Please tell me your positive experiences of delivering a 9lb+ baby

(53 Posts)
MayimBialik Tue 30-Oct-12 04:46:42

I'm having a larger baby. Likely to be over 9lb. Always expected it as I was over 9lb but scan today showed it to be 8lb9 at 39+1 and as it's my first baby chances are I'll go over 40 weeks and baby will put on a fair bit more weight.

Am now panicking slightly about giving birth to such a big'un and could do with hearing some positive stories to stop any negative thoughts from taking hold. I know the worst thing I can do is panic as this will inhibit an easy labour.

Dd2 was my biggest at 9lb the birth was fine, I had a bit of trouble with the placenta afterwards but nothing to do with her size.

All the girls have been big dd1 8.5, dd3 8.10 and they scanned me to estimate the weight with dd3 and ds (who was 7.7) and over did it every time.

They don't get it right each time with the weight estimation so don't get too worried based on that.

Also the birth is what it is - the weight of the baby doesn't really impact on it that much- my sister said her hardest and most painful birth was my nephew who weighed 3lb!

Congratulations smile

Haribojoe Tue 30-Oct-12 05:59:29

Mine have weighed 8, 8 15.5, 8 10 and 8 10.
Pushed them all out myself, two of them with just gas and air and the heaviest with no drugs at all.

Weight from growth scans can be inaccurate sometimes by as much as a pound.

Try to put it out of your mind smile

lyndie Tue 30-Oct-12 06:04:29

Anecdote alert here but my heaviest baby was a dream baby and easily went longer stretches between feeds but the smallest who was 3 weeks early was skinny and wanted fed constantly!

MayimBialik Tue 30-Oct-12 06:12:22

Thanks ladies. So good to hear positive stories!

And yes lyndie I've heard bigger babies are easier too. smile

Aloha31 Tue 30-Oct-12 06:12:48

Dd (1st dc) was 16 days late and 9lb8oz.

I enjoyed the birth! Was a lovely experience, was induced but was active/upright and labour only 6 hours. No pain relief until after delivery started (we assumed there were still 6 hours ahead of us!).

No tears, baby content throughout. Your body can do it!

The natal hypnotherapy cd in the last few weeks helped I think.

Big babies are fab!

Dd1 9 .9 .. No stitches!
Dd2 8.4 @ 38 wks out in 4 pushes after hanging round for ages.

Both mine fed & slept well from early on....not when I slept but that's another story!

Try + relax + move around as much as possible you'll be fine.

Good luck!

I had DS who was nearly 10lbs at home in a birth pool after 2.5hrs of labour smile got three dcs and it was my best birth. Second stage only lasted 1 minute! No trauma to fanjo either ... Oh and I'm 5' 4@" so not tall either smile

Happydaze Tue 30-Oct-12 06:24:30

DS1, 10lbs 6 after 3 hrs of labour, no stitches, easy birth

Like the others, slept like a dream, very laid back and relaxed and now 20 shock yrs later still laid back and chilled (has always liked his sleep!)

DC3, born last Tuesday was 9lb 3oz.

I was rather scared but it really was a lovely birth. Was induced at 12 days over, and had an epidural. Really quick labour - 2 hours from start to finish!

Did have complications after, but nothing to do with the birth, of his size.

ISpyPumpkinPie Tue 30-Oct-12 06:25:22

DS was 9lb 2oz and was born with just TENS and gas & air - no stiches either.

Agree that all births are different, but there is a theory that bigger babies can help things along as there's more pressure to help you dilate quickly.

Good luck smile

vvviola Tue 30-Oct-12 06:31:20

DD2 was 9lb 2oz, active labour 45 minutes (got to 8cm without regular contractions I could feel). No pain relief at all (never got to use the TENS, gas & air/pethidine not available - was abroad - and I'm a wimp about the idea of needles in my spine). Episiotomy, but only because it was pretty much standard in the area I was (they didn't even ask)


RTchoke Tue 30-Oct-12 06:45:12

DD2 was 10lbs 2oz, 7 hour active labour, two pushes and she popped out. I did have an epidural but I always knew I'd insist in one regardless of size or anything else.

