Who has had a BIG baby; 10 pounds or more?

Cheryl - posted on 08/29/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My first 4 children were born by c-section and were all little (7 lbs down to 4 lbs). My first Vbac weighed 7 lbs 7 oz. After that, my babies got bigger! 10 lbs 3 oz (g); 10 lb 11 oz (b); 10 lb 4 oz (b); 11 lb 15 oz (g; our very first homebirth!!); 11 lb 2 oz (b; born this week at home) and 23" long. Interestingly enough, I've not required stitches for any of these deliveries, and the last two have suffered from shoulder dystocia. I have found that the hands and knees position is the BEST way to deliver a large baby. Michael Ray, born 8/25, is wearing 3-6 month clothes. What has been your experience with delivering a large baby?

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Heather - posted on 08/10/2010

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My son Christopher weighed 10lbs 4oz 23" long and a HC of 14and1/2. I tried to get an epidural (7x) but it wouldnt take :( I didnt get to hold him right after he was born because i had to be taken immediately to surgery. I had to have my birth canal sewn up and I suffered a 4th degree tear. When I asked the doctor how many stitches I had to have she told me that she lost count. We was in the hospital 9 days and he got released before me! lol! I was given 4 units of blood and had to have my iron checked twice a day while in the hospital. It was a very scary experience for me since he is my first born, but if I had to I would it again because I got the best reward for it :)

Anna - posted on 07/05/2010

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My first baby was 9lbs. 8 oz with shoulder dystocia. I always avoid carbs now. I limit desserts to our Sabbath day (I "rest" from being so strict with myself one day in seven...:-)

I limit myself to one piece of fruit a day, make my own homemade sauces, and limit my grain intake as well.
(I use broccoli or zucchini in my lasagna instead of noodles....there's a recipe for cauliflower crust for pizza floating around somewhere, too...)

The rest of my babies (born at home) have been under 9 lbs., even the one 11 days overdue.

Cheryl - posted on 05/24/2010

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Yes; the low carb is best! I wish I had been more diligent, though I did try. With #8 my sugar was registering high and the midwives said I would be "kicked out" of their program (at a birthing center) if I didn't pull it down. I immediately went on the Candida Diet. This was my last month of pregnancy. I lost 10 lbs and the baby only weighed 10 lbs 4 oz (the previous baby had weighed 10 lbs 12 oz and we were expecting this one to be bigger). The low carb thing is what I always recommend to get the baby's weight down.

Allison - posted on 05/24/2010

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PS I would like to hear if the low-carb diet works! My guy was a little too large for my body, I think. I did eat a LOT of chocolate and sweets, although healthy meals otherwise. The last month my belly stretched unbelievably, with lots of pain and discomfort :( And the pushing was extremely challenging - without the squatting and LOTS of midwife support, I couldn't have gotten him out, I think. Anyway, looking for ideas for the next time around :)

Allison - posted on 05/24/2010

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Not quite, 9 lbs. 7 oz. He was about 2-3 weeks overdue, so that might have been why he was big. Homebirth, 12 hour labor, I would call it as a pretty "mild" or peaceful labor, pushing was really painful about 1.5 hours, but still totally do-able :) And he was born super healthy and strong. Unfortunately I had a severe post-partum hemorrhage and required about 3 months of recovery. Still wondering if hemmorhage is more common with bigger or overdue babies? I squatted to push him out :)

Ashley - posted on 10/12/2009

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All of my kids have been larger... not 10+ lbs but 9+lbs.

My first was 9lbs 1.5oz, my second was 9lbs 8oz, my third was 9lbs 5oz(at 37 weeks), and we have yet to find out what Bella will weigh :)

Non of my other children were born at home, they were all hospital babies. I had an episitomy with my first but that's because the dr did it routinely. I had a few superficial tears with my second but nothing requiring stitches, and nothing with my last. Isabella will be our first homebirth and I am curious to see how much she weighs. My midwife put me on a low carb diet... she said it would help keep the weight of the baby down... so we'll see :)

Cheryl - posted on 09/15/2009

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Quoting Cierra:

I think my baby was big at 9lbs 14oz



You are right; 9 lbs 14 oz is big. Sorry; I never meant to imply that anything less than 10 lbs is small, it's just I've never had a nine pounder. Did you have this baby at home? If so, how did it go? How many other children do you have, and what did they weigh?

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