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Big Baby

19 Oct

I think it’s quite normal for a second pregnancy bump to be huge. I am huge. I feel huge. I think I look huge. In comparison to when I was expecting Bambina, I swear it looks like I’m carrying a football team!

A few weeks back I had to see my consultant about making a decision between a natural (give me drugs!) vaginal birth or another c-section.

Bambina was twelve days late so I was induced. Three times. It didn’t work. Eventually my waters were broken and although I had been having contractions, nothing else happened. The Italian almost electrocuted me from playing with the knobs on the TENS machine but nothing else happened. After twenty hours, I had dilated two centimetres. After a further six hours I had dilated an extra centimetre and retracted to two again.  I also had an allergic reaction to the epidural.

I was insistent I didn’t want an epidural, or pethadine, or a c-section. I had all of it. I was exhausted. I don’t recall the c-section that well, except for my legs convulsing so much that they had to strapped to the table. I don’t recall seeing Bambina that well for the first time. I just remember a blurry image of white, whether that was the towel she was wrapped in or her still covered in mucus, I don’t know.

I don’t want that experience this time around. Bambina was stuck in the birth canal as she was so huge, 10lb 4oz. The consultant thinks that this baby could be bigger given the size of me now at 29 weeks.

So, I was offered a helping hand or the chance to go it alone. If your hand is willing to help me, I’m ready to bite it off! C-section it is.

I’ve just had a GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test) to measure the amount of sugar in the blood.  This is not just for determining pregnancy related diabetes but can also be a guide as to why some mothers deliver whopping babies.  My gut feeling is that my glucose is absolutely dandy.  If you saw the Italian and his father, they’re not exactly small framed people so I think that any baby that I have will be on the large-boned side of big.  Nevertheless, I did the test and we’ll see what happens.

As I’m now on countdown with only 10 weeks to go, I’m actually looking forward to the c-section this time. I know the date, I know the plan, I know I won’t be in pain (ish).

I know that my big baby will arrive in to the world, happy, healthy and huge!

The countdown begins… !

Was your baby a whoppa? Tell me everything!

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8 Comments

Posted by on October 19, 2012 in London

 

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8 responses to “Big Baby

  1. Slummy to Yummy Mummy

    October 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

    That sounds like a really nasty time of it last time around. No wonder you want another c-section. I had a vbac (and she ended up breech!) but my circumstances were different – you have to do what is right for you, and at the end of the day, do you get an award for pushing the baby out yourself? Can you tell a natural baby from a c-section baby? I think not. It’s so exciting! You’re nearly there!

    As for baby sizes, my mum’s were all pretty big but my husband is tiny so mine were 8lb 8oz (not too small) and 6lb. She was tiny – and my second baby. They think she stopped growing though.

    Take care!

     
  2. tracie p

    October 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Wow, congrats!! 🙂

     
  3. Ellie at Emerald Pie

    October 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I had a difficult first birth too – though not like yours (my sis had one similar to yours and same size baby). I had a c-section after an ovrenight 16 hours of labour, no sleep and one hour of pushing that went nowhere and baby still lodged up near my lungs!! 😉
    After that birth I felt like I had been hit by a truck.
    I had a planned c-section second time round and it was much better. At least I felt I was actually human.
    Best of luck with yours!! I’ll be here rooting for you!!!

     
    • Tea&Biscotti

      October 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Ah thanks Ellie. Thats my thought exactly, I think the c-section second time around will be much better as there wont be any lack of sleep, too many drugs, too much emotional stress before hand and therefore im hoping the recuperation will be much quicker. Cant beleive its only 9 weeks away now… yikes!! xx

       
  4. Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh - Ma Puce / mother.wife.me

    October 24, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Yowzers, I didn’t realise our birth stories were so similar. I had ‘planned’ a Hypnobirth and was petrified of the idea of a C-Section. In the end, by the skin of my teeth Ma Puce was born by Ventouse. I’ve since said that if we have a second one, it will be by C-Section, wouldn’t want the risk of all the happened first time round. Chat more over lunch – though poss not about the gruesome bits whilst eating!!! xx

     
  5. Ma Puce

    October 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Yowzers, I didn’t realise our birth stories were so similar. I had ‘planned’ a Hypnobirth and was petrified of the idea of a C-Section. In the end, by the skin of my teeth Ma Puce was born by Ventouse. I’ve since said that if we have a second one, it will be by C-Section, wouldn’t want the risk of all the happened first time round. Chat more over lunch – though poss not about the gruesome bits whilst eating!!! xx

     
    • Tea&Biscotti

      October 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      I think c-section is the only way forward, why would anyone opt for organic after that kind of experience! Yes, please do spare me the gory bits! x

       

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