Posted: Feb 28, 2014 8:00 AM
 
Don't worry if you're told your baby is getting "too big" — there are many positions and comfort measures to try during labor with a big baby. Plus, your baby may not really be "too big" after all.

Freaking out because you've been told your baby is getting "too big?"

Don't freak. Get the facts.

Your body knows what to do

Research shows that inducing labor or scheduling a C-section simply because of a suspected large baby is not a good practice. Yes, complications may arise because of a big baby, but not always. At the very least, barring any medical issues (and after talking things over with your doctor or midwife, of course) you and your baby deserve the chance not only for labor to start on its own, but also for labor to progress naturally. I'm not talking about natural childbirth — that's not what every mom chooses — but rather the normal, natural process of labor. Allowing your body — and your baby — to take the time needed for labor to progress is huge. Speaking of huge, guess what? Your "big" baby may not be so big after all.

The big truth about suspected big babies

weighing a newborn babyThe only way to know a baby's size is to put him on a scale after he's born. Ultrasounds are not always accurate and being told her baby may be too big can cause undue stress for a mom-to-be. I have worked with many moms who were told their babies were going to be huge yet weighed only seven or eight pounds at birth. However, if you're reading this thinking, "Ami doesn't believe babies can get that big," think again. My babies were huge.

My big boys

Baby #1 was 10 pounds, 13 ounces. We needed some intervention to get him out, but he was healthy.

I know I started this article by telling you not to freak out, but guess what? I was totally freaked to have another big baby. I was determined to have Baby #2 be 10 pounds or less. My midwife estimated around that number, but when Baby #2 was born (at home) and she weighed him, she told us he was 11 pounds, 4 ounces! My husband and I didn't believe her until we saw him nearly breaking the scale that only went up to 12 pounds. This is the only time I can think of when I was glad someone wasn't completely truthful with me.

You can birth a big baby — or at least try to

There are many positions that use gravity to help move things along as well as opening your pelvis to give a big baby more room to rotate. Squatting, kneeling, lunging and good ol' walking are some great positions for labor to try.

Bottom Line^ If you and your baby are healthy, and pregnancy is uncomplicated, you have the chance to let nature take its course. Whether your baby is average size or super size, here's to a smooth labor and delivery!

Read more about delivering a big baby

Preparing for a super size birth
Birthing big babies: Labor and delivery facts
Inducing labor: What you need to know

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