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Hi Mamas,<br>
I am curious to find out how many of you had an US to determine babies weight and if it was accurate. Also I wondered how many of you were induced early or did you go into labor on your own and how close to your due date were you? Also wondered if big babies run in your family?<br><br>
My Dr wants to induce me early... like yesterday. I was induced 5 days overdue with ds and it was awful, posterior, shoulder dystocia, and no pain relief because I don't want it. I cannot do that again. I really am hoping some of you were able to birth naturally and without a vaccuum or forcepts.... My doc won't be using either as he thinks that contributed to my stuck ds.<br><br>
I am 5'3" and am really worried about another big baby. I am worried about going against the induction suggestion because I don't know the right thing to do. I've already switched OBs because the last one was talking c section at 9 week visit! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
I just want to hear about how your big babies births went. Especially how close to your due date you were and if you were induced.<br>
Thanks so much!!
 

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Well, I didn't birth a big baby, but I heard something interesting about it (here??? can't remember).<br><br><br>
Someone said/wrote that its not the baby's weight that's important, but its head circumfrence. I mean, once the head is out, does it really matter if the baby has a chubby butt?? Since the important measurement is the skull, and I can't imagine bone growing at an alarming rate, the measurements ought not change much between say 40 and 42 weeks. Sure the baby may have chipmunk cheeks, but they would be pretty malleable coming through the birth canal.<br><br>
Anyway, just a thought.
 

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My daughter was 9lbs but neither my midwife nor my three ultrasounds predicted that she would be large. I planned a home birth and then transferred to the hospital after 3 hours of pushing. We transfered because we used a fetal monitor that told that Aya’s heart rate slowed considerably. I pushed her out in the hospital with no extra help from the staff there other than some much needed cheerleading and the occasionally treat of vacuum use (which was a good motivator). I have been told time and time again that baby size doesn’t have that much to do with delivery complications. I’m sure you will get some great advice from the parents on this board.
 

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my best friend had a 10 pound 5 oz. son 2 years ago. her doctor told her he would be 8 pounds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: she was pretty close to her due date, maybe a few days past. he was her third. her first was 8 pounds, second was over 9 and then whammo! superman! :LOL
 

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you know i really can't believe that our bodies will grow a baby bigger than it can birth. i think that a lot of the scare in big babies comes from the ob's<br>
under relaxing natural conditions were a woman is allowed to listen to her body birth works great, no matter how big the baby...jmho of course<br>
have a great birth! (i wouldn't listen to the doc..)
 

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My biggest was 9'9 and my midwife kept telling me he was going to be 5 or 6 pounds- I didn't have any ultrasounds.<br><br>
He was born the day after my due date and the birth was great- no intervention, no tears
 

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My 4 mo old (today!) ds was 11 pounds, 23 inches and his head measured 16".<br><br>
I had an ultrasound around 30 weeks that indicated that he would be big. We didn't know just how big.<br><br>
My midwives said just what BowenTherapist said. The baby won't grow too big for your body.<br><br>
Anyway, I had a tub birth. My midwife had to tug a little to help little Coo come into this world. Still, it was a beautiful natural birth.<br><br>
You can do it!!!<br><br>
PS I am 5'7" and 140ish pounds
 

