05/18/2012 08:05 am ET

'Obese and Expecting': Doctors Perform C-Section On A Woman Weighing 422 Pounds (VIDEO)

On the hour-long TLC special, "Obese and Expecting" (Thu., 9 p.m. ET on TLC) Thursday night, viewers saw close-up how difficult giving birth can be for mordibly obese women.

Jeannette and her doctors were prepping for a C-section but her size made it hard for them to give her an epidural to block the pain.

"With so many layers of fat," the doctor said, "it’s difficult to be certain that the needle went into the exact space it should go in."

Eventually they gave Jeanette a general anesthetic and she went on to deliver a healthy baby girl. Since then Jeannette has managed to lose 49 lbs.

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