I am about five weeks from my due date with my first daughter. When I became pregnant, I was just under 200 pounds. Now I am about 240 pounds (5', 5").
The closer I get to having this baby, the more afraid I become that something is going to go wrong with my delivery. I had a prenatal class yesterday and one girl brought up the fact that her friend was obese and the hospital would not give her a C-Section because they thought it was too risky for them. They sent her to a more specialized hospital (and I guess she is chubby, but not obese).
Are there any obese moms out there who delivered vaginally? Was it full of complications? What about C-Sections? Are they dangerous? Do you get to be awake for them? I have a HUGE overhang belly and I am so scared that this great amount of fat is going to complicate things so that I cannot delivery properly. Anyone out there with lots of belly fat have a normal birth or c-section? Anyone have complications due to the fat?
Thanks so much for your help!!
I was usually about 220-230pds when I delivered my children at 5'4", and all of them were vaginally. I had no complications! Even though I was terrifically overweight, I was still pretty fit and pushed my children out within a couple of contractions.
Every person/delivery is different, you probably have just as much of a chance of getting a c-section than anyone else. Skinny moms have complications, too!
I had very similar concerns when I was pregnant with my DS. I was about 240 lbs when I got pregnant, and topped out at 276 lbs when I delivered. I felt so guilty about being so overweight and how it could negatively affect my baby. My doctor reassured me that my weight should not stress me out so much. He explained that, yes, being obese and pregnant can increase certain risk factors for pregnancy and delivery... however, there's nothing you can do about your weight now. You shouldn't try and lose weight while pregnant. Just strive to eat well and exercise.
That being said, at 39 weeks I was diagnosed with pre-eclamsia and had to be induced. My labor was 6.5 hours and I delivered my beautiful son vaginally. Everything went totally fine, and I only pushed for 10 minutes. I was very close to a C-section when the doctor thought that the cord was wrapped around his neck, but he came so quickly that there was no time to prep for surgery.
Anyways, every labor is different - I know you know that. Try not to be so stressed about it. Remaining calm is going to the best thing for your daughter... for the next few weeks and through labor. You will do fine...
Remember - a healthy baby and healthy Mommy is the ultimate goal. The end will justify the means. Best of luck to you.
Don't worry and don't let other peoples horror stories scare you. I weighed the same as you when I delivered my son. I did end up having a c-section but it wasn't due to my weight, it was because he was sunny side up and had his head turned sideways and tilted back instead of chin to chest. I recovered from my c-section just fine, I had minimal pain and didn't even need to take home any pain meds, just took ibuprofin. The only thing they cautioned me about was that the area around my incision(sp) might stay moist due to sweat or water from showering. They just told me to put gauze or a clean wash cloth in that area or to use a hair dryer on low heat to dry the area fully after showers. I have to say that 5 weeks later I had to have a wisdom tooth pulled and that recovery was 10 times worse than my c-section.