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post #21 of 83
Ridiculous! My mother is not a diabetic and I was 10lb+ baby. My sister has had several babies over 10 and is not diabetic. My daughter (second child) was 9lb 6oz and I am not diabetic. I am in fact the opposite, I have low blood sugar.
post #22 of 83
My daughter was 10lbs 7oz at birth. No diabetes--in fact, I was eating an excellent diet to prevent bladder infections (a diet that is recommended for women with gest. diabetes)--all whole grains, NO sugar or any corn syrup products (even reading labels excessively to avoid the sneaky "cane juice" type things), etc. I was also eating a largely vegetarian diet. I do think her birth weight was a little bit inflated due to an IV and pitocin, but I mean, heck, even if you take an entire pound off for that, she was still big!

My friend's midwife suggested that for my next baby, I avoid drinking milk during the last month or two. She said that she believes that mom drinking lots of cow milk (which I was--organic, whole cows milk) can cause babies to be larger. I'm in to try...
post #23 of 83
Had 3 9 lb babies and never had gd in any of my pg. My bs is always perfect.

ETA about cows milk. I don't drink cows milk cause I am allergic. But every pg once they see my placenta and its always calcified (I always go to 42 weeks its gonna be) they always ask if I drank a lot of milk. So it didn't cause my bigger babies either lol.
post #24 of 83
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Originally Posted by Full Heart View Post
ETA about cows milk. I don't drink cows milk cause I am allergic. But every pg once they see my placenta and its always calcified (I always go to 42 weeks its gonna be) they always ask if I drank a lot of milk. So it didn't cause my bigger babies either lol.
Gah! I am still holding out hope that I can get a smaller baby next time! Rats...
post #25 of 83
I've had two 9.5 lbers (9lbs, 6ozs and 9lbs, 10ozs) and have not been diabetic before, during or after either pregnancy. I have found out that there is a pretty good family history of decent sized babies on my side of the family (my dad was 9lbs, 2ozs). I was due Dec 4th with my third and both the OB that I see and my MW believe this one will be another 9lber at least. I hope to find out very soon how big this baby will be when he/she arrives!
post #26 of 83
The local military hospital (where I just had bloodwork done at the beginning of my pregnancy with DD2) called me to tell me that since DD1 was a "big" (in their minds) baby that I would have GD during my pregnancy with DD2. I wasn't even being seen there, but they still called me around 19 weeks to tell me that, and try to pressure me to come in for the GTT and to go ahead and schedule an induction at 38-39 weeks. : I just told them that I wasn't their patient, all pregnancy related decisions would be discussed with my midwife.

DS: 8 lb 3 oz, passed GTT
DD1: 10 lb, declined GTT
DD2: 9 lb 9 oz, declined GTT but monitored my blood sugar (mornings & post-prandial) for a week and my numbers were always excellent

Good-sized babies just run in my family and DH's family.
post #27 of 83
My last three babies were all over 10 pounds. I never had the GD testing with Aaron, but I did have it with dd and ds2. I was fine. They also did some heel prick blood sugar test on ds2 (maybe dd, too, but I was in post-op) and he was fine.

Why are my babies so big? I don't know...but my son with my ex was only 7lb. 12oz. My ex's own birthweight was 7lb. 12oz...and dh's (father of the last three) birthweight was 9lb. 13oz. His three brothers were all over 9.5 lbs., as well...and there's nothing to suggest that MIL was/is diabetic.
post #28 of 83
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the wide range of responses!

Now that I think about it, both both sides of all families (in-laws and paternal/maternal) have babies 9lbs+. Out of my eleven siblings, I believe only 1 was under 9lbs, a couple were 10lbs and a couple were 11lbs. Dh's siblings were all 9-10lbs.

LOL, you know how you ask a potential partner "those serious questions" before marriage....maybe I should have asked DH for a list of baby weights before marrying him!
post #29 of 83
My babies were 8lbs, 9 ounces and 9 lbs, 10 ozs. No one ever mentioned having diabetes to me. That seems like a silly and inaccurate way to diagnose that.
post #30 of 83
that is freaking ridiculous. not only is it a scientifically (and logically) unsupported proposition, i have gestational diabetes and let me tell you, you would KNOW if you had it. when your blood sugar gets too high your heart pounds (not faster, but you can FEEL it beating - it's weird) and you don't feel good and get all shakey (in a different way than low blood sugar).

