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Old 08-11-2007, 12:09 AM   #1
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Does measuring big always mean big baby??

My son was two weeks early and was 7lbs 10oz. I can't remember for the life of me if I was measuring big with him or not. Had he gone two or so more weeks he would've been a big baby.

I saw my midwife today and I am 29 weeks tomorrow and was measuring 32 weeks. I feel huge and look it too.....but does that always mean it's a big baby? My SIL told me second babies are always bigger too. In my hopes to go all natural it just kind of scares me.
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Old 08-11-2007, 12:12 AM   #2
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My son was 7lbs 5oz at 36 weeks - and I was measuring ahead (5 weeks ahead at one appt! - I think my 30 week one), but I also had a ton of fluid. Your baby may have hit a growth spurt and you may even out again.
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Yes & No... it could just mean baby is positioned in a certain way, it could mean excess fluid, etc. Usually if you continue to measure over by 3wks and at the end you're measuring over 40wks than I would say you should expect a big baby. But ask your dr/MW to feel your belly and guess the size of your baby closer to your EDD. I've had much more accurate guesses that way than by u/s & fundal height measurements.

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Re: Does measuring big always mean big baby??

I always measured ahead with DS1, he was about a week early and weighed 8,8.
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Re: Does measuring big always mean big baby??

Thanks guys.....my midwife wasn't worried at all. He IS still head up, hasn't turned yet, so maybe that makes a difference??

My MIL told me her mother who had 12 kids said that the bigger babies 9lbs or so helped push themselves out and she found it easier.
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YES! Being breech definatly makes a difference!!!

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Re: Does measuring big always mean big baby??

I measured big with my last 2 babies, they were 10 lb 12 oz and 10 lb 13 oz! The doctor could tell they were going to be big (let me clarify; this is two different pregnancies, not twins!!!!). But the last week or so I started measuring normal again as the baby dropped into my pelvis.

Big babies ARE easy to push out though, in my experience... My first baby (9 lb 7 oz) I only pushed 15 minutes, and then with all 3 subsequent babies I've never pushed for more than 5 minutes, and didn't tear either. (Unmedicated birth is best so your pushing is effective though).

Anyway, don't worry too much; those measurements aren't always accurate depending on baby's position, etc.
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i agree that after baby #1 they do tend to be bigger, ds was 6#5oz and dd was 7#2oz, although i gained alot more weight with ds.
i think it has to do with the position of the baby when you get measured. last appt i was measuring 1 cm smaller than my weeks, and this appt i just had thursday i forgot to as what my fundal height was but will be abck thee in 2 weeks so i will ask then.
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Well, the day before my DS was born, I went in for an ultrasound because my OB said he was measureing big. They estimated he was 8.5 pounds at the ultrasound. I went into labor the next day and he was born 6 lbs, 8 oz.
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My son was two weeks early and was 7lbs 10oz. I can't remember for the life of me if I was measuring big with him or not. Had he gone two or so more weeks he would've been a big baby.

I saw my midwife today and I am 29 weeks tomorrow and was measuring 32 weeks. I feel huge and look it too.....but does that always mean it's a big baby? My SIL told me second babies are always bigger too. In my hopes to go all natural it just kind of scares me.
I have measured big with all my babies (like 4 weeks) and they have ranged from 7 lbs 1 oz~ 8 days overdue to 9 lbs 5 oz 1 day early.

Your SIL told you second babies are ALWAYS bigger? I was a second born, born closer to due date (older brother was early) and weighed several ounces less. I have a friend who's first was 12 lbs 2 oz and second was 10 lbs. 14 oz. Generally second babies are bigger but I wouldn't use the word always. Your first born if due date was correct with average weight gain would have hit around 8 1/2 lbs. that was smaller than my brother and I was smaller than him. All this to say~don't worry. First stage labor is the same no matter how big the baby is, some even claim it is quicker with the weight of a bigger baby and actually pushing a big baby out will be much easier if you have went all natural. All my babies were all natural and for me big or small babies have not made much difference in labor and pushing and I have always pushed them out quickly and have never torn even with my 9 lb 5 oz who never turned his shoulders~By the way I have a great midwife you rarely has women tear, I believe tearing has more to do with who's catching than the weight of who's being caught. I have heard if you can make it thru your first born you can make it thru anything, first is the hardest~this was true for me and he was my smallest. Good luck mama!
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