Anyone else ever heard this theory?
*note* We did not have this conversation because my dr. was trying to scare me into anything
I'm adding this on to prevent confusion:She wasn't saying anything about birthing babes or that a small wrist equaled not being able to birth vaginally. It was just a comment that wrist size indicated pelvis size. I gave birth to an 8 lb. 4 oz. babe with her 2 years ago, so that wasn't what she was saying at all.
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Absolutely not. In my case my I'm 5'2" tall and my wrist is only 5.5" all around. As a first time mom, I birthed my average 7lb 8oz (at 38weeks) baby very easily. My active labor was only 6 hours and I pushed for 30 minutes. I feel I could've easily naturally birthed a much larger baby.
Woah now! She wasn't saying anything about birthing babes or that a small wrist equaled not being able to birth vaginally. It was just a comment that wrist size indicated pelvis size. I gave birth to an 8 lb. 4 oz. babe with her 2 years ago, so that wasn't what she was saying at all.
Out of sheer curiosity, I just measured my wrist -- it is only 5.25 inches around (and I'm a little "puffy" at 37 weeks ) I'm barely 5 feet tall and DD1 was birthed naturally -- 8lbs 2ozs.
I'm not sure what the shoe size theory is, but I've got some pretty big feet
ETA: I do know of other "relational" parts, for lack of a better term! For example, your forearm is the same size as your foot and your nose and ears are the same size as well. I'm off to Google now!
So I, with my "narrow hips," vaginally birthed a 10 lb. 4 oz. baby.
Granted, he was a shoulder dystocia presentation, and I blew my hip during his birth, but I did it, and after a few months and a few adjustments with a DO, my hip was fine. Without the adjustments, I still would have been fine, it just would have required a little more time.
Guess it's a good thing we don't give birth from our wrists....
It's already hard to talk pelvis size because of the way people think about it = hip size, butt size, broadness at the front. Some of those parameters are about fat distribution or muscle distribution. But even at the root - the outer dimentions of the pelvis are not really germane to the discussion - it's the inner dimentions of the pelvis that are being assayed by childbirth. There are some "boy hipped" women that have huge interior pelvic dimentions, and some broad bones pelvises with tight quarters on the inside.
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Well, I may be short, but I have big bones. My wrist is over 6 inches around. My hips are not particularily wide, but the midwife I hope to use next time said it isn't the outside of your hips, it is the inside of the pelvis that counts. My aunt vaginally birthed my nine pound cousin, and she is as short as I am. Next time, I hope to push out an equally big baby.
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Edited to add: And I'm 5ft tall exactly, if that matters.
I'm built pretty much identically to my mom and have a 6.25" wrist and I was born via c-section because of bad positioning. One of the MDCers I've met is about my height with a much smaller frame and she's had 4 without trouble.
I'm shorter than you, tiny wrists, same size wedding ring as you.
My daughter was 8lbs 3oz, three days shy of her due date, my son was 6lbs. 15oz, born at 36 weeks.
Interestingly, my daughter, after 31 hours of labor, was born via C because she was pretty much STUCK, for lack of a better word. She was posterior, forhead presenting. I was 10cm for a long time, and neither of my midwives, nor my doctor could turn or reposition her. She was right there. They could see her head, could feel her eyebrows, just couldn't budge her, and couldn't use the vacuum. She wasn't in distress yet... but oh lord, I was after that much time.
No one ever mentioned CPD, and it wasn't on my surgical report, but I wonder.
My doctor nearly needed to use the vacuum to remove her during the C-section, she was that firmly in there.
My son was born early for reasons unrelated to size or previous C. Though I'm sure had he had the opportunity to incubate for as long as his sister, he'd have been bigger at birth! And I was sure I'd be able to VBAC him.
Now, both my mother (my size), and my MIL (smaller than me), birthed naturally & vaginally 7 children between them with no problems. So who knows! My thought going into my first birth was that I'd have an easy time of it - heredity & all that.
Anyhow, it's an interesting theory. Did you find anything on google?
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