Originally Posted by USAmma
My friend had 9-15 baby, posterior, with hand by the face. I'm SO impressed by what she did!
To the OP: Please don't worry! Your body is designed to do this and it is very unlikely it will grow a baby bigger than you can birth. Remember maternal positioning makes a HUGE difference - get up and move around if you feel stuck.
It was really the frosting on the cake for me.
Joyce in the mts.
Overall it was a WAY easier labor than the one for my 6.5 and 7lb twins (and a month early). Big babies run on my husband's side of the family.
She officially weighed 8lbs9ozs but she wasn't weighed for about 8 hours after and she had passed two large stools, so my midwife estimates that she would have been 9+ pounds if they had weighed her immediately. (I had a pp hemorrage, so things got a little hectic.)
Jam 7, Peanut Butter 5, and Bread 2.
My first DS was 8lb 7oz, epidural birth in a hospital with ever intervention possible. I was in labor for 30+ hours before I went to the hospital with 12 hours of active labor, 9 with the epi. I was forced to push for 3 hours. His birth was physically very difficult to recover from and the pushing was so hard. I was about 5 mintues away from being sent for a c-section due to exhaustion when he was delivered with assistance from a vaccumn.
With DS#2 (12/15/05) we opted for a BC which was almost 2 hours away. I figured I would have another good sized baby with another long labor. I was right. He was 9lb 2oz. I was in labor for about 24 hours before I was admited to the BC. I was in active labor for 10 hours, with maybe an hour of pushing total. Though I don't really count a lot of the pushing because I wasn't in a good possition and it didn't feel good too push until I found that untilmate possition. So I think I really pushed good and hard (ohh it was so nice to feel the desire to push and not be in pain while pushing like with DS#1) for about 15 pushes? I had very little tearing and my recovery was wonderful in comparison.
#2 was almost a lb more than #1, but physically my body handled it much better due to no drugs and very little interventions.
Friends of mine, teeny tiny women they are --
1. All 3 boys over 9lbs 5 oz, boy no. 3 was 10.4, little girl no. 4 was just under 9lbs.
2. All normal 7 pounds except no. 3 who was 11.2, no. 4 was 7lbs. No idea why Jacob was sooo big
3. All 3 were over 9lbs, she is tall like me and her dh is tall.
I think position is key to big babies birthing. www.spinningbabies.com is great as is Sit up and take notice.
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My wife birthed our second who was a 7lb-6 (3300g). Same donor as our other two but 2lbs smller than them at birth. I'm broadhipped & she's slimmer hipped, I believe women grow the right size baby for their bodies.
I birthed our third who was 9lb 5 (4250g) - completely painless, ecstatic water/home birth. One of the best experiences I've ever had. A healing wonderful, beautiful experience. No tear (even though I have a huge epi scar from 1st birth). No pushing either. I just "opened up". I tried to push once when my waters broke 10 minutes before she was born & I felt the first pain I experienced in that labour so I stopped pushing (thus the pain stopped) and concentrated on expanding instead. It was awesome & amazing. I'd do that birth again anyday.
She didn't have much moulding either, very round headed.
37cm head circ.
You don't necessarily need to push.
DS#2 was 9 pounds 4 ounces - pushed for 1 1/2
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Originally Posted by etsba
I believe women grow the right size baby for their bodies.
I birthed our third who was 9lb 5 .
All that said I would never suggest to anyone that they should not birth a suspected large or macrosomic baby vaginally. True dystocias, not just a sticky shoulder or long labor, are quite rare. But, I'm still in the same body and my children were both fathered by my husband. I get as irritated as anyone with first time mothers who are encouraged to have a surgical birth for large babies. Most mamas can have big babies. It just stings a little when I hear that moms grow only babies that they can birth. Sometimes that is not the case.
And, I'll give you my standard joke about the situation "I used to think that I was big boned, turns out, I'm just fat."
No tears or cuts, long labor, shoulder dystocia (but my midwife did a wonderful job handelling it. NICU was called, but he was fine). I only pushed for an hour.
I don't think I would have been able to birth a baby bigger than him when it comes to the shoulders, but he made it out okay. I was 4 days overdue and would hope if I had another child that I would go before my due date. The shoulder dystocia part of my labor really traumatized me. I just remember the fear that he wouldn't live. I don't want to ever go through that again. He was only stuck about two minutes, but it felt like an eternity. I am not sure that I would sign up for a c-section, but I wouldn't want to deliver another 9+ baby vaginally.
Bethany -- Mom to Liam 2/12/05
6 lbs 8 oz,
7 lbs 15 oz,
9 lbs 5 oz!
In that order.
My largest was the only one born without me being cut, although I did tear a little but not where my scars are, in the front.
I will have to be honest though, my labor and delivery were much longer and harder with the largest one and I could tell it was due to size making it more difficult to get her into position. But it can be done!!
Good luck Mama!!!!
My second daughter was 9 pounds 6 ounces and was birthed vaginally, with no medications (pain or otherwise), and it was the most amazing experience of my life.
10 pounds 5 oz
22 inches long
14 inch head
14.5 inch chest
apgars of 9 then 10
The labor up until the last hour was pretty "easy" and the last hour was painful and quick beyond belief. But, he is here and healthy and happy and so am I. AND, despite his size, I only had one superficial tear that didn't need a stitch.
My midwives were amazed at his size, but I wasn't surprised at all.
Thanks for all of your wonderful messages the last couple of months!
I've really enjoyed reading this thread. I'm pg w/ #1 & my hubby was a 10 pounder & is 6'4". It's interesting listening to his mum talk about the births of him & his older brother. His older bro was "only" 8 lbs, but was forceps & hubby was 10 & just slipped out. His mum's convinced that it had more to do w/ different doctor & different hospital than anything she did.
Originally Posted by roamingfamily
I'm a bit sensitive to this line of thinking. I pretty much thought that, too. while I opted for a hospital birth, I did all the Yoga, the research, the preparing, etc for a natural birth. My daughter, 9 lbs, 5 oz, and I experienced an EIGHT minute shoulder dystocia. A "true" shoulder dystocia. My own sister was my nurse and she is straight with me (her personal philosophy is that natural is better...give baby time.). She told me that there was nothing that could have prevented what happened EXCEPT a differently built baby. We nearly lost my daughter, the staff in the room (and a Code Blue brings lots of staff) expected her to die in the birth canal. I saw one of those Baby Story shows about a four minute dystocia. They were talking about how the baby may have severe brain damage, etc... I mentioned to my mom and sister that I didn't understand, that no one ever mentioned that to me and my dystocia was much longer. They looked dumbstruck. Apparently no one mentioned any of that because they were amazed that she was alive. My second child, 10 lbs 5 oz, was born by scheduled c section. The 16 months between their births was fraught with periods of feelings of failure and disgust with myself. I was ashamed to be scheduling the c section. I just realize, though, as I type this, that I'm over it.
Blessings to you.
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