Post # 31
My friend was scared into a c-section by her doctor, who estimated her baby was going to be 10+ pounds at birth. He was 8 pounds. I wouldn’t let ultrasound scans psyche you out! I personally think it’s very rare that a woman will grow a baby that’s too large for her to give birth to.
Post # 32
Daizy914: I had my son at 39 weeks and he was 6 pounds, 5 oz. A little guy. However, his head was huge, in the 95th percentile! Even at our 20 week anatomy scan his head was measuring ahead a little bit, and it is very round. Anyways, I had a completely natural birth and it was very hard but totally doable. It’s not the body that’s the issue, it’s the head! His body just slid out. I did end up with a second degree tear but it healed pretty quickly. Honestly, I think birth is hard no matter what. If you have an epidural you still gotta push the baby out. And if you have a c-section you have to recover from that. But it is totally worth it, obviously. You can do it!
Post # 33
My first son was 7.8 and my second boy was 8.9. They told me both times they were measuring big and would be around 9-10lbs. I think it’s pretty common for them to tell you the baby will be bigger. I had c-sections though so I can’t comment on the other part 🙂
Post # 34
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
My daughter was early by 4 days and born at 8lbs, 10 oz
My son was two days late, born at 8lbs, 13 oz
Both vaginal, lots of epidurals and both had to be induced
Post # 35
I was 9lbs 12 OZ. My sister was 9 lbs 13 Oz. My grandparents were 10 lbs 1oz and 10 lbs 3 Oz. And Darling Husband was taken 3 weeks early due to complications and he was 9 lbs 5 Oz (his bro was over 10). All but Darling Husband were natural child births. And I come from a family of narrow hipped women. It can be done.
I’m bracing for a big baby! (Also, it should be noted that there’d no family history of GD. Everyone always asks. My mum gained 8 lbs with me and 18 with my sister. We are just big people. So it definitely has nothing to do with diet sometimes. I was in the 99th percentile for height my entire life.)
Post # 36
I never got any sort of estimate about my baby’s size before she was born. She came at 38+5, weighing exactly 7 lbs. She was a perfectly average-sized baby and I still ended up with horrible 3rd degree tears 🙁
Fiance was just under 12 pounds (11 lbs and 12 or 13 oz., I think?), and the nurses told his mom that he had the 3rd biggest head on record in that hospital. He came so fast that she didn’t have any time for pain relief, and she only ended up with first degree tears. Superwoman.
Post # 37
First baby was 8.5(Pitocin induced and epidural), my ob-gyn did a small episiotomy.
2nd – 8.25 lbs (Pitocin induced, epidural), I had a small tear and stitch.
3rd – 8.5 , spontaneous labor but emergency c-section (baby was caught in a weird way, her shoulder/collar my pelvic bone eerrrrgh)
4th – 6.8 His weight was low because I’d been low-carbing this time… spontaneous labor and VBAC with epidural no tears.
I was a 6.5 lb baby and my younger brother was 11 lbs. My husband was about 8lbs IIRC. Not sure about my BsIL.
Post # 38
My Dear Daughter was 9lb 3.5oz
From 30w onward they measured her 3 weeks ahead, they kept telling me how big she was. They predicted she would be about 10 pounds at 40 weeks. I went to 41+3 and she never hit 10lbs. So the ultrasounds can be off.
But the weight doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have a natural birth. It all depends on your birth canal. For me, it turns out my canal is very, very small. I ended up having a c-section and they told me that next time I will need another one unless my baby is 6lbs or less (which won’t ever happen).
Post # 39
Both of my babies were small
5lbs 13oz -3 weeks early
6lbs 7oz- 1 week early
I had no drugs or stitches with either I was very greatfull for my small babies. I even went home the same day with my second.
Post # 40
It’s way more about the size of the baby’s head/shoulders than anything else, plus positioning. Scans are notorious for being little better than guesses. I don’t know ANYONE whose baby came out the size the scan “said.” My child was born weighing 9 lbs 5 oz and the only reason we had an issue was because he was “sunny side up” — it didn’t have anything to do with his size/weight. And he was still born vaginally.
Post # 41
My entire first pregnancy the doctor kept saying the baby was big. My Darling Husband was 12 lbs at birth, so I assumed that was the reason. Our son was 10 days early weighing in at 8.8 with a large head. He was also “sunny side up” and I had 3rd degree tears. Much easier than son #2 who was a vaginal breach birth.
Post # 42
Daizy914: My son was 7 weeks early at 5lbs 2 oz.
Post # 43
My son was measuring large from 20 weeks on. At 34 weeks, they estimated he was 7 lbs. At 37 weeks, he was born – and clocked in at 9 lbs, 9 ounces
Post # 44
echomomm: Holy shit…I thought Fiance was big (10 lbs 6 oz)… I couldn’t imagine being in your position. How tall are you? Is your husband big?! I’m scared of having a baby that big haha.
Post # 45
piratekitten: omg! I’m glad your baby wasn’t as big as your FI!! That is crazy! Fiance was 10lb 6oz and I swear most of it was his head haha. My friend got 4th degree tears with her 6lb son and had to have reconstructive surgery months later. I’m terrified of that!