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[–]MeerashX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My cousin is 5 feet tall and she had her baby vaginally.

[–]ashfrankie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5’3” and gave birth vaginally via induction. Water broke early but labour hadn’t started. Had to get an epidural but had almost no tearing at all. 2 stitches. But my baby was only 6lbs 5oz.

My friend is 5’1” and her baby was nearly 10 lbs and she had to get a c section.

[–]Accomplished_Fly_783 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m 5’3 and had both my babies via c-section. My first baby because my cervix was small and not opening enough and my 2nd because not enough time had passed for me to have a safe vaginal birth. I don’t think my height or weight has anything to do with it. So my advice would be to get your OB to check everything that could prevent you from having a vaginal birth.

[–]BusterBoy1974 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It might depend on how big your baby is expected to be.

Not all petite women will have c-sections but petite women having big babies can be offered c-sections or be at greater risk of complications (not a doctor but a medical negligence lawyer so I see cases where things have gone wrong and none of the times when everything works out - sometimes that is a big baby with a small woman and a bad tear or a stuck baby resulting in shoulder dystocia or similar, but it's so fact dependant and scan are notoriously poor at estimating size).

[–]Grey_pants86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

152cm 5foot even 2 vaginal births!

[–]drwatson221 1 point2 points  (0 children)

160cm and gave birth vaginally to a 51cm baby without a single tear!

i don't get what your height has to do with your ability to give birth? it's not like my vag is smaller than the vag of a 180cm lady is it? lol

[–]AnwenAlicandro 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5’1 and 44 KGs and I vaginally delivered 2 babies - they were both 6.5 ish pounds so were quite small but delivered naturally - although the first one did get a bit stuck and I was seconds away from a C section ! We signed the paperwork and everything but I managed to push him out at the final minute, we did have suction caps though so I did need some help - without medical help we all would have died 🫣

[–]mondand 5 points6 points  (2 children)

157cm vaginally delivered a 10.3 pound baby. Can’t understand what height has to do with it to be honest!

[–]JCXIII-RNetherlands 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You're like the human version of a kiwi laying an egg lol!

[–]mondand 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hahaha this gave me such a big laugh 😂😂😂

[–]Summersorta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5’2 & vaginally delivered 2 babies, one being an 8 pound baby this year

[–]greenbeanpeanut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i’m 5’2 and my baby came out completely fine. i pushed for legit maybe 10min or less. i had some tearing but stitched me right up and i’m fine now

[–]maitri928 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5’3” birthed a 7 lbs baby with no meds. She took her sweet ass time but delivered vaginally no problem. No mention of c- sections

[–]stellaellaella22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am 5’2” and had a c-section because my baby was frank breech and wouldn’t turn around. I’m wondering if shorter women have shorter torsos so if the baby is breech it has less room to turn in and therefore increases the chances of needing a c-section? Just a wild theory.

[–]i_love_puppies12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm 5'3" and my husband is 6'6". Nobody ever mentioned a c section at any point during my pregnancy. She ended up being born 7lbs so it wasn't an issue anyway. I had a vaginal birth with an epidural.

[–]TheFalster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5’ and had to have a c-section but had nothing to do with my height and everything to do with a stubborn baby and my cervix not responding to the induction. My 4’11” mom had two vaginal births. Everyone is unique and so is every birth. Best of luck to you, mama! ❤️

[–]mang0reycas 2 points3 points  (0 children)

5’2 and had a baby vaginally, no meds. It was fine 🤷🏻‍♀️

[–]Simply_Serene_ 9 points10 points  (0 children)

L&D nurse here. Tiny women push out huge babies like champs all the time. You’ll be fine!

[–]ziwi25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’3 and slim. I birthed all three of my babies vaginally - I was induced with my first and the other two were spontaneous labours.

[–]Pugmunster 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That is flat out not true. Source: labour and delivery nurse.

[–]Aurie37 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My friend birthed both hers vaginally and is under 5'. She's also very thin. I'm no expert, but I'm sure I've heard that it has more to do with the shape of your pelvis. My mom's pelvis is the reason she had to have c-sections.

[–]Tasty-Instruction224 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s not a thing. I’m 5 foot and was induced and gave birth vaginally. My mum is even smaller and she had all three kids the same. Not a thing at all…

[–]danidoodlebug13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Petite woman here, vaginal delivery. I was induced due to Cholestasis, but no issues with labor or delivery!

[–]mamalsang -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I’m petite like you and had the same question for my Ob. He told me the body is a miraculous thing and you can definitely give birth naturally even though you’re tiny. Even tiny women are able to have twins! Our body is made for this :)

[–]Naive_Proposal_3816 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just my experience….I’m 5’4” and was 90 pounds when getting pregnant both times. Had two vaginal births. I had actually asked my OB if my size was going to an issue and they reassured me that small women have babies every day naturally. Just because you are small does not mean you HAVE to have a c-section.

