would be for 6 more weeks. You can do it!
I also ask my clients to not eat any meat that isn't organic. Most animals are fed feed with growth hormones to make them fatter faster. Well, humans don't need those hormones - and pregnant women need them least of all! Cutting out beef (especially) and eating only organic meats can also help facilitate keeping babies normally sized.
Keep juices OUT of your diet! Juices are only sugar and sugar can make for really big babies - see babies of not-under-control-diabetics as an example. If you want the juice, eat the fruit. That way you get the fiber as well as the juice and fiber slows down the metabolic processing in your body and it is very hard to eat as many pieces of fruit that would equal the calories of the small glass of juice you might want to drink.
3. Walk! Walking helps the metabolism of glucoses in the body, helping the body with any insulin issues that might be cropping up. Walk for about 15-20 minutes after every meal; this can really help with processing the glucoses in the body.
The midwife is right about shoulder dystocia... it can be gnarly! But, there are things you can do ahead of labor to try and keep that complication from happening (even though SD is a mechanical issue). Keeping your baby a healthy weight helps lots.
I hope some of this helps and I'll keep checking in on you to see how things are going.
If any of you are in LiveJournal, can you let HBL know this is here?
Much good luck, girl... I am rooting for you!