Hello, suppose this is a bit of therapy for me. I'm trying to feel justified with the way my birth went by maybe thinking DS head was big (clutching at straws but I really wanted him to just slide out!!!). His head circ was 37.2 (.2, see what I mean about clutching!!) which I think was 91st centile. Come on, that's fairly big right???
interestingly though, my second 2 were both born at home and I didn't even tear. so I think it's less about how big the head is and more about how your labour is managed and how you actually give birth.
I think a friend of a friend said she tore really badly with her first, who was quite small, but had no probs with her much larger second baby
thisis - I think you're right, I could kick myself for how it ended up, I can see the chain of events so clearly now and how if I'd been a bit stronger and less impatient it could have been a different story. Oh well, you live and learn!
No idea but he got stuck, the bugger. And DH got told off by the midwife for going on about how massive his own head is, a la "Ooh, yes, can't get hats to fit, me. Massive skull. Runs in my family, too: all the men in my family have huge heads... "
I don't know the circumference of my DS's head but it was over the 97th centile. He is 2.5 and hat shopping is a nightmare. I've just bought him some winter hats from JL and they only do them in two sizes - he is wearing the 6yrs+
well it made me wince! the midwife was and re measured to check, they couldnt believe he was so big as i am 5 2 and had a small bump, i had a mammoth placenta as well, it was the object of much admiration as diff midwives came in to look at it! not sure where it all fitted tbh, he is still big now, all my boys are fairly big and have big heads (dp's fault as he has a big head, has to have the largest size motor bike helmet etc) i think it was being in the water that meant i didnt tear. i was pleased when dd came out smaller although she was back to back so it actually hurt more...go figure!