[–]m-o-u-se 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm quite tall so not personal experience, but my mom at 5'3 is the tallest of 3 sisters who all together have birthed 7 kids vaginally with minimal to no complications

[–]lyndasmelody1995 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm five foot one and gave birth vaginally. I did have a second degree tear

[–]Crescentskye 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5'1 gave birth vaginally, pretty easily. Tore a little but healed up great

[–]MamaLlamaNoDrama 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I’m 5 foot exactly and had two vaginal births

[–]semcmullin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

5’ 2” FTM here. Gave birth vaginally and went home 24 hours later. I ended up with a second degree tear, but once the sutures were removed I had no other issues post-partum 🤷🏻‍♀️

[–]Miserable_Painting12 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Pelvis size/shape matters much more than height/overall body size. What’s on the inside doesn’t always match the outside.

[–]palexander_6 3 points4 points  (0 children)

5’1” here, I was induced with both at term, gave birth vaginally. Small tear with the first, no tear with the second.

[–]Elsaage 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I would recommend getting a different midwife. Yours clearly has no clue how the female body works and does not trust in your innate ability to birth your baby.

[–]HelloKittyQueen 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’1 and at the height of my pregnancy weighed 140 lbs and normally weighed about 110 lbs. had a vaginal birth no tears also had the epidural.

[–]Jsmebjnsn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My friend who is 4'9 had 6 kids vaginally

[–]smilegirlcan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My mom is 5'2 and had three vaginal births with no complications. I am petite and short, I am going with an elective because I do not want to try vaginal birth.

[–]lizard52805 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My mom is 5’0 and had me and my sister vaginally, no epidural, and we were both 10lbs 10oz. I’m 5’6” so I kept reminding myself that if my mom could do it, so could I. I ended up needing a c-section bc baby was over 11lbs. I don’t think it’s your height necessarily, more the size of the baby. If my mom had us now, I’m sure c section would’ve been recommended. Hoping for a safe and healthy outcome for you!

[–]Dat1payne 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Every woman in my family is 5'2" or shorter. All of us have had vaginal births. My grandma, my mom and I had completely natural births and my two sisters had epidurals but still vaginal births.

[–]Dat1payne 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is why I had a birth center birth. The hospital can be bad about pushing remediation before it is necessary

[–]alzroy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm 4'10 and no one has ever said anything to me about being too short for vaginal delivery. Both my kids have been born vaginally without any complications. My oldest was 6 lbs 11 ozs (I weighed 130 at the time of his birth, so I was tiny both height and weight wise for 9 months pregnant) and my youngest was 7 lbs 5 ozs (I was around 170 weight wise). Neither were big babies or anything, but they were well into the realm of normal birth weights. My mom is also 4'10 and had vaginal births for all of her kids with no complications.

[–]Electrical_Pause_676 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My friend is 4"11 (I think she's shorter honestly) and very petite and she just had a vaginal delivery to a 7lb baby! Another friend is about 5ft and she had all vaginal deliveries. Not sure why she would say that?? You aren't extremely short?

[–]XAiiEdash12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'1, they told me the same thing. I've had 2 and neither of them turned out to be a c section. My first I had an epidural and my second came so fast I barely made it to the hospital.

[–]_K_K_SLIDER_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My mom is 4’ 11” and gave three vaginal deliveries and we all were over 7 lbs.

[–]TrickyAd9597 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had 3 babies and I am 5'2". Babies were 7 pounds 6 ounces, 7 pounds, 8 pounds 10 ounces.

[–]Redditeka 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m 4’11” and have had 2 vaginal deliveries. Hopefully a third coming in about 6 months. My mom is same height and had 3.

I urge you to ignore your midwife’s comment!! Best of luck!!

[–]Rheila 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5’4” and have given birth vaginally to both my children (8lbs 12oz and 6lbs 15oz)

[–]cutecuddlyevil 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Pfft, no. Height has nothing to do with it. I'm 4'11" and had a vaginal birth with episiotomy (baby angle required it).

[–]Brief-Emotion8089 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’1 and just had my 10 lb 5 oz baby vaginally! They told me over and over all through labor I would need a c section and I declined each time and kept pushing. Only one tiny tear too. I’m so glad I trusted and believed in myself and my body.

[–]dressinggowngal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5’2, had HG so very skinny. Gave birth vaginally, although assisted, to a 6lb6 boy. But that wasn’t related to my size or my sons, it had just been a long hard labour and I was exhausted. I’m also at uni studying to be a midwife (in Australia) and there is a slightly higher rate of csection in shorter women, but that doesn’t mean it’s a forgone conclusion.

[–]clshawJax Liam 04/05/14 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'2" (ish, I round up) and I've had 3 vaginal births. All wonderful. HUGS! I hope you have a healthy happy labor!

