Moms who had bigger babies... A&J. ♥ 1 child; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 5613 posts
14th Feb '13

How big was your baby?
Did you have an easy or difficult labor?
Do you think the size of your baby was a factor at all?
Did you tear? Or need assistance from the DR... Midwife... Whoever?

I'm not pregnant right now and probably won't be for a long time. I just get scared thinking of when I do. My LO was 8 lbs 2oz. Not huge. But bigger. I had a terrible laboring experience. They kept giving me pitocin even though every time they did. His heart rate would drop off the monitor. I kept asking them to stop. He was coming out on his side and they said they couldn't turn him, the back labor was excruciating. They gave me an epidural but couldn't get it in right. The anesthiologist told me its because I have slight scoliosis and my spine is curved. He kept putting it in, and pulling it back out. At least 25x. And it didnt even really work. I pushed for an hour before the doctor cut me, I didn't know he was going to. He cut me from hole to hole and also used a bunch of other contraptions, I wasn't even paying attention at that point, to try to get the baby out. He finally did. He stitched me for about an hour and a half. My legs hurt so bad in the stirrups I remember just crying that I wanted to put them down. And he said since I needed at least 40 stitches that I had to be patient and be quiet.

I just want a non medicated, PLEASANT birth experience next time but I'm scared ill have an even bigger baby and have complications again.

Mrs. Galeforce TTC since Apr 2013; 1 child; 2 angel babies; Titusville, FL, United States 2492 posts
14th Feb '13

My son was 8lbs 12oz and the labor actually wasnt too bad. I was in active labor for about 5 hrs and I pushed for about 20 mins.
I have my birth video if you are interested.

tooodles 240 kids; Thailand 5075 posts
14th Feb '13

Holy shit, I'm sorry you had such a horrible experience! I would feel the same way you do if I went through a birthing experience like that. Just remember all births are different. I had a 7lb 14oz son first then a 6lb 12oz son after.

Brantley+Savannah 2 kids; Mills River, NC, United States 3119 posts
14th Feb '13

DS was 8.7 and almost 2 weeks early. I had a hard labor that ended in c section

mom2andrew&carter 18 kids; Leesburg, Florida 2159 posts
14th Feb '13

my son was 8 pounds 14 ounces very close to 9 pounds. I was induced with him and if i ever have anymore kids i will never get induced again but i had to this time my cervix was above him and i would not dilate at all. I think if my epidural worked it wouldnt have been so bad. The labor was horrible i tore really bad and he almost died on me but thats cause the cord was wrapped around his neck and his head. I had such an easy deliever with my first but he was only 7 pounds 11 ounces and my epidural worked and he had no complications at all.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
14th Feb '13

Cora was 9lbs 12 oz

I was in labor for about 6 hours. Coulda been more but I didn't even know I was having contractions. Never felt a thing

4 pushes, no tearing, no pain meds

easy as pie. Oh, and I had a sever back injury on top of it

I think my body is just designed to give birth

Donna Jo Tanner 1 child; Beach Haven, New Jersey 6440 posts
14th Feb '13

My son was 8lbs 4oz (not huge but bigger like you) I was induced with him and my labor was so easy. I would do it any day of the week. I had to be cut cause I kept sucking him back in in-between contractions but other than that, cake! I was in labor for about 9 hours from the time they broke my water and started pitocin. He was out in 4 pushes.

homes cool TTC since May 2014; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60979 posts
14th Feb '13

I don't really think Kayleigh was all that big, but she was 8lbs 10oz. My difficult delivery was compliments of the epidural though - not her size. I labored stuck in a hospital bed, and couldn't feel to push. It was just bad. I ended up with a vacuum delivery, and a massive amount of stitches. A very long recovery.

My son was 2 inches longer than she was, but a pound smaller. I labored at home, and had an amazing natural delivery at the hospital.

♥Jada Due October 20; 4 kids; Vicenza, Italy 6159 posts
14th Feb '13

I'm so glad to see this! Thank you for posting OP. They are thinking this baby will be large and I haven't torn or needed to be cut. I was googling it 2 hours ago.

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
14th Feb '13

My son (1st baby) was 8lbs 1oz and I labored for 42 hours, pushed for almost 4 hours and needed help from the vacuum to deliver him, I had an epidural with him because i was exhauted by the 30 hour mark, didn't have any tearing. My daughter was 9lbs even, I labored for 11 hours, pushed for 18 minutes and delivered her totally naturally, no pain meds, no IV, no tearing.

My bigger baby was actually a much easier labor and delivery.

Clk 2 kids; Dexter, Michigan 11944 posts
14th Feb '13

I don't really see 8 pounds as being "big." Both mine were eight pounds, both natural births the second one was a home birth. I did tear and healing from anything always takes a toll on me. It' really depends on the individual.

Then there is my mom whose kids ranged from 6-7 pounds. She had four natural births The one who weighed the least amount at 6 pounds gave her a fourth degree tear, the rest just second degree.

My oldest sister had three boys, vaginal medicated births, two were 10 pounds and one was 12 pounds. The 12 pound baby was the one she didn't tear on. The others just first degree tears.

Aman dua Bremen, Georgia 583 posts
14th Feb '13

My baby was 10lbs 1oz , from the start of contractions to delivery was 3 hours. It was very painful and I got there to late for an epidural. tore a little. But everything went really fast. The biggest complication was her collar bone being broken. The drs didn't expect her to be so big I gained 30 pounds while pregnant. she is 21 weeks now and still at the top of the growth charts.

Allison GA 18 kids; Macon, Georgia 267 posts
14th Feb '13

My son was 9 lbs, 8.9oz, totally natural, drug free. He was my second (I was induced with my 7 lb, 10 oz dtr) and his labor was a breeze. Water broke around 3:30, immediately went into transition, got to the hospital at 5:30 (complete) and had him at 7. I had a very minor tear and recovery was very fast, too. My labor/birth/recovery with my daughter was horrible and I didn't realize just how horrible until I had my son. I used a midwife but she was delivering babies during my last few appointments and the OBs were always really hard on me, pressuring induction, mad when I refused u/s bc I was measuring so big. I went 3 days over, delivered with my midwife and a doula, it was wonderful.

Ashley Due June 10; 2 kids; Long Beach, California 7977 posts
14th Feb '13

First off I'm sorry you had such a terrible experience :(

With my first I woke up at 6:30ish am got to the hospital about 8ish and had her at 10:31 epi or anything.She was 8lbs4oz.
My second I started feeling cramping and went into the hospital around 10am and I had him at 11:46am..once again no epi or anything.

ETA-I didn't tear either time or did I have to be cut.

MamaCass{+JOE} 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Pennsylvania 42355 posts
14th Feb '13

My daughter was 8lbs, 20inches and I got an episiotomy with her.

My son was 9lbs8oz, 23 inches and I had one little superficial tear. My bigger baby came out easier than my smaller baby.