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"Big" baby Vaginal birth stories??

Hi everyone, I'm currently 39+3 and my docs are starting to push for induction due to the baby measuring about 8lbs 14 oz. They have me very nervous about being able to have a vaginal birth due to the size of the baby. Have any of you given birth vaginally to a baby over the "average" size? I'm really hoping their estimates are off, but I need some positive stories right now.

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  • Kimbus22Kimbus22
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    My son was 8lbs 4oz and a vaginal delivery after a 3 day induction.  So he was big but not huge.  My best friend is a tiny woman who had two boys.  One was 9lbs and one was 10lbs, both delivered vaginally and med free.  She was induced but not until after her due date and had pretty quick, simple labors/deliveries with both kids. 

    If you're not comfortable with an induction and size is the only reason they're giving you, don't let them pressure you into it.  My 8lb baby was estimated to be 9-10lbs at his ultrasound the week before he was born.
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  • I deliveries my son 8lbs 6oz vaginally med free. It's do-able. They did cut me because his head was HUGE. But it's better than a tear.
    Also my mom delivered me vaginally med free and I was 10.
    If your not wanting to be induced then tell them you want to wait
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  • ABStollABStoll
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    At 40+3, my doctor ordered an ultrasound and nst. According to these results, he said that baby was already between 9.5-10.5 lbs and we needed to induce. I was super annoyed at this point because they had been bringing up induction since I was 37+5 for zero medical reasons (second baby with her older sister being a natural, no induction, perfectly normal labor/delivery!) So I refused. I told him that "big baby" was not a medical reason to induce. I finally agreed to the induction at 41+4 and she was 8 lbs 9 oz at birth, over a week after being told she was a 10 lb baby. I had no pain meds and pushed for 15 minutes. Pushing her out was way easier than labor itself. That being said, yes I could tell a difference from her sister who was 7 lbs 7 oz and came out after 5 minutes of pushing.
    Everyone is different and everyone's experience is different! But, in my personal experience, those late ultrasounds are notoriously inaccurate. I think they even tell you it can be a pound off in either direction. The pitocin induction labor was so much worse than pushing out 8 lbs 9 oz. In my opinion, I would rather give birth to a 9.5 lb baby if it meant avoiding having to go through a pitocin induction again!
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  • Thanks ladies! I'm hoping for a similar experience. They really do know how to get the mind working against you in all of this. I can completely see how so many women just agree with the recommendations and get induced or go with the c/s. So many women I saw in the dr office waiting room were talking about their scheduled inductions or c/s, I felt like I was the only one not doing that. Seems crazy to me!!!!
  • DD #1 was 9lbs 1 oz. DD #2 was 9lbs even, but a week early. I delivered them both vaginally. I was induced both times but it was not bc of size. I had no problem delivering either baby. Last week my current baby's estimated weight at 38+ weeks was 8.5 oz. so it's looking like he will be another 9+ lbs baby too.
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  • My baby was 9# 13 oz. Vaginal pain med free induction. It's certainly possible! I asked dh when we could have the next one two weeks after he was born
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  • My friend just had a vaginal med free birth with a 10lb5oz baby! She was not induced. If you aren't comfortable with induction just due to baby's size tell them you want to wait.
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  • Thanks for the stories ladies! I'm still eagerly awaiting LO's arrival and let the docs know I'm not comfortable with the induction. My official due date is the 22nd, so hopefully she'll make her debut soon!
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  • My DD definitely wasn't huge, but she was bigger than we expected.  8lb 6oz (and her chest was 14.5").  I gave birth vaginally and naturally with a very minimal tear (no stitches required).

    I also know many women who had vaginal natural births of babies 10lb+ (my MIL gave birth naturally to an 11lb 4oz baby - she's amazing).
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  • JazibelJazibel
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    My son was born at 40w 6d  and was 9lbs 5oz with a 15" head.  He was a med-free vaginal birth.  I did end up tearing but healed without stitches.  I probably tore because he was also born with his arm around his head.

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  • Thanks for the stories and reassurance! I'm 40W +1 today and getting more worried about my upcoming dr appt this Thursday if she doesn't come before then. I really wanted to avoid induction and especially a c/s....and I'm afraid an induction would lead to the c/s. I'm starting to feel some light cramping the past few days, so praying I'll be able to do this without interventions!!
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  • A good friend of mine delivered a 10lb 1 oz baby vaginally.  She was 40w 4 days.  They did induce her.  She was very lucky. Given pitocin at 11:00 am and delivered at 6:00 pm.  She only pushed for 20 minutes.  Good luck!
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  • Good for you for standing your ground, suspected 'big baby' is not a reason to induce unless there are other factors at play such as GD or something.  These weight estimates can be off by as much as a pound at the end, so I wouldn't put much faith in them.

    DS was 8lb12oz with a head in the 75%.  He was born med-free and I had him out in 2 pushes.  I did have a second degree tear, but nothing major.  You can do it mama!
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  • Nicb13Nicb13
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    9lb baby, was induced at 39 weeks for other reasons and delivered vaginally with no problems. He ripped the holy hell out of my vag but it was all good. Good luck OP!