For the first week after i was diagnosed with GD i thought it was bullpuckey, but after that, it really kicked in. Mine's very controlled, but man is it real for people who have it! I'm not talking about slightly elevated sugars that are natural in pregnancy, but full on GD.

Right now if baby's growth is on track the same as it's been my whole pg, we're expecting her to be like 9.5 lbs... and i'm 4'11"! [sob, baby come OUT! you are 40w and too fat!] And mine's been under control since 26w.

But yeah, GD related macrosomia is very different than just a plain large baby. GD babies have extra fat in their chest & shoulders. They have their little >9lb rubric but I think an experienced practitioner should be able (95% of the time at least) to look at the baby and tell.
post #31 of 83
now, My dad was almost 11lbs and HE is diabetic, not his mom (at the time, she's borderline now). I was over 10 lbs and I am borderline, not my mom. She's tiny and healthy. I don't know if its related, but it seems like a trend in my family.
post #32 of 83
Thread Starter 
You know, I figured since I was discussing this topic, maybe I should read up on it, lol.

So I read this article: http://www.emedicine.com/med/TOPIC3279.HTM

And I am perplexed. I have NONE of the variables/risk factors noted in the article. DH and I are both small (5' 5" and 5' 7"). I was fit and not overweight before and during pregnancy. I didn't have rapid weight gain. No uncontrolled sugar problems. I'm not hispanic. My baby was female, not male. Etc etc.

Weird.

Also, I noticed the article said large babies (defined as more than 8lbs, 13oz) comprised only 10% of the US baby population!
post #33 of 83
I think the fact that you have none of the risk factors listed in the article points to one of the real difficulties with the macrosomia diagnosis: sometimes macrosomia is of pathological origin, sometimes it's totally normal.

If I remember correctly, 75% of macrosomic babies are born to normoglycemic women (a.k.a. women without diabetes). Unfortunately, many practitioners make a similar mistake to the one your nurse made: they assume that all women with gestational diabetes will grow macrosomic babies. That assumption leads them to recommend early inductions to limit fetal growth, or to push a c-section because they think the baby is bound to be too big to birth naturally.
post #34 of 83
DS1 was 9lb 14 oz and I didn't have GD. Now, I was 10lb 12oz and my mom said she did have GD - DH's mom didn't have GD and DH was 9lb 9oz. So we were both big.

DH is now 6' 7" and 350# - yeah, we make big babies, is anyone surprised?
post #35 of 83
I'm not presuming to know what anyone's diet on here is, but many American women nowadays eat high fructose corn syrup, transfats, meat with growth hormones, very concentrated calories, lots of sugar, etc. Maybe this has to do with some, but not all big babies? Maybe some of the ones who don't have a family history of big babies? Just a thought and pure speculation... (Again, not saying that anyone on here eats this...I wouldn't know your diets!)
post #36 of 83
My dd (my first born) was 10lb 5 oz when she was born (one day early) and I tested perfect my entire pregnancy, even measured a little small. I am 5'6 and not super big, so I guess I was just lucky to have a big baby. I had no problems pushing her out either, so I think maybe my body knew how big to grow her!
post #37 of 83
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Originally Posted by claddaghmom View Post
So I read this article: http://www.emedicine.com/med/TOPIC3279.HTM

Also, I noticed the article said large babies (defined as more than 8lbs, 13oz) comprised only 10% of the US baby population!
Huh. I had no idea how uncommon big babies are! The babies I had during my vegetarian years were both 8lbs 13oz & the baby I had after converting to a traditional foods diet was 10lbs 6oz (my UC ). I was very healthy, never overweight, etc during each pregnancy (& no GD!). Only 1.5% of babies are born over 10lbs..... I wonder what percentage of those were unassisted homebirths? :
post #38 of 83
I make large boys. Not diabetic at all, and have passed the glucose test every time.

I have had four boys with three of them weighing 8.5, 9.0, & 9.5.

My girls OTOH all weighed between 7lbs 4oz and 7lbs 8oz.
post #39 of 83
What a bunch of BS! I've had 3 babies over 9lbs (10.2, 9.3 and 9.2). Everytime I tell someone who knows about pregnancy, they ask if I had GD. I am also overweight. I never had it though. I always passed their tests with flying colors.
post #40 of 83
Well, I was GD & had a terrible time controlling despite my best efforts & he was 8lb 9oz.
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