The Well-Rounded Mama


The Well-Rounded Mama

It covers the normal misperception among obstetric caregivers that fats women are too “out of form” to provide delivery vaginally and/or naturally. “You are quite overweight and you should be healthy to normally birth a child. This is an extremely common belief among many people, both lay and medical.

The idea is you need to maintain great athletic form in order to give birth naturally. There are two problems with this. First is the normal assumption that “overweight” and “obese” women never get any exercise and therefore this mom couldn’t possibly maintain decent shape. Second is the assumption you need to be easily fit into order to provide birth naturally, that labor and birth is like owning a marathon in support of the most fit and difficult can take action naturally.

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Baloney. Fitness helps, but it’s no promise either way. Many doctors and laypeople suppose that extra fat people never exercise and can’t possibly be in decent shape. This is nonsense. Many extra fat women do exercise and of course, many slim ones do not. You can’t inform by looking at body size who gets exercise and would you not.

It dates back to that common societal perception that if you are fats, it must be because you do not eat well and do not exercise in any way. Anyone who made any real work at it would certainly be “normal-sized” or quite darn close to it. Therefore, for the reason that setting of thinking, all fat people are, by definition, not fit. I understand “overweight” and “obese” people who run, bicycle, and hike and are very fit regularly.

I also know ones who are not. But you can’t really tell by looking. This doctor shouldn’t be making assumptions about fitness level centered simply on the mother’s size. Although I believe it’s true that it can help to be fairly fit for pregnancy and delivery, it’s definitely not a requirement for normal vaginal delivery. The uterus is a muscle and works individually of the fitness of the rest of the person.

I imply, for heaven’s sake, there have been cases on record where paralyzed women have given delivery vaginally. If somebody who cannot positively help force out her baby can birth vaginally, then certainly fitness is not an total pre-requisite for having a baby vaginally. The uterus can take action alone, if the baby is well-positioned.

That said, pregnancy is putting on on your body and labor is not just a walk in the park certainly. I do think that people that get regular physical exercise in pregnancy tend to have fewer complications in pregnancy (less gestational diabetes as well as perhaps less pre-eclampsia), and it could help them have a less strenuous birth.