I'm 8 months pregnant. I was advise by my doctor that my baby is big at 34 1/2 weeks, and probably will have a C-section. I want to have a natural birth. what should I do? Some moms advise me to walk at least 30mins everyday..
I have had two midwives between my four babies and both of them, and all of their midwife colleagues have helped big babies into the world – vaginally. I am talking about 11 and 12 pound babies – BIG babies.
I have had friends and family members birth 9 and 10 pound babies vaginally.
Determining a baby's size in the womb is also notoriously unreliable. Ultrasound can be off by one or two pounds, which is a huge difference for a newborn! Doctors and midwives are also often wrong when they feel the baby through your belly.
I had a doctor tell me that my first baby would probably be around 6 pounds… she was born weighing in at almost 8 pounds!
Larger babies are actually proven to be easier to birth than smaller babies. A baby around 8 or 9 pounds is easier to give birth to than a smaller baby – labors are often shorter and easier on mother and baby.
If you want to have a natural birth with your baby, you should be permitted to labor. If your doctor is forcing you into choosing a c-section, I would seriously consider trying to find a new doctor!
I encourage you to read my Birth Stories Pages – many, many mothers have shared their stories of giving birth to big babies – naturally!
Best of luck to you!