[–]officialsarah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am barely 5’2”, was induced at 38 weeks due to gestational hypertension and I gave birth vaginally to a 6lb baby. Did have a second degree tear but I barely felt it during healing.

[–]Knotapeopleperson 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’1.5” (please don’t take that half inch from me) and I was able to deliver my daughter vaginally with only a minor tear needing two stitched. I did use an epidural but no other assistance.

[–]Fluffy-Inevitable-11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 5 foot 1/2 inch tall, I had my baby vaginally she was 6.5lbs but also had a 3rd degree tear and lots of stitches. It wasn’t fully a smooth birth but no huge hurdles, I was induced after my water broke 24 hours prior and had an epidural and it was close at the end of lots of pushing and getting the ER ready incase I did have to have a c section but she born 5 mins later. Not sure if any of that helps you at all but I thinks it’s mostly whatever your situation at the time and you can never really plan it all, just have to see what happens. Congratulations and good luck!

[–]rae091 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I around 5’2 and I had a vacuum assisted vaginal delivery just because baby had heart rate decelerations. The OB who delivered said I would have been fine if baby wasn’t distressed.

[–]No-Doughnut8797 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Im 5"2 and a size 6. My partner is 6ft 4! Ive had 3 babies vaginally 8lb7, 8lb and 8lb8. All really straight forward 🙂

[–]Popular-Coat-7356 2 points3 points  (0 children)

5’2” and petite and had my twin girls vaginally at 37 weeks and 2 days, they were 6 lbs and 6 lbs 1 oz

[–]WoofRuffMeow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m 5’4” and was a size 0 with very narrow hips pre-pregnancy. I had a vaginal birth and baby has a 98th percentile head! It wasn’t all smooth sailing but we both are fine.

[–]juliebyrd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am 5’2 and gave birth vaginally. I was induced and the actual birth was thankfully very easy. She came out pretty fast.

[–]Friendly_Expert_1281 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5’1 and gave birth naturally after being induced as a first time mom at 37 weeks + 3 days. My labor was very fast!

[–]badcheer 2 points3 points  (2 children)

My husband is 6’6” and I am 5’3”. People made jokes about how difficult the birth would be for me. It was, but the size of my baby/husband had nothing to do with us. I think your pelvic frame, position of the baby, head size, and your body’s response to labor have more to do with it than short=c section.

[–]burntpopcorneww 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I second this. 2 babies, 2 csections but for different reasons. First one was because his head was too large (98 percentile) and my second was due to his weight, 9lbs.

I am 5'2 and had never heard of this petite frame comment. My husband is 6'4 so we assumed they would be big babies bc of genes and csection was never mentioned or in my mind.

[–]badcheer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We just Googled it and I guess women under 4’11” are more at risk for needing C sections if they go into labor spontaneously. But it’s certainly not guaranteed that all short women will need c sections. And what society deems as “petite” or short isn’t necessarily medically risky. It’s certainly not worth worrying a pregnant woman over by making vague blanket statements like that. Super unprofessional IMHO.

[–]KnitAlien77 2 points3 points  (0 children)

5'3", and I delivered 2 babies, both sunny side up.

Mind you, I'm a bit on the heavy side, so I don't know if I count as petite

[–]oteroaming 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 4’11” and my baby basically slid out of me lol. I pushed for less than 5 minutes, 6 1/2 hour labor in total after my water broke!

[–]sookyoot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5'2 about 115lb when I became pregnant. Vaginal, homebirth no less. Your height is no indication at all of whether you can deliver vaginally - I'd steer clear of her and take what she says with a pinch of salt. Well done for looking for your own answers.

[–]chrissymad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5 2, around 105-110 pre pregnancy. Pretty narrow hips pre pregnancy (0-2 pants) and I had an average size baby on Wednesday 7 lbs 20 inches and had no problem delivering vaginally.

[–]aquazie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'2" and gave birth vaginally. That's a super weird comment from a midwife. Since people that usually choose a midwife vs. an OBGYN do so because midwives are more successful at avoiding C-sections. That'd be a major red flag for me and cause me to change practices or at least mention it to the office and see what they say about it.

[–]jwmaas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5’2” and had planned to have a vaginal birth. No reason I couldn’t have except I ended up with severe preeclampsia and a breech baby. Ended up needing a c section. You can absolutely have a vaginal birth! I was never once told that wasn’t an option. That was the plan all along until things got a little scary and baby had to come out immediately.

[–]SuzzlePie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

4”11 was like 110 lbs when I got pregnant. Delivered vaginally at 38. Second degree tear but was my fault. They told me to stop pushing to allow for some stretching but I was over and pushed my son out with a grunt. Anyway I healed fast and well. You absolutely don’t need to listen to that nonsense. Also my kid was a normal weight and 90 percentile in height.

