Does anyone know what it means when you are measuring bigger than you should?
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Kara - posted on 01/21/2010
So hopefully this helps a bit;
It could be one of a few things
but it really depends on how far along
you are and when you started with your OB/GYN
for prenatal care, so:
It could be that your due date is incorrect,
which if you have an irregular cycle its hard to
be dead on with the due date without catching it
early and having multiple ultrasounds for size and
progression. So there's always a possibility of it being
a little off, but due date changes because of growth measurements
usually are made pretty early and don't change as the baby should
stay on the correct growth scale from there.
It also could be that you have developed Gestational Diabetes,
you usually will be tested for this between 26 and 32 weeks.
If you've already been tested prior to this growth spurt then
its pretty unlikely you've developed it, but in any case, if not treated
Gestational Diabetes can cause you baby to grow and put on weight
more quickly than normal, and while its not a huge deal as far as the
babys health is concerned, it can cause birthing complications and
cause your baby to be too big to deliver naturally, and nobody
wants to have a ceasarian if it can be avoided.
OR because the final weeks of pregnancy is when
babies begin acquiring all that adorable little baby chub,
it is not uncommon, and very well could be that you are just
having a bigger baby and it has not begin showing in your
ultrasounds until now, because the babys just now gaining
its main accumulation of fat. (FACT: Babies gain apprx. a half
a pound to one pound a week for the last two months of pregnancy!)
Congratulations on your baby;
Hope this helps you out!
It also could be that the measurement they concluded was off.
It's not totally uncommon, and its likely your doctor will do another
ultrasound and monitor your baby's continuing growth to confirm
or bust this theory. I began to measure bigger the week before I
was due (39wks) with my daughter, I was sent for an ultrasound to get the
apprx. weight and the technician told me that I was measuring 40 wks and 1 day,
but it was clearly not because of a poorly made due date or any of the such,
my little girl was just going to be a little chubbers, as you could quite clearly see
the depth of the fatty tissue around her thighs and she had cheeks so chubby you
could only see the very tip of her nose when looking at her from the side position.
I was estimated at 8 and a half pounds and at birth my daughter weighed in at
8lbs 5.8oz! Having a chubby baby isn't a bad thing, once you see how thin
and frail smaller weighing babies look, you'll be thrilled to have a healthy,
glowing, chubby baby! I sure was!♥
Brittany - posted on 01/28/2010
To all who have left a message for me on this topic I think each and every one of you. I am measuring fine now as I went to the doctor today and I am measuring just fine now. They are guessing by the time he is born he will be close to 9 pounds. I am only at 37 weeks and 5 days so still a couple of weeks to go.
Coleen - posted on 01/24/2010
I just think it is funny how far modern medicines have come along with new technologies with ultrasounds.....lol. I could never figure what was an arm or leg was amongst all the snow that what on the monitor. Could always see the heartbeat as it was the only part that moved....lol. I am 41 now and have 4 children that range from 9-17. Throughout the different trimesters of the pregnancy,concerns of the size was never an issue,as long as within each doctors visit my blood pressure was fine and my urine samples were ok and I was gaining weight,then the baby was growing and my health was okay.Urine samples will certainly show signs of diabetes as this is when your sugar levels are checked,as well as your iron levels,and also make sure there was no sign of blood in the urine as this is a health concern as well...I let nature take its course and made sure that I was eating well(and not with the myth of eating for 2 either),and let my body tell me when to take it easy or not.Im sure if there was a concern the doctors would be monitoring it,otherwise just enjoy your pregnancy.If you are feeling okay the baby is moving normally,then just go with it. I had 2 7 pound babies and 2 at 8 pound and I couldnt see the difference between pregnancies at all, They were born healthy,3 were girls and 1 boy so I experienced both sexes and the only difference between carrying the girls against the boys was whether I carried them high or low..The boy was high and seem to be in my bloody ribs all the time,where as the girls I carried low.....Im sure your baby will be just fine and if the doctors arent overly concerned by this then good luck with the birth of you baby and enjoy....
My doctor told me that measuring the belly for dating is like doing it the 18th century way. It's not very accurate for finding a date and there are lots of things that can influence it. As long as all your other tests are fine then there should be nothing to worry about. With my first I measured 2 cm bigger the whole time and had a 8'13" baby. So far I am still measuring about 2 cm ahead. I personally think this is just because I tend to have a bit of a belly even when I'm not pregnant. Good luck and congrats!
You're meant to measure the number of weeks you are in inches or two either side. For example at 30 weeks you're meant to emasure between 28-32 inches. I wouldn't go by that though because I measured fine yet was told my baby would be small (I had loads of extra scans because I had low amniotic fluid) and he was small just 6lb12oz at 3 days overdue, considering I'm 5 foot 11 and not the skinniest around hehe!
Emily - posted on 01/24/2010
it doesnt necessarily mean anything, my baby measured big my whole pregnancy and he was only 8lb 2.5oz an he was even late. ... i guess on the other hand it could mean that your expected due date is wrong, and you may have your baby sooner than predicted but no one can really say for sure
just means your bump is bigger i think it doesn't always mean the baby is going to be big. my first measured like this and she was 7lbs&then the thought by this it meant my dates were wrong and she was going to be born earlier which she wasn't she was by my dates. and on my second the said i measured way under so by scans she was 4weeks behind her growth at 37week growth scan.she was 6lbs and over due she was tiny but nothing like i though she was going to be i think the can get it wrong shes petite but then again i am 5foot tall and small built.try not to worry.i no of a girl and she carried big and was told her baby was big she had a 4lb something oz baby.lol so there you go lol.the can get it very wrong.:)
Eleisha - posted on 01/24/2010
I was measuring alot smaller than I should have been (at 30 weeks, which is around 30 cm (doc sad give/take 3 cm) I was measuring 25 cm). I was sent for a scan, and my baby was growing fine I was just carrying her really far back apparently. I have a healthy 7 pound 12 baby, who was 7 days late. If it was really a concern, the doc would send you for a scan to investigate.
Ellen - posted on 01/23/2010
at 26 weeks, i was measuring 30 cms, but i think my dates are a little wrong, i am going to ask my midwife when i see her as i am seeing her next week for my 30 week check, my scan was normal, and same with the diabetes thing, i think i am just having a big baby
Louise - posted on 01/22/2010
I measured bigger than i was supposed to throughout my pregnancy and its only when you measure 3-4cms (essentially 3-4 weeks ahead) that they worry and usually its just a growth scan they give you to check but they dont worry too much really. The midwife will tell you if you need to worry.
Lou and Pheobe 7 weeks and 6 days old.
Jess - posted on 01/22/2010
I was told you should measure a cm for every week that your pregnant. so 30 weeks = 30 cm's.... I measured much less and my due date kept being pushed back... I thought my baby would never be born ! I had a tiny 4.4pound baby ! I was constantly being told I was measuring less than I should have been... i just let it go and decided my baby would come when she was ready too !
If your concerned definatly speak with your doctor.
Emma - posted on 01/21/2010
I was measuring bigger than I should, at first my doc thought it was because I had gestational diabetes and I would be having a 10 pd baby...when I had my son it was because of how he was sitting in my tummy. On his side and sitting way out. He only weighed 6lb6oz. How far along are you?
Andrea - posted on 01/21/2010
It can different things. 1) extra amnotic fluid. 2) baby is growing faster then they thought (which is not bad just means a bigger baby) Those are the only 2 i can think of off the top of my head.. I would talk with your doctor and ask them to explain or request an ultrasound.. Hope this is helpful.. Best wishes and take care...
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