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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)

Worried baby will be too big for a vaginal birth. We've got the details on just how common CPD is -- and how to know if you've got it. Plus, everything you want to know if you do.

What can I do to prevent CPD?

There’s not much in the way of prevention for CPD, since it comes down to a matter of your shape and your baby’s size, and how the two match up when delivery starts to happen.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have CPD?

“My OB told me that my pelvis was too small (aka cephalopelvic disproportion) and basically that I shouldn’t even bother with a vaginal birth after cesarean attempt. But I’ve done a lot of research since then, and I’ve discovered that when CPD is the reason for the primary cesarean, more than 60 percent of women are able to have successful VBACs.”

“In recovery, they told me I had something called cephalopelvic disproportion, which means either the baby is too big to pass through your pelvis, or your pelvis is too small for the baby to pass through it. The doctor said that since my LO was a rather small baby, I had the latter, and it was unlikely that I would ever be able to have a vaginal birth.”

“My mother was in labor with her first child for 10 hours, and the doctor realized then that the baby was too big to deliver vaginally...he later discussed with her that she had CPD. My sister gave birth just about a year ago and opted for a c-section based on the size of her baby and the fact that she has a narrow pelvis, just like my mother.”

Are there any other resources for CPD?

American Pregnancy Association

Plus, more from The Bump:

Will my baby be too big for a vaginal delivery?

What happens in a c-section?

What will the c-section scar look like?

-- Christian Hoffman, MD, medical director and chair of the department of obstetrics/gynecology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, New Jersey

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