     

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  • Thanks again everyone! The stories definitely help! Still nothing so we'll see how my appt goes tomorrow.
  • My DD was born 41w2d after being induced. She was estimated to be about 10lbs, she was 8lbs5oz. After the doctors telling me I was going to have a big baby and that I would go early, I just stopped beleiving what they were saying.
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  • My DD was born 41w2d after being induced. She was estimated to be about 10lbs, she was 8lbs5oz. After the doctors telling me I was going to have a big baby and that I would go early, I just stopped beleiving what they were saying.
    This is about where they're now estimating my baby to be. I'm scheduled now for next Monday night, which will put me right at 41W. I'm praying I go before then this weekend though. I'm so uncomfortable at this point, I don't know how she's not ready to come out yet. Still no signs of labor....I was about 50% effaced and absolutely no dilation yet as of yesterday.
  • Ok, starting to really freak out about being induced tomorrow night. At my last NST last Thursday all was fine with me and the baby. We put the induction on the calendar more as a place holder, but now I'm hesitant about this decision. I'll be 41w on Tuesday. Should I wait it out another few days? I feel like everyone around me including family and the doctors are pushing for the induction!!
  • ABStollABStoll
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    It is your decision! If you don't feel comfortable with it, and everything still looks good and healthy, talk to your doctor about waiting a few more days. Try not to let your friends and family influence your decision! I had my induction at 41+4 and do not regret waiting, in fact I wish I could have waited another day or 2. But I felt like I gave my baby and my body the best chance I could to go on my own with the information I had at the time.

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  • alysonmhalysonmh
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    I can't speak to having a large baby but I can speak to how horrible pitocen is. I was laboring naturally on my own and was fine until they decided to start the pitocen. The second they started it in my IV my contractions became 20 times worse and I am not exaggerating. I will be avoiding induction like the plague with this pregnancy, of course unless it is absolutely necessary.
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  • My first was born at 36 weeks and he was 5 lbs and 15 ounces and my second was almost 42 weeks and he was 9 lbs 2 ounces and to 100% honest there wasn't the slightest difference in giving birth to them.  They were both 100% natural.  You CAN do it!!





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  • mgeorgeNHmgeorgeNH
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    I agree with PP. Unless there are medical reasons you shouldn't go for induction unless YOU are comfortable with it. I have heard being induced creates a more painful labor.

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  • mgeorgeNHmgeorgeNH
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    Also have you done massaging? You don't have to share here if you don't want to, but there are other ways to prepare for labor.

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  • mgeorgeNHmgeorgeNH
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    @Jennoskcaj are you comfortable? Is baby in distress?
    If all is well then no need to induce.

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  • JennoskcajJennoskcaj
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    Hi everyone, just wanted to check back in on this thread. I wound up going in for the induction on 4/28 and started with the cervical catheter. That was a long, painful night and got me to about 2 cm. after that, they started me on pitocin, but I didn't respond at all to it and I wound up going back to only 1cm dilated and the baby still hadn't dropped. I was being induced for more than 24 hours and started feeling like this wasn't going to work and I was just putting myself and my baby at unnecessary risk with the pitocin so I reluctantly opted for the c-section. The c/s experience was absolutely a nightmare. I had a terrible reaction to the spinal and I didn't get to see or hold my baby for more than 3 hours. She was born healthy though at 23 1/4" long and 9lbs 9oz. I'm not happy about the experience, but I'm glad she's healthy and the birth was without any major complications. At the time of the decision, the doc expressed to me numerous times about her concerns for risking still birth if we waited and shoulder dyscotia if we attempted the v-birth. I know the whole situation wasn't ideal, but I've tried to put it behind me and just focus on my new baby. I cried when I watched the video because I felt like I missed the whole thing and couldn't be there for my LO when she first entered the world. I just try to tell myself I made the right decision. Whether or not I'll ever really believe that....probably not. Thanks for all the words of wisdom though. The support was definitely needed.
  • agp24agp24
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    I am two days past my due date and surprise! I was told today that I'm going to be scheduled for a c-section this coming Tuesday because the baby is 9 lbs 14 oz!!! I was looking forward to vaginal delivery but that won't be the case. I'm a little bit scared but I just want my baby to be healthy. Good luck to everyone :)
  • anm73290anm73290
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    I'm 38+5 and was told just by feeling my stomach that she was about 8lbs. It freaked me out a little, but I'm not sure how accurate just feeling on the outside is. Hopefully it's not too bad/scary. I don't wanna be induced either!
  • lek79780lek79780
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    Baby came the day after his due date vaginally and med free. He was 9 lbs. 6 oz. and 20.5 inches long. He was difficult to push out but we made it through just fine.
  • lek79780lek79780
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    Baby came the day after his due date vaginally and med free. He was 9 lbs. 6 oz. and 20.5 inches long. He was difficult to push out but we made it through just fine.
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