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home birth, doubt, large baby blessed with girls x5 Due December 25 (girl); 4 kids; Wisconsin 6326 posts
24th Nov '12

Where my natural-birthing mamas at?



I need some encouragement.
If you don't have something encouraging to say, don't reply.
I am expecting #4 in April, and my midwife is suggesting that I change my diet in order to prevent the baby from getting too large. My first 2 girls were both about 8 1/2 lbs, but #3 was 10 lbs 2 oz. She was born at home after a 20 hour labor (much longer than my first 2, but it was also my first without pitocin.) I felt like when we discussed this she was suggesting that my youngest was a "tight fit" baby. I never questioned my ability to birth another large baby up until our conversation, although I wouldn't mind this one being smaller. She just said I should cut out sugars and carbs. It is not so much that I don't want to change my diet, it is just causing me to be really stressed out. I don't feel as trusting of my body to birth my baby. I feel like if I screw up the diet, I will hurt myself or the baby if I birth at home. I know my midwife did not mean to make me feel this way, I will talk to her about it for sure, but now I just feel so much doubt that was not there before. I don't know if that makes any sense, but that is where I am at.




Big babies do run in both mine and my husbands family, both our grandmothers had 12 lbers vaginally.

MamaKate<3 TTC since Mar 2012; 2 kids; Ohio 16935 posts
24th Nov '12
Quoting blessed with girls x3:" Where my natural-birthing mamas at? I need some encouragement. If you don't have something encouraging ... [snip!] ... that is where I am at. Big babies do run in both mine and my husbands family, both our grandmothers had 12 lbers vaginally."


It's always a good idea to eat well and avoid excess sugars and carbs. Try not to focus too much on keeping baby's size down and focus on your general diet and health. Try to eat well for the overall benefits. Home birth is an amazing option and for a healthy mom and healthy baby you are at a lower risk than you would be otherwise. You are making a great choice for you and your baby :)

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20987 posts
24th Nov '12

You will be FINE :)
I pushed my son out no problem and he was 9lbs. I'm having my first home birth this time and size is the last of my worries lol!

blessed with girls x5 Due December 25 (girl); 4 kids; Wisconsin 6326 posts
24th Nov '12

I am like the last person to worry about this, seriously. Its just my midwife whom I trust acting concerned about it, threw me off. I am going to bring it up to her, just so I can be clear on what exactly she was trying to say.

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20987 posts
24th Nov '12
Quoting blessed with girls x3:" I am like the last person to worry about this, seriously. Its just my midwife whom I trust acting concerned ... [snip!] ... about it, threw me off. I am going to bring it up to her, just so I can be clear on what exactly she was trying to say."


Yeah good idea. She probably didn't mean it like to scare you at all.