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First baby was a big boy - what about my second? Lock Rss

My first baby (a boy) was 9 pound 10 and had severe shoulder dystocia during birth. I have heard that 2nd babies can be bigger so what will this mean for me and the delivery.

Thank you for your enquiry. Second babies are not necessarily bigger than your first. It is more often that boys are bigger than girls. Shoulder dystocia is a dangerous but rare condition that occurs during childbirth due to the size and position of the baby’s shoulders. You may need to have an x-ray to check the size of your pelvis to see if this was the reason for the dystocia, however, the chances of you experiencing this problem again are rare.

Best wishes,


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