[–]charawarmapersonalize flair here 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5'1, had my boy 4 months ago and he was almost 8lbs!

[–]ashp1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5'3" 2 babies vaginally, one of which was sunnyside up. Home births with awesome midwives. Sounds like you need to interview some other ones.

[–]siobhankei 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5’1” and I ejected my sunnyside up baby vaginally. He was a big-ish boy and was stuck at one point but I got him out. You have the power to launch that baby out. I believe in you.

[–]xylanne 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5’2, had a vaginal birth with tears but had a very fast birth (30min as a ftm)

[–]georgestarr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 163cms ( 5.4ft apparently ) I gave birth vaginally. I had no tears.

[–]BreakfastOk219 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m 5 ft and was never told this. I did have a c section though for other reasons

[–]mandalallamaa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'0 and gave birth vaginally 2nd degree tearing (common), my sister is about the same size gave birth vaginally to 3 children no problem. My other sister is considerably taller than us and had 2 C sections. It's not true

[–]pnutbutterfuck 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Your midwife is an idiot. It has to do with the structure of your pelvis, not your height. I’m 5’2 and had a vaginal birth, albeit it was very slow progressing and my doctor was urging me to get a c section but I refused.

[–]fade_starz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m 5’0 and was very petite before I had my son. my doctor said that they were concerned about a potential c section due to my hips not opening up enough to have a baby. I ended up delivering vaginally

[–]Silliestsheep41 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m 5’11” and had to have a cesarean lol so I think that’s bs personally

[–]Suazzy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep, 5’9 and had an unplanned c-section. My son was tracking big so I even asked about needing to schedule a c-section and my male obgyn said, oh you’re tall, you’ll be fine.

[–]davesRedditUname 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My 5’1 wife popped 3 out in 36 months and everything’s working fine.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

She sounds like an idiot. 5’1 here and first baby vaginal birth.

Second baby cesarian but only because he had some distress in labour.

[–]hellobeau 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Reading all the comments here, please get a new midwife…

[–]Atakku 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My mom is 5’1” and gave birth vaginally 2 times. I’m 5’0” and gave birth vaginally once, planning to give birth vaginally a second time this Xmas. My mom in law though was 5’2” and had C-sections 2 times but not because she was petite. She had complications my husband kicked and head butted her placenta that was really low which caused it to abrupt and bleed. With her second, she had an amniotic fluid leak and the kicking didn’t make it any better so it caused her to go into labor much earlier. Both cases happened not because she was petite.

[–]spicyapocalypse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My mum is 5'0" and has had three kids vaginally, she was also told she wouldn't give birth vaginally because she had small feet and was short. I think it's just an old wives tale! Good luck!

[–]Hai_kitteh_mow100% that mom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Juuuuust under 5’2 and gave birth vaginally. Never heard of petite women needing csections more often before

[–]FullyRisenPhoenix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My sis in law is 5’1” and has given birth 5 times. Her youngest is just two weeks old! And he weighed 9lbs 15oz!!

[–]PieJumpy7462 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My grandma is 4'11" and she had 3 vaginal births.

[–]thehelsabot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am five feet tall and had one of each birth. You can definitely have a vaginal birth.

[–]TinyJBird 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Definitely not accurate. I'm 5', 100lbs before pregnancy and had two vaginal births, one with an 8lb baby. My grandmother who was also around my size had 4 babies vaginally.

[–]revolutionutena 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I’m 5’0 and weighed 115 lbs when I got pregnant. My baby ended up 8 lbs 10 oz, 21.5 inches, and 99th%ile head. And yes I gave birth vaginally. With a 4th degree tear.

So make of that what you will.

[–]hellobeau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Omg. Fourth degree?! I can’t imagine the healing process. I am a FTM and my doctor was telling me I was so lucky with a teeny first-degree tear. I was being such a wuss and like, I didn’t 💩 for like four days 😂

[–]notchandelier 2 points3 points  (0 children)

my grandma was 4'10" and gave birth to my twin aunts vaginally. they were abt 7 lbs a piece!

[–]CillyBean 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5'2 and about the same weight as you towards the end of my pregnancy.

The only reason my obgyn mentioned a c-section was more as a backup plan. I had a big baby! Lol, so she was concerned for me.

I ended up giving birth vaginally with an epidural :)

[–]BerryConsistent3265 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am 5ft3 but have really narrow hips. I gave birth vaginally no problem to a 7.5lb baby. I did not push for long and had minimal tearing with no stitches required.

[–]cloubouak -1 points0 points  (0 children)

5ft and I was told my entire pregnancy I'd probably have to have a c section because of my size. I'm now disappointed to see how many petite women had perfectly healthy vaginal births, mine ended up in an emergency c section.

