Second Baby, 9 Pounds 13 Ounces – Update (Anonymous)

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I am now 4 months postpartum, after my second child. I was 1 week overdue when I had him and I knew he would be a big boy. I had terrible pelvic symphysis pain with him. I couldn’t roll over in bed and by the time I was 40 weeks along, I stopped doing my regular exercise (walking 1 mile a day). It was just so painful! The day he was born, I was around 158 pounds (two pounds lighter than the day my 7 pound 11 oz daughter was born at 39 weeks). I guessed that he would be born weighing 8 pounds, nearly 9 pounds. On November 1st, 2011, I was scheduled for induction at 41 weeks. I wanted so badly to go into labor on my own (as I was induced with my daughter for high blood pressure). My blood pressure had been excellent throughout this pregnancy, at around 112/60, so I had high hopes. After lots of prayer, I went ahead and scheduled the induction. Thankfully, I went into labor early in the morning on November 1st. At first, I thought it was back pain (which wasn’t unusual), but I quickly realized that it was the real thing. The labor still had to be augmented with Pitocin later down the line, but I got to go into labor on my own! My epidural worked this time around and I was able to actually really enjoy and remember the experience of childbirth. My son, however, was posterior just as my daughter was and he also needed a vacuum to assist the delivery. I could feel his large head in my pelvis as I pushed – a bizarre feeling that I’ll never forget. The doctor was amazing and tried to turn him to an anterior position as I pushed. There was a bit of an issue with shoulder dystocia and meconium. The scariest part was the fact that the cord was wrapped around his neck. It was frightening not to hear him cry for a few minutes after birth. However, he is a very healthy little boy! We are so thankful for him. When the nurse weighed him, she said, “He’s a big boy!” I remember thinking, “Of course he’s big! I was overdue!” Then she turned him toward me and I squinted at the scale! 9 pounds 13 ounces! What?! How could that be? I’m a petite woman and my husband is fairly short at 5 feet 10 inches (his father and brothers are well over 6 feet tall). The doctors checked his blood three times, thinking that perhaps I had unchecked gestational diabetes, but I didn’t! The doctor said, “He’s just a big boy!” Today, he is 4 months old and over 18 pounds. My arms are getting quite a workout, but it must be good for me because I’m already back down to 118-119 pounds. I might be back down to my old weight, but my old body has changed quite a bit. I earned quite a few stretch marks on my tummy that I didn’t have before (I had a lot of extra amniotic fluid, as well as a big baby) which are fading and my tummy is still a little fluffy. At times the stretchmarks bother me, but considering that I carried such a big boy, it could have been much worse. I want to start jogging soon, but I’m going to wait until the weather gets a little nicer. I want to be careful that it doesn’t effect my milk supply as well. Losing weight so quickly makes me nervous about my supply (although I had no issues in the 2 1/2 years I nursed my daughter). My goal is to nurse my son for just as long as I nursed my daughter. Nursing is going great and I’m enjoying the time with my little guy while he’s still little.He’s already sitting up and I get this feeling that time will fly just as quickly, or more quickly, than it has with my five-year-old.

Thanks for reading my update. :)

~Your Age: 27; Currently: 5 foot 2 inches, 119 pounds
~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 2 births
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 1st child: 5 years, 2nd child: 4 months

1st photo: close-up on stretchmarks at 2 weeks postpartum
2nd photo: goal weight, but not goal shape, 4 months postpartum
3rd photo: 4 months postpartum
4th photo: 40 weeks 2 days pregnant (notice how I’m carrying extra fluid above my belly button)
5th photo: me with my darlings

7 thoughts on “Second Baby, 9 Pounds 13 Ounces – Update (Anonymous)

  • Friday, April 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    You know, we’re sorta belly buddies. The little top of the heart shape under your belly button? I think that’s the gift our giant babies leave us (I’m 5’4″ and have had a baby 9lbs 14oz and 11lbs 1oz). You’re looking darn good mama! I’d recommend joining a yoga class – your preggo pic and the one right before it show you’re holding yourself in the exact same way – yoga will help you tighten your back back up and get you back to proper posture, which in turn might help with the shape you’re looking for :-) Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  • Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks for the tip! And wow! Eleven pounds! :)

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I forgot to add on my original post, but thought about it later, that I have diastasis recti now, above the belly button where the extra fluid sat.

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Will you need surgery, or is it one of the mild cases that will fix itself as you build more belly muscle?

  • Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    It’s mild. I’ve started some at home exercises. The gap is less than 2 fingertips width and about 3-5 inches from my bellybutton extending up. Hopefully the exercises help because I fear surgery of any sort!

  • Monday, April 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    For that large of a baby, you came out completely unscathed! My first child was 9lbs 13oz as well, and he stretched me out so badly that my second child, a whopping 10lbs 11oz, didn’t give me a single stretch mark. In fact, I still had loose skin/belly overhang under neath my belly because I had so much extra skin!
    You look great!!

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks, Tessa! Oh my, I’m afraid to have another baby. I’m afraid the next one will be over ten pounds! It’s hard to carry big babies!

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