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Small birth canal? "bubble shoap" 1 child; Texas 8609 posts
6th Oct '08

Has anyone been told they have a small birth canal? My mom said she was told this and she had long painfull deliveries. I don't want the same thing. Curious if anyone has this and what is their birth story.

ash [m2rd] 2 kids; North Carolina 913 posts
6th Oct '08

i don't know if it's the same thing, but my doctor told me I had a narrow birth canal. My hips wouldn't spread enough for him to fully drop down, so I ended up having a c-section after 23 hours of labor.

Massage Mama TTC since Jul 2012; 2 kids; Ohio 3005 posts
6th Oct '08

ive never heard of it
im 115ibs pre pregnancy and delivred 2 ....9pound babies

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Sharonblueyes{EBFB} 3 kids; Sequim, Washington 23124 posts
6th Oct '08

Your birth canal is really not the issue with long and slow deliveries... It all depends how fast yourcervix dilates and how easily your baby can navigate its way through your pelvic bones. Your vagina is only about four-five inches long from your cervix to the outside, and by the time your cervix is fully dilated, the back of itis already stretched to the size of the baby's head, which shortens that distance considerably! It only takes a few pushes to get the baby's head past those few inches and then he is crowning!
Tearing is probably the only concern if you really have a tiny birth canal, but those tissues were designed to stretch and with proper care during the pushing stage you can usually avoid tearing, or just need a stitch or two. Its pretty normal for first time moms to push between one and two hours, but your contractions slow way down during pushing so you might have up to five minutes between them! (so really its not that many pushing contractions compared to labor contractions) That is good because the slower baby's head comes through that passage, the longer those tissues have to fan out and stretch.
Anyways, I said all that to say no matter the "size" of your birth canal when its not delivering a baby, your body is able to adjust for the size of your baby. (think about a guy's penis... the size when its small has really nothing to do with the size it ends up being when its big! In fact, sometimes the tiny penis's are the ones that grow the largest! haha)
Think about those tiny asian women who look like they are about 13 years old who give birth to 8 pound babies with no problem! :) I'm sure you'll do great!

Sharonblueyes{EBFB} 3 kids; Sequim, Washington 23124 posts
6th Oct '08

Unless he was talking about your pelvic outlet, meaning your hip bones.... in which case depending on the size of your baby it could be an issue...?
But generally the words "birth canal" is referring to your vagina.

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