|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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Were you told during your pregnancy that you were having a big baby? Did your doc want to induce? Was your baby "big" or not? (Your opinion.)
With my first pregnancy, I was induced at 34w due to twins with TTTS and they were 5.11 and 3.11. With my third, I was told that I was having an average sized baby and she was 8.4, which seems like an average size, at 40w.
mom of (8) (5) (3) and born at home on Christmas day!
With my last, my midwife's student commenyed to my dh that I was having a bigger baby. I think she was actually answering a question dh asked. Since I was in very active/transitional labor, that was not a great thing to overhear. Dd was over 9lbs though, after 3 other 8lb babies, so she was signifigantly bigger than the others.
I was informed that ds2 would possibly be smaller than ds1. I felt he was approx a pound lighter and at 8lbs 10oz he was...and he felt/looked soooo tiny! it was odd to have everyone commenting how big he was!
#1--You're having a huge baby and we'll schedule an induction for your due date. 39 weeks and some days he arrived on his own weighing all of 6 lb 14 oz.
#2--You're having a huge baby. (Midwives this time, didn't push for induction!). 42 weeks and some days he arrived at 9 lb 15 oz.
#3--You're probably having a huge baby again. Midwife guessed at 36 weeks that he's around 7 lb, so he has a little more growing to do.
Thank goodness I have a "tried and true" pelvis from last time around. Gives me a leg to stand on when I tell them I'm not at all worried about how big the baby gets.
He weighed 11 lbs, 14 ounces! Crazy.
I thought that would work in my favor this time -- proven pelvis and all that -- but the ob my mw works with STILL wants to induce me early because this baby is measuring big at 8 lbs. My wonderful dh questioned her logic, considering the size of our first, but we got the same answer: we're very, very lucky that nothing terrible happened with our 1st baby, and even smaller babies can get stuck. Thus prompting the question: why not just automatically section every mother at 37 weeks so that no babies get stuck? Grrrr.
+= Peanut (2004), Pumpkin (2007) and Butter Bean!! (2011)
DD was average sized.
DS was a big dude. Complete surprise to everyone.
Mother's intuition is way more accurate!
He was born on his due date.
With my daughter, I asked the midwife if she felt large, and she said, "Mmm...average." She weighed 10 lbs. 7 oz.
My OB was going to induce for #1, but only because I was almost 43 weeks pregnant, not because of size.
Mom of Many
(8 lbs, 9 ozs and 9lbs, 10 ozs.)
Jam 7, Peanut Butter 5, and Bread 2.
My SIL was told big baby, over 9 lbs at 37wks. She induced (with EPO and sweeping membranes) and had a 6lb baby. I don't have much faith in weight estimates!
Both my kids were around 7 pounds. One a little under, one a little over.
With my first, my OBs predicted "big" but, since I went into labor naturally the day before my due date, induction was never mentioned. She was 9 pounds even.
With my second, I was in a new practice and one OB seemed extremely concerned about having another "huge" baby. Every time I saw her she'd say something dumb like, "Do you think this baby is as big as your first?" or "Let's do our best not to have another 9-pounder!" I mentioned once that I had no problem delivering my first but this didn't seem to make much difference to her. I finally decided that if the subject came up again I would ask her, "Are you uncomfortable helping me deliver a larger-than-average baby? Because if so perhaps I should find another practice."
Luckily, another OB was on call the day I delivered. A few hours before P was born the OB examined me and said, "I'm thinking this baby is 7.5, 8 pounds." She turned out to be 9 lbs 10 oz. The OB just laughed when the nurse called out the weight and said, "Shows what I know!"
"There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death." -Isaac Asimov
He ended up being 'average', but large for gestational age. He was 7lbs 7oz, but born at 37 weeks. So had he gone 'full' term, he would have been quit big.
DD, was a surprise premie, no one had even started making predictions yet... she was tiny, but again, large for gestational age.
I did push out a biggie at 9 lbs 9 oz at almost 42 wks and the u/s I had the day labor started estimated ds at 9 lb 13 oz. Pretty close! I did have a bad pushing stage with tearing but I believe this had to do with a nuchal hand NOT the size of my squishy big baby.
The Doctors estimated 9 lbs 9 oz and suggested a C-section as he had a high chance of shoulder Dystocia(sp)
That I declined and when I saw a my Midwife a few hours later they acknowledged that they expected the baby to be large but it was not worrisome.
5 days later he was born after an induction(for other reasons) at 8 lbs 10 ozs after a brutal episotomy because they thought he was stuck..
He never was but they still put it in his medical charts that he had SD and I only found this out 2 years later after I requested the charts..umm if that had been the case perhaps someone should have told me about it.
DD at a 32 week U/S to check for some kidney issues they said oh its going to be a big baby. DD was Frank Breech at the time and they implied that she would not turn due to her size at that point...She was born one day before her due date at 8 lbs 1 oz after a very easy labour.
I loved my midwives but really hated the hospital associated with them for tests or transfers.
Their common theme seems to be big baby ohhh let's section. Maybe they see that I am with the local birth house and want to play with me but it seems to be the general feeling that most Mothers get there.
As our first birth ended up being a transfer there I made sure that I had another hospital lined up just in case for our second birth....
I keep being told that my 8lb 8oz was big. I don't think she was big. I think she was healthy.
Big is in the interpretation. Is there some magical size that determines "big"? Is it better that we have low birth weight babies?
Come on! Let's get real. Trust your body not these doctors and their hypotheses.....
This last time my mw was going by the head size and I kept telling her that I've had a 9 lb baby before with a little 13 inch head so don't count on that too much (she thought the baby would be smaller than my others). Sure enough I had another 9 lber with a 13 inch head.
With my first I was told based on ultrasound estimates that my baby wasn't thriving, induced just before the due date and prepared for a 4 lb baby. That one was my biggest at 7 lbs 2 oz.
I had midwives and no ultrasounds with my next two, and no weight estimates either.
Evergreen- Loving my girls Dylan age8, Ava age 4 and baby Georgia (6/3/11).