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    Fraser Guest

    Default Average head size... help

    Hi guys,

    My husband has quite a large head, and when my MIL found out we were pregnant she had a bit of a giggle and patted me in a consoling way on the shoulder, she later burst out laughing whilst leaving the room. I found out that is was because DH's head was very large at birth and she had some difficulty (cruel cruel woman).

    So now I'm a little paranoid - at our 20 week scan (which actually happened at 21 weeks) the width of Bubs' head was 5.4cm

    Is this massive? can anyone else remember their babies head width measurements at 20 weeks so that I can make a comparison?

    I know there is nothing I can do and if this baby has a bowling ball on its shoulders I'll just have to deal with it - but it would be nice to know in advance so I could take extra yoga lessons or something.......



    Cheers, Em

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    MMMM I can't say I remember if I was even told what my boys heads messured at the 20 week scan but I know at birth they both had big heads for there body. Evan was 36cm and only 7pound 8 & Glenn was 37cm and 8 pound 3. Even the midwife commented on Glenn having a big 9 pounders head.
    But with both of my births I didn't tear. A little grazing with Evan but other then that it was all good.
    Have you been along to prenatal classes yet? One of the things that was suggested to us when I went along with my first pg was to do perineal(sp??) massage from about 34 weeks. This is were you massage & stretch the the skin & mucsel between your vagina & rectum. Lovelly I know but I think it had some effect with mine.

    Just because your MIL had trouble doesn't mean you will. In fact i would make it my goal to have the least problem just to rub it in her face. LOL but thats just me hehehe.

    Many mother find that warmth, like a warm face washer against the area during labour can help. Also the longer the labour the better. If you have a really fast labour it can do alot more damage because your body doesn't get a chance to prepare for it.

    Anyways, discuss the options with your Ob/midwife they will be able to offer you suggestions to help prepare.

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    Why don't you get the Pink Kit? It's great and will help you learn about your body and how amazing it is to open the way it does for childbirth. I'm sure you will be fine - being anxious about it will only slow or stall the birth process as adrenaline counteracts the labour hormone oxytocin as a flight or fight response.
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    Kelly, what's a pink kit?

    the massaging sounds helpful, but I don't know how I'm going to do that!

    this pink kit sounds intriguing....

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    Default Re: Average head size... help

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraser
    So now I'm a little paranoid - at our 20 week scan (which actually happened at 21 weeks) the width of Bubs' head was 5.4cm

    Is this massive? can anyone else remember their babies head width measurements at 20 weeks so that I can make a comparison?
    I was just watching our morphology scan video last night. I can remember the head was around 5 cm but can't recall the exact measurement.

    It's all fine!

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    Just letting you know that Aidyns head was 37.5cm when he was born (which is in one of the top percentiles for circumference) and it took me only 20 mins of pushing, and I didnt tear, or need any intervention to get him out... all thanks to the guidance of my midwife when pushing. So its quite possible to birth a large head without complications!

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    Kelly xx

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