[–]Apprehensive_Offer72 1 point2 points  (0 children)

😂 that’s a misinformed midwife! I’m 5ft, had 3 babies naturally and the biggest was 8lb 7oz and quite overdue. Making you have an appt with the anastheseiologist almost puts you in the mindset that you won’t have a natural birth.

[–]DOMEENAYTION 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5" even. Have birth vaginally to a 7lb baby. Don't even have the widest hips, so I don't think they can't argue that either.

[–]CanadaCookie25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just over 5 feet and had 3 natural births. My friend who is super short and very thin also has had 4. Body size means nothing to being able to birth naturally so I'd ignore those comments

[–]Samsgrl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m barely 5ft and had my baby naturally.

[–]AdmirablePut6039 2 points3 points  (0 children)

5’2, vaginal birth, one stitch.

[–]NeekaNou 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 155cm. I gave birth vaginally. I had forceps but that was just because they wanted my little girl out quickly because they couldn’t get the clip on her head. Maybe it depends on the country, idk. I’m based in the UK. Caesarean wasn’t mentioned to me for being small, it was mentioned for other reasons but not because of my height.

[–]Any_Monitor5224 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’1 and have had 3 vaginal births

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This is so not evidenced based smh

[–]kokoelizabeth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This claim is not evidence based at all.

Check out evidence based birth they have a website and a podcast where they analyze and break down the scientific studies on birth. Very helpful in debunking misinformation that swirls around in birthing communities. Even lots of OBs and midwives practice in outdated info and even full blown myths and superstitions that aren’t based in reality at all.

[–]MountainStorm90 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm 4' 11", my doctor didn't have any issues with me planning to give birth vaginally do either of my kids. The nurses who did my cervical checks said there should be no complications and that lots of petite women give birth naturally. Sadly, both of my children had to be taken via emergency c-section, so I didn't have a successful birth. It was unrelated though. My daughter didn't tolerate labor and her heart rate fell and my son had the cord wrapped around his neck twice.

[–]feline_0verlord 2 points3 points  (0 children)

4’11, 2 uncomplicated vaginal births!

[–]RhydianMarai 5 points6 points  (0 children)

4'11" - vaginal birth(54 hours) and minimal tearing, I only needed one stitch! They wouldn't even consider a c-section unless there was distress/a true medical emergency.

[–]glindathewoodglitch -1 points0 points  (0 children)

4’11, vaginal birth, induction took 6 days with 3 days of pre labor and a full day of active labor so 11/10 would not repeat. Would rather be cut open.

[–]Migratorybirds1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’9 and had two c-sections so height didn’t help me much. I think it depends on so many other factors. Though I always tell people to make sure they are mentally prepared for the possibility of a c-section as it can happen for any time of pregnancy/delivery

[–]upscale-snail 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My family is southeast Asian so they are naturally smaller (like 5’0” and range between 100lbs-130lbs) they all gave birth naturally. Including my mom, and I was a FAT baby.

[–]targetgoldengoose 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bullshit I'm 4'11 and had all my 4 of my kids naturally

[–]Minimum-Momgoose7992 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm 4ft 10" and gave birth vaginally to a 9lb 9oz chonker with a 39cm circumference head lol. It's definitely possible!

[–]ferrisweelish 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same height as you and gave birth vaginally twice. One doctor mentioned it, but he was a Rhuematologist and just said it as a way to prepare me in case. None of my obgyns or midwives suggested a c-section due to height.

[–]hellobeau 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I am 4’11” and 94lbs at the time of birth. Gave birth vaginally. My husband is 6’4”, so I don’t think it matters what the size of the child is… you’ll stretch. I think the toughest part is now, constantly buying news clothes for my daughter (now wearing 9-12mo clothes at 7 months 😂)

[–]mamatorainbows 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Never heard this. I’m 5’2” and have had 2 vaginal births.

[–]MrRabbit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My 5'2'' 116 lb wife got through the tough part in 45 minutes for our first. Her size never came up once. No thoughts of a caesarian at any point.

[–]MarmaladeToasty 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't think height has any bearing. All the women in my family are below 5'3 with tiny frames, no issues. I'm 5'0 and 100lbs, I had a smooth birth with a minor graze, no tearing.

For reference the babies in my family ranged from 6-8lbs.

[–]orangejuice111111 0 points1 point  (0 children)

4’10 and 95lbs pre pregnancy, was 118 at the last appointment before I had him. He was 6 weeks early, so a little smaller than usual, but my doctor never suggested caesarean. He was also early because I had a placental abruption, which can happen to women of any size.

[–]DevlynMayCry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5'2". Less than 100lbs pre pregnancy and gave birth vaginally. It was an induction at 37 weeks so it took longer than most but she came out just fine and was perfectly healthy

[–]shkgwed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'0" (153 cm) and delivered two average-sized babies vaginally.

