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Not sure if you mean vaginal delivery or med free delivery by natural..
My brother was 10.5lbs and 22.5 inches at birth, and my step mom delivered him vaginally with minimal tearing.
My mom did. It was her third tho, she had a home birth with my little brother back in 1985. It was not her most difficult birth, but she was surprised by the size of his head even after two (albeit smaller, but not much smaller) babies.
The size of the baby has less to do with the ease of the birth than the position of the baby. Maybe you should follow spinning babies or do the miles circuit throughout the rest of your pregnancy to ensure that baby is in the right position for birth.
If this is your first, you may need to have and episiotomy, but you do not have to have a pain management drug or a c/s just because you have a large baby.
Drug free delivery of 13 lb 13.5 oz baby, this was my hometown so I remembered the article
I was a 10lb 12 oz baby delivered naturally in 1973. My mom did have an episiotomy.
My OB and I were sure my DD was going to be a 10 pounder but she turned out to b 8lb 15 ozs. I too had an episiotomy and they helped her come out with the aid of a vacuum pump but she and I were none the worse for wear after her natural delivery..
As PPs have said, baby size isn't the big part of it, it is position. Have faith in your body and you'll be amazed at what it is capable of. I have tiny friends who have delivered 10+ pounders naturally.
And you know what? It's not the end of the world if for whatever reason you can't and need a C section. Thank goodness for medical technology which can help mom and baby survive life-threatening situations.
People do it all the time. The baby always feels huge to you, but could only be about 7lbs and there is no accurate way for the doctor's to tell.
Remember the problem with delivering a baby would be due to head circumference not the weight of the baby. If your baby is 10lbs with a normal sized head it is not going to be more difficult or painful than if the baby is 7lbs because it will just be extra fat that squeezes through like everything else.
This is why growth ultrasounds for regular pregnancies are pointless. There is like a 1% chance your body will grow a baby that you cannot birth and in nature you were meant to birth without pain meds so plan on it working out in your favor.
You can do it, good luck!!
Natural M/c 12/13/08 at 8w5d
My sister had a vaginal birth with an almost 10 lb baby. And my husband's cousin had a natural, med-free birth with a 10 lb baby.
You won't know how big your baby is until she is born. They can estimate ahead of time, but they're usually wrong (and can be WAY off) so it's not something worth worrying about now. If you want to attempt a natural birth, than do it! The size of the baby isn't really a factor.