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post #21 of 66
lots of protien helps for sure and in my case I avoioded white flour and sugar because they are well known to make big babies - perhaps do like my MIL and live off of Twinkies in the last trimester and you will have an 11 pounder like my dh was!
post #22 of 66
My babies were 9.7, 10.9, and 8.14. They were big, but so was mama! Gained 75, 50, and 50! While I tried eating lots of healthy stuff, I also ate whatever I wanted. I seemed to eat a lot of Mexican food. Used to joke that my kids came out speaking Spanish! Didn't get much exercise either. Fortunately, I am tall so I carried it well (at least I think so!) and it came off very quickly!
post #23 of 66
i just ate whatever sounded good
post #24 of 66
A fair amount of protein and a lot of veg. Some fruit in for variety but not that much as I was watching my sugar levels. (so no sugar, or white flour and the like.)

I lived (am living) on a variety of hearty salads and soups. Fortunately I enjoy both those things so it's all groovy.
post #25 of 66
I think genetics plays a big part in it! I've gotten into a few debates with people over this recently. We're expecting #6 and I'd like it to be a bit smaller than my average. I'm a small mama and am sooooooo miserable with my big babies at the end (dh is a big man!) I've been told lots of protein, greens, and watch your carbs will make a smaller baby, but I'm not convinced. Mine have been:

ds 9'3" (40w 6d)
dd 9'12" (41w)
dd 8'13" (39w 5d)
dd 7'1" (39w 2d)
ds 8'10" (39w 2d)
#6 ?????

The one small dd looks EXACTLY like her mother. My diet has pretty much been the same with all of them. I did watch my soft drink intake with #1 because it was my first and I wanted to do everything "right", but the rest have all been the same. My question is, if diet plays such a big role, why wasn't my little dd bigger ???
post #26 of 66
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Originally Posted by zookeeper View Post
I think genetics plays a big part in it!
There is that! I'm still trying to figure out what part though. My mom birthed a 6lb7oz (me) baby and a 7lb10oz baby (my sister) I know that with both pg's she ate whatever sounded good and gained a considerable amount of weight. I otoh was very careful with diet (that dang sugar thing), gained little weight and my babes were 8.6 and 8.3 respectively. I'm curious to see what this one will be.
Now my paternal grandma had 4 boys, the smallest weighing in just over 10lbs. I don't know about my maternal g-ma...I should ask her though
post #27 of 66
I just ate, I was always hungry - blood sugar was fine, but I too developed high blood pressure and needed meds from about 31 weeks on. My son was 9 lb 8 oz. But I'm tall and kind of big boned so maybe it's just me.
post #28 of 66
I have low blood pressure. My highest reading ever was 105/80, and that was after an induction discussion when I was 41wks. She was 9lb 10oz.

My blood sugar has always tested fine. In reality though, I have problems with hypoglycemia, so I eat constantly.

Because I was expecting a bigger baby (my first was 8lb 3oz,) I tried extra hard to be careful with junky carbs and sweets. I did ok, except for the Indian craving I just couldn't kick--white rice with creamy curries...Mmmm.

I'd read about the Brewer diet, but honestly, I just couldn't choke down that much protein.

I attribute my big babies more to genetics, not so much diet.
post #29 of 66
I gained 27lbs w/ Nathan ( the least of any of my boys) and he weighed 9lb 8oz. I just ate regular .... except for the KFC mashed potatoes w/ gravey 2x a week:
post #30 of 66
My ds was 9lbs., 1 oz., and I think it has more to do with genetics than diet. My dad was 10lbs.,+ and two of my siblings were over 9 lbs., and ds is just a big, big person. He weighs 33 lbs. at 18 months, and he's not even that fat.

That said, I do think that he got so big because I exercised a lot during the first trimester (ran a 1/2 marathon at 10 weeks), and then pretty much slacked off the rest of the time. I've heard that makes the umbilical cord get really big, so I think he was getting lots of nutrients.
post #31 of 66
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Originally Posted by SarahNH View Post
My son was 9lb 12oz.
I probably wouldn't really *recommend* eating the way I did but here it is. I craved lots and lots of meat, and ate lots of roast beef sandwiches and stuff. Beef stew. Roast chicken. (I was pregnant in a new england winter, lots of heavy hearty dishes). Chocolate milk by the gallon. Peanut butter sandwiches every day for lunch at work(thank you WIC). Those are hte htings that stand out to me. I had lots of oatmeal for breakfast, but mostly because it came back up easy and is really cheap. TMI, sorry.

Oh, and salads from Wendy's because dh was managing one and would take home the unsold salads for free after the close of day.

