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Some Babies are Just Big

Posted Oct 02 2008 3:15pm

Two weeks ago my friend birthed her son, lying on her side, 5 days past her estimated due date.  Her baby was 10 pounds 4 ounces.  Now we know mom's apparent "size" doesn't matter, the size that counts is the pelvic inlet and outlet.  My friend should be the poster child for moms who are nervous about big babies because the reality is that too many women with "small hips" worry about big babies.  When not pregnant my friend wears a size 2 and is 118 pounds (she is quite tall, about 5'8).  She has the kind of hips doctors might like to fret about, but we know better.  Immediately after the birth my friend noted, "it wasn't that bad at all."

Now what do you think would have happened if this mom had been told repeatedly before the birth that her baby would be AT LEAST 10 POUNDS!!!!!!! and that she should be concerned about shoulder dystocia....

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