Leoboy Tue 30-Oct-12 06:49:48

Not a great birth story with my 10lb10 baby(had to have emergency cs) but do be prepared that mothers of tiny or even normal sized babies do love to tell you how enormous your baby is. Also health visitors can be quite offensive about how your monstrous baby is 'piling weight on'.

brighterfuture Tue 30-Oct-12 06:52:09

ds2 was just under 11 lbs. I gave birth in water with no drugs, not even gas and air (the thought of that always makes me puke). The birth was no more painful than with my other 2 dc who were smaller.

Luckily he had a fairly small head, it was his wide shoulders that were the challenge ! Poor boy was a bit bruised and squashed from his journey but he uncrumpled just fine over the next few days !

Good luck , just trust in your body and your baby to know what they are doing !

treadonthecracks Tue 30-Oct-12 06:56:40

DS was 10lb. Easy as shelling peas (well, almost).

He was positioned well, just 4 pushes to get him out. Much easier than my 7lb 12 dd

He fed and slept like a dream, a very easy baby (won't go into toddler years... and ever since)

BeaWheesht Tue 30-Oct-12 07:17:31

Dd was 9lb 4oz and back to back - I was induced and laboured for 6 hours - once she shifted her head she was out in seconds literally. She's my second.

MayimBialik Tue 30-Oct-12 07:19:51

Thank you so much for your replies. I already feel so much more positive and ready to 'get the job done'! Just need to get that message to the baby now so he/she gets moving wink

BeaWheesht Tue 30-Oct-12 07:20:36

Oh and didn't need pain relief so can't have been that bad. She also slept for pretty much the first 6 months of her life but is now a nightmare

Mine was 9lb5. Long latent phase of labour (48 hours) and then proper labour from about midnight to when he was born at 9am.

Laboured in the pool, lots of pushing, no idea how long, he had a big head (95 + centile so an episiotomy and a few stitches, no lasting effects as far as I can tell!

as pp have said, it's more the head circumference than total weight which will make the difference. weight from scans is a bit of a guessing game.

nonameslefttouse Tue 30-Oct-12 07:29:54

My dd was 9lb 10 and a half! Was a little tougher than ds 8lb 10 but I think that's was down to me knowing what to expect!

Plus side she was a dream baby very contended!

Dinosaurhunter Tue 30-Oct-12 07:33:58

My ds was 10 pounds and thankfully was very easy to labour no problems at all but I had no idea he was going to be big and understand what it must be like for you with nerves about size !

Ds1, ds 2 were over 9lbs.Ds 1 took 5 hours ds2 2 hours, best advice is to keep upright. Im 5ft 2 and worried about shoulder dystocia, thankfully unnecessarily.

amyboo Tue 30-Oct-12 07:46:59

In my experience, they don't often get the measurements from scans very accurate.... For example, with DS1 I was told he would be "average", and my most recent scan (36 weeks) showed this apparently. When he was born at 39 weeks he was 10lb 3oz! DS2 was apparently going to be another big baby, yet he was born at 36 weeks and was completely average sized...

Mine were 8.13, 9.7, 7.15 and 11lb!

All spontaneous vaginal deliveries. No stitches.

My 11lb ds was a homebirth using a tens machine and a little gas and air. He had a huge head and the broadest shoulders! He could hold his head up right away and was just beautiful. It was the best experience of my life.

Good luck!

javotte Tue 30-Oct-12 14:56:16

DD was born 4 days ago at just over 9lbs (with a big head!). She was 11 days overdue. It was a very quick and easy birth, without any pain relief. I had to run to the delivery suite, barely had the time to take off my knickers and crawl onto the table, and DD was out with just one push. I had a few stitches, but nothing bad.

