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#61 of 118 Old 12-02-2005, 07:26 PM
 
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My baby weighed 8LBS 14OZ close enough to 9 lbs right? The only bad part I think is getting the head to get past the pelvis bone. That took alot pushing bc she had a big head. After that you only feel a little burning. It gets a little frustrating. You just want them out. When I was lying on the birth bed pushing all I could think about was not having another one, but 1 month after I want another just not that soon. LOL
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haye was 8 lbs 3 oz and 21.5" long, and he was two weeks early. the nurses were AMAZED he was that big, they thought he'd be tiny (i'm not very big and my tummy didn't get very big)...he's definitely not tiny. he's just over 2 months and 16 pounds.

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I have something else to add. I tore on the inside and also tore other stuff that I dont think was supposed to tear. When you get home you definetly feel the pain. You feel the BURN!
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I think each baby and each mother's body plays a huge part in it. Also, having an attendant, whether a doc or a MW, who really understands the process and techniques that can help position the mom and baby for a comfortable, safe delivery is really important.

I'm tall and my stomach was HUGE but none of my midwives even suggested he might be "too big." My midwife was so surprised when I delivered Charlie (after 19 hours of labor and just 45 minutes of pushing) weighing in at 10 lbs 11 oz. She made the nurse re-weigh him.

He didn't look fat at all, he was just a solid chunk of lead. His head was in the 75th percentile. I tore in two directions and required a lot of stitches but I think that is because my skin just isn't very stretchy. I write it off to genetics.

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DS #3 was 9lb 7oz w/ a 14 3/4 in head. I did have some tearing but that was mainly from the scar tissues left from his older brothers (7lb15oz & 8lb 12oz) I had long labors w/ all my boys and 8lbs felt the same as 9 lb7oz.

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I see 9+ pound babies in my practice alot. So much so that a 7lber seems a bit tiny.

I've had two 13lb babies, two 11.5 pound babies, and lots of 9-10lb babies - many to first time mamas!

In my opinion, it's those small babies that are often rough - enough room for tilted heads, hands up by the face, etc.
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Thanks for all the replies mamas! I'm still enjoying the stories and feeling much more at ease with the idea of a "big" baby.

One midwife I was talking to the other day said that babies are simply bigger than they used to be, she thinks mainly because of more awareness around prenatal care. She said up through the '70's ob texts said it was okay to smoke half a pack a day and have one alcoholic drink a day!!!! That, along with doctors stressing limited weight gain. My neighbor said her doctor forbade her to gain more than 20 pounds with each of her 2 boys. My sister was talking with a woman the other day who said 40 years ago, her doctor said she couldn't gain more than 6 pounds for the entire pregnancy! I think I gained that in the first trimester alone...This baby is certainly well fed!

I'll have to remember to post to this thread once he's born (due 1/22/06).
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Best of luck for the birth of your big beautiful baby!!

My first was 9lb 11oz with no tearing. I did hemorrage after he was born but cared for immediatley with no trouble. No drugs and a wonderful midwife.

I also felt like my second was bigger and he was 10lb 4oz. Also no tearing and this time no hemmorage either. I was quite scared the second time because I just *knew* he was bigger. I'm not a big woman by any means. I should change that, I was *terrified* . But it all went so well. I think my first big baby primed me for what was yet to come.
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I was 9#6oz and my little brother was 9#5.5oz, both over22" and born at42wks! No drugs and no inductions. My vbac baby wasn't that big, but it felt good to know I could do it!

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AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)

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our first was 10#5 oz-- the day before she was born doc said (and this is in the old days when they should have been good at palpating) that she was 5 lbs and I wouldn't have her for another month-- total labor 12 hrs 3 pushes. hospital,no drugs
#2 10#11 oz-- born in 1 hr--hospital, no drugs 3 pushes

#3 9# first homebirth

#4 12# born at home

none of them had problems/ no shoulder dystocia or blood sugar problems-- 3 of our 4 have stayed over the 95% in height --with our oldest being average
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Not only have I had big babies, but they've come out in weird positions!

