my 1st was a "big" baby

There are too many factors to answer this question for everyone. But personally speaking, my first child was 8 pounds 6 ounces at 41.5 weeks and I believe it did affect my birth, being hard to push him out. But really the fact that medical staff put me through unnecessary interventions probably had more to do with the problems I had. They gave me the epidural too late and I couldn't feel anything to push. On top of that, nobody tells you about having an episiotomy, as being the worst thing ever. Mine never healed correctly (had scar tissue), and was delicate up to a year after birth. All in all, I am not certain these problems were just because he was big, I think they were more due to being forced to labor on my back and hooked up to ivs, given drugs, and being on cut on.

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    03/27/14
    8Theresa Gould
    Your first experience sounds a lot like mine. I had an episiotomy too because the doctor didn't think I'd be able to push baby out and I never had another one again. So crazy....what ifs can be so dangerous and I, too, wonder if it all could have been avoided. Ah well....it was a part of my journey to bring me to where I am today.
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      03/27/14
      Oh I'm so sorry! My son was 8lbs, 10 oz at 40 weeks. He was so big and I was so small, but it only took me two hours to get him out. I think his size made me have an episiotomy, but all in all, it was super easy for me and I felt nothing the entire time. My nurses were amazing!
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        03/28/14
        4Katie
        I had an episiotomy with my first and it was awful! Thanks for sharing your story with us!
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