Originally Posted by Bmorefarmgirl
Today my husband's grandmother commented as I left the roo., "has anyone said anything about two in there?" Aaaaaaaack! SO annoying.
Thn my mom said (again) how it was going to be such a big baby and MIL chimed in "probably 6 pounds!"
Omg. I just wandered away.
Good grief! 6 pounds is a TINY baby! My dd was 6 lb 6 oz and she was in preemie clothes for weeks.
In fact, I recently reviewed the section in one of my midwifery textbooks that discusses birth weight and health of the baby, as related to maternal nutrition. From Varney's:
"If a baby does not grow adequately, it is subject to many problems which a larger baby is less likely to have. Some of these include:
*perinatal mortality (stillbirth or infant death)
*small head circumference (indicating poor brain development)
*visual and hearing defects
*poor growth and development
Category 1: 5 lb 8 oz and less: Many problems as listed above
Category 2: 5 lb 8 oz to 6 lb 10 oz: 3X higher incidence of the same problems than #3
Category 3: 6 lb 10 oz to 7 lb 12 oz: Improved health over #2
Category 4: 7 lb 12 oz to 8 lb 14 oz: Higher intelligence and less disability"
Thia is not to say that having a small baby means certain problems, but I will say from personal experience that my largest baby (8 lb 6 oz) is my healthiest child in every way, with the least amount of "learning disabilities". My smallest baby, DD at 6 lb 6 oz, has Aspergers. She is also still very small: 40 pounds at nearly 7 years old.
Unfortunately, due to the cultural shift in birth, which is not limited to early induction and poor maternal nutrition from dieting during pregnancy, people believe that anything over 8 lb is a HUGE, HUMUNGOUS, WHOPPER of a baby. Which is simply *not* true.
ETA: Frye's Midwifery also states that well nourished women will usually have babies that weigh 6 lb 8 oz or more, although factors such as genetics must be taken into account. Also, as little as 4 oz in birth weight can make a difference in the overall health of a newborn, as those who have had preemies can attest to, The same goes for full-term babies.