MayimBialik Tue 30-Oct-12 15:33:57

I am LOVING these stories ladies smilesmile

They have given me such a positive attitude! This thread is going to help me no end during labour. Mind over matter! grin

Cheeseandonioncrisps Mon 05-Nov-12 17:55:23

10 lb 11 oz and the best experience of my life! Infact I can't wait to do it again!! Only pushed about 4 times n he was out! No stopping him from making his way into the world when he decided he was ready! Keep calm and trust your body, it's what it was designed for :D x

RonettePulaski Mon 05-Nov-12 17:57:51

My 10.5lb baby fell out onto the bathroom floor blush

Also I've got four friends who've recently had the shits out up them by being predicted big babies. Not one was over 8lbs 4

DameMargotFountain Mon 05-Nov-12 18:04:27

DS2 was 9lb 6oz, 4 hours from start to finish (waters broke, DS arrived 4hrs later) G&A and no stitches, but a bit of a graze

he did get a bit stuck mind, and was back to back, but he was in such a hurry!

DD 9lb 1/2oz 6 hour labour G&A and not a stitch

am only 5 ft 3 and did lots of pireneal massage btw

DS was 8lb15oz so just under 9lb, but I am tiny. Lovely easy quick birth, laboured and almost delivered in the pool. Turned out to have a rigid perenium so had to have a small episiotomy but he popped out next to the pool two pushes later. The whole thing barely hurt at all. I know I was lucky but try not to worry.

Welovecouscous Mon 05-Nov-12 19:28:01

9lbs 2 baby here - did it on gas and air and laboured in the pool. At all times felt pain was within manageable. Came out by normal vaginal delivery.

You can do it smile

Welovecouscous Mon 05-Nov-12 19:30:27

Mine had a 96th centile head btw and all was still ok!

cjdamoo Mon 05-Nov-12 19:34:18

4 biguns here 8lb 10 oz 9lb 5oz. 10lb 13 oz and 9lb 8oz all natural births with either no anelgesia or gas and air and no stiches. My 10lb 13ozer was my best birth I grin just thinking about what an awesome experiance it was. My 4th baby was a teeny 7lb 8oz and the worst out of the lot. He had a head the size of a beach ball. and was induced on drs advice at 37 weeks because he was going to be Huge and they worried I wouldnt be able to birth him. Sizing scans are obviously not reliable.

piprabbit Mon 05-Nov-12 19:37:40

DS was 9lb 7oz.
I laboured on my own without pain relief, realised he wasn't planning to hang around. Got to the hospital at 2pm and he arrived by 2:10pm (I did have some gas and air at this stage). He did pop out (literally, popped as I tore) but the tear was fine and healed within days.

Much quicker and easier than 8lb+ DD.

milkybrew Mon 05-Nov-12 19:49:12

DD was 9lb 5oz, no pain relief until pushing stage. Had water birth, 3 pushes and she was out. Had a few stitches, due to pushing stage being so quick! Left hospital couple of hours after birth as I was fine and DD feeding well. The birth had been so easy that I was gobsmacked when midwives told me her weight!

9lb 2oz, 8lb 13oz and 9lb 10oz. All reasonably short labours despite being OP each time (12,4 and 5hrs), all gas and air, no tears or stitches.

I liked have big babies - I felt a lot more confident holding them than with smaller, more delicate babies. They never felt breakable iyswim.

RarelyUnreasonable Mon 05-Nov-12 19:54:48

DD was 8lb9. Quick labour, no pain relief apart from TENS.
Couldn't sit down for weeks though grin.

gingercat12 Mon 05-Nov-12 20:00:14

Mine was 9 lbs. Complications, so no lovely birth here, but he was a lovely big baby and it was all worth it. This is what epidurals are for.

EldonAve Mon 05-Nov-12 20:08:03

1st was 8lb. 2nd & 3rd were both over 9lb. Tens & G&A for all. Not quick but we were all okay.
As others have said growth scans can be =/- 1 lb

TheOldestCat Mon 05-Nov-12 20:17:16

Birthing DC2 (9lb2.5) was much easier than DC1 (7lb13) - both on lovely lovely gas and air.

Had complications afterwards (rectal prolapse - nice), but doctor said that's not related to the size of the baby. The birth itself was very positive.

bagpuss Mon 05-Nov-12 20:25:23

Ds2 (3rd dc) was 9lbs 5oz and was born in an hour and a half following a sweep. I won't lie, my first words after his birth were "thank god that's over" grin but his birth was good really, better than ds1 7lbs 12oz, who ripped me to shreds on exit sad. I still had stitches but not nearly so many as the first two dc and I still smile when I think of his gorgeous chubby little thighs.

