I just found out from Doctor that my baby growth s 8p 1oz and it s a big baby.. and I am not sure what I shld do, Should I get a C-section or? cuz i heard so many stories about it..its scary


Sharon - posted on 09/28/2011




I wouldn't opt for a c-section based on the growth scan, they are frequently wrong. In my case though, they were right, and I ended up having a 8lb11oz boy, they estimated he was going to be 8lb 9oz, so pretty good. I had a c-section, but that is because I had one 17mths prior with my 7lb 2oz boy who wouldn't fit through my pelvis (waters broke 23hrs before c-s, laboured for 15hrs, 4cm, 60sec apart contractions, and he still couldn't fit into my pelvis). Yep, I am 'blessed' with a super narrow pelvis, and both my boys have had large heads (37 & 38cms).
Personally I think you should atleast try for a vaginal delivery, and then if needed you can always go for a c-section.

Kate CP - posted on 09/28/2011




Height has nothing to do with it. If you have a nice, wide pelvic girdle then you can deliver just about any size baby vaginally.

Personally...I don't think I would want a c-section based on an ultrasound tech's opinion that a baby is large. They have been wrong many many many times before.

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My sister's most recent baby was well over 9 lbs and she had him vaginally no problem. I was over 8 lbs and was born vaginally as well.

It really comes down to pelvic size. That is something really only a doctor can tell you. I would think that if they were worried about it, they would have been talking to you about it.


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Amanda - posted on 09/29/2011




Ultrasounds are useless for getting a correct weight. My last child they told me at 39 1/2 weeks she was over 9 lbs, which wasnt true at all she was 6 lbs 5 ozs a week and 1/2 later at birth.

Btw 8 lbs is not a large baby its pretty avg, woman all the time give birth naturally to these size babys daily. I dont even understand why C section is even an choice at this point.

Linda - posted on 09/29/2011




First of all, the doctors are often wrong about the baby's weight. Second, it is absolutely amazing the way a woman's body was designed to give birth! I've had four boys, weighing 7 1/2 lbs, 8 1/2 lbs, 9 lbs, and 10 lbs! (And they told me the day before that the 10 pounder was 8 pounds!) All were vaginal births with no complications. Also, I was glad I didn't KNOW my last was 10 pounds before he was born--that might have freaked me out! :) However, I did stop after four---I could see a progression and didn't want to give birth to an 11 lb baby! :) Seriously, I wouldn't worry about the baby's weight, and I wouldn't plan a C-section unless there are other complications and the doctor recommends it.

Karen - posted on 09/29/2011




honestly, i don't put much faith in the scan weights...i was told my son was a very large baby from 6 months on and was told to be prepared for an 11lb + baby...my son came on his due date weighing in at only 7lbs13ozs...a far cry from what the drs expected.

Ez - posted on 09/29/2011




Big babies are nothing to be scared of!!! Unless you are talking serious macrosomia (ie 12+lbs) most women do just fine.

And 8lbs is not big. My daughter was 9lb 6oz, which was actually smaller than we expected (yes those growth scans are notoriously inaccurate - they showed she was 11lbs). My whole family have had big babies... between 9 and 11lbs... and not a single c-section.

Tara - posted on 09/28/2011




I had both my girls vaginally and both were over 9 pounds. I wouldn't get a c-section unless it was absolutely medically necessary.

Unless you have a *very* narrow pelvis or there is something else wrong physically that would make it an issue I would say it is completely unnecessary for you to have a c-section.

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Ultrasounds are not accurate at all either. They can be off by as much as 2 lbs in either direction. I, personally, would not opt for a riskier c-section just because the baby is "big." Get second opinions if needed. All the research I've read said it's very rare for a baby to not fit through the birth canal.

Stifler's - posted on 09/28/2011




8 pounds 1 oz is not big. I had a 8 pound 13 baby vaginally. People have had 10 pound babies vaginally.

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Talk to your doctor. I know a woman who is just under 5' who delivered a 9 pounder w/ no problems. I also know a woman who's about 5'2" who's biggest baby born was 5 pounds 15 ounces and the doctor said if he had been any bigger... she would've needed a c-section.

Candace - posted on 09/28/2011




I think that you should definitely talk to your dr or midwife. A c-section isn't the worse thing in the world. I had one and I admit it was kinda scary but you don't really feel anything, maybe a little tugging. I didn't schedule a c-section but I didn't have a choice. I was dilating very slowly ans my son was in distress. I have a friend that was supposed to have a vaginal birth but while i labor they discovered that the baby was too big for her to deliver and she ended up with a c-section also. She didn't regret it at all and when she had her next baby she schdeuled a c-section so that she didn't have to go through the labor process again. Hope this helps, don't be worried about it. If it comes to the point where you don't have a choice remember the goal of it all is to have a healthy baby.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/28/2011




Akeerah, it is not to late to get a second opinion either. If you feel uncomfortable with your current OBGYN, do not hesitate to seek out another. I wish I had on my first.

Jenni - posted on 09/28/2011




That's not too big. My SD was 9lbs at birth and her mom is very petite (5'0 not that it really makes a difference) but she had no probs birthing vaginally.

My OBGYN always told me me that I had a 'big baby' with my son and daughter. She was wrong, they were perfectly average weight. 7lbs 12oz and 7lbs 11oz.

Unless the baby is predicted to be 11 lbs, I wouldn't opt for a c-section, personally. Besides, if you can't birth vaginally or aren't progressing they'll just do an emergency c-section or you can opt for one in the hospital.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/28/2011




Don't stress to much about it. Time will tell. IF you go into labor, and the baby is to big, the will indeed step in then. I have had a c section and a vaginal birth. Just go in prepared that a c section might be an option....but please don't be pushed into scheduling one that might be unnecessary.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/28/2011




How far along are you? I would not put much weight on what the scan says. They are quite frequently 1 lbs off. Don't let anyone force you to have a c section if you do not want it done. Doctors have a way of wording things to scare the crap out of us and make us do things that in turn are what they want to do...not what the patient may want.

September - posted on 09/28/2011




How far along are you? I gave birth to a 8lbs. 4oz. baby and my Mom gave birth to my brother who was 10lbs. 7oz. I would not assume you have to have a c-section nor should you allow yourself to be forced into having one. Good luck!

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My mom had 6 kids. She said she had an easier time pushing out the bigger ones because they were "squishier" because of the extra fat. The smaller babies were harder because their shoulders were bony and hurt more coming out.

Nikki - posted on 09/28/2011




I agree with Katherine you need to talk to your doctor. The estimated weight scans can be very wrong, I was told at 36 weeks my daughter was 8 pounds, she was born 3 weeks later at 6.8lb. My midwife told me that normal to large size babies can be easier to deliver because small babies can get themselves into odd positions in the birth canal. But I would definitely speak with your doctor.

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