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The head is the largest part of the baby to pass through the birth canal. Most babies come out head first and face down (completely opposite to your position). If the head fits through your pelvis, there should be no problem with the rest of the delivery. It's called "cephalo-pelvic disproportion" or "feto-pelvic disproportion" if the baby is too big to fit.

There is currently no technology that allows doctors to tell with any precision whether or not the baby will fit through the pelvis. However, true disproportion is rare in women with healthy pregnancies (particularly those not affected by gestational diabetes). In fact, a lot of very large babies have been born with no problems at all.

Read more: Birthing big babies -- Labor and delivery facts and Birth stories of big babies


Who's in there?

Curious about the sex of the tiny tenant who's been subletting your uterus for the past nine months? You're not alone. Since the beginning of time, expectant parents have relied on a variety of old wives' tales to predict the sex of their baby. Here's the scoop on one of the five perennial favorites.

"If you're carrying your baby high, it's a girl. If you're carrying your baby low, it's a boy."

Many people still lend credence to a rather sexist bit of English folk wisdom that states that boys are carried down low and out front because they need greater independence, while girls are carried up high and across their mother's body because they need greater protection -- the origin of this particular sex prediction myth.

Click here to bust some more old wives' tales!


On birth-day

It's not difficult to figure out why pregnant women start squirming when the subject of episiotomy is raised. After all, the mere thought of having an incision made to one of the most tender parts of your body -- the area between the vagina and the rectum -- can have you rethinking this whole pregnancy thing.

And given that studies have shown that women who require episiotomies are more likely to experience post-delivery complications -- such as blood loss, infection, postpartum pain, pain during intercourse and the involuntary passage of gas or "fecal material" -- you can see why most women are eager to do whatever they can to sidestep this particular surgical procedure. Read on here!


In real life

From Christina's birth story:

pregnancy testWhen I took the pregnancy test, and it came out positive, I was so happy that I burst into tears. My husband and I had so much trouble trying to get pregnant, we had to rely on fertility drugs. It was Christmas Eve, and I was planning to go to my parent's house for Christmas. I wrapped the little stick in a box and gave it to my husband in front of my whole family.

The next week I headed to my doctor, and he confirmed I was definitely pregnant. My blood test was higher than normal, but he said not to worry about. Soon came to find out I was having twins. I went into labor about 2:30 am, having contractions every 5-10 minutes. My husband and I decided to get some sleep and wait until things picked up a little. At 7:00 am, my water broke in the kitchen as I went to get something to drink. (At least it was on the tile floor.( I called my doctor and he said come in to confirm that my water had broken. By then, I was having mild-strong contractions every 3-5 minutes.

Read the rest of Christina's story -- including why little Lauren was born vaginally, but her sister Kylie entered the world via c-section!

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