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post #41 of 118
I also gave birth to a 9lb 1 oz baby last week - much to everyone's surprise. My first child was 4 lbs at 34 weeks. I'm 5'3, 120 lbs normally and had only gained 30 lbs, due to trying to avoid preeclampsia through an extremely healthy diet and heavy exercise...heh! I guess it worked in more than one way.

I had a longish labor (14 hours total) but it was at home and totally mellow. It probably would have worried me if it had gone quicker. I had two hours of pushing and very controlled perineal pushing in the labor tub, so no tears, just some "skid marks" or abrasions, which seem to be fine now (5 days PP).

The biggest shock to me was when they put him on my chest - wow! I thought I'd given birth to a cabbage patch kid, toddler edition.
post #42 of 118
My ds2 was my VBAC baby and he was 10 lb 2 oz and I had a tear that required one stitch!

The funny part is that my doctor told me to stop pushing and that he would ease my sons shoulders out and that he was almost out. What do I do, I sit up and try and look which in turn pushed him out! I remember thinking Damn I just tore, but it didnt hurt at all.
post #43 of 118
My dd was 9lbs 10oz...born vaginally with hand by her face, superficial abrasion on the perineum

My ex SIL gave birth to my niece, in the hospital, drug free, no episiotomy or tearying to a 12lb 2.5 oz baby...I was there, amazing! Scared the Dr. to death..he had suggested induction because the baby was probably 9lbs already...although she had already delivered a 10lb6oz baby : previously. She went into labour before the delivery...my neice was a week early
post #44 of 118
okay, i know LOTS of mamas on this thread and some that are just anecdotes totally trump me ( ) but...
i had a 9-2 in the hospital in lithotomy position and a 10 at home side laying.
that 10 pound birth was in a sense (at the time) a disappointing pushing experiece b/c i had taken hypnobirthing and heard all the stories about moms just letting the birthing muscles do the work and not even having to voluntarily push and i DID end up having to push.
while i was in the tub cleaning up, my MW called out, "well, i see why you had to push and why it took a full 5 hours instead of the 2 we thought it would - he's 10 pounds and has the biggest head i have seen in over 400 births - 15.5 inches"
and while i am all over that "fat is squishy" bit, and MOST big babies just have the fat on them already to make them bigger, not ALL do. my guy was the skinniest 10 pound newborn i could have imagined and the head pretty much just doesn't have fat on it.
BUT as with any complication, the size issue (proper terminology eludes me right now - not a MW!) is rare and really not worth worrying about. You are not given what you are biologically unable to push out.
Oh, and my MW was assistant to a 17 pound baby once. at home. vaginally.
Can't wait to read your birth story and hope that it's whatever you are wishing for - a small baby for or a huge baby!
post #45 of 118
DD was 8 lbs. 14 oz. born with her fist against her cheek, DS was born at home 9 lbs. 5 oz. sunny side up! Mercy, that was something!
post #46 of 118
i had a nearly 10 lb (at 3 weeks early!) vbac baby who is now 3.
post #47 of 118
Thread Starter 
I'm really enjoying all of your stories. And it reminds me that with my 8 lb 14 oz girl, the pushing was the "easiest" part-that only took about half an hour. The 51 hours to get to the pushing part was the hard part-and that didn't have anything to do with her size.
post #48 of 118
Ds#1: Homebirth, 11.5 pounds. We did have a little trouble with his 15 in. chest but no tearing (hands and knees position)

Ds#2: 10.5 pounds

Ds#3: 10.5 pounds

Ds#4: 8 pounds

All vaginal!
post #49 of 118
My first was 8lb 8oz and was tough tough tough to push out, but my 2nd was 9 lb 8 oz and flew right out of me, literally w/o effort on my part. I'm pretty petite too.
post #50 of 118
DD2 was 8 lbs 6 oz so I guess that is "large" - she was 16 days overdue, too.

My first was 7 13, and I tore and had an episiotomy - with dd2 I was in a squatting position and I didnt tear at all. The recovery was awesome and I believe the position had everything to do with it.

Both came out forcefully, with only a couple of pushes
post #51 of 118
i weigh 95lb normally, was 122lb at delivery. my son had a 14.5 inch head, a 16 inch chest, and weighed 10lb 6oz. he was born at home over an intact perineum.
post #52 of 118
Last baby I caught was 11 pounds, 8 oz, born at home in the knee-chest position. 15" head and 15 1/4" chest. Very small tear - 2 stiches.
post #53 of 118
I was talking to an OB resident friend this weekend and she said she thinks just about all babies 10+ must be b/c of GD ROFL. : She also thought 8 1/2 was "big". I managed not to snort.
post #54 of 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by flyingspaghettimama
The biggest shock to me was when they put him on my chest - wow! I thought I'd given birth to a cabbage patch kid, toddler edition.
: Congrats on your new baby!
post #55 of 118
my son was 9lbs 10oz. no complications, completely vaginal, 2nd degree episiotomy. i begged for it...i was so shameless.

we didnt know he'd be big tho my belly was tiny i assumed he'd be average. we had a suprise. two of my sister's sisters had 7.5 lbs babies that got stuck and needed c-sect. the size of teh baby generally doesnt mean much.
post #56 of 118
my dh was nearly 12 lbs, and my mil had him vaginally, altho i dont know about drugs and such b/c she dies when he was 12 his older bro was almost 10.......

i told him if i have a baby that big hes in trouble, i was only 7 1/2 or so... i have some hope tho b/c bil's baby was about 6 1/2
post #57 of 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by nadine
i weigh 95lb normally, was 122lb at delivery. my son had a 14.5 inch head, a 16 inch chest, and weighed 10lb 6oz. he was born at home over an intact perineum.
that is wicked cool WTG!


Quote:
Originally Posted by aprilushka
I was talking to an OB resident friend this weekend and she said she thinks just about all babies 10+ must be b/c of GD ROFL. She also thought 8 1/2 was "big". I managed not to snort.
Ain't that the way it is now? I opened this thread because many folks would concider my ds (8 1/2 lbs) to have been big. Big whoop. Jeez, you'd think it's 1830, the way people are so impressed with an 8-lb baby--rather than 2005 in the richest, fattest country on the Earth.

It's all about the size of the head, in my opinion!!!!!! Whenever someone tells a "thank god we had a c-sec" or "can you belive? 10lbs?" I rain on the Amazing Obstetrics parade with a question about headsize.
post #58 of 118
My daughter was only 8 pounds but she had a crazy huge head! the doc's were amazed that I birthed her without a tear - and to add to her large head forceps were necessary for her birth (the umbilical cord was around her neck 4 times preventing her from decending all the way)! I would trade a chubby baby for a big head baby any day!
post #59 of 118
I have given birth to a 5 pound baby and a 9 1/2 pound baby. Both felt about the same and both were fairly easy births. I had a slight skid tear (scrap) with the big one but otherwise nothing different.
post #60 of 118
Ds was 9 lbs 1 oz, and I had drugs :, and a second degree tear!
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