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post #41 of 67
Well, I gained 65 pounds and dd was 9lbs 6oz...but in my family the women are tall and thin, we gain TONS of weight when pregnant, have much larger than average babies (my dd was "small" for our fam) and then lose all the weight while nursing. All without any GDM or issues like that. It's all genetic, at least that's my experience.
post #42 of 67
OP, have you asked your midwife about what the research says about this? As a health care consumer, I wouldn't be shy about asking. And if you find out, please post what you find out here. I haven't seen any research myself, but I'd love to know! My first was 10lbs and I gained about 45.

I know for a fact that heredity has to do with the size of your baby. DH's genetics create MAMMOTHS! Of course, I didn't get to learn this until after the wedding.
post #43 of 67
I gained 130lbs with my first and he was 9lbs

40 with my second and he was 8.5

20 with my third and he was 8

So in my experience I guess you could assume they were some what related...but it could have been due to totally different factors as well kwim? hth
post #44 of 67
gained 50 pounds (skinny to start with) and had a 7.7 pound baby.
This time - we'll see!!!!
post #45 of 67
For me personally they are not connected. I gained 28 lbs with my first and she weighed 8 lbs 2 oz. Gained 18 lbs with my 2nd and she weighed 8 lbs 2 oz also. I started off at the exact same weight with both pregnancies.
post #46 of 67
my fist i gained 76pounds UGH my 2nd 24 it was kick ass! hehe but this time im getting fat quickly and my boob r huge!
post #47 of 67
I gained 48 lbs. DS was born at 37w6d and weight 6 lb. 2 oz.
post #48 of 67
I gained 12 lbs and my 40 weeks 1 day baby was just about 10 lbs! No, I don't have GD either. Don't worry about your weight gain, but I would watch what you eat in general. Try to have a good and healthy diet because if you develop GD or pre-e or high blood preasure then those can all affect your chances of a VBAC also. When planning my VBA4C I was only worried about having a head down baby (my others were breech) and uterine rupture while pushing. As it turned out, although my baby was head down and I didn't rupture while pushing, I had placental abruption in the early stages of labor and ruptured because of the abruption (sadly I did loose my baby.)

I wish you all the best!

Mom to 4 girls ages 2-6 and Benjamin Isaiah, born sleeping on March 8 2009
post #49 of 67
anecdotal here too....

first pregnancy I gained 60 lb. and she was 7 lb. 4 oz. (40 weeks 2 days)

second pregnancy I gained 25 lb. and he was 8 lb. 7 oz. (41 weeks 2 days)

I did follow a more nutritious diet with #2. More high quality protein and less sweets/carbs.

FWIW almost everyone I know, had a second baby that is bigger than the first was, if the dates are around the same time.
post #50 of 67
Originally Posted by mags View Post
There are too many variables. Was the mother overwt to begin with before her pregnancy wt gain? I think ethnicity can play a role (both DH and I are Asian American)....
I think genetics can play a role regardless of ethnicity, really.

I gained 50 lbs. with each of my kids. They were both full-term.

DS1 was 9lbs. 4oz.
DS2 was 7lbs. 3oz.

DS1's dad is 6' and about 200 lbs, and he's the smallest brother. His dad is 6'4".

DS2's dad is 5'8" and goes about 160. The tallest man in his family is 5'10".

Everybody in my family is short. Hobbitts without the hairy feet.
post #51 of 67
With my DD I gained 60lbs and she was 7lbs 1 oz at 40 w 6 d
DS I gained 35 lbs and he was 8 lbs at 39w 4 d
post #52 of 67
That's very interesting about the sugars/carbs = large head and shoulders.

I tried to follow the Brewer's diet/Bradley and I gained 37 lbs and my daughter was naturally born at 40w6d and she was 8 lbs, 6 oz, head only measured 13 (thankfully! as I'm a smallish girl, size 2). I could avoided the holiday treats more. I hope to be even more careful with my diet with #2 and only gain 25 lbs. since I lost the first 20 lbs within 10 days pp and the rest stayed around for months and I wasn't to my pp weight until 10 months pp.

My mom gained about 18 lbs with my brother and he was 7 lbs, 8 oz. Gained 50+ with another brother and he was 9 lbs, 13 oz. And the first one she had GD! But she ate super healthy (lived in SoCal) and taught aerobics and nursed me during her pregnancy. With the big boy she ate lots of donuts (we lived in Wisconsin and it was a winter pregnancy) and was on bedrest for pre-clampsia.
post #53 of 67
w/ds1 i was about 150# when i got pg. i gained 80-100#. ds was 8lbs 13oz at 42wks 0days.

lost all the weight...gained it back w/out the excuse of pg!

7.5 yrs later i got pg w/ds2 at about 270#. i had hyperemesis and lost, lost, lost weight. he was born at 42wks 3days and weighed 9lbs #1oz. 2 or 3 days after he was born i weighed in at 260#.

apparently, i grow 'em big whether i gain or lose.
post #54 of 67
i have no research, just with baby #1 i gained 40 lbs and had a 7 lb, 3 oz baby. with baby #2 i gained 17 lbs and had a 7 lb, 2 oz baby.
post #55 of 67
I've often wondered about this too. My first I was vegetarian and gained 35 pounds. My baby was taken at 38 weeks exactly and weighed 8lbs. 13oz. With my second pregnancy, I was omnivore and ate a little more sugar. I gained around 45 pounds and my babe was 11 pounds even. She was born at 41 weeks 6 days. When I look at those and think about what would have happened if I had been able to carry my first that long... I think she would have easily been that large as well.
post #56 of 67
I gained about 18lbs, dd was 10lbs1oz... I lost almost 40lbs after the birth. I was fuffly to start with.
post #57 of 67
Well, here's some bad news. I haven't seen other research or carefully examined the study design, though:

post #58 of 67
From my understanding, you're more likely to have a bigger baby if you are already overweight--not necessarily if you gain a lot during pregnancy.

With dd (#1) I gained 15 pounds and she was 7 pounds 5 oz. and 10 days early

with ds (#2) I gained 20 pounds and he was 9 pounds even and was 10 days early.

I think the question is whether or not you are eating healthy and staying away from sugars--I think the excess sugar would be more likely to bulk baby up.

Good luck!
post #59 of 67
baby #1: i gained 68 lbs and my baby was 6 lbs 10 oz
baby #2: i gained 43 lbs and baby weighed 6 lbs 12 oz
post #60 of 67
I had the opposite problem as the OP! I gained a whopping 12lbs total, lol. At 34w when i went into ptl, they were concerned about IUGR. At 40w4d, my supposed IUGR baby was born at 8lbs 8oz, 21in. So, I don't think it really has anything to do with it, unless in circumstances like GD where uncontrolled itcould cause weight gain in mom and baby.
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