IcouldstillbeJoseph Mon 05-Nov-12 20:26:49

Had a growth scan with DS - was predicted at 6lb. He was 10lb at delivery...
Was back to back, never in my pelvis, had EMCS and plenty of pain but it's still an amazing experience and I wouldn't have changed it. Whatever happens OP it will be worth it. Good luck

cheddarcheeselover Mon 05-Nov-12 20:30:21

10lb3oz DD2 was also back to back all the way out, but I delivered her in about 4.5hours from first contraction with only a tens machine for pain relief. It was fine, not much different to well positioned 8lb4oz DD1.
Gravity helps more with big babies!

cheddarcheeselover Mon 05-Nov-12 20:34:40

Oh yes, looking after a big baby was much easier than a weeny one - I'm terrified of holding friends 6lbers. Enormous DD2 was holding up her head at 2 hours old, and feeding was much easier because getting a good latch is much easier with a bigger mouth ime.

I'd definitely take an over 10lber over a 6lber any day!

3boys35 Mon 05-Nov-12 20:38:11

My 3 were all big with my last being 11lb 5 oz! But labour was easy with ds3, 2 hours start to finish with only a tiny bit of gas and air . I found labouring upright and bouncing on the birthing ball helped . I delivered ds2 in pool and ds3 standing ( no time to fill pool).

DinosaurSchool Mon 05-Nov-12 20:42:27

Had a 9lb 9oz and a 10 lb 6oz (and a 8lb 3oz in between). The first was a little tricky but I was induced and got a bit panicky. The last was a breeze - one big push and out. There was no mistaking the head when it was crowning and the benefit of big babies is your body will instinctively push against it grin

I do wish I'd had one dainty newborn. My arm aches lugging dc3 (now 11mo) around hmm

MyLastDuchess Tue 06-Nov-12 19:22:06

My friend got referred to a specialist as she was predicted a monster baby of 11lbs or something ridiculous. He turned out to be about 8lbs.

I was about 9lbs and an easier birth than my sister who was 6lbs. It depends on so many factors!

Hayleywinnie Wed 14-Nov-12 17:02:41

Hi guys
I'm 36weeks tomorrow n just Been to c midwife she's just told me that this baby (baby no 2) will prob b bigger than 9lb as my 1st woz 9lb I'm starting to worry as I just about managed to get him out :/ plus he woz 11days over due and I don't want to go over with this 1!! I'm due 13th dec n cud really do with going before or on this date!!! Does any1 know if I could request a sweep b4 my due date?? Poss at 37/38 weeks??!!
Please help I'm panicking xx

Eglantyne Wed 14-Nov-12 17:25:11

10lb 14 ds, natural delivery (VBAC) ith Tens machine then pool. I had a few stitches but was fine. I had him standing up. Labour was 4.5 hours. He was 2 weeks late btw. Dd was 9lb 10 a week early. Good luck!

PickleSarnie Thu 15-Nov-12 07:58:44

Not quite 9lbs, DS2 was 8lb 11oz but his head was above the 96th centile and he popped out after 4 pushes and no pain relief other than TENS. Had two stitches put in after a lot of discussion from midwives crowded round my bits trying to determine if I needed it or not.

Although, I think I should start inventing 4th degree tears so that no one thinks I have a massive bucket!

Lesbeadiva Thu 15-Nov-12 08:03:07

Ds was 8 pounds. Very complicated brith, episiotomy and stitches.
Dd was a 9 pounder, dream labour, 3 hours, water birth and I actually enjoyed it. I said immediately after give birth I wanted to do it again! I mean it was painful but it was a brilliant pain. It's how I imagine labour actually is meant to be. DS was 31 hours of medical assistance and worry!

EwanHoozami Thu 15-Nov-12 08:09:53

Can you try a spot of perineal massage? Not the most glamorous occupation, but I had a ten-pounder with minimal damage to my undercarriage after trying it.

He was back-to-sodding-back too.

Big babies are SO gorgeous.

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