My first was my biggest, although he weighed the least (as you know, fat squishes! ) He was 40w 4d, 8lbs 8oz, 22"long, 14.5" head. He was posterior w/ a nuchal hand. I squatted during most of the 2 hours I pushed, but at the end I was exhausted and although my OB asked me once or twice (she was very non-pushy and hand's off--a great midwife more than an OB only she took high risk patients and her c-sec rate was I think 6%) to try squatting again, I had ds while I was sitting on my tailbone on the edge of the bed. Not one single tear w/ his head, I remeber the nurse saying "Look how wonderfully she's stretching!" as he was crowning, but I had a LOT of tearing w/ his shoulders/elbow (my doc told me to stop pushing so she could move his arm, but I couldn't stop.) He also had his shoulders "sideways" Not sure how to describe this, but his shoulders were parallel w/ mine when he was born instead of sideways like most babies are. I pushed for 2.5 hours. I had a completely natural birth w/ him. My doc gave me a shot before she stitched me up, but if she'd asked I probably would have told her not to bother. I think the high you get from a natural labor is plenty for pain relief. And if your baby has a nuchal hand and you're told to stop pushing--STOP! They can move the hand to a better place so you don't tear.

ds2 was 9lbs 4oz, my smallest at 38w 0d. 20.5" long, 14" head. I was in the stranded beetle position due to an epidural (afraid of my OB and mean nurses made my labor stop.) I pushed for 4 contrax. He was asynclitic (head cocked), shoulders in the normal position. I am 100% sure I wouldn't have torn since he was my smallest baby, but my sOB gave me a friggin episiotomy. His birth was very traumaizing for me.

Ds3 was 9lbs 6oz, 21.5" long, 14.5"head. Born at 39w5d. At home in the water. My midwife says he was what they usually call an "Exorcist baby" (:rofl) b/c his head came out anterior, but his body was posterior, shoulders sideways again like ds1. THe only reason he wasn't an exorcist baby was that he didn't spin his head around like they usually do. He just kept it turned WAY to the side instead of lining it up while his shoulders were born. He had a VERY tight cord. He had a lot of trouble getting started breathing and needed a lot of massage and trips to the chiropractor for his neck the first few weeks.

Btw, I'm 5'3.5 and I am small. I'm a little overweight now, but when I am at a healthy weight, I wear about a size 5 (haven't been that since ds1 was 18 mos old ) My midwife says I have a pelvis you could drive a truck through.
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Sending good thoughts for an awesome birth! You will grow the perfect-sized baby for your body to birth.

Noah, my first (and smallest at 9lbs) was born via c-section. Emerson was almost 10lbs and born at home with no tearing - our third, Beatrice was born at home, weighed 10-10, and was born VERY quickly, with no tearing or problems. I went from 7 cm and -2 station to her birth in about 10 minutes!

You can do it mama! Looking forward to reading your birth story in January.

Mama to Noah Jude, 8/17/01, Emerson Lily, HBAC 8/3/03-8/3/03, Beatrice Ruth, homeborn 2/6/05, and Winter Juno Lucine, 12/22/08.:
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My third baby is 10 lbs. 2 oz. and 22 inches long. I pushed for all of 15 minutes and didn't even have a tiny skidmark or anything.
He was born yesterday morning at 6:24am and I feel great!
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Woohoo! Congratulations DiD!!!
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My second was 9 lb 15 oz. 4 hour labor and 15 minutes of pushing, no drugs.

I tore, but only because I didn't listen to the midwives when they told me to pant a while, as his shoulders were mildly stuck. He and I both wanted him OUT, so I kept pushing.

It was a much better birth than the one I had with my 6 lb 14 oz first son.
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oh, baby #2- about 10 lbs Unassisted. No tears, and did NOT feel like 10lbs.
She had no trouble coming out.

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Not sure what you consider big, but my ds was 8lbs 10oz and 21 and a quarter inches long. First baby, no meds and only a tiny tear.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!
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my second dd was 10lbs. 8ozs. and I did it with no meds and no tearing

third dd was 9lbs 14ozs and that was with no meds and no tearing.

