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My daughter was 2 1/2 weeks early and was 7 lb 12 oz. My son was born 2 weeks late and was 9 lb 5 oz. I keep seeing that there is a risk of having a large baby if you've already had one. Does anyone know if the risk is the same when the baby was born past the due date? I assumed that my son was larger because he was born later but if my next baby is born closer to the due date is it still at risk of being large?
 

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DS1 - 42 w 5 d = 9 pounds 2 ounce 23 inches<br>
DS2 - 42 w exactly = 9 pounds 15 1/2 ounces 22 1/2 inches<br>
DD1 - 40 w 2 d (had SUA with growth slowdown after 31 weeks) - 7 pounds 6 1/2 ounces 22 inches
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My daughter was 2 1/2 weeks early and was 7 lb 12 oz. My son was born 2 weeks late and was 9 lb 5 oz. I keep seeing that there is a risk of having a large baby if you've already had one. Does anyone know if the risk is the same when the baby was born past the due date? I assumed that my son was larger because he was born later but if my next baby is born closer to the due date is it still at risk of being large?</div>
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First I would be asking you how confidant are you on the actual day that you conceived both of your babies? With the EDD they base it upon the fact the you have a 28 day cycle and that you ovulate on the 14th day of your cycle. Now, that is not true for many women, so it could have been a miscalculation and if your cycle continued to be anything but the 28 day cycle then all of your due dates could be off by 2 weeks. Unless you have a history of pregnancy induced diatbetes, your body won't grow a baby larger than what you are capable of birthing. Did you have any tearing or birthing difficulties with either baby? Were you charting when you conceived this baby?
 

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Why is having a big baby classified as a "risk?" Big babies, on average, are healthy babies.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Why is having a big baby classified as a "risk?" Big babies, on average, are healthy babies.</div>
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Big babies are a risk 1) that s/he could get stuck and be to big to get out vaginally; 2) also, they have to monitor the blood glucose level of any baby over 9 pounds for like 8-12 hours after delivery - if it drops below a certain number they force sugar water on the baby to raise the blood sugar levels
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Big babies are a risk 1) that s/he could get stuck and be to big to get out vaginally; 2) also, they have to monitor the blood glucose level of any baby over 9 pounds for like 8-12 hours after delivery - if it drops below a certain number they force sugar water on the baby to raise the blood sugar levels</div>
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Well, I've heard that "getting stuck" is not exclusive to "big" babies. Rather a positioning issue... But I will concede that, although pretty rare, actual cpd does occur. And the latter issue makes me glad I birthed at home -- ds was 9 lbs 13 oz -- I cringe to think they'd be doing frequent blood tests and/or forcing sugar water --- JUST NURSE.
 

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1st 41w 8lb 9oz<br>
2nd 40w 9lb 5.8oz<br>
3rd 40w 10lb 12oz....<br>
And my third did get stuck. But I was on my back (homebirth, my choice). In an emergency my MW would of flipped me to open the pelvic outlet. (She didn't have to)<br>
Hospitals won't do that, they will section you !!!<br><br>
My advice, find a great homebirth midwife who has experience with getting stuck babies out....
 

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Not when you UC. My babes were born UC and all were big....my smallest was 9.5 pounds & my most recent baby was 13 pounds. None had blood sugar problems and none got stuck and I KNOW it was because I birthed at home without interference. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My first was a month early and still weighed 7lbs. 4.8 oz., 18 inches, people kept telling me,oh you had your due date wrong,that she was a "normal" size baby. No, my dates were not wrong and the neonatoligist confirmed it. Anyway, ds was 8 days before due date and he was 9 lbs. 7.2 oz. and 21 inches. Both were unmedicated hospital births. My third, three days after due date, we tried a home waterbirth, got to 8cm after 30 hours, but contractions slowed, she had not dropped and I was past midwife criteria guidelines or whatever and I had a c-section for 10 lb. 4oz., 21 1/2 inch dd2. I don't know why I have big babies, but they are beautiful and healthy, my first never went to the NICU for a second, because she was big and healthy even a month early. We are hoping for a VBAC waterbirth this time. My first two pregnancies I charted my protein and watched everthing very carefully,for my third I did not, I even had a horrible dream that I gave birth to a skeleton with skin, because I felt guilty about not keeping track of my protein and had my biggest baby in spite of that, so who knows! Blessings to you and your baby!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Not when you UC. My babes were born UC and all were big....my smallest was 9.5 pounds & my most recent baby was 13 pounds. None had blood sugar problems and none got stuck and I KNOW it was because I birthed at home without interference. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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13 lbs mama!!!! My DS was 9.11 had shoulder dysctocia but delivered vaganilly at 40 weeks DD was 37 weeks induced (doc was afraid of shpi;der dystocia) she was 8.14 and TTC right now for #3 and wanting a homebirth but scarad about getting stuck again and size!! Go mama!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Big babies are a risk 1) that s/he could get stuck and be to big to get out vaginally; 2) also, they have to monitor the blood glucose level of any baby over 9 pounds for like 8-12 hours after delivery - if it drops below a certain number they force sugar water on the baby to raise the blood sugar levels</div>
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I wouldn't consider a 'big' baby a risk either.<br>
Its a positioning issue - fat is squishy, it doesn't make one stuck.<br><br>
(Ds was ~10lbs)<br><br>
They never monitored his glucose level (hospital birth), and just kept telling me to nurse nurse nurse.
 

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DS1 was induced at 39 weeks and was 8 lbs. 1 oz.<br>
DS2 came naturally at 39 weeks and was 9 lbs. 14 oz.<br><br>
I had gestational diabetes with both. DS2 was a natural childbirth... and came quite quickly... in 4 hours... 1-1/2 hours after we arrived at the hospital. His size and gravity actually helped the little guy get out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I would assume that your second was large because of being 2 weeks past his due date, not anything to do with being a big baby. But, I'm not sure what you can do to avoid a big baby. With my gestational diabetes, it's all about keeping blood glucose levels under control... but for somebody who doesn't have diabetes, I don't know what they would do.
 

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Just to update since I asked the question, I did give birth to another large baby. She was born on her due date of June 5th and was 10lbs 1 oz. I guess I just have "large" babies. I wouldn't allow the hospital to test her blood sugar either though they wanted to. My biggest fear was I would have trouble pushing her out but she was born after an hour of pushing with no meds, very few interventions and no tears! It was fantastic!! Now at 1 month she is 11lbs 13oz, 22 3/4 inches long and absolutely perfect.
 

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Congratulations Tracy!
 

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All 3 of mine were "late".<br><br>
My first baby was 10 lbs 6 oz (a boy) and then my next was 9 lbs 10 oz ( a girl)...number three was exactly like the first, 10 lbs, 6 oz.<br><br>
I found out from my midwife during the thrid pregnancy that I did not have gestational diabetes BUT she watched my blood sugar after I ate and she said mine was slower to drop than the average person. That meant my babies had more time to marinate in all th glucose. LOL. Hence, I have chunkie babies!
 
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