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Old 11-12-2006, 12:13 AM - Thread Starter
 
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In yoga class the other day the teacher was talking about her "huge" baby, then said it was 6 # 14 oz- almost 7. I almost fell over. Luke was 8#10 oz and I didn't consider him huge at all. of course I realize that different women grow different size babies, and it wouldn't have surprised me so much but this women is medium frame (bigger than myself) and her dh is a pretty big dude too. Anyway, so what is considered big these days? Once I said how big Luke was they told me he was huge, I said nah, I would consider him average. I also hear alot among "mainstreamers" (forgive the generalization for lack of a better term) talking about "huge" babies that turn out to be no more than 8 lbs all the time. It seems women are terrified of anything over 7.5 lbs.

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Old 11-12-2006, 12:18 AM
 
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If you want to go by statistics, I believe the average for a full term baby is right around 7.5 lbs. So I guess you could say bigger than that is big and smaller than that is small.
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I think of a "big" baby meaning something more than ten pounds, generally, but that depends on the size of the parents, too. So even with the largest-framed parents, I would say more than eleven pounds would be 'big' to me.

Dd was 7 lbs, 1 oz and ds was 8 lbs 12 oz and I thought both of them were 'small' and didn't fill out newborn clothes, so...

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The clinical definition of "big" is 4000 grams~8 pounds 13 ounces.

I tend to think of anything under 8 pounds as small and anything over 10 pounds as large. Not "too" small or "too" large, mind you.
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I think Frank Sinatra was a big baby.
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I would think a yoga instructor as being not too mainstream. Unless she was like, cheerleader yoga. Everyone is shocked when I tell them I had a 8lb 1oz babe. (I'm 5ft, 100lb pre pg)

I work in a NICU and see a lot of <1000 grammers. Full term babies often seem big to me. Period.
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A Big Baby occurs when an OB/GYN has a pressing engagement elsewhere around a woman's due date.

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I agree.

My dd's were 6lbs 13ozs and 6lbs 11ozs, I consider them to be quite small.

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IMO 8+ is big, but I come from a family of small babies (7 and under)

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I think Frank Sinatra was a big baby.
Wasn't he like 14 lbs?

This is not a big baby...that is an enormous baby...by anyones standards I think!

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Well, DS was 8-14 and seemed "big" in that he had a good layer of fat. I always sort of thought 9+ lbs was big - and DS was pretty close. I've had a few friends with 10+ pounders and those babies seem HUGE to me! I also have had a few friends with 5-ish lb babies and those babies seem soooooooo tiny.
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I consider anything under 8 lbs to be small.
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My first was 10 lbs 10 oz, and I considered him big! My second was 9 lbs 4 oz, and although she's my "little baby," (so far...I'm 41 weeks pg right now, and this one is suspected to be quite large as well) she was still quite big compared to any other babies I've known. I think, in general, I consider 9 lbs and up to be "big."

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A Big Baby occurs when an OB/GYN has a pressing engagement elsewhere around a woman's due date.

Such as:

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Macrosomia (big baby) is a baby that weighs more than 4000g (8lb13oz). That said, I don't think a baby is "huge" unless they are over 9 1/2 pounds. "Small" is under 5 1/2 pounds
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The clinical definition of "big" is 4500 grams~8 pounds 13 ounces.

I tend to think of anything under 8 pounds as small and anything over 10 pounds as large. Not "too" small or "too" large, mind you.
I think you miscalculated there :
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I consider anything under 8 lbs to be small.
Me,too.

My second was 9 pounds 1 oz and I thought of her being a good size...but her arms looked fat
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A Big Baby occurs when an OB/GYN has a pressing engagement elsewhere around a woman's due date.

Such as:

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Mercedes Payment
Golf game
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Some literature defines fetal macrosomia as 4000g (8lb13oz) and other lit defines it as 4500g (9lb14oz). However, in the literature I have read, it says that this is arbitrarily defined, so basically they pulled it out of their patoot.
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all three of my babies were 9lbs + I'm a small mama too i was 105 most of time when i got pregnant, i was told b/c of my big babies is why i had 3 episiomies, and why my first was focepts, and why my third was induced, oh my my #4 will be delivered by a midwife and i am not getting another episiomy.... NO!!
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My opinion of a big baby is anything over 9 lbs 1 oz... 9 lbs and under (to 7 lbs) is average in my opinion - but I've had two 10 pound babies which really didn't seem that "big". I definitely wouldn't consider them huge LOL

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I'm a really small woman, but I don't think I'd consider a baby big unless it was over 9 1/2 lbs. Then I might start getting a little worried, but I wouldn't automatically schedule a C-section. I would at least TRY to deliver vaginally, at home, unassisted.

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In general, I tend to think under 7lbs is "small" and over 9 1/2 lbs or so is "big". We tend to have large-ish babies in my family though. I was the smallest by FAR of my mom's 4 kids at 8lbs... all my brothers were over 9lbs, with the biggest being 9lbs 14oz. My dd was 8lbs, and ds was 6lbs 12oz at 36 wks. If he'd been able to fully "cook", he might have caught up to my brothers!
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My opinion of a big baby is anything over 9 lbs 1 oz... 9 lbs and under (to 7 lbs) is average in my opinion
I'd agree with that. Both of my boys were in the mid-9 lb. range. I considered them big compared to other babies, but not huge.

Hmmm - it would be interesting to put together a birth weight poll.

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Our birthing class leader had a video about the unassited births 13lb babies of Amazonian women. That's big. My 8lb 6oz baby was the perfect size.
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In my family babies typically run 9-10 lbs.

DS was small at 8 lb 3 oz. DD was typical at 10 lb.

For me, personally, anything over 12lb would seem big.

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I think big is over 10 lbs, enormous is over 13 lbs. My aunt had enourmous babies. The avg size was 13 lbs. Avg mind you. Her babies looked like mini sumo wrestlers.

When I tell people I've had 9 lbs babies their jaws drop so I think to most people 9 lbs is really big. I had a 7 lb baby too and she seemed really small to me. Of course now she is a 4 ft 9 in, 90 lb 8 yr old! Go figure!

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My dd was 7lb 14oz and two weeks early.

My dd was 9lb 12oz and two weeks early. So I thought he was pretty big.
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Clinical definitions of macrosomia aside, my definition of a big baby is 9lbs and over. I hate how big is often associated with being bad in some way, though -- something to avoid at all costs. Bigger babies are stastically healthier at birth and in early infancy.

My first was over 10lbs, and I did consider him big. My second was 8.5 lbs, and she seemed tiny to me.
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My first was bang on the 50% percentile mark at 7lb 8.5oz.

So - when my second came along at 8lb 12oz, she seemed HUGE to me.

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