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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 09:58 AM   1
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Question for petite moms


I had a question for tiny moms who have average or above sized babies; were you able to give birth naturally or did you need a c-section? I am only 4'11", with a tiny frame; before pregnancy I weighed 93 lbs. At my last ultrasound my baby was measuring slightly above average. Also, if you gave birth naturally, what type of tear if any did you have? (1st degree, 4th degree, etc).

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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 10:43 AM   2
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I am 5ft 1in and weighed 7st before pregnancy. The midwifes kept predicting that Aaron would only be about 5-6lb because of my size, but he was born 7lb 12oz. I had a natural birth with no problems and a 2nd degree tear. Hope that helps!



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 11:44 AM   3
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Hi i've not had my baby yet, I am 5'1 1/2" and although im plus size I have a small pelvis. Im quite interested in this too as my baby is measuring at 37 weeks at the moment (he seems to of piles on the weight in the last 2 weeks)

Anyway my mum is 5" and tiny tiny, she had 3 babies 2 were 7lbs 2 and I was 6lbs 10 I believe with myself and the middle brother she didnt tear, but with her first due to complications, baby getting stuck and instrumental help she needed alot of stitches. She went to theatre to be fixed up due to the severity of the tear.



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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 12:40 PM   4
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My mum's about 5 foot and her 1st baby was over 8lb while her 4th baby was over 10lb! She had us all naturally at home.



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 15:02 PM   5
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I'm classed as petite as in height wise not bone wise, I'm just 5ft 4 (thanks to my hair) lol i was told all way through my pregnancy with josh that he would be touching 5lb..he was born early by inducement due to spd & weighed 7lb 4oz so a perfect size not big or small as the average 4yrs ago was 7lb 7



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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 15:20 PM   6
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Thanks everyone for all of your advice! I hadn't thought much of it until my last appointment, but my doctor told me that because of my size we should do another growth scan at 36 weeks and discuss whether to schedule a c-section. She also said that because of my size and this being my first baby that the odds were that I would tear otherwise, so I left a little scared! I have come to terms that I might have a little tear but I am afraid of the 3rd/4th degree types!



 
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 16:17 PM   7
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There is no study that suggests that petite women will have smaller babies or babies too big for the birth canal. I'm petite 5'2'' and under 100 lbs (I think 95 lbs pre-pregnancy). My son was 7 lbs 13 oz, which is average. I had a vaginal birth at 41 weeks with a 2nd degree tear. My advice is to hire a Doula.



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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 20:17 PM   8
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My doctor told me that it doesn't actually depend on like your hips, but just the inside of the pelvis which varies greatly regardless of size. I'm 5'5 so not petite, and right now, weight wise, def not.. Baby is measuring normal but because he wasn't engaging before, they thought my pelvis was to narrow for him to fit. I would honestly ask for a second opinion or hire a doula before agreeing to a c-section for that. I had a scheduled c-section with my daughter because they said I couldn't deliver her, and I regret it a lot. I'm trying for a vbac this time, but having a past c-section changes a lot of things. And I wish that my old dr would have let me try to labor and deliver.
Ultimately its up to you, but so many petite and average size women deliver all different sizes of babies everyday. Good luck with everything.



 
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Old Sep 17th, 2009, 10:09 AM   9
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My sister is about 5ft and her son weighed 8lbs some ounces, don't remember. She was able to deliver him fine. The nurses were quite amazed that such a big baby came from a small body. She was literally a size 0 before getting pregnant!



 
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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 15:01 PM   10
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I'm 4'10" and weighed 48 kilos before pregnancy. My doctor and I were always discussing possibilities of a C-section because of my size, but we both also agreed that I will try for a natural birth first. However, when I was 39 weeks, my doctor advised for a C-section because at such a late stage in the pregnancy, the baby should already have dropped/engaged. Well, my pelvis was too small for the baby even though she was only 3 kilos and 49 cm. After the operation, my doctor did confirm that I would not have been able to deliver naturally.



 
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