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Shoulder Dystocia Question
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4 Oct 2011, 13:56
ೋMindy☆
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I'm not sure where to even put this or if anyone on bloop could give me the answers I'm looking for but I figured what the hay I apparently suck at googling as all the information I've found is conflicting.

I've had 3 babies without any complications during labor and delivery. No signs of them getting stuck at all, 1st was out in 3 pushes, 2nd 2 pushes and 3rd was 4 pushes.

I've been approx the same weight with all of them, even losing weight during all of the pregnancies.

Well with this pregnancy I'm at a hospital/practice where they check and double check and worry about EVERYTHING that MIGHT happen. So I never even knew the last 3 times that my weight put me at a risk for a baby having shoulder dystocia.

Does the fact that I didn't have the problem in my last 3 deliveries mean it's LESS likely to happen, or is it about the same as if it were my first pregnancy?

Someone said that it's "unpredictable" to me on another site, If it's not predictable how can a high risk doctor say I'm more at risk for it because I'm over weight? Seems by all the information I've found the base that "over weight Moms have big babies increasing the likely hood of it happening"...but as someone else pointed out I then read it happens more often in normal weight babies..so how does maternal weight play a role at all??


I also read that in overweight women it tends to be soft tissue shoulder dystocia but I'd conclude from that since I've never had a problem in the past it's not likely now..I doubt my vagina would somehow not be as stretchy?


I've no idea..I'm a huge worry wart and google makes it worse tbh because no one gives straight answers on the question I want on any of the sites I've found lol so I guess I'll just be scratching my head until the 11th.


Thanks for the input :)
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4 Oct 2011, 13:59
ೋMindy☆
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oh and might I add all of my babies have been "normal" weight 7lbs 4oz, 8lbs 1oz, 6lbs 5oz.
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4 Oct 2011, 22:03
Mommy to 3+1
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If you have a facebook, may I suggest a group called Birth Without Fear? There is a large group of women in that page and I'm sure many of them might be able to help you find the answers you are looking for.
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4 Oct 2011, 22:03
Mommy to 3+1
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Sorry, it's a page, not a group.
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4 Oct 2011, 22:11
ೋMindy☆
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Thank You! I'll take a look.. I asked on another website and all anyone said is "it's common and easily fixed" which isn't true..
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4 Oct 2011, 22:36
Fiat
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Please, steer clear of Birth Without Fear. The owner of the page is not a medical professional but gives medical advice as if she is. Between the advice given by "Mrs. Birth Without Fear" and the women who comment there, women have actually lost their babies in birth after following the advice they received on the page and blog. Please, please, please stick with reputable medical advice. If you are unsure about the advice your doctor gave you, do seek another qualified opinion. Birth Without Fear is not the appropriate forum for anything medical-related, as evidenced by her complete lack of medical credentials.
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4 Oct 2011, 22:50
ೋMindy☆
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I'll keep that in mind was just curious mainly of other womens experience with it and if anyone else was warned they were more at risk but made it thru delivery without it happening. I only see the high risk doctor for Ultrasound scans due to Thyroid issues. My Midwife hasn't said ANYTHING about this even remotely being a problem in fact she thinks a lot of the stuff they've said is BS due to my prior history with L&D. It's just frustrating that doctors throw out this information at people but never explain themselves or given any REAL valid reasons to back it up.

I wouldn't take medical advice from some random people on the internet.. no worries there! :P
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4 Oct 2011, 22:56
Fiat
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That's annoying that your midwife won't explain the situation. Frustrating indeed. Best of luck to you though! I hope you have a great birth.
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4 Oct 2011, 22:58
ೋMindy☆
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I haven't got to discuss it with her yet. I seen the MFM doctor last for a growth scan ultrasound and he brought it up even though she is actually measuring on the small (but still healthy side) of gestation. I'll be discussing it with her at my appointment on the 11th but wanted to talk it over with others who've been told the same thing before then.
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4 Oct 2011, 22:59
~RedFraggle~
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What Christina said, even as a medical professional who does work regularly on labour ward I wouldn't give you advice online, but I do strongly suggest you don't listen to anything being said on that Birth Without Fear Page... I've looked at some of it and it's absolute nonsense.

I don't know the statistics on shoulder dystocia if you're overweight. I also don't know how overweight you are but obese women are at an increased risk of many complications during labour (I can't remember if shoulder dystocia is one or not, though would make sense if the baby is also big) . That said, it doesn't really make much difference because shoulder dystocia can happen in anyone, and you can't prevent it happening. If it does happen then there are a number of manoevres that medical professionals are trained in to help deliver the baby (with varying success rates).
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4 Oct 2011, 23:02
ೋMindy☆
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Thanks for the reply! Yeah I've read a lot that most cases aren't even with bigger babies but of normal weight babies. And that over-weight and obese women are at more of a risk for soft-tissue shoulder dystocia but with having my last 3 born with no issues I don't see THAT one as being the problem. I know any baby can get their arm stuck on the pelvic bone/tail bone on decent depending on how they come down the birth canal.
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5 Oct 2011, 19:13
.November.Butterfly.
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just about to say this!!
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5 Oct 2011, 19:21
.November.Butterfly.
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oh interesting opinions on the bwf page, i loved it when i was pregnant and preparing from a natural birth. but no advice should ever be taken above your medical care givers obviously
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5 Oct 2011, 21:30
Lovin'MyLittles
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I agree with what November Butterfly says -- no advice given online (even on a FB page LOL) should be taken seriously. I think BWF is a good place if you want to find online support and encouragement for a natural birth - but if your provider says something is wrong, OBVIOUSLY trust them over a woman on a facebook page. As with any thing online, she may really be a 40 year old fat bald man who's getting his jollies off. :D
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5 Oct 2011, 22:31
.November.Butterfly.
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LOL!
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6 Oct 2011, 23:36
Leona Wren
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ha ha! This is why I love you!
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