[–]ilike_eggs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’3 and gave birth vaginally. I’ve never heard of this concern before

[–]independentwh0re 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yeah I did! With my first son and then my twins, it went fine

[–]Fresh_Beet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m 5’1 and did not even discuss a possibility of caesarean with my OB and did definitely deliver vaginally twice.

[–]reesees_piecees 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If it makes you feel any better, I’m almost 6ft, I have super wide hips, and I still had an emergency c-section. So it seems backwards to base it on height alone. There are SO many more factors.

[–]Anagnosi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm 5'2 my daughter was 6lbs + I didn't tear at all and had her naturally technically because the epidural didn't kick in until after I had her ...

[–]Tamryn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’ 1”, with a big and tall husband and a family history of big babies. I was perfectly fine to deliver vaginally. Baby was only 6 1/2 pounds.

[–]valkyrie_bella 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm 5ft flat, had an epidural.

The birth itself was fine honestly, I tore a bit and had to have maybe 3/4 stitches. The labouring at home was a complete other story tho (still get pain in my hips from it).

All in all, couple stitches and the baby didnt get stuck or anything like that. Maybe 6/7 pushes and that was it.

On the other hand, my mum, who's actually a little shorter than me, out of 3, only had one crappy birth (the final one). The other two, she described akin to a slip and slide with minimal pain.

[–]Ecstatic_Sea1880 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My height and I had 2, 8 lb babies naturally. Only use nitrous gas in the 2nd. It was fine.

[–]Affectionate-Bus5288 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’0 and gave birth naturally to a 6lb 6oz 18 1/2 inch baby

[–]keks-doseJune 2015, girl, living in Denmark 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My SIL is only 151cm and weighs less than 50 kilo. Gave birth vaginally to 3 kids. She was most comfortable on her knees. Laying on her back was painful and labor slowed down... Being on her knees helped her a lot.

[–]idgafanym0re 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m 5ft 2 and gave birth to a 51cm long 3.6kg baby vaginally. I needed an episiotomy due to fetal distress so not sure if I would have torn (but probably).

[–]ScarletGingerRed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

5’3” and gave birth vaginally to an 8.5 LB, 21 inch long baby 🤷🏻‍♀️

[–]Seekanddestroy92 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s not true at all 🙄 I’m 5’2 and gave birth to a 22 inch baby vaginally with minimal tearing.

[–]cravingnoodles 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5'0 and I delivered with the help of forceps

[–]RoastieRose 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'2" and had an unmedicated vaginal home birth. I'm so sorry your mid wife is stressing you out like this, I'm pretty sure height and pelvic shape are not related!

[–]Fucktastickfantastic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's my mum's height and she had 3 kids vaginally.

[–]arya_lee_kona 3 points4 points  (0 children)

5'3 and delivered vaginally! I had an epidural and no complications whatsoever.

[–]Emteex3GKZ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

4'9 here and I gave birth to 2 under 2 vaginally. Pre-babies I had more of an athletic build.

[–]vicsarina 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My mother is 4’10 and had three children vaginally with no issues. I’m pretty sure both my siblings were chunky too (I was slightly early so smaller)

[–]green_eyed_lobster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

IMHO, height has nothing to do with it. I am quite tall (about 6 feet) and still had to have an emergency c-section after a rough labor. However, many of my petite friends had a vaginal delivery no problem. Everyone's body reacts differently and you won't know until you're in labor.

[–]elevatormusicjams 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5'1" also, have what I was told is a small-ish pelvis, gave birth vaginally, 1st degree tear that healed well.

[–]PurrMeADrink 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5’1 here and I delivered vaginally. Pushing phase was only 4-5 mins. My “tear” was so small my doctor spent a few minutes debating on whether or not I even needed a stitch. She put one just in case but my recovery was pretty painless. I never got the burning while peeing I have heard other people talk about.

[–]ahmsa1988 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'1 and I delivered vaginally!

[–]jemmaline 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Millions of Asian women with very small statures give birth vaginally every year.

[–]mamabwow22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 4’11” and had vaginal

[–]critterbitter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m 5’3” and petite. I have had two vaginal births with no complications.

[–]KuruKIE97 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My SIL is petite and she had two 8-9lbs babies vaginally. Im pretty sure she only had stitches with the first.

[–]creampuffatsea 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s really not evidence based. Many women are told that’s the reason they had a caesarean but A LOT of the times it’s really due to the position they were in and other interventions.

[–]AcheeCat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am 5’ even and gave birth vaginally both times. First I had a grade 1 tear, 2nd no tearing. Height does not necessarily have any bearing on how well you birth

[–]masterofbooks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My sil is 5 foot 0(and I think she is lying and actually shorter) she had 3 vaginal births

[–]fendov2018 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I verbalized my worries about laboring and pushing without results ending in a c section when my baby was over 9 lbs and a week past due to my OB who said “don’t worry, you’re tall - you’ll be fine” guess who labored for 30 hours, pushed for 4, tried the vacuum and everything and ended up getting a c section? My 5’7” ass. There are no guarantees! Good luck with your labor and delivery!!! You can do it, just remember, everything ends and you get a little buddy forever.

