Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Big Bean

Yesterday I had my routine (now bi-weekly) OB visit. I saw a new doc, he is actually doing his Fellowship with my Maternal Fetal Specialists group. So I had talked to him on the phone for on-call questions, but never met him in person. He was such a sweetie. The first of all the docs to ask me what we planned to name the baby. He even offered some opinions and suggestions when I explained we are still undecided. Too funny! He also asked when I wanted my c-section scheduled for. I have been wanting to get the date set for weeks now but kept being told I had to wait until it got closer, but he said he would call around and see what can be done.

Within 5 minutes I had a date booked, October 27th!!! WOO HOO!! It is a Tuesday which is great. If all goes according to plan (which it rarely does, but I am hoping) then I will have an amnio on Monday the 26th to make sure Bean's lungs are developed, since I will be 37 weeks. There is a 99 percent chance that her lungs will be fine. If so, the c-section will be the next day. Some people are wondering why I would deliver at 37 weeks. Well, last time I had developed pre-eclampsia with the boys and my c-section had to be done as an emergency. In subsequent pregnancies the pre-eclampsia tends to come on later, but faster. So to avoid such complications that I had last time we are going to try to deliver at 37 weeks. Considering the boys were born at 32 weeks, it seems like I will be VERY pregnant by 37 weeks, LOL! I guess it's all perspective!

Anyway, the rest of the visit went well. So far I have gained 11 pounds and in the last 2 weeks haven't gained at all. I was happy about that. My blood pressure is good and my sugar levels have been great.

BUT... my belly is now measuring 8 weeks ahead!!!!! So instead of 30 weeks as it should, I measured 38 weeks. I had an NST done and the baby's hear rate was great. They also did a, ultrasound to check the fluid level and the fluid hasn't changed. Still higher than it should be, but not higher than it was last week.

SO- the next guess is that this is a big baby!! I have a "growth scan" scheduled for Friday to find out an estimate of her size. But, the nurse that did the quick scan yesterday said that if she were to "guess" based on her years of experience, she thought Bean looked like a baby who is about 34-35 weeks gestationally and weighing close to 5 pounds already!! Oh my!!! I can't wait to find out this week how accurate that guess it. And the nurse did explain that the extra fluid can make the baby appear bigger, but you should have seen how big her belly and legs are!! And she has hair already, it was all sticking up, so cute!!!!

So it seems my "Bean" may actually be closer in size to a small watermelon!


  1. Wow! Your baby sure is growing fast! LOL! I'm glad to hear that things are going well and that you're healthy! :-)

  2. I am so glad to hear all is going well!