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does anybody know the contributing factors to low birth weight?<br><br>
I was VERY small. Only about 5.8lbs. I hear that baby will normally be smaller if mom is smaller, that it is natures way of making birth easier for her. I'm sure there are exceptions, but I really have no idea. I am just afraid that he will be too small since I was so tiny and since I don't get another ultrasound (i know they can be inaccurate, but just for piece of mind.) I don't know even around how much he will weigh beforehand. Do you think the MW would be able to tell by feeling on the outside? My fundal height growth has been pretty right on, so I dunno if that means anything.... any help would be lovely, I just want him to be healthy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm sure there are lots of factors, genetics being a big influence. Things like smoking as well. One factor is that some mamas who restrict their diets and do not gain enough weight will have LBW babies. I know that when our moms were pregnant (assuming we're approx the same generation), many of them were counseled to gain very minimum amounts of weight which led to smaller babies. Some moms naturally don't gain much weight in pregnancy and that's one thing - it's another to tell someone to keep it to under 15 pounds (what my mom was told).<br><br>
In my state, they're actually having a campaign to gently remind women that most women need to gain weight to have a healthy pregnancy. Our state is one of the 'healthiest' in the nation with a low rate of obesity. Great, but it also translates to people working a little too hard to keep off the pregnancy weight, and we have a really high rate of LBW babies, who have more complications.<br><br>
Don't forget too that if your babies are just genetically small, I don't think that predisposes them to the kind of risks you face with something like restricted weight gain in the mom or IUGR.
 

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i recently read in a book that zinc deficiency can be a factor in low birth weight.. you could try upping your zinc intake..
 
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