In old movies you hear about women made to have children; actually, scratch that, sometimes we still hear this in...
In old movies you hear about women made to have children; actually, scratch that, sometimes we still hear this in the media. This statement is never made about thin, small, or petite women. However, there aren't really women "made" to have children based on their natural body size alone. If you're petite you'll have the same labor and birth odds as other women. You could have an easy, short labor and birth, or a long, tiring one. There is research that relates that women with a roomier pelvis may have an easier delivery because it makes it easier for a baby's head to ease through. That said, some small women have pretty roomy pelvises. You can ask your midwife or doctor if they can estimate pelvis size for you. Honestly though, this is something care providers look at during one of your first prenatal visits. If their was something smallish and troublesome about your pelvis, odds are your care provider would have let you know right away. If you're tiny though, and worried about giving birth, try to relax. Nature is pretty cool, in that often (not always), but often, your baby is proportional to your size. Thus a smaller women may have a smaller baby than a fairly tall or wide woman. If you still have concerns, talk to your care provider, or consider hiring a doula for the birth. A doula will support you and help calm your fears.

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