You can definitely do it! Your body is meant to do it!
+= Peanut (2004), Pumpkin (2007) and Butter Bean!! (2011)
"There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death." -Isaac Asimov
i then had two more 9lbers but with awful drs who did episiotmies still b/c baby was just to big..next baby will be deliver in a Birth center and i will make it will know that i will tear and NOT get another epis.
you can do it mama!!!
Good luck with the birth! I think you'll really enjoy having a large newborn. As a first time mother, it's very reassuring - they don't seem quite so fragile or breakable, and a lot of the large babies I've seen seem to have more control over their muscles and aren't as "floppy."
Of course your MW could be way off and you could have a 7 lber, lol. FWIW, I think big babies are flippin' adorable!!!!!!
Induction with Pitocin, no pain meds, very minimal tearing (one tear, one stitch- doc was even rethinking if stitching was needed. He did anyway for "support"-whatever that means)
dd#1 (20months old now) was 9lb 4oz - born naturally in a hospital
dd#2 (17 days old!!!) was 10lb 14oz - born naturally in the water at home - her birth was avtually quicker and easier than my first
Don't let anyone scare you - your body will not make a baby bigger than you can handle - good luck!
The second was definately easier, but both were just fine. Only a small tear the first time. My midwife predicted bigger for my first than he actually was and I was scared! But he turned out smaller.
The second time around, I was told he was prob. about 7 lbs. nope.
You'll do fine - whatever happens. Good luck to you!
: : hale:
I was induced with both.
Aeona - married to super hot nerd Toby . . . mama to Grace (9) Evangeline (7) Duncan 11.14.08 and Henry (4) born at home. Expecting again early December!
You can do it! My babes carried all their weight on their thighs, anyway, and that makes no difference - it's the head you've got to push out!!
My babes were all born at home, but the biggest was 7.7, so I can't comment for myself. Both of my sisters are regular sized women.
Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)
My advice is to stay at home as long as possible to avoid anyone managing your birth and don't allow them to direct you during pushing.
You can do it!!!
I think genetics has a lot to do with it - my mother gave birth to large babies without undue difficulty, so it wasn't terribly surprising that I was able to do the same.
My mom had big babies too so it seems only natural that I would have big babies and birth them just fine.
First was 8 lbs 14.5 oz (hospital induction)
Second was 10 lbs. 12.5 oz (homebirth turned into transport)
Third was 10 lbs 7 oz (home waterbirth)
As many have said - be grateful for a 'big baby' - I seriously never worried about the health of my little orangutan - he was always very healthy, alert, and strong.
He was 9lbs 9oz - funny how I can usually brag about that, but not here - all of you Momas have me passed.
I was induced, not by choice, but by my own ignorance.
I was 8 days passed my 'EDD'.
I was put on a great deal of pitocin, after they broke my water - it was awful. I will never get pitocin again. After a few hours of, not so good pain management - I recieved an epidural.
Pushed for two and a half hours, on my back.
I had an awful nurse - and next time, (hopefully birth centered) I will ask for another nurse.
She was impatient and snotty - finally, as I birthed him - she looked at him, and said "Wow. He's huge." - No kidding dollface.
I did tear - but I do not believe I was ready to push, I had not felt the urge to push yet, and I remember putting my body through more than it wanted to - I was at ease going a slower, steadier pace - never really tired. Yet, she kept pushing and pushing me to go faster, faster.
Know yourself. Stick up for your baby and body.
You can definitely do it.
Edit: I'm small framed - prepregnancy pant size of 2 - and I'm back there, but I wont even mention how much I weighed at 41 weeks. Eeek!
These are the kinds of things that make us think we can't do what our bodies were meant to do!!!