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    Default Pushing out a big one

    I am measuring 3-4 weeks ahead as is baby at 27 weeks. My first one was 4.2 kg at 38 weeks and needed a ventouse and episiotomy in the end( head off the scale huge). My sugar test has just come back normal so it's not due to GD. After the difficulty of my first delivery I am doubting whether I can push out what is likely to be a 10 pounder. Anyone had similar large first baby and pushed out a second larger one successfully?

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    My bubs were smallish but had very large heads. I tore apart with the first one (from one hole to the other, 17 stitches). My second was even bigger but i didnt tear at all.
    Its possible you'll be fine

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    My first was born at 37 weeks and weighed 3.2 kg and I needed an episiotomy. My second was born at 40+3 weeks and she was 4.3 kg and I had no stitches/tearing etc. I found the pushing hard work though. I'm now 2 weeks off having baby number 3 and my Obs has said it's likely to be over 4 kg.
    Good luck, all we can do is trust our bodies!

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    My first was 3.955kg (not 4kg) at 38+3. I had GD so it was thought to be part of that. I had a 3rd degree tear and the Ob used the vaccum to get him out.

    I was worried about #2, but my Ob said the risks of a c-section were too high compared with a VB & the risk of a 4th degree tear. So, I delivered a 4.36kg bub 2nd time around at 39+2. I had a episiotomy but it was short and I didn't tear at all! That was despite forceps (lift out forceps). She actually had a #collar bone, which explains why the forceps were needed (although it wasn't clear at the time) so she had shoulder dystocia. Not great really and it was my Ob's biggest fear at the time. But, apart from being irritable for a few days and then having a lump on her collar bone for a few months it wasn't a big issue, but it could have been a lot worse, so perhaps I should have had a c-section after all, or been induced a week earlier. (ultrasounds predicted her weight beautifully)

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    My first baby was fairly average in size, then I had three who were roughly 4.5kgs. All fine, born naturally, some small tears but nothing major.

    Then I had my last baby and he came out at just over 5kgs (11lbs 3oz). There was no indications he was going to be big, was a total surprise! The birth was fine and I didn't tear at all, in fact I felt amazing after having him, didn't even feel like I'd had a baby

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    Positioning is pretty important with giving birth, I'd suggest you try to get hold of "the pink kit" which gives you a lot of info about your pelvis and how it works, and finding out the positions YOUR body opens up best in, we are all a bit different.
    The other thing which made a huge difference to me, was breathing the baby out, rather than pushing with all my might. First 2 times I tore from over pushing, the last time breathing bub out, barely tore at all and he was definitely my biggest bub.

    What was your positioning for your last labour? Was it active, ie up andaround, changing position frequently as your body felt the need etc, upright positioning for the actual birth? All of that makes quite a difference.

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    Dd1 was 8.8 pound I needed a lot of assistance had bad tears - it really was not an easy (for lack of a better word) birth.
    Dd2 was 9 pound her birth was a dream only two stitches needed.
    Ds was 11.2 pound I almost managed to have him with no tearing, it was only the final minutes he was stuck and the mw needed to use her hands to manoeuvre his shoulders. She told me it was because of her that I tore.
    There is ten years between dd2 and ds. I think my body knew what it needed to do. Look up positions that open your pelvis (a lunge is ideal) and remember to breath ... Good luck

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    Ds was normal weight but had a massive head haha. He ended up getting stuck and I was cut and then tore from one end to the other......ds had his shoulder displaced to get out. This time I am having a csection because I can't risk having dd getting stuck like ds......

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    My first was 4.11kg with second degree tear. My second was 4.85kg with no tearing or grazing.

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    My first was 4.41kg(36.5cm head) and i got 4th degree tears and a 3rd degree episiotomy. Labour was 22hrs, 3.5hrs pushing.

    My second was 4.35kg (37cm head) and i got 2nd degree tears, and only because he was compound presentation and the midwife couldnt tuck his elbow in (he has hand to mouth, palm out). Labour was 3hrs, 19min pushing.
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