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our dd was 9 lbs, 10 days early. i was also induced (but due to PIH). dd also had shoulder dystocia. we had an ultrasound, also because of the PIH, but it was more to check on the state of the placenta than the size of the baby.<br><br>
have you read 'ina may's guide to childbirth'?? it really reinforces what i think about my labor - that if i had gone into labor on my own, that dd's size would have been less of an issue. induction skips over soooo much pre-labor body preparation and focuses JUST on getting the cervix open and the contractions going. i really believe this is one of the reasons dd had shoulder dysticia last time. plus, there are positions you can get into that help with shoulder dystocia. i would HIGHLY recommend reading this book and discussing some of what she says with your dr.<br><br>
most of this pregnancy, i have measured about 3 weeks ahead. two of the cnms mentioned doing an induction again if the baby is big...but two others said 'bah!'. they explained what i already have thought for myself - if you induce early, the baby will be smaller, but you're body is being forced into doing something its not ready for! if you wait, the baby will grow a bit, but your bones, muscles, tendons, tissues, hormones, all have time to open and prepare for birthing this baby.<br><br>
i had a very long induction with dd...and actually ended up having some pain relief - an itm, which lasted a few hours - 3 hours of rest amid a 3 day induction saved me from having a c-section or suction. i don't consider an induction w/o pain meds to be more of a natural labor that one with. either way, there's stuff in your veins that isn't supposed to be there.<br><br>
like you, i am doing everything i can to avoid an induction this time around. something major would have to happen for me to even consider it. BUT, if you are induced again, talk to your dr. about things you can do to make it less painful (like sterile water injection if you have another posterior babe - i know a mom who had this and it worked great...and its just water!).<br><br>
best of luck to you!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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FIrst of all, your induction probably led to the SD that your OB is worried about! True SD is supposed to occur 1 per thousand births or less, but we seem to see much, much more often. Probably due to all the inductions and epidurals that we do. Induction and epidural interfer with the mechanisms that position the baby. That and the fact that OB's tend to think "shoulder dystocia!!!!" if they don't see a shoulder immediately after the head. And according to the "cardinal mov'ts" of delivery, that is not a realistic expectation, except maybe with a small baby (which OB's think are normal, but don't get me started <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: ).<br><br>
All my babies have been between 8 - 9 lbs (with one exception that was early). My 9 lb'er I had a 50 minutes labor (total) and delivered precipitously before the midwife got to my house. So no, she wasn't a problem! My last one was 8-12 and due to his position he had "sticky shoulders" which resolved by themselves with a change of position (flipped to hands and knees).<br><br>
FWIW - I'm 5'4", not that it makes a difference. I have a friend who is a 5'0" 90lbs pre-preg that delivered a 10lbs 4oz baby with her first! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
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I'm about 100 lbs and DS was 9lbs 12 oz. I was 6 days late and the birth was all natural. Did have a small tear requiring 4 stitches. Midwife thought DS would be about 6.5 lbs.
 

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my dd was 9.15 all i got was a small episiotomy and grief from hospital personnel about wanting to leave early so we stayed overnight.i was 2 weeks overdue and had never been in ahospital in my life.had 2 previous homebirths.It probably would have been easier if the stupid ob had let me squat.As it was he threw my birth plan in the sink and the midwife I had expected wasn't on call.Today dd is 17 normal sized and beautiful.I'm average sized 5'6,my other children have weighed 7.2,9,9,7.11,6.13,so who knows what makes them big or small.Just take care of yourslf and eat well!
 

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I gave birth 2weeks "overdue" to ds 3/18/99. He was 9 pounds, no ounces, and the US had predicted around 8 lbs-in fact one the bitchy midwives (Oh God, I prayed every night that it wouldn't be her on call when I went into labor-and it wasn't) tried to induce me a week before my due date because she thought the baby was getting too big! I was like, "Uh, let's not and say we did"and she was like, "Fine. It's your pregnancy" Damn right it was! They were also worried because I was so young, but I've got hips, let me tell you!<br><br>
ANYWAY!<br><br>
Son came out fine, some tearing, but mostly because MW delivering didn't think baby was coming out (I had only been in labor for about 4 and a half hours and it was my 1st delivery and I was a teen). I kept saying "I think he's coming out!" and she was like "Kelly, we have a while to go! Take it as it comes, don't rush!" but I wasn't rushing, he was, lol! She didn't believe me till I yelled "It's burning!" which was apparently the stretching and tearing. By the time she geared up, the head was out.<br><br>
I think it has more to do with the speed of the birth than the size of the baby that caused the tear-he had avg. sized head and shoulders, and he was long-22inches, so he didn't even have the chipmunk cheeks or Budda belly or anything.<br><br>
Good luck, but most of all:<br>
TRUST YOUR BODY!
 

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My first was 9 lbs 9 oz. I was induced 1 week after my due date, I was afraid of the whole big baby thing. I tore a little, he was out in 3 pushes.<br><br>
My second was 9 lbs 14.5 oz, born 3 days after my due date. She was born in 2 pushes, with her arm next to her head. No tearing or anything.<br><br>
I knew both babies were big, my Dr. wouldn't guess.
 

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My dh was born in the late 70s in a hospital with an ob. He weighed almost 13 lbs, born vaginally with no episiotomy.
 

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I'm 5'3" (and a half!) and was induced at 43 weeks (although they said O didn't look like a 43 week babe) and he was 9# 1 oz. I didn't have any drugs with the pitocin, and it was <span style="color:#800000;">AWFUL</span>. But I labored for 9 hours, 3 of it pushing, <i>and</i> he came out with his hand next to his head. No tearing, just some scrapes. We didn't know how big he was going to be...
 

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DD was 10 pounds born at home with midwife 5 days past due date. Not one tear. No ultrasounds, but we all figured she would be 8-9 pounds. Dh and I were both 9 pound babies. I've known lots of women who had U/S that said they would have 8 pound babies and ended up with 6 pound babies. I don't trust the ultrasounds at all. If labor is left alone as it should be then our bodies have this amazing ability to birth whatever size babies we are suppossed to. 2 weeks after my baby was born, my girlfriend had an 11.6 pound baby at home. My grandfather was born at home and was the last of 10 children. He weighed 13 pounds. Good luck.
 

