Post # 1
My Fiance weighed 11.5 lbs when he was born, his mother had 14 kids, and they all were big, he was the second biggest. I am Plus Size and worry about my weight often, before I had my first I weighed 135 lbs at 5’7″ I gained 90lbs with my first, just because I thought I could eat what I wanted and could get away with it. (I learned my lesson) i’m currently pregnant with my second child I’m 22 weeks pregnant and at 21 weeks pregnant the baby already weighed a pound, I know Ultrasound measurments are off, but I was wondering if I could possibly be having a big baby because Fiance was and we are having a boy, or is it normal. I mean can you have a big baby without having Gestational Diabetes? I did not have Gestational Diabetes with my first, she only weighed 5 lbs and 10 oz. I dont want to stress myself over this, I have done alot better with this pregnancy with my eating habbits.
Post # 2
My Darling Husband weighed over 12 lbs at birth and my OB said that has no bearing on how big my baby will be. (I’m only 11 weeks but already freaked out about it. My sister and mom also had GD so I am worried about that too but both ate like maniacs during pregnancy.) I think you can certainly have a big baby without having GD. Just do your best: eat healthy and try to take a long walk every day. Don’t stress over things you can’t control, but do your best at the things you can control.
Post # 3
kylie23: Weight is not necessarily genetic, per my OB. Both Darling Husband and I myself were a little under 8lbs at birth, and I ended up having a 9lb baby with my 1st. There was no indication he was that ‘big’ at any point leading up to his birth, including my own personal weight gain/growth, etc. He is still (at 7 months) in the high 90th percentile for everything, and is a very sturdy boy. He was just meant to be big and tall I guess!!! Try not to worry 🙂
Post # 4
kylie23: LOL! My husband weighed 11.5 pounds too!
…Of course, back then they let you “cook” for as long as you wanted, so he was a month late.
I don’t think there’s really a way to cook a large or small baby. You can’t really control something like this; you can only control the quality of your own health as the mother. If you eat a balanced diet and get moderate exercise, and don’t smoke and do drugs and rock ‘n roll, then I think you’ve met a good standard for a healthy pregnancy.
(and I’m so so sorry to tell you this, but if you give birth vaginally, you really will not care whether you’re pushing out a 6-pound baby or a 10-pound baby. They’re all “big,” trust me.)
Post