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Can I ask for a cesarean section if I am giving birth to a big baby?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

You should always feel welcome to ask for anything.
Some docs may be willing to perform elective primary csections, others may not. Choosing a csection based on estimated fetal size is tenuous simply because estimates of fetal size are notoriously inaccurate late in the 3rd trimester. Acog has guidelines suggest a csection is appropriate when the estimated fetal weight is 10 to 11 lbs or more.

In brief: Yes

You should always feel welcome to ask for anything.
Some docs may be willing to perform elective primary csections, others may not. Choosing a csection based on estimated fetal size is tenuous simply because estimates of fetal size are notoriously inaccurate late in the 3rd trimester. Acog has guidelines suggest a csection is appropriate when the estimated fetal weight is 10 to 11 lbs or more.
Dr. Craig Keathley
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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Be careful what you wish for. A cesarean section is a major surgery. If you saw the typical recovery for mothers from cesarean in comparison to a normal vaginal delivery, you might not be so quick to seek a cesarean.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

You can ask anything.
However, various hospital protocols or your insurance company may require you to go through at least a brief period of labor before the doctor could proceed.This is something i encourage you to discuss with your physician.

In brief: Yes

You can ask anything.
However, various hospital protocols or your insurance company may require you to go through at least a brief period of labor before the doctor could proceed.This is something i encourage you to discuss with your physician.
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