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February 27th, 2011, 06:27 AM
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Hello, I had a c-section in Nov 2008, got pregnant with a little boy who passed at 19 weeks, was induced and his birth was perfect as could be. He was born in Sept.

I'm put on the list for a vbac (my local hospital is all for vbacs and c-sections only as a last resort) but won't have my consult till sometime in July/August. Baby is due Sept 21.

I've been reading the lists of what makes you a good candidate and what doesn't. Everything is in my favor except for what is called a reduced vbac success for being overweight.

Why would being overweight have any impact at all on a vbac? I had a natural birth with my first nearly 17 years ago, was induced a week early in July 2005 (issues with baby and placenta), and the c section only because my daughter was breech and after a failed ecv. And then natural birth at 19 weeks gestation. I know he was tiny but I still gave birth to him naturally.

I have been overweight for a long time and have never had any issues with any of my pregnancies other than my July 2005 baby. It seems like the weight issue is a small factor but I'm just curious as to why it would be a factor at all.

I would love to give birth naturally again as God designed my body to do and lean on Him for stregnth to get me through. I do have to have a line in for step b and I think they ask for permission to keep a line in just in case I do need to go to surgery. I'm fine with that as I do trust my hospital. We have universal health care here so their goal is for the mom to go as natural as possible.

I have a habit of rambling but anyone have something similar or know why the weight would be a factor?

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February 27th, 2011, 09:50 AM
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don't let your weight stop you!

I weughed my heaviest at 320 pounds when I had my vbac.

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February 28th, 2011, 12:41 AM
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Weight is generally NOT a factor. The problem is the fat phobic doctors. Your body is just as capable as any other woman.

A huge issue is the positions they insist women be in to birth. Getting up and letting gravity help makes all the difference in the world.

I think you woul denjoy getting information from Kmom's site: Plus-Size Pregnancy Website Index

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March 29th, 2011, 09:34 AM
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It isn't, I think it is just one more thing that doctors like to through in your face so that they can just go ahead and section you.
The nurses during my last C/S were so not comforting, I think my doc told them some crap about how big I am (my weight is All behind me!) because when they opened me up they made the comment WOW she has like no fat! Obesity has more implications for C/S than it ever did for a natural vaginal birth.
In my experience the idea is that big moms mean big babies and a higher risk for shoulder dystocia, which I have never seen. Most bigger moms usually have smaller babies. It's just dumb.

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April 3rd, 2011, 09:36 PM
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Ignore the weight issue! I had a successful VBAC with my 8lb 10oz son in 2009 and i plan on having another in Dec as long as things go right! Truthfuly dr's dont know how a Vbac will go and most are just pro CS b/c its easier on them. They are not the ones who can't drive, walk up stairs, hold their other children, sit up with out crying, afraid to sneeze or laugh, have to try and roll out of bed to not bend so you don't feel that pain. Ask their policys on Vbacs. Trippler Army Hospital wouldn't let me get out of bed but to help the gravity factor( so they say) i had to sit at a 90 degree angle. I remember just begging for a CS b/c my son was grinding his head into my pelvic bone the way he was trying to come out lol.(BTW they all told me no i was having him the way i orig wanted and that was it.) Just a little other info on me. I had a VB in 2005 to an 8lb 5oz girl, 2006 i had my csection with a 6lb 10oz girl b/c she pulled the monitor off by jerking up and the dr's didn't listen to me and freaked out. Then my son in 2009 was my vbac.
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April 4th, 2011, 01:44 PM
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Thank you all so much for the information. My hospital is very pro-vbac and I will be allowed to be mobile, they use wireless heart rate monitors.

It threw me when I saw the list of what makes you a good vbac candidate and I fit every one of them but the weight but there was no reason next to it.

I have an apt with my consultant at the hospital 1 July so I'll find out even more. As of right now, I've been told they will allow me to go 2 weeks over so we'll see what the consult says.

Thanks again!
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