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post #21 of 28
I am curious about this as I was coerced into a c-section for fetal macrosomia (DD was 9lb8.5oz), no trial of labor. I would like an HBAC next time.

My therapist that helped me with my PPD and PTSD(who was also a doula and a homebirther) grew big babies as well. Her first was over nine pounds (don't remember exact weight), she ate what she wanted for that pregnancy, ice cream, etc. and didn't watch sugars. The second pregnancy she was very careful about her diet, and even lost weight at the beginning (freaked her midwife out until she showed her her food diary) that baby was the exact same weight and measurements as the first. For her third pregnancy she wasn't as careful about diet again, and grew an eleven pounder, born at home. Sometimes I think it is just genetics.

My aunt had a 9 pounder for her first pregnancy, a 6 pounder for her second, and an 8 pounder for her third. All were vaginal births, but her six pounder came out so fast (after his nine pound sister paved the way!) that he ended up rehospitalized for breathing problems. So, small babies can be a problem too.

My plan is to follow the brewer diet and cut out sugars (I did not have GD, my GTT was a 67, I do have hypoglycemia issues). I am also going to make sure I exercise, and really work on positioning. I am pretty certain now that DD was posterior, which is why she wasn't dropping, my body was not showing signs of impending labor, and that all helped the CNM and OB's to talk me into the section.
post #22 of 28
"Eat to Live" is a great book too that encourages healthy eating from non-grain, vegan sources.
post #23 of 28
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"Eat to Live" is a great book too that encourages healthy eating from non-grain, vegan sources.
I love Eat to Live and lost a lot of my previous pregnancy weight (I gained over 50#!) on this diet. I also feel very good and do not have the blood sugar fluctuations on it. I was doing this diet until conception, but I am so sick now that I am just eating whatever I can get down, which is a lot of carbs and fat. So Eat to Live is the general direction I will be going in when the m/s abates, but I think I will have to add organic beef, fish and chicken. I just cannot imagine getting all of my protein from vegetable sources when pregnant. I love all of the ideas here. Thank you all for your input!
post #24 of 28
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My biggest baby was also easier to push out. It does tend to get a little easier with each baby, and waterbirth made that easier for me. I don't know. The idea of trying to grow a small baby scares me to death. It just seems wrong. You want your baby to be healthy and it's full potential. I guess I just know too many mothers who smoked or starved themselves during pregnancy to avoid having a "big baby".
I want to be clear that I'm certainly not supportive of trying to keep your baby smaller than it should be by depriving it of something it needs. I don't think anyone here is the least bit interested in that. Everyone here is talking about eating an optimum diet to grow the most appropriately sized baby for her body. Surely you don't think the best way for a baby to be healthy and reach its potential is for the mom to eat a bunch of chocolate chip cookies and Mickey D's every day? Because that can certainly make a baby reach a potential so large the mother might not be able to push that baby out! There are myriad reasons for the high c-section rate in this country, but ONE of those reasons are babies that do grow too big because of a high sugar/high carb diet.

I understand that your experiences with women who do stupid/selfish things makes you react strongly to someone who says she wants her baby to be smaller. But I hope you understand that we're talking about doing the best thing for both mom and baby, which includes eating the best possible diet to help baby reach the most appropriate size for birth, which might be 6 lbs for one woman and 10 lbs for another.
post #25 of 28
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I love Eat to Live and lost a lot of my previous pregnancy weight (I gained over 50#!) on this diet. I also feel very good and do not have the blood sugar fluctuations on it. I was doing this diet until conception, but I am so sick now that I am just eating whatever I can get down, which is a lot of carbs and fat. So Eat to Live is the general direction I will be going in when the m/s abates, but I think I will have to add organic beef, fish and chicken. I just cannot imagine getting all of my protein from vegetable sources when pregnant. I love all of the ideas here. Thank you all for your input!
Don't feel bad! Do what you have to do to get to week 13 (or sooner I hope!) and change your diet once the m/s is over. (Although I always recommend, if its crackers getting you through this, try to at least find some organic crackers... which you're probably already doing anyway.) And I agree about adding in the organic meats and fish. Sounds like you're going to do great!
post #26 of 28
Nicole!! Congratulations!!!

Just wanted to tell you that, with Joey, I stuck to the Bradley diet (The Brewer diet I think it is) very closely, and she was under 7 pounds. With Kimmie, I did NOT stick to my Bradley stuff very closely at all, and she was a full pound heavier. I'm honestly not sure if one has anything at ALL to do with the other, but might be something worth looking into.

And, YAY Congrats again! I am so happy for you!
post #27 of 28
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Thanks Sharon!
post #28 of 28
Interesting-- I regained my appetite/ lost my aversions about 3 weeks ago, and started eating the "Eat to Live" plan with the exception of unlimited nuts and nut butters and 1-2 tbs of oil a day. (For those who don't know what it is, the ETL plan is unlimited veggies (1/2 raw, 1/2 cooked) and unlimited beans & fruits (little or no fruit juice), with restricted grains, nuts, and oil, and no dairy or meat (or very, very little dairy or meat), no sugar or refined carbs. Let me tell you I was STUFFED, never hungry, sometimes so stuffed I was uncomfortable.

Anyway at my prenatal yesterday, I hadn't gained any weight since my last visit 3 weeks ago. I have gained 18 lbs so far. Until about 3 weeks ago I had horrible aversions and was eating mostly grains, sugar, and fruit juice, and was gaining about 1-2 pounds a week.
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