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post #101 of 113

Kaitlyn sorry to hear you are feeling down about weight gain! My weight has gone up in large chunks rather than a steady gain and it has always been shocking (I had the 10lbs in two weeks thing between 33-35 weeks...) I know that for every little bit the baby gains, we mamas gain quite a bit extra in 'support' (fluids especially) - plus by this time water retention for me just seems to be a given... I go up and down a few pounds between one day and the next which I'm guessing must be water weight.

post #102 of 113

The big baby/obesity thing may be true for some, and i would suppose it is true depending on why the baby is large, but it is not a given by any means.

 

I can tell you one thing though, i am not in the least bit worried about obesity. Both my kids were big babies (reason not yet established, milk? genetics? calcium?) and they are far from obese. I dont have a problem with obesity either and nor does anyone in my family.

 

Im just selfishly worried about the pushing phase-im sure it would be a tad easier and shorter with a slightly smaller baby :-)

 

On the skim milk connection-skim causing big babies rather than full cream- sounds plausible, but i wish i knew for sure. I was eating full cream dairy in the first trimester due to my craving for fats. But have since switched to skim because i no longer crave it, and dont want to unnecessarily load on the fats...

 

I love yoghurt and cottage cheese too.  I wonder  if they have a different effect than  straight milk?  Isnt much of the lactose used up by the bacteria that cultures it?

post #103 of 113

Kaitlyn-- I had my first DD at 19yo and I had gained 75lbs (went from 125lbs and 5ft7in to 200lbs). She was 7lbs 4 oz at birth and is one skinny tween today! My biggest baby (not at birth but over the first year--she was 22lbs at 6 mos) was from a pregnancy with my lowest weight gain. So, it can't always be true! Family genetics, not pregnancy weight gain, play the biggest influence in baby's size/body type! 

post #104 of 113

Kaitlyn - My mom gained 70 lbs. with each of us, and we were both huge babies (9 and 10 lbs. respectively).  Today we're both fit, thin, and eat whatever we want.  Education goes a long way towards preventing obesity, so focus on giving that to your child along with a healthy diet.  You don't have to be rich to eat healthy food, you just have to make the effort to cook from scratch.  Seasonal fruits and veggies, plus canned beans, brown rice, etc. are not expensive and provide a large variety of nutrients and vitamins.  Yes, they take a little longer to make than mac & cheese, but you won't end up sick and undernourished at the doctor's office...  The choices we make today determine the health we'll have tomorrow.  :)

post #105 of 113

I really don't know what I would do without you ladies. Seriously. lol. You all have been such tremendous support systems. I worded my original post wrong..my fear is that having a big baby will lead to an obese child but I worded it as a statement..*sigh* I blame the panic. But in any case, my mind floods with worries. I know every pregnancy is different but I have a mother who gained a mere 25 lbs during both her pregnancies. I really couldn't tell you where the weight is going? I look the same..I'm partial to thinking some of it is water retention. 

 

We try to buy healthy..since clementines are in season and on sale we've been buying them..we do cook from scratch since it definitely is cheaper. But in all seriousness, each time we go to the grocery store prices have gone up. I'm really worried financially. I know that's a concern for basically all of us. 

 

Then, with a big baby I fear tearing..that is a huge huge fear of mine. I know I shouldn't worry - it hasn't happened (yet). If I tear..they stitch me back up I just worry. 

 

Dang anxiety. I'm really hoping next year brings me a better job and some of the financial worry can be lifted. 

 

Back on topic..holy weight gain batman! I hate working out..but I really can't wait to get back to working out!

post #106 of 113

Yep, they'll stitch you right up and you'll be good as new! You'll hardly feel it...you'll be staring at your baby high on hormones! 

 

Remember, in the long run, you'll pay more for health care than you would for healthy food upfront so whenever and wherever you can, buy healthy, whole foods. Don't forget to visit farmers markets and/or food co-ops where you'll pay a lot less! Are you eligible for WIC? You can get milk, cheese, peanut butter etc with that. 

 

post #107 of 113
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Originally Posted by Kaitlyn811 View Post
Then, with a big baby I fear tearing..that is a huge huge fear of mine. I know I shouldn't worry - it hasn't happened (yet). If I tear..they stitch me back up I just worry. 

 

Incredibly valid fear.  I will say that I have a friend that delivered two 12 pound babies (yes, you read that right...and, no, she didn't have GD) and not one stitch was needed.  It can happen. :)

post #108 of 113

Best way to avoid tearing is to give birth upright with no epidural, push at your own pace &, despite how hard it is, when you feel the ring of fire, breathe & wait to give your body time to stretch rather than tear.

 

Honestly, "big babies" aren't that big a deal...fat squishes. Big heads/shoulders are the problem & that's down to genetics. And even big heads can usually mold really well. Ds1 had a huge head (we had to buy shirts at least 1 size big to fit over it) but he also had such huge "soft spots" that the OB got a ped to check him out.

 

 

post #109 of 113

Btw, i didnt tear with my 9lb 4 baby. I was on all fours in the shower (homebirth) With ds1, 8lbs12, i was given a very small episiotomy (hospital birth) which healed quickly.

 

  

post #110 of 113

Many thanks for the reassurance (: I'm planning a water birth and I've read that can help prevent tearing as well since the water 'softens' things up a bit..is that true for anyone?

post #111 of 113
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The big baby/obesity thing may be true for some, and i would suppose it is true depending on why the baby is large, but it is not a given by any means.

 

I can tell you one thing though, i am not in the least bit worried about obesity. Both my kids were big babies (reason not yet established, milk? genetics? calcium?) and they are far from obese. I dont have a problem with obesity either and nor does anyone in my family.

 

Im just selfishly worried about the pushing phase-im sure it would be a tad easier and shorter with a slightly smaller baby :-)

 

On the skim milk connection-skim causing big babies rather than full cream- sounds plausible, but i wish i knew for sure. I was eating full cream dairy in the first trimester due to my craving for fats. But have since switched to skim because i no longer crave it, and dont want to unnecessarily load on the fats...

 

I love yoghurt and cottage cheese too.  I wonder  if they have a different effect than  straight milk?  Isnt much of the lactose used up by the bacteria that cultures it?


Yeah, I've never heard of birth weight being an indicator for childhood obesity. The only factor in infanthood I've read being linked to childhood obesity is formula

 

post #112 of 113
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by contactmaya View Post

Btw, i didnt tear with my 9lb 4 baby. I was on all fours in the shower (homebirth) With ds1, 8lbs12, i was given a very small episiotomy (hospital birth) which healed quickly.

 

  



Same here! Everyone thought for sure I'd tear with a 9 pounder. It was a waterbirth, and if you were in the shower, I bet the hot water helps the elasticity in some way

post #113 of 113
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Kaitlyn811 View Post

Many thanks for the reassurance (: I'm planning a water birth and I've read that can help prevent tearing as well since the water 'softens' things up a bit..is that true for anyone?


Yep absolutely true. Didn't even tear a little bit with mine. First was a land birth and I tore a little bit. I think it's also important to understand weight vs head size. Weight is not neccessarily a factor. But a giant head and shoulder span definitely is.

Although now I'm just repeating myself from the post above- sorry for keeping my thread at the top everyone lol.gif

 

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