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20/01/2014 at 12:25
As time creeps along it brings thoughts of due dates and birth and whatnot...
I had some problems with the hospital while pregnant first and in the end they sent me home at EDD+15 (after daily promises of induction they said they were too busy at weekends, I was to go Friday and come back Monday) and I threw a proper wobbler. My GP got me in to a different hospital that day and all went well. After the event I was told Harry had clearly lost weight in the womb (he looked like Yoda!) and that if I had been under their care I wouldn't have been allowed to go anywhere near so far over, due to dates and other factors (BP, protein in water, swelling etc).
As an older mother with a HUGE gap between kids (I read the longer the gap the less healthy a placenta may be in the longer to full-term), I am already concerned about placenta efficiency towards the end, and remembering this fact about Harry's birth has made me ponder more. I'd easily sacrifice my dearest wish for a homebirth to have a baby that is well. If induction is best, so be it.
Just curious really, as to whether anyone had a baby that started losing weight before birth and what factors were involved? How would it be picked up on if baby's growth were slowing towards the end, and how much would it need to be to spark concern from MW?
20/01/2014 at 13:03
I'm not sure they would be able to pick up on baby's weight loss via scans as they are notoriously inaccurate for predicting a babies weight.
They can monitor your placental function and blood flow though (they often do in mum'a over 40, mums of multiples and IVF pregnancies - as always, depends in area) I'd mention your concerns to your midwife and see if she can suggest an action plan to avoid a repeat of last time.
20/01/2014 at 13:10
Thanks Ducky! That's my thoughts re scans, but I didn't know that about placenta monitoring. I'll sound her out at my next appointment :)
20/01/2014 at 13:57
I'd mention it to your mw, also I doubt they'd let you go that far over. Also if there's other issues again like you mentioned then they may well induce you.
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