I was just wondering, has anyone ever compared their births/pregnancies to their sister's or mother's births to see how they compare? Was yours similar or completely different?
I have 3 sisters. Two of them have kids.
My older sister (skinny brunette) had two really quick births. When I say quick, I mean no labour pains prior to water breaking and baby born less than an hour later quick (about 45 minutes from water breaking to baby in each case). The first time she almost didn't make it to the hospital, the second time they went right away and made it fine. She also gained 60lbs with each birth, which kind of scares me!! She's much shorter than I though.
My younger sister (shorter, more chubby, weight and blood pressure issues) had troubles with both her pregnancies/births. The first she went way overdue (she did not have prenatal care - she is...odd, long story), had liver issues/jaundice and blood pressure issues and her son was born with birth defects (they still don't know the cause, maybe have been due to her lack of care/bad birth, but I don't know the details). Her second pregnancy was trouble from about 1/2 way with severe blood pressure issues requiring hospitalization from 25 odd weeks. She had to have an emerg c-sec at 32 weeks I believe.
My mother, aside from having many miscarriages and ectopic once, had 5 babies between 17 and 39 and I don't recall her having any issues or gaining a lot of weight. My youngest sister, who does not have any kids yet, was born with some kidney issues though that resolved quickly.
I'm a little overweight (not much, 15lbs for my height), but I do gain easily and it's very hard for me to lose. I'm scared because I have similar health problems to the sister who had pregnancy issues, (we both have severe anemia, acne, weight issues, but I don't have blood pressure issues at all). I don't want to gain 60lbs like my other sister either. I have no idea if I gained at all because I didn't weight myself at all in the last 6 months so I have no idea my pre-pregnancy weight. Right now I'm 185 but a year ago I was 175... It's been a hard year so I could have been 185 all along, or just gained 10lbs in the lat 8 weeks due to the fertility meds I was on and the progesterone now.
I'm also a little concerned about the fast birth part in relation to a home birth. Do I just let the midwife know my sister's history just in case?