My first I had in a hospital tied to a bed...dd was 8 lbs 3 ozs. I was less educated about my choices then.

You CAN birth a large baby mama, no sweat...

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My son was 9 lbs 3 1/2 oz and 22 1/2 inches long. He was even born in the occiput posterior position. Now, i'm a very tiny framed woman 5' foot even, average weight of 94lbs.
It was not an easy labor, but i did have him vaginally!
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Congratulations DreamsInDigital!!!!
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My son was 9 lb 8 oz, he is my first, and I did just fine birthing him vaginally! It took about 45 minutes to push him out, we took our time, the doctor just waited and let me do it, and I only had one small vaginal vault tear, no perineal tearing at all. My doctor oiled up his head and used compresses and perineal massage, which she does for all her patients. I did not need any "help" getting him out at all, even after 50 hours of labor!

ETA... I am a big, somewhat tall person with big, Nordic birthing hips!
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My grandmother was a 13 pound vaginal birth. And her mother was a teeny tiny little lady, just like my grandmother.

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I had a homebirth, 8 hour total (hard) labor, and she was 8lbs on the nose. Now I know you were looking for people who had 9 pounders or over, but I thought I would chime in because her head circumferance at her first doctor's appointment (3 days pp) was in the 95th!!!! percentile!

She has daddy's grasshopper head...I didn't even tear (well a tiny one, but no stitches required and healed very nicely)
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ds1, horrible medicated hospital birth, episiotomy, lots of pain, pushed on my back for 45 min: 7lbs 2 oz, 19.5 in. (one of the reasons I didn't push for long even with all the medication they pumped into my epidural was because they said if I didn't get the baby out in the next few minutes they'd do a c-section for my "big baby" - it had been estimated that he'd be over 10 lbs during u/s the day before.)

ds2: natural hospital birth, pushed in a semi-squat on the bed for 7 minutes: 9.5 lbs, 21 inches, 14.5" head (stitches for tear along episiotomy)

dd: natural birth center waterbirth, pushed for 15 min in several different positions because she was a bit stuck due to head presentation: 8lbs 4oz, 20.5 in. (a couple stitches for small tear)

ds3: amazing, peaceful, intense, painless homebirth, pushed for 7 minutes - 10 lbs 14 oz, 22.25 inches, 15" head! (a couple elective stitches for surface tears)

The bigger two of my four babies were the EASIEST to birth. We didn't have an ultrasound with ds3 and had no idea how big he was going to be. His birth was so easy I actually didn't believe it at first when they said he was almost 11 lbs.

Coren's birth story (ds3)

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my daughter was born at home 10 days ago.. she weighed 10lbs 5 oz!! and no tearing at all!!

 

 

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Well, yesterday I attended the second birth of a client who can now say she has given birth to two children, unmedicated, who are over 10#. Her first child was 10#13oz, and her gorgeous daughter born just 25 hours ago was 10#1oz! She only needed 3 little stitches, too! Oh, AND she was induced with Pitocin and water broken- and still, no pain meds!

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My first was 9lb 10oz and born vaginally in a birth center. He moaned for the first hour or so that he was born but other than that was (and is) fine. My second was big but a little smaller. He was born at home and the scale was off so we don't really know how much he weighed. Both births went well with a small tear both times but that was more because I coulsn't wait for my perenium to stretch, I just wanted the baby OUT! HTH.
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My DD was 8 lbs 8 oz with a 14" head circumfrence. She was posterior so gave us a little trouble there but when we came to the actual pushing face it was easy. I couldn't get over how it didn't hurt (unmedicated hosp. birth) and how easy she passed through my hips and I thought, "I can definitely birth a bigger baby than this!" and if I ever have anymore children I probably will.

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Thanks again everyone for all of your inspiring messages! I am due 4 weeks from today, but as of today I can have a home birth, so any time now would be okay! (Well, I'd first like to dig out the baby clothes and wash them...)

I am feeling huge and lumbersome, but measuring right on the nose for the week I'm at, I guess it's just that home stretch feeling.

I am feeling better about the idea of birthing a "big" baby and am very curious to see how big he actually will be.

Happy New Year everyone!
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