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Poll Results: Were you told you were having a "big" baby?

  • 35% (94)
    I was told I was having a big baby and I had a big baby.
  • 26% (71)
    I was told I was having a big baby and I had an average or small baby.
  • 37% (101)
    I was not told I was having a big baby.
266 Total Votes  
post #41 of 108
My first, they kept telling me he would be no bigger than 7 lbs. I kept saying 9 lbs. He was 9 lbs 2 oz. My second (with an OB, instead of a midwife), she made no guesses, just asked me what I thought. I said she would be a little bigger. 9 lbs 6 oz. I know of so many people who were induced/sectioned for "big babies" and only one of them was over 7.5 lbs. One was just over 5.
post #42 of 108
I have to go the other way. With my first the midwife (hospital CNM) said my baby would be MAYBE 6 pounds. I'm very tall (almost 5-10), and though I gained over 45 pounds, I hardly showed. I didn't have an u/s so this was by palpation. She did say, to her credit, that it wasn't a very accurate way to determine size. Baby turned out to be 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

My old CBE is also really tall (probably an inch taller than me) and also thin. Her first was a hospital birth, no ultrasound. She ended up having an 11 pound, 4 or 5 ounce baby naturally. Her then-OB told her it was a really good thing they never did an u/s because there was no way he would have "let" her have a baby that big vaginally.

I've known lots of women induced or sectioned for "big babies" that didn't even cross 8 pounds.
post #43 of 108
I saw a family MD who did one u/s at 19 wks. Throughout the pregnancy, I wasn't told I was having a big baby, just that the baby was growing as it should.

I gained about 30-35 lbs with the pregnancy. Dd was 8 lbs even and 20" when she was born at 38 wks. I don't consider that to be big, but when I say "8 lbs" people often tell me it's big. The most common thing I hear is "Good thing you were early! Can you imagine how big the baby would have been 2 wks later??" I think it's pretty normal - certainly in the range. I don't think of a baby being big until it's over 9 lbs.

dd 1 year old
post #44 of 108
I voted for my first.

I never had an ultrasound with either pregnancy so all estimates were based on my M/Ws feeling around.

I was told, with my first, that he would be average sized...7-8lbs. He was born at 9lbs 13oz.

I was told, with my second, that she'd be large. She was 9lbs 5oz.
post #45 of 108
My MW thought I was having a 9 pounder, and at 40 wks 1 day, she weighed 9 lbs 12 oz.
post #46 of 108
she was big and no one ever told me she'd be
post #47 of 108
what is a big baby?

I had a 8lb13oz baby and was pregnant with another....
The docs and midwives all suggested baby would be about the same size.......

He was 10lbs 4oz.

Now, with baby #6......they are saying he will be big, like 10pounds. But the ony thing they do is try and change my EDD. Stupid heads.
post #48 of 108
Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
Stupid heads.

couldn't agree more
post #49 of 108
The doctor just thought I was fat-- that is all I can think--- back in the days before routine ultrasounds- pregnant with our first- the doctor said at the last prenatal visit- while palpating the baby is 5 pounds and will be born in a month- she was born the next day- 10 pounds 5 ounces!!!!! he was so wrong
post #50 of 108
I don't really fit the options...

With my first, my OB and L&D nurse swore to me that DS was not over 7.5 pounds. Well, 38 hours and a c-section later, he was 10lbs 8oz.

My second DS... my midwife mentioned that he was a "good size", but did not expect him to be as large as the first. Sure enough, she was right and he was 9lbs.
post #51 of 108
Yes with pg #1 I was told I had a big baby - over 9 pounds at 38 weeks. I was induced and had a giant 7 pound 12 ounce child. :
post #52 of 108
Had a midwife and a homebirth- no mention of unusual size was ever made. 7lb 12ozs.
post #53 of 108
My mw pretty accurately guessed the sizes of both of my babies.

While other people told me I'd be lucky to have 6 pounders based on the size of my belly, my mw guessed about 8 lbs and they were both 8 on the dot. My first was born at 39w2days and second at 38w2days.

Last week, she was guessing that my babe was just over 7 lbs. I'm hoping to give birth this weekend or early next week!
post #54 of 108
I wasn't told either way. I went into spontaneous labor at around 37w4d, and had a stuck posterior baby and a C-section. He weighed 7 lbs 15 oz. I always wonder how big he would have gotten if he'd stayed in longer. (He was pretty well cooked though ... lots of hair, long fingernails, and great reflexes. )
post #55 of 108
I was always told that I would have a good sized baby. The first was 8lbs, #2 was 8lbs, 5oz and #3 was 8lbs 15 oz. It didn't seem to bother any of my HBP (doctor, MW, MW)

Ironically, I thought it was quite funny that people talked about how HUGE all of my babies were. I didn't think they were huge at all and they certainly weren't LGA, though the hospital did classify #3 LGA based on being over 8lbs 14 oz.
post #56 of 108
When I asked my homebirth midwife how big she thought my baby might be she didn't give me an estimate, but asked how big I had been. I said "9lbs. something" and she nodded and asked how I felt about birthing a baby that size. I said I thought I could probably do it and she nodded again and said..."good". That was the end of it.

My son was 10lbs 8 oz. Big.
post #57 of 108
Both my OB and my mw said my baby was arounf seven and a half pounds.
DD came out weighing 7 lb, 10 oz.

My friend was huuugggge and was often told she was having a big baby. Her ds was 10 lb, 3 oz.
post #58 of 108
I was never told i would have a big baby.

My first my midwife guessed she would be 8lbs, she was 7lbs 12oz.
My second, midwife didnt guess, i think she didnt want to worry me as i was having a VBAC but i knew she would be big, i was so sore and she was so much heavier than DD, she was 9lbs.
My third, different midwife didnt guess. I knew he wouldnt be as big as DD2, my Mum estimated 8-8 1/2lbs, i estimated 8 1/2-9lbs. We were both right he was 8 1/2lbs.
post #59 of 108
At around 36 weeks I had a u/s for some serious bleeding as was told DS was already 7 lbs 10 ozs, he was estimated to be born at close to 10 lbs if born at 40 weeks. He was born at 39 weeks + 1 day and weighed 7 lbs 5 ozs. Hardly a "big" baby! As a Doula I hear these "big baby" stories all the time, I wish u/s techs would just give up on trying to estimate weights!
post #60 of 108
Told I was having a 7.5 pounder and had a 9 lb 1 ozer. Docs have no clue, utlrasounds are inaccurate, and bellies lie! Mother's intuition is best. I thought I was cooking a big one and I was!
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