Are you more likely to be induced
and/or have a c-section if you're a
Taylor Cadie & Baby Anthony Collins
Yes and no. Doctors will use this as an excuse, but very rarely is there actually a medical reason. My sister is 5'0 and slightly under 100lbs (she's TINY), but she had no issue pushing out her 8lb babies!
Wife, Mother of 3, Photographer, DONA Student Birth & Postpartum Doula, Birth Advocate
If you're naive and have a scalpel-happy doctor, yes.
I was a size 00 (and i'm 5'2'' tall) when I got pregnant with my first and was told there was no possible way for me to ever have a vaginal birth because of how narrow my hips and pelvis were. I was told this at 11 weeks with my first- and have since birthed TWO babies OVER 9lbs each!
Staying off of your back while pushing, getting good exercise during pregnancy, and being fully informed/educated are key factors in the outcome of your labor&birth. It has very very little to do with your size or shape.
It greatly depend on whether you educate yourself about pregnancy and hospital/ob scare tactics. Do you think every petite woman back in the day just died from child birth? (the answer is no) Your body knows how to make a baby and will not make a baby your unable to birth. Your size has absolutely nothing to do with your delivery ability. But if your not prepared Drs often times will use scare tactics such as size to have an unnessesary c-section, or they will induce before baby is actually ready which often times leads to compications and a c-section in the end anyway!!
If you want to avoid all of that find an OB who believes in the woman's ability to birth, or a midwife!
My doctor hasn't said much to me whether I can have a natural birth or not ( really want a natural birth). When I first found out I was pregnant I was 5'1 and 85lbs and now I'm still the same height but 113.6lbs with only 1.75 liters of amniotic fluid, no matter the size of the baby I want to have him naturally but how can I tell that a c-section/induction is nescessary?
Education....if your Dr suggests an induction or c-section ask why? Then research whatever answer they give you. If its because the feel baby is too big for you tell them you want to try to go natural (They will try to scare you by giving you rediculous risks, which are extremely rare and uncommon) Then when labor does begin dont allow them to stick you in a bed on your back, move around, stay on your feet, or your hands and knees. Laying on your back closes your pelvis making less room for baby to come down. So dont lay in a bed on your back.
If your Dr suggests and induction or c-section for being over due then look at the risks of the induction and c-section vs the risk of letting baby come when he/she is ready. Inductions are extremely hard on you and risk for baby, and csections are mAJOR surgery which can lead to many risky and even deadly complications. A c-section should never be taken lightly.
If your Dr suggests it because of a complication, for example low fluid, etc then you need to research c-section risks and risks of low fluid.
Basically it all comes down to haveing a brain of your own. Dont just assume that because the Drs are Drs that they know it all and are right because ultimately they are just humans making decisions based on money, time, convinance, or educated guesses!! Good Luck hun
Quoting TaylorCadie4256:My doctor hasn't said much to me whether I can have a natural birth or not ( really want a natural birth). When I first found out I was pregnant I was 5'1 and 85lbs and now I'm still the same height but 113.6lbs with only 1.75 liters of amniotic fluid, no matter the size of the baby I want to have him naturally but how can I tell that a c-section/induction is nescessary?
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