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Measuring small?

post #1 of 16
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So at my appointment yesterday my midwife didn't like that I was measuring at 36 weeks even though I am closing in on 38 weeks, and she thought that the baby felt small (especially considering my first was over 9lbs), so she sent me in for an ultrasound to check on the size of the baby.  She's typically really laid back, so I went along with it (also knowing that if I had a "surprise" big baby again that she is fine with me having a vaginal birth).   I warned her that everyone told me with my first that there was no way I was going to have a big baby, and lo and behold he was huge.  She was still worried, so off to ultrasound I went. 

 

It turned out that I was measuring small because my fluid levels are on the low side and baby is sitting very low in my pelvis.  Nothing alarming, I just want to make sure that I'm drinking enough.  They estimated the size of baby girl at 7lbs 10oz...which I don't think is that small! I'm 38 weeks tomorrow and if I go to 40 weeks, that's another good pound that can go on her...plus they can be up to 20% off in weight, so she could be bigger...although I think MW still thinks she's on the smaller end of that margin of error.  I'm amused by the fact that she's joking about how much of a "little" sister DS will have.  It's funny how subjective "big" and "small" can be!!

 

Does anyone else have guesses about how "big" or "small" their baby is?

post #2 of 16
I think this is going to be my smallest babe. My first two were both pushing 9 lbs and almost two weeks early, but I've gained so much less weight with this one and just have a 'feeling'. We'll see!!
post #3 of 16

I am not sure what to expect, but I would guess somewhere between 8 and 9 lbs depending when I deliver since that's been pretty much the range with my kids. I'm measuring right on. I was measuring ahead at the previous appointment by like 3 weeks, but I guess my uterus has just been doing growth spurts and then leveling off during this pregnancy. It's happened a couple times at least. 

Glad to hear things were looking fine in there for you Babysmurf. 

post #4 of 16

This is my first baby so I have no idea how to judge.  At my 34 week appointment, my midwife said that she was measuring about 6 lbs and my FH was 34 1/2 weeks.  I'm guessing she'll be closer to 7 1/2 lbs...maybe 8 lbs at birth.

post #5 of 16

My Husband was 10 lbs 13 oz at birth so I'm thankful for a smaller baby.....not sure my 5'3 frame could handle such a huge baby!

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by helenh View Post

My Husband was 10 lbs 13 oz at birth so I'm thankful for a smaller baby.....not sure my 5'3 frame could handle such a huge baby!

 

Your pelvic opening matters more than your height. My good friend had bigger babies. One over 9 lbs and she's 5 foot tall. 10 lbs 13 oz is a BIG baby though. Haha

post #7 of 16
I've been measuring 4 weeks behind since 28 weeks. I've had two growth scans, on the first she was 14%tile, on the last one at 33 weeks she was 7%tile (4#4oz). Her fluid and blood flow through the umbilical cord are okay so they're just saying she's constitutionally small and are doing another scan at 36 weeks. I'm stuck between being worried something is going on w the placenta and she's starving in there and being worried that the centie charts they use are off (the ob who did my scan said he sees this more since theyve switched to using a study with a Swedish population as a baseline to compare to) and that I'm falling down the intervention rabbit hole.

Going brewer diet on this biz and taking in 80g protein minimum/day for the next couple of weeks in hopes that shell bulk up...my husband was 7 1/2# and I was almost 9# so I don't th ink she should be tiny genetics wise. Blargh.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by ABNYLON View Post

I've been measuring 4 weeks behind since 28 weeks. I've had two growth scans, on the first she was 14%tile, on the last one at 33 weeks she was 7%tile (4#4oz). Her fluid and blood flow through the umbilical cord are okay so they're just saying she's constitutionally small and are doing another scan at 36 weeks. I'm stuck between being worried something is going on w the placenta and she's starving in there and being worried that the centie charts they use are off (the ob who did my scan said he sees this more since theyve switched to using a study with a Swedish population as a baseline to compare to) and that I'm falling down the intervention rabbit hole.

Going brewer diet on this biz and taking in 80g protein minimum/day for the next couple of weeks in hopes that shell bulk up...my husband was 7 1/2# and I was almost 9# so I don't th ink she should be tiny genetics wise. Blargh.


My last was born at 33w5d and only weighed  4lb 6oz when born.  I don't think that's small for gestation at all.  Also, she came home 2 full weeks later at 35w4d and still only weighed 4lb 6oz then as well.  I'm sure everything is going to be fine mama!!

post #9 of 16
Thanks Tenk, it doesn't sound that small to me either! ESP if she puts on half a pound a week from here on out...
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

Yeah, Abynlon, I don't think that's too small either.  I googled "average fetal weight" or something like that, and that sounds like it's right smack in the middle of normal! Silly providers nut.gif

post #11 of 16

My SIL has GD and her baby was measuring 5lb 11oz at 33w4d ... that's a BIG baby LOL
 

post #12 of 16
I was measuring at 32 at my 33 wk appointment and my MW said that is normal. Growth should slow toward the end and as baby drops. She said she gets concerned if people measure at 40 and that it can be normal to never pass 36. I trust her. 30 years experience!
post #13 of 16

I'm 37 weeks today...woohoo!  If this baby is not already at least 8 pounds or so then he is way behind my others.  I usually go over 40 weeks and my babies have been 9#6oz, 10#3oz, 10#6oz and the last was 10#11oz and she was the earliest at 39.5 weeks.  So my GUESS this time... not based on anything other than previous babies... is 10lbs 9oz at 40.5 weeks.

post #14 of 16
Wanted to share that I had a follow up scan and she went from 7th to 24th centile (6# at 36+3)...so up almost 2# in 3 weeks...yay Brewer diet (and probs confirming that scans are super variable between sonographers and not mega reliable) Feeling much better, no more scans, homebirth = on.
post #15 of 16
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Insert jumping for joy smiley- Yay for your homebirth and a healthy looking baby!
post #16 of 16
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Insert jumping for joy smiley- Yay for your homebirth and a healthy looking baby!
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