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I ate a lot like this too. Including free sandwiches and parfaits leftover at the end of the day at Starbucks, lol. Especially the roast chicken, mmm. I gained about 50 lbs but lost 35 of it in the first two weeks pp. My midwives recommended 100 grams of protein per day in the 3rd trimester and I would guess I met that recommendation most days.

ETA: she was 9 lbs 4 oz at 40w2d.
post #32 of 66
I hate to be a party pooper....but

Why is a big baby any better?
Most babies average 7 pounds. Bigger does not mean healthier....KWIM.

Mine were 7.3, 7.7, 7.6 and 8. I ate whatever I wanted. Genetics does play a role...somewhat.
My brother was 10 pounds and so was my DH. I was only 7.5.
Plus there are so many other factors. Like how early or late baby is/was.
Blood pressure, diet, and birth size has NOTHING to do with what size the child will grow up to be.
I would not want to birth a large baby or carry one for that matter. Just my opinion.
I just dont get why a "bigger" baby is better?
post #33 of 66
Why is a big baby any better? Well, it's not. A healthy baby is a healthy baby. So why might I prefer a slightly larger healthy baby? Well, in my experience, on average they feed better, they sleep better, and they're more substantial to hold (which makes me feel less generally nervous of breaking them somehow.) They just have a little more reserve for health challenges too, which makes me a heck of a lot less nervous as a mom when nursing isn't getting underway as smoothly as one would hope, or they get that cold going around in their first week. So - smaller babies are beautiful, averge babies are great, and larger babies? They soothe my mama worries a little bit, lol.
post #34 of 66
This thread really interests me. I so want a big baby my dd's have been tiny 6lbs 13ozs and 6lbs 11ozs, with dd2, all I wanted was a baby over 7lbs. I've always been really curious what you mamas ate that I didn't, the answer not much. I eat healthy, ate alot of protein and greens, with dd2 I ate yogurt by the gallon. I must be doomed in the genetics dept.
post #35 of 66
Mine were 9 lbs 7 oz, and 10 lbs 3 oz (at 38 weeks), I'm sure some of it is genetic (dh and i were both big babies), but I did eat a lot of fast food/ junk food during my pregnancies.
post #36 of 66
I love my big babies. I loved carrying them and I loved birthing them. And I love the looks on people's faces when I tell them I had big babies vaginally, one at home even.
post #37 of 66
DS1 was 9 lbs 6 ozs. At first, I ate whatever I craved. About half way through, I started just eating lots of sandwiches and salads. Make sure you prepare any sandwich meat properly to avoid listeriosis though. I also drank a LOT of juice because it helped with my morning sickness and getting the spit taste OUT of my mouth.

DS2 was 8 lbs 8 ozs and I pretty much ate soup and salads, heavy on the protien for the salads. Grilled chicken, boiled eggs, etc.
post #38 of 66
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Originally Posted by the_lissa View Post
I love my big babies. I loved carrying them and I loved birthing them. And I love the looks on people's faces when I tell them I had big babies vaginally, one at home even.
Right, but it does not make you more of a woman because you birthed a big baby.....I mean really. Who cares. Mine all came out vaginally. I dont see why it matters.
I personally would hate to birth a 9 or 10 pounder....um No thanks!
I just feel like women who have bigger babies think they are better for giving birth than women that birth small or average babies.
post #39 of 66
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Originally Posted by ktmelody View Post
Right, but it does not make you more of a woman because you birthed a big baby.....I mean really. Who cares. Mine all came out vaginally. I dont see why it matters.
I personally would hate to birth a 9 or 10 pounder....um No thanks!
I just feel like women who have bigger babies think they are better for giving birth than women that birth small or average babies.
IME, people do not think they are more of a woman. They are proud because in mainstream circles, a baby that big automatically means c/s and because of attidtues like yours "I personally would hate to birth a 9 or 10 pounder....um No thanks!" People want to show that carrying and birthing big babies is not this horrible chore that is perpetuated by attitudes like that and the high rate of c/s for big babies.
post #40 of 66
that: Lissa.

I've birthed a 6#14oz baby, and a 9.5lb one. Both were calm, natural births. The big one was SO MUCH EASIER to push out. Once you've had fat, you never go back. Any baby I have in the future I'd MUCH rather be a biggun'! Uncomfortable to carry: easy to birth. It's worth the trade-off.
And damn yes I'm proud! I'm tiny with no hips because of a history with pituitary dwarfism and married a man 6'4" - I am sick to death of hearing all about how I could never possibly have his babies because I'm so miniscule and no big baby could come out of me. I don't even fit into small women's clothing because I'm so petite but... guess what? I could do it, too!
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