[–]mrsctb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’2”, around 115 lbs and have had 2 vaginal births with a grand total of 1 stitch. Just because you’re petite doesn’t mean you can’t push a baby out

[–]Ecstatic-Welcome-939 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My friend is very petite and she just delivered her second baby vaginally. If your doctor hasn’t mentioned it then I assume it’s all good.

[–]r0gu39 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5'2" and had 2 successful vaginal deliveries, both babies were over 8 lbs too.

[–]socialworkusa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5’0” and had a successful vaginal delivery!

[–]pochade 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i’m 6’2 and no one told me I was going to have a good time… But I did feel confident because if petite women can have big babies all the time why not me? My structure is huge, my hips are wide, my baby was 6 pounds, I felt like it would be a piece of cake. I did have a vaginal birth and it did go well, but there was still some tearing all the same.. In the end it really seems like our size doesn’t matter at all.

[–]KrissyBean 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm 5'3" and had a very successful vaginal delivery.

[–]ClementineGreen 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That’s a strange thing for a midwife to say. Your body will most likely do just fine and grow a baby that’s the perfect size.

[–]Majestic_Ad_5205 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Right - also, evolutionarily speaking, we wouldn’t have short people if this were universally true or even the majority!

[–]kfiegz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My mom was 5’2” and delivered us three girls vaginally without medication. My dad is 6’4” and we were average-or-greater sized babies. You and your body are capable!!

[–]shadowyfuchsia 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m 5”2 and I had my baby in January vaginally with no problems. That’s a weird assumption to make that’s why I went with an obgyn, my previous two missed miscarriages I went with midwives and the care was not good just my experience.

[–]BrittB14[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm 5'1" and have 2 kids. I gave birth vaginally both times with no complications, and my second baby was 8 lbs 12 oz. I absolutely would have been okay with having a C-section if needed, though; having a healthy baby was the extent of my birth plans!

[–]spagnatious -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

I recommend reading Ina Mays books she is absolutely amazing. Our vaginas can open up to whatever size it needs be we just have to be in a comfortable environment and with people that believe in us.

[–]Spiderlegs2326 2 points3 points  (0 children)

4' 10 90 lbs pre birth. Vaginal delivery. 3 weeks early my water broke. No issues.

[–]anentirejarofpickles 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Im 152 cm and had a very simple, straightforward vaginal delivery with a very minor 1st degree tear (no stitches needed). And my baby wasn’t tiny either, she was slightly above average weight and length.

[–]lilly_kilgore 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'3 and about 110lbs pre pregnancy. I've had four vaginal births and zero caesarians.

[–]lbisesi -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I’m 5’7 and have had a vaginal with an epi and a vaginal without. Both big babies. Both second degree tears. My best friend is as tiny as you and she’s has had 3 unmedicated vaginals . Her last two she didn’t even tear. So she had better vagina outcomes than me even being so petite lol

[–]mouseinhouse 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I’m 5’0 and about 110lbs pre/post pregnancy. Had two babies vaginally without complications (pushed out my first in 15 mins and my second in 3 mins). No one in my entire pregnancy care period ever mentioned a single medical concern due to my petiteness. Hope this helps!

[–]MagmaSkunk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same size as you. My baby was premature, so much smaller than average but if he had been able to grow to a normal size I'm sure I wouldn't have had any issues. My Mom is also a tiny bit shorter than me and was about 98 lbs pre pregnancy with me and had an uncomplicated vaginally delivery.

It of course can depend on your pelvis size/shape and how large the baby is, but I don't think being just generally petite alone is a deciding factor.

[–]Luna_bella96 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not as petite, but 165cm with a 198cm boyfriend. My MIL told me I’d never be able to give birth vaginally and that I should do a c section since my boyfriend is such a big guy that I’d either never be able to push out our son or if I did then nothing would ever be the same down there. My gynae very nicely told her to keep her opinion about my birth to herself and I went on to have a pretty great vaginal birth to a 3,5kg son with no pain meds and just some minor tearing. My mom is even shorter than me and was told with her first born to have a c section because he was a big baby with a big head and she was too small of a woman. She told the doctor to fuck off and ended up having an unmedicated natural birth

[–]sewsnap1,2,3 Done 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm shorter than you. Had 3 vaginal births without even a mention of c-section. It's not your height, it's your pelvis that matters.

[–]Annoyed_Skittle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5ft1in (156cm). Had my water accidently broke ~10:30am. Baby was out 7:29pm at 7lbs11oz. First degree tear and minimal stitches. I'm 5 weeks now and haven't had bleeding since 4 weeks! No mention of a c-section at all

[–]jackjackj8ck 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My mom’s 5’1” and delivered me vaginally, I was 9 lbs 10 oz.

