What Happens When Your Baby Is Measuring Bigger
Undergoing pregnancy can be a very nerve-wracking experience especially when it’s your first time being pregnant. One thing that often causes frustration among pregnant women is measuring. It goes without question that once you become pregnant, you will get larger in size.
It is because of so that most pregnant women end up thinking that their baby measures bigger, causing them to worry about the delivery process. If you feel like your baby is measuring bigger, and you are starting to worry about how big of a baby you will end up giving labor to, simply read on. You’ll see that there’s nothing to worry about and you’ll end up being a calmer mother.
Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Measuring Large
As I have mentioned before, most women get worried when they find out that their baby is measuring bigger. I for one experience being overly worried about how big my baby is getting when I had my first child. It’s funny how I thought that I would give birth to a humongous baby that would give me a very hard time during labor. I even refrained from eating my usual portions of food in attempts to reduce getting bigger.
Over the years, I have learned that you shouldn’t worry about measuring bigger. I have also realized that not eating the usual amount of food is a pretty bad idea. With all the advancements in medicine today, you can easily figure out what’s going on with your body and your baby when you start measuring bigger. Especially during your third trimester when you baby starts to use all the free space in your uterus.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to a late-stage ultrasound. It’s the most accurate thing you can rely on to predict your baby’s weight.
How Is A Baby Measured During Pregnancy?
Around 4 months into your pregnancy, your practitioner will start measuring your fundal height. The fundal height is the distance between the top of your uterus and your pubic bone. The fundal height is usually the equivalent of the number of weeks you are pregnant but in centimeters. So if you’re around 20 weeks pregnant, your fundal height would be around 17 up to 23 centimeters.
After 20 weeks of being pregnant, your practitioner will measure your fundal height every time you go for a prenatal checkup. This way, you’d be able to know your baby’s growth rate, size, and position during the 2nd half of your pregnancy up until your late stages.
What Could Cause You to Measure Bigger?
When you go to your practitioner for a prenatal check-up and your fundal height measurement shows that it’s about 3 centimeters larger than what’s expected for your current stage in pregnancy based on your due date, this ultimately means that you are measuring large.
Now you may be wondering how you ended up measuring bigger. I’m sure you must have thought at some point that it must be the food. There are actually a lot of factors that can cause you to measure large during the gestational age. One thing that can cause this is an inaccurate due date. Since your measurement will heavily rely on your predicted due date, any inaccuracies in the prediction can significantly affect your baby’s measurement.
Another thing that can cause you to get a larger measurement is loose abdominal muscles. But this is only possible if you have given birth before.
Other common causes for bigger measurements are uterine fibroids, ample amounts of amniotic fluid, obesity, being pregnant with twins, triplets, or more, if you baby is in an unusual position, and gestational diabetes.
What Happens When You Have Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a common illness that occurs among pregnant women. Gestational diabetes develops when your blood sugar is too high. It is usually diagnosed sometime during your late pregnancy stage, approximately 28 weeks into your pregnancy.
When diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you are actually at an increased risk of giving labor to a big baby. But don’t worry just yet, because chances are, your practitioner will put you on a pregnancy diet to increase your delivery’s chance to be on schedule, to be possible vaginally, and to not be induced.
Remember not to refrain from eating both healthily and apply, because all the nutrients your baby will get will heavily depend on your diet.
What Could Cause You To Measure Smaller?
If measuring big means your fundal height is about 3 centimeters larger than what is expected for your current stage in pregnancy, measuring small is exactly the opposite. If your measurement is short 3 centimeters, that automatically means your baby could be growing at a slower rate, or is actually just small.
Factors that can cause you to measure small include having a small build, tight abdominal muscles, or merely genetics. Do take note that even though your baby measures small, this doesn’t mean that your baby is unhealthy.
However, if your baby appears to be not growing as scheduled, I suggest that you seek your practitioner for a checkup to see whether your baby’s growth and your amniotic fluid levels are still normal.
Vaginal Delivery VS. C-Section
If your baby is measuring bigger, I’m sure you must have questioned whether you can still deliver your baby vaginally. I mean, how’s a huge baby going to fit through such a small opening in the first place right?
But since the medical technology today are capable of providing doctors precise measurements about you and your baby, your doctor will easily be able to let you know if you can still deliver vaginally if that’s what you prefer.
On the other hand, if your baby weighs around 10 pounds, your doctor might suggest that you get a C-section over a vaginal delivery to ensure you and your baby’s safety. Another thing that can cause you to get a C-section is when your doctor thinks your pelvis is too narrow for your baby to squeeze through.
One more thing that calls for a C-section delivery is when your baby is in an unusual position. If your baby is placed feet first or on his side position, your OBGYN will definitely order a C-section to ensure a successful delivery.
Do keep in mind that a lot of things can occur during labor, things that can immediately let your doctor call for an emergency C-section.
For example, if your cervix ceases to dilate, your contractions are too weak, your baby’s head does not descend, or anything that stops the progress of your labor occurs, you might have to opt for a C-section.
Just be completely honest with your doctor to ensure an open communication so that there won’t be any misunderstandings regarding your labor.
A Quick Recap
The late stages of your pregnancy inflict the most changes in your body. One obvious change that you will see and feel is the effect of having a baby that measures big. Do not be alarmed though if your baby turns out to be bigger than the average size, especially since you are now aware of the several factors that can cause you to and your baby to gain a larger measurement. Just be sure to keep an open communication between you and your doctor at all times to ensure you and your baby’s safety.
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