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Your baby is too big!

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

Look at this picture....not long after Jazmine was born. My heart could burst looking back at this and my ovaries are jumping 🤣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In this pic she is lying on the scales and the midwife is taking her weight. There are many Mums I have spoken to who have been told that their baby is measuring too big. Ladies, for the vast majority of women, your body will not grow a baby that is too big to pass through your pelvis. Problems only really occur due to injury, disease, malnutrition or heredity. Telling you your baby is too big causes unnecessary stress and anxiety which I say time and time again leads to a longer and more uncomfortable labour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The following is a quote from the NICE guidelines (that should be followed by all hospitals) to clear this up!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The guidelines state that ‘In the absence of any other indications, induction of labour should not be carried out simply because a healthcare professional suspects a baby is large for gestational age (macrosomic).’⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This means for women with no other complexities such as diabetes or particularly raised BMI we shouldn’t be inducing on estimated size alone.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On a final note, bigger babies are not necessarily harder to birth. Quite the contrary actually. The bigger the baby the more pressure on the cervix which helps the cervix to open and dilate. Not only that, the more weight on the cervix stimulates the tiny hormone receptors to produce oxytocin which make contractions more effective. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If someone comments on your bump size being too big you can say “yes, it’s great isn’t it, my body is amazing for producing such a strong and healthy baby” okkuuurrrrr 😤⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Any of this sound familiar? Please share your story with us 😘

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