nah I wouldn't good luck making your decision
nah I wouldn't good luck making your decision
I'd really like to 'try' for a VB but as there is no warning for should dystocia until the head is out. Everything can go well until what should ultimately be the last few minutes and then everything can change and my precious baby is oxygen deprived the entire time. I am sure I could deliver to the head - but if that shoulder gets stuck, then it's stuck and an emergency c-section is too late. It'll all be too late! This will be a long few weeks until this next scan. I don't think it is the size of the baby more then it is the abdo measurement compared to the head measurement. I blame my Maori husband for all of this! I'm tiny - his family are giants!
Last edited by CleverClogs; 19-02-2013 at 15:52.
What a tough choice. Having experienced SD with an 8 pounds 13 baby I personally would definitely choose a CS for a 10 pound baby, and I'm s**t scared of a CS. But you having birthed a big baby already without SD so that's different.
I guess all you can do is weigh up if trying for a VB and experiencing problems with the shoulders (mild-severe) would be better or worse than having a CS and never knowing what might have happened. I am unsure about C-section risks but that would have to be a consideration also I guess.
I'm biased by my experience and, as I have admitted, not fully informed about c-sections, but I would still lean towards a c-section in your situation I think.
Were your previous babies c-sections? If so then I think I would probably opt for a c-section (that's just my own oppinion). My 1st baby was emergency c-section, she got stuck in my pelvis and was only 7 pounds 7 ounces, 34cm head circ. So when they discovered my next baby was alot bigger they recommended I opted for an elective c-section and i'm glad I did, it was a lovely birth.
I don't have regrets about having c-sections but if you think you might, then I guess it's worth atleast trying??
Like I said personal choice, you do what you feel is right.
i birthed a 9.5lb bub without any tears. he was my second and my first was 8lb10. I was induced however so not sure if that made a difference. Would you consider an induction? Id go induction over c-section if it was me.
Having already birthed a big bub id say induction might be a solution.
I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl last Wednesday at a nice size of 10lb13oz Vaginal drug free birth with a second degree tear caused by the silly vaccuum. She was also a VBAC.
My first child was 9lb8oz born via csection as he was breech.
I have no regrets about birthing dd naturally. A csection was not easy for me due to a bad recovery so there was no question that I'd try for a VBAC.
Your body won't make a baby that you can't birth in my opinion. Do your research/reading to help your decision but a big bubba is not a reason for a csection if there's no other issues.
Good luck!! Big babies are fabulous!! More to love ♥♥
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Considering you have given birth twice already to larger babies I would at least try a natural birth the third time.
With my first I was enduced and had a long complicated labour narrowly escaping a cs and he was a large baby for me. It didn't deter me and make me want to opt for a cs for ds2 though. I had done it once, I could manage again if it was to be the case, that's what my ob said to me and I totally agreed. I was noted to be carrying a large baby again and so I had scans to monitor the growth towards later pregnancy and was induced 2 weeks early because of babies size and help to hopefully prevent a repeat of my first labour and birth. I had a quick easy 4hr labour this time round. I had 2 inductions, both experiences totally different and I will no doubt be enduced again if we have a 3rd.
The lady over the road from me has had 3 large babies. 2 were 10 pounders and the third an 11 pounder. All natural deliveries.
Nope, I'd go for it naturally
My daughter was 9 pound 4oz and delivered vaginally. I'm kind of expecting this baby I'm pg with now to be big too. Could very well be 10 pound.
Last edited by Lolakitty; 19-02-2013 at 13:11.
The question really isn't "Would you opt for a csection if you were expecting a large baby", but rather, "Would you opt for a csection if there was significant risk of a vaginal birth ending with shoulder dystocia"?
So, really you're weighing up risk vs potential outcome, which only you and your care-givers can decide on.
As far as I can tell, the potential outcomes are...
Vaginal birth with no issues;
Vaginal birth ending in emergency csection;
Vaginal birth with SD;
Or csection (either necessary or unnecessary).
I hope your scan helps make your decision easier!
I birthed my son 10lb 11 oz (4.85kg) with no drugs, no stitches either!
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