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You can do it, I promise! I have been following your story and I am really rooting for you.<br><br>
My last one was a 9lb (no ounce) baby and he was one week "overdue" not really though, just off in calculations. I am skeptical of due dates because they can be up to two weeks off. My midwife explained to me that my son showed no signs of being overdue, ie.. skin pealing.<br><br>
His labor was only four and a half hours and his head was turned wrong for a large part of the labor. We had to do a lot of vectoring and she actually had to turn his head while I was on a wedge (ouch!). We had no clue how big he was. As a matter of fact when he was finally weighed after an hour, we were stunned to find out how big he was.<br><br>
My MW refuses to do a U/S close to due date because the weight estimates can be way off. Her theory is that you can't make a baby too big to have naturally.<br><br>
My first two were 7 1/2 lbs each and both were induced two weeks early for doctor convinience. I can tell you from experience that I would much rather go overdue and have a large baby than be induced and have a smaller one. My first two were hellish labor and deliveries. One was fourteen hours and the other was six, but both were nighmares and I had a terrible time recovering.<br><br>
I am 5"1' and I have small bone structure. I never in my wildest dreams thought I could have a nine pound baby and live through it. I did though, and I only needed five stiches and like I said it was a fairly easy labor and delivery. I recovered in no time. It was by far the best birthing experince of my life and I wouldn't trade it for anything.<br><br>
In my opinion, it had nothing to do with the size of the baby but my body and being "ready" to give birth. Being ready made all the difference and it didn't matter how big he was.<br><br>
Stick to your guns hun, trust your body and good luck to you. I have got my pom poms out just for you!<br><br>
Jenny
 

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My son was 10 lbs 9 oz., he was born two weeks after the due date. Labor was induced, but we didn't have any pain meds, or an episiomoty (slight tear- probably could have been avoided though). The doctor did think the baby was about 8 pounds through palpatations. It wasn't a difficult labor, even though he was posterior.
 

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DD1 was 8 lbs. even and DD2 was 8 lbs. 15 oz., so just under 9 lbs. Large babies do run in our family. My brother, sister, and I were between 8-10 lbs. and my uncle was 11 lbs.<br><br>
With #2, I planned a home birth and the midwife told me that I had "plenty of room" for a big baby - she estimated 9 lbs. w/out an US and was almost spot on. Her low-risk practice regularly sees babies in the 7-9 lb. range. My baby was born exactly on the due date (calculated by the midwife - spot on again!). I went to full dilation at home, but then after 24 hours of labor incl. 2 hrs. of pushing, she wouldn't move down anymore. She kept turning her head back and forth, too. Ultimately I went to the hospital with our midwife and was given a little Pitocin and an epidural to rest and then was able to push her out in another hour, avoiding the all-too-common c-section. My midwife said that had I been home, she would have had me turn over to hands and knees to help make more room - maybe you can do that if you need to? Everyone including the doctor (who is against unnecessary c-sections) said that had I not been at home so long (on my feet most of the time) or had I gone elsewhere, I would have had a c-section. Sometimes it just takes time, but you can do it.<br><br>
In my opinion, it's important to be on your feet and moving around as long as you can just to let gravity do its work. Also eating and drinking to keep your strength up.<br><br>
Another thing you might keep in mind is that, as I understand, babies over 8 lbs. 13 oz. are considered by hospitals to be "large for gestational age". I was hassled about this in the hospital - I was told ominously that my daughter was "LGA" and that if I did not submit to the glucose testing she could be brain damaged and the doctors would not be able to tell any other way. They assumed that I had had gestational diabetes even when I told them I did not. Luckily, we had one normal glucose test (which I made the nurse do in front of me) and were able to avoid any more unnecessary ones thanks to the pediatrician's intervention.<br><br>
Here's also some good info on optimal positioning:<br><a href="http://www.homebirth.org.uk/ofp.htm" target="_blank">http://www.homebirth.org.uk/ofp.htm</a>
 

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I am 5'10, but when i had my 9lb son, i weighed only 132lbs at term. i went into labor spontaneously, 3 days late. we didnt realize he would be that big, US showed 8lbs. I labored 4 hours, had an epidural because the back labor was excruciating (and yes i loved it, and no, i dont regret it!), pushed for 20 minutes, the Doc did use forceps, just to get him "past the bone", then he removed them and i did the rest. no shoulder distocia, i did have a 4th degree tear though...ouch! he had a 15in head, 15in chest, and was 22inches long.<br><br>
is it any wonder my third baby just fell out???? :LOL
 
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