Does maternal height affect the delivery of baby?


Posted on : 22-03-2009 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby

I’m broke but I’m happy
I’m poor but I’m kind
I’m short but I’m healthy, yeah…

I have to emphasize the last sentence.

I’m short but I’m healthy, yeah…

I blogged before that I have had 6 OB Gynes. The last OB Gyne was referred to me by a new found friend. She isn’t that tall, but she keeps on saying that I’m short. The first time she saw me was last March 15, and I was kinda sad when she told me that I’m short, and that my baby is also small. Did she really read my medical readings? I don’t think my baby is so small. She’s of average weight at 34 weeks then. That uncalled for remarks really saddened me.

Awhile ago, I had an appointment with her. There she went again, boasting about how short I am, and that we will see the chance…the chance of what? I rarely got her point of view. Of all the OB Gynes, this one is so nasty. I already told her before that my previous OB Gynes confirmed to me that I can deliver my baby normally since my pelvis can accommodate my baby. This morning, when she told me about my height again, and said the word “chance”, I never bothered asking her for an explanation. Why? Because I believe in God. I believe in my baby. I believe in my subconscious mind. I believe in myself.

There are many mothers out there who are much shorter than me and had larger babies in their wombs, but they delivered normally. Although sources from the Web would say that “short stature is in itself a risk factor for caesarean section“, I really don’t believe it that much. I am confident I will delivery my baby normally. There are times I wanted to get away from my 6th OB Gyne, but it’s darned hard to do it at this stage. For one, it’s hard to open a file if I’m not a resident of a certain area. Another thing, she was the OB Gyne of my new found friend, who is also short. I wonder if that OB Gyne also said something like that to my friend.

While at the hospital this morning, I saw two more pregnant mothers, who are fellows naypis. One is due today, and the other one delivered her baby last March 17. Both women are tall or, should I say, of average height. But their tummies are both small. V, who’s due on March 17 is admitted today at the labor room, has only gained 5 kilos throughout her pregnancy. I didn’t get the weight gain of the other pregnant woman, but, indeed, her tummy is so small compared to mine. One would think that her belly is that of a 4-5 month pregnant woman. I became quite disheartened awhile ago. If before, people would tell me that I have a small belly. I binged out on food. I ate a lot of sweets and carbohydrates. I got glucose in my urine on my 32nd week. Good thing, it was cleared out. My weight is 55.5kg! Hola. Husband said this morning that after I deliver our baby, we’d both trim our weights down. If I’m not mistaken, I gained 12-15kg. Of course, the weight gain is normal, I read, but for Asians, weight gain is generally from 10 to 12kg.

Some physicians aren’t that nice to pregnant women or to their patients. And yes, there are some strangers, too, who would tell pregnant women of nasty things about how their bellies are, how difficult and scary childbirth is, and other uncalled for remarks.

If I haven’t finished reading the book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, maybe, the effect of those uncalled for and unkind remarks would have been so heavy on my part. But I’m enlightened now. Even if they would say those things, for as long as my conscious mind affirms to my subconscious mind that those thoughts of others should not be entertained, I AM VERY MUCH OK. My baby and I will be both OK. I know that because our patrons (Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Pe├▒afrancia, St. Gerard Majella) are all there to guide us all the way. Thank You, too, Sweet Jesus.


I delivered a healthy baby via normal delivery. No worries about maternal height and delivery of baby. I said no to epidurals or anesthesia even when the doctors asked me if I’d like to be sedated. “No,” I said, “I want to feel the pain as I push my baby out. [In my mind, if there’s no pain (because of the anesthesia, how would I know if it’s time to push my baby?]

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