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View Poll Results: Were you told you were having a "big" baby?
I was told I was having a big baby and I had a big baby. 94 35.34%
I was told I was having a big baby and I had an average or small baby. 71 26.69%
I was not told I was having a big baby. 101 37.97%
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#91 of 108 Old 10-08-2007, 11:27 PM
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Ultrasound was pretty right on for me. 9 lbs a couple weeks before delivery and he was 9 14. But, they also scared me into induction and due to their great interventions I ended up with a 4th degree tear from a barely stuck shoulder. Another kicker, everyone said......"well, good thing you induced because it would have been even worse if you waited."
This time I have a great midwife that isn't scared of big babies and agrees that it's the positioning of mom, cascade of interventions, and/or positioning of baby that can cause dystocia and tearing, NOT size!
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#92 of 108 Old 10-09-2007, 02:29 PM
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hugs anne1006... I had a 4th degree tear as well (though a true sd).

With my first everyone thought she might be a "bit" big. But my family runs to large babies and I wasn't worried. I went into labor on my own at 42wks 3 days. DD1 got herself stuck and nothing got her free. She was born via c/s and clocked in at 9lbs 5oz.

DD2 is my vbac babe and everyone thought she would be smaller...but she stayed all curled up like a bowling ball so there were no guesses. She arrived just 2 days after her due date (natural labor) and was 9lbs even. So technically smaller but bigger than we expected. She also got stuck but finally came free (though she gifted me with that 4th degree on her way out after a 4 minute long dystocia).

Induction for size was never discussed during either pregnancy.

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with both my girls i was told they would be small to average, same OB, he said the first would be 6-7 pounds, she was almost 9. With the second he said he took into consideration how large my first was but i was so much smaller he figured baby would be maybe 6 pds if that - she was also almost 9 pounds. I'm 5'4 and weighed 145 at delivery of the first, 125 for the second, so he was shocked i guess, weird
this one i have a mw, just had a scan at 34 weeks, said the baby was 5 1/2 pds, so we'll see how big he'll be at delivery

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I can't remember the exact guess, but everyone was pretty sure #1 would be big. He came in at 8 pounds 14 oz, with a small tear. Midwives were pretty impressed with how well my body handled that ("you'd never guess you had a nearly 9-pound baby yesterday," one said).

At my followup, the midwife said "Eh, I bet you're good to 11 pounds."

WIth #2, midwife made her official guess about an hour before birth, and said "Oh, this baby isn't as big as your first. 8.5 pounds, maybe?" She was 10 pounds, and the midwife asked the nurse to recalibrate the scale She upgraded me to "I bet you'd have no problem with a 12 pounder as long as you were upright."

No suggestions of induction or anything else, but then, I'm 5'10 and really wide-hipped.

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I was told my baby was going to be big. US estimated she was 20 inches and 8lbs 2oz at 37.5 weeks. She was born at 39 weeks and one day. She weighed 7lbs 6 oz and was 19 inches. About as average as you could get!
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At 37 weeks, I had an u/s that estimated her weight to be 8 lbs. At my 38 week appointment, the OB told me that she was definitely going to be a big baby. I had no pressure to induce or do a c/s though. Good thing, she was born at 38.5 week at a perfectly average 7lb 12oz.

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I was never told I was having a big baby.

My first daughter was big (9,9, 19.5"), my second daughter was little (5,8 19.5").

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I would vote 'other' if it were an option. My midwife measured me on target for dates at just about every appointment. But her practice likes to have all the midwife patients see one of the OB's at some point during the pregnancy, just in case you end up having a high risk pregnancy and have to transfer, so you'll know someone. The one time I saw the OB, she thought I was small for dates and wanted an u/s. We hadn't planned on getting any other than the 20 week one (and even that was a big change for us). We ended up getting the u/s and the baby looked fine: 6 pounds at 37 weeks. Then I went over my due date by two weeks, so they did one fluid check each week I was over. At the second one I made the mistake of asking the tech how big she thought the baby was. She said 87th percentile, about nine pounds. When she was born three days later, she was eight pounds, 1 oz.

The good thing is, my midwife doesn't ever induce for size, as far as I know. And I don't think the tech would have even measured if I hadn't asked.

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At 34 weeks, I was told baby was 6-6 and would be "the biggest of my three (who were 7-6 and 8-0), baby would probably be 9lb." Baby was born 3 days late and was 9-3, so they were miraculously right on. I still don't have faith in ultrasounds at all, they just happened upon a good guess for me. Regardless, scheduled C/S's for big babies just about make me puke. I would RUN if I heard that from an OB..."You don't have any more faith in your birthing abilities than that?"

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Reading all of this makes me glad that my doc has no regard for u/s sizing guesses and will not induce or suggest a c/sec for a 'big baby'.
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My CNM told me I had a VERY BIG pelvis and would have PLENTY of room for a baby. I think her exact words were "I cant believe how much room you have!"
(at the time it made me feel like a loose harlot!)

Her OB insisted at 42 weeks that I could not be let to go on a day longer because theres no way the baby would fit. She did fight for me and I had an average sized baby vaginally. (8lbs 4 oz)

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I was told my ds1 would be about average size "possibly 8lbs" he was born at 39+5 wieghing 9lbs 10oz. ds2 I was told would be a bit smaller than him and he was born at 39+5 weighing 8lbs 10oz.

I can't wait to see how much my daughter weighs!!!

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First child was 8 lbs, 2 oz, born at 41 weeks, 3 days. He had a big head (still does... 99%ile since birth).

Second child was 7 lbs, 10 oz born at 40 weeks, 1 day. Induction due to pre-e

Third child was 8 lbs, 8 oz, I was measuring 2 weeks ahead until she dropped. She was born at 40 weeks, 3 days. OB guessed she was a big baby based on fundal height.

Fourth child was 8 lbs, 2 oz. Induced at 39 weeks, 6 days due to pre-e.
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My MW told me, in no certain terms that I was having a big baby. BUT I mean, I didn't go into labor until after 43 weeks...so...

DD was 9lb 4oz. Not as big as I thought she'd be for gestating that long. My placenta was huge too
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I was told with my son and first daughter that I would have a low 7lber. My son was 8lbs 12ozs my daughter was 8lbs 6 ozs.

With DD#2 I was again told low 7lbs she was 7lbs 11ozs (so not low but in the 7lb range.)

With DD#3 I wasn't told but CNMW kept asking was I sure I didn't have GD with DS was DS late etc... She just kept focusing on DS's size. I think she was expecting a big baby. I predicted DD at between 7lbs 5-8 ounces. She was 7lbs 6 ounces.
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i've been meaning to check my records and see if any of the NST's i got at 41 weeks had a size estimate for DD... i'm sure if they did, it was big, because they use femur length in those and my DD had the strongest, longest legs you've ever seen on a newborn.

anyway, she was 7 lbs 10 oz at 41 w 2 days. my OB never mentioned a u/s size estimate, just palpitated and said she was small/average (i never measured more than 36 weeks). DD was also 21 inches, so she was pretty skinny.
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We'll see. Had an U/S Tuesday at 34w5d and they say the baby already weighs 7 pounds.
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I had a midwife and a homebirth so no one told me I was going to have a big baby. I was a little shocked when a 9 pounder popped out, but there were no tears and I was thankful as it made me feel so much safer to have a healthy 9# baby instead of a tiny 6-7 pounder. I think I would have worried a lot more with a little one it being my first baby.
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