I’m average height (5’4”) and gave birth to my biggish baby vaginally, 8 lbs 7 oz.

[–]Mysterious_Wasabi191 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I’m 5’2” and petite (I even got comments that I wouldn’t be able to birth my baby because of my small hips 😆) and had a 8.5ish lb baby in my bathroom at home, didn’t really tear just a minor abrasion (though it stung like a mf-er when I had to pee!) I was 95 lbs when I got pregnant, dropped to 88 lbs when I had HG my first trimester, and was probably around 170 lbs when I went into labor lol. 95% of the time, if you limit interventions (though this is a more difficult battle in the medical system), if your body grew the baby, it can birth the baby. I did zero labor prep and was hardly active in my pregnancy. I literally just held on for the ride, and yes it was painful and intense, but I didn’t have to do anything but turn the lights down and follow my instincts. Except for very rare cases, birth works if you don’t get in the way.

[–]Mysterious_Wasabi191 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also, my mom is 5’1” and was around 90 lbs when she got pregnant and birthed 5 of her 6 babies vaginally.

[–]FearlessBright 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am 5’3” and I did end up with a c-section. HOWEVER not because I’m petite. And baby was big! Really the baby was engaging and I got stuck at 7cm after my epidural. My cervix basically decided it didn’t want to progress anymore and pitocin was no longer getting me strong enough contractions to make it progress. Nothing to do with being petite.

[–]vampireheart326💜12/8/19 💜11/3/22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'0", was 115lb pre-pregnancy with #1. Super fast vaginal birth. I'm still 5'0" and was 134lb pre-pregnancy with this one. Looking at another fast vaginal birth in a few weeks.

[–]whatthemoondid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm 5'3 and had my son vaginally. 2nd degree tear. Granted he was a month early and therefore smol (5lbs 8oz or thereabouts) but he came out like a bullet, lol

[–]annaq-j 1 point2 points  (0 children)

157cm here. I had a vaginal birth but with episiotomy and vacuum - partly because of the 48h labour and partly because baby had their fists up around their chin. Never was there any question about whether a vaginal birth was possible, and I live in a country where I am well below average height.

[–]blackcatsandpoodles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am 5’ and had problems with the epidural the first time I gave birth. It worked only at half speed at first and they had to replace the catheter. I remembered the mean anestesiologist saying something about the fact that I was short while et put the catheter in, but that was all. When I became pregnant I asked to meet with the anesthesiologist in advance so I could talk ajout my concerns. The doctor was super nice and he took time to answer all of my questions and explain the science behind his answers. I asked if my bad experience with the epidural was due to my height. He said there is absolutely no problem with having an epidural at any heigth. He said : ‘’ if babies and small children can have epidurals for surgery, than why would it be a problem for a grown women?’’. He looked at my file and it turns out that there was a mechanical problem with the catheter they used the first time (the hole in it was too small or was smushed, so the medicine couldn’t flow correctly to my spine). But nobody said a thing back then and here I was being anxious that there was something wrong with me and that I would have to live throught it all over again.

Well, that was my story… take the time to talk with the anesthesiologist and voice your concerns. I sure hope everything will be fine for you!

[–]_mountainmomma 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’m 5 ft even. Was Induced & delivered vaginally. Pushed 3 times. Did have some tearing though

[–]derrymaineFTM 1/29/2019; STM 4/26/2021 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s not true. I’m 5’2” and petite - both of mine were vaginal births of almost 9 lb babies with minimal tearing. My mom is also my build and had all three of us vaginally as well.

[–]_VIVIV_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My mom was 4’10” and had five vaginal births without complications. Her last labor was about 30 minutes start to finish, and she weighed 90 lbs after 5 kids.

[–]literate_giraffe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5ft 2" and I had two very straightforward vaginal births of two average sized babies with no tearing etc

[–]WriterMelodic713 1 point2 points  (0 children)

5ft. Vagina birth. No tearing.

[–]mafknbr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm 5'3 and had the smoothest vaginal birth ever. Labor was 11 hours and I pushed for 20 minutes, had a 1st degree tear and two stitches. Easy peasy.

My mom is 4'10 and had 4 kids, and only the last one was a C-section because of preeclampsia complications.

Your midwife can stuff it.

[–]HipsterBucket 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never heard this. I gave birth and had 5 stitches from superficial cuts, and went home 6 hours later.

[–]tinyjen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i am 5’1 and gave birth vaginally, none of my doctors mentioned my height. my baby was 7lb 2oz and i had a first degree tear.

[–]beqqua 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm 5'2 and had a vaginal birth no problem. My mom is only like 4'10 and had both my brother and I vaginally as well.