Cheryl - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
Cheryl - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
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Vanessa - posted on 04/17/2009
I am 5'4" and a little teeny tiny thing... but my daughter was 9lbs and 9oz... and she came out just fine. 20 minutes after I started pushing. Don't worry... everything will be ok!
Emily - posted on 04/16/2009
I think you will be just fine! I had tiny babies and really difficult labors. My firend with the over 11 lb baby had the easiest labor I have ever heard of and she is not big herself. It seems like most of the women I know with 10+ lb babies have had no problems having them. Positioning is more of an indicator of how hard labor will be than size is.
Sian - posted on 04/16/2009
i know how you feel, my first baby was 9lb9 but i was told that it isn't the weight of the baby which makes it a harder delivery but the length and head circumference, my daughter had a head circumference of 33cms and she was 55cms long, she literally hung off the end of the scales. She is now 2 and is still wearing 18-24 month old clothes and in comparison to some of her peers she is small. I am now expecting my 2nd baby in the next 2 weeks, i have got to go and see my consultant and have a growth scan as they feel the baby could be bigger than my first, i have had conflicting advice and stories from different midwives so realy don't know what to expect, at least the first time i was going in blind because i wasn't told to expect a big baby
Dejae - posted on 04/15/2009
The doctors told me that what a womans body can handle will determine the size of the baby...so your body must be fine with bigger babbies. good luck. all will go fine.
Erika - posted on 04/15/2009
I was induced with all 3 of my kids and all were over 8 1/2lb. My daughter was the biggest at 9.13 lb. and the labor was only 5 hrs. Don't worry the female body is amazing and can handle most things. Also trust your instincts in the delivery room, you don't want him to get stuck, the dr. will do a c-section if necissary. Good Luck!
Lindsay - posted on 04/15/2009
Well all I know to say is that my first baby was 7lb2oz and my second was 8lb7oz. My bigger baby was a faster and easier labor and delivery! The doctor didn't even have time to get there. Nurses stepped up to the plate and didi great but I swear he was so much easier than my little one. Good luck and relax!
Sara - posted on 04/15/2009
my youngest was 9 lbs 9 oz and she came out in 1 push. Many of my friends were told they should go in early to be induced because they were having large babies (and they were induced a week or 2 early) and NONE of them had a baby larger than 8 pounds. So yes, all the people that said docs can be way off are right.
Carys - posted on 04/15/2009
Try not to worry about it, although it's probably the only thing on your mind. I was told over and over that my son would be at least 10lb, and when he turned breech twice, they threatened me with a C section (which I knew I didn't want if he was going to be huge because I wouldn't be able to carry him). Anyway, my son turned up, 10 days late, weighing an extremely average 7lb 8oz. That's how wrong they can get it - 2 and a half lbs off!
If it's a comfort, I weighed 9lb14oz, and my mum is 5 foot 2 inches, and she swears that moving and using gravity to help you deliver a heavy baby doesn't make it any worse than delivering a small baby. I had a 3rd degree tear when I delivered my son, and my mum had only two stitches.
You will be fine. Believe in yourself and how amazing giving birth is, and you'll soon hold a beautiful, bonny baby. Good luck.
Mary-Ann - posted on 04/15/2009
They can be way off. Although my Dr did guess pretty close, she guessed 8 lbs and she was 8 lbs 8.8 ounces. It is rare for the mother to be too small to deliver vaginally. I think you can do it, just think my DH's grandfather was born at 13 lbs, he died last november at 82 years old. It can be done, it'a a matter of whether or not you want to try or not.
Joy - posted on 04/15/2009
I went a week overdue and the docs had said that my son would be 9 pounds or more. When I had him, he only weighed 7 pounds 10.5 ounces so they were way off. Your body knows what to do...and having a baby is the most natural thing a woman can do. Go with your body, listen and feel and breathe and if it gets to be too much, there's always pain meds or epidurals. The docs won't let anything happen to you. They have expensive degrees and sometimes we just need to trust them. Good luck and congratulations Mommy!
Angela - posted on 04/15/2009
I was in full pledge labor with no dialation after 19 hours of Natural childbirth. I had two ultra sounds during this time because they were stumped of why I wasn't dialated and the first one came back that my son was 8 lbs 4 oz. and then they did another one not even a hour later and they said he was 12 lbs. 3 oz. He actually weighed 10 lbs 5 oz. So if that tells you anything. They can not judge weight! Child Birth is a natural process that us women were meant to do. Every thing will work out even if he is 10 lbs. Keep us posted!
Esther - posted on 04/15/2009
I think the estimation of weight can be WAY off. I don't remember what they estimated my son's weight at but I do remember them telling me that he had a HUGE head. Didn't turn out to be true at all. Also, from what I understand the size of the baby really doesn't affect the delivery that much. I was induced too and I was told I had a hard delivery (back labor, forceps, episiotomy, 6 hours of pushing, umbilical chord wrapped around my son's neck twice, high bloodpressure (mine) etc.) but I personally found it MUCH MUCH MUCH easier than I had feared. I really didn't find it to be such a big deal at all. I did have an epidural (highly recommend it) and it was definitely very hard work (doing sit-ups for 6 hours when I normally can't even do 3 in a row), but other than the work-out of a lifetime, it wasn't bad at all. I could have walked out of that delivery room no problem.
Shannon - posted on 04/15/2009
My daughter was 10 lbs even. Everything went fine. Just start giving away the newborn diapers. You won't need them.
Melissa - posted on 04/15/2009
I was told this late in pregnancy, the weight can actually be 23 oz off either way! That's almost a pound and a half! My first one was measured by ultrasound at 40w5d to be 9.13, she scared the poop outta me! All I heard was I was carrying an almost 12 lb baby (9.13 rounded to 10, add 23 oz, rounded to 12 - preggo minds running amok!) I went into the hospital to start induction and the midwife layed her hands on my belly and stated that even if I gorged myself until baby was born, it wouldn't be more than 8.9. He was born 8.6!
Unless you had enormous amounts of cows milk during pregnancy, your baby is the size that God wanted it to be. God doesn't give you babies that your body can't birth, it only a matter of if you're willing to do the work! I could go on and on.... Trust yourself, don't let the hosp. staff impede their fears on you. You have a baby, not a medical disease that needs to be fixed. Congratulations!
Clair - posted on 04/15/2009
Hello there, i am brand new to this so i hope i do it right. I have 3 children aged 6, 3 and 2. My first son Ethan had to be induced 2 weeks after my due date he weighed 8lb 15, my second son was induced 12 days late and weighed 9lb 12 and my daughter was a c- section 5 days late and weighed 9lb 9. dont believe the stories that you will have a longer, harder labour when induced, i had 2 hours with my first and 25 minutes with my second, plus it beats having to go back and forth to the hospital coz you are not dilated enough, once you are in you stay till its over. Dont worry im sure you will be fine, big babies help themselves out xx