Hiya, just wanted to let you know that I had the same BMI as you (or it might have been 48). Anyway, the midwife was fine - just very matter of fact that I would need to see the consultant and need a GTT test. Said I could have a home birth - my booking in appointment she asked if I'd thought about where I wanted to give birth and I said I thought I wouldn't be allowed a home birth and she said I could (I didn't in the end due to lack of support from family). Anyway, she wasn't judgemental at all.
The consultant appointments were fine, just pretty much the same as what was happening with the midwife, apart from extra scans and in the end they discharged me back to the midwife with the instructions to treat me as "normal" as everything was going so well.
The GTT test was fine and I also had to see an anaesthetist to check about whether or not I'd be eligible for epidurals, etc. That was fine apart from the fact he recommended that I had one in really early to make it easy, but I didn't want an epidural so I ignored that advice (and I only had gas and air in the end).
Birth was long, but vaginal and the only thing I could have benefited with was having a bit more stamina as it was really hard going by the pushing stage and I ended up giving birth on my back (was really hoping to be upright during pushing but I was too knackered by that stage and a bit out of it from the gas and air to think of kneeling up with support on the bed).
I would recommend you try your best to eat as healthy as possible (although unfortunately due to the nausea I never really ate that well, so I think that could have really helped with the stamina!) and also wish I had walked regularly, but it was difficult because of SPD (which as you may already know, isn't because of my weight, many people I know big and small have had SPD).
Hope that helps. If you need any advice/have any questions, please feel free to pm me x
Thanks so much for that Bunny Really informative, and rather uplifting...I am ever so grateful! I don't think I would like an epidural...but then again...I don't like pain haha...hmmm. I hope all will be well. Congrats on becoming a mummy! xx
You are not alone as you can see..... I can't say what my BMI is as I'm not sure... but I was 190 when I got pg with my now 17 year old--at the time of his birth I weighed 250--no problems with the pg--and I had an emergency c/s but only because his head was in an odd position and could not continue pushing him out or it would have cause major complications. My b/p was only an issue during childbirth--due to the head thing...
With my daughter--I was weighed 200 when I got pg with her and 275 when I had her--I had the choice of schedule c/s or VBAC and at first I wanted the VBAC but opted for the schedule section and she arrived weighing 8lbs 9.3 oz at 38 weeks...
I never had a problem with Gestational Diabetes, or high blood pressure even though I retained a super large amount of water--my kiddos were "well cushioned" you might say......The only thing mentioned about my weight was at my last Ob/gyn appointment in which I had to be on provera to bring on a 3 month-gone period--my doctor thought it might help with conceiving--well here I am--and I've not lost anything...LOL
My dh's cousin and his wife just had their last baby 03/21/12 and she delivered vaginally and weighs 300+ lbs, she too never had any problems with her pregnancy...
Don't let your weight get you down hun...Honestly--there was a time many, many, many years ago--that a "healthy" woman was on the larger side--long before U/S machines, and epidurals--these women had children and without complications...Enjoy your pregnancy hun, and again, don't worry what some doctor may say...Everything will turn out, you'll see!
Aww thank you so much waiting hun...I hope so I know you are right, I just don't know anyone who is a larger lady like myself who has been pregnant recently...lol...ah well, all I can do is try my best to do everything right Ooh and a H&H 9months to you, huge congratulations!! xxx
Girl! First off, if your midwife or OB give you any guff find a new one. With my daughter I weighed about 275 when she was born. I was induced and had a c section because she wag 9 lbs 15 Oz with a big ol head. I had a great doctor who simply said I would be fine if I "stayed right where I'm at" and that wag the most he ever mentioned weight. Nine months later I was pregnant with my son. My new doctor was awful over weight. Scared me to death on a VBAC and scheduled my c.section. I came to hate every appointment. I made a big decision and at 28 Weeks I fired him and saw an OB my doula recommended who was also a high risk doctor. He was awesome. Encouraged my VBAC. And had my 8lbs 15 Oz son four days early after my water broke at home, only the hours of labor and four pushes weighing just over 300 lbs. I walked every day and did pre natal yoga. Get yourself an encouraging and adoptive doctor or midwife and you rock your complication free nine months!
I have always wanted three kids. They will be close together which is nice. And my daughter will be potty trained and in pre school when this one is born and about six months later my son will start port training. I was a nanny, always loved kids. I am hoping for another girl but I am fine with either
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