I am 31 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. My first was a c-section 6 years ago due to macrosomia. She was 9lbs at 38 weeks and they didn't want to risk attempting a vaginal birth. No other issues and the c-section went off without a hitch.
6 years and 2 kids later (my partner carried #2), my OB doesn't want to attempt a VBAC b/c (and only because) I am overweight and she doesn't want to have to do an emergency c-section.
While I understand that an emergency c-section on an overweight woman can be harder, who is to say that I couldn't have an easy vaginal delivery. Baby is measuring average size, not 90th% like my first and I haven't gained any weight this pregnancy (after 60+lbs in my last).
WWYD? Do you think I should push the issue and say if I go into labor on my own BEFORE my scheduled c-section date (39ish weeks) then I want to attempt a VBAC? I really would like to avoid the surgery and long recovery now that I am a SAHM with 2 other children to care for!
I don't see any reason up there that you aren't an awesome candidate for a VBAC. I'm overweight and had two awesome HBACs. And, quite honestly, I would wait to go into labor whether you decide to have a c/s or not. There are lots of benefits to it for baby (although not any for the doctor).
I would just say that you'd like to cancel your scheduled c/s date and go into labor. If things are progressing, you'll be having a VBAC and if the need arises for a c/s, well, then ok.
Of course, that is just my opinion. :)
Wife to an amazing man , mommy to 3 wild dudes: ds1 (5/23/05 @ 30 weeks), ds2 (3/5/09) , and ds3 (9/26/10) . Part time librarian, full time mommy, occasional chef and maid.
We phat women can have absolutely have babies naturally. It sounds like your doc has a fat bias, which is a sad excuse to railroad women into unnecessary surgery. Barring a VALID medical reason, even ACOG states that "big baby" is not a valid reason to do a c-seciton, there doesn't seem to be any reason for you not to be pregnant as long as your baby needs to be in the womb and then have a vaginal delivery. (Sorry if I seem savage. I am on the hunt for a midwife that will attend a homebirth after 2 c-sections, and the one I talked to yesterday said she would if I lost 50 lbs )
Hi.I am 5'5" 240ish and VBAC'ed a 9lb 14oz baby. I think "fat bias" was one of the contributing factors to my first c/section. Having a VBAC is difficult if you have an unwilling OB. If I were you I would switch to a VBAC friendly doc/MW. Good luck!
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IMO, you should find a new Care Provider ASAP! That's a load of bull crap! I have always been overweight and yet somehow miraculously VBACed 5 babies! Some of those babies were over 10 pounds too. Being overweight (5'4" and 225) does not mean I will need a c-section. And it does not mean you will either. Dump your fat-o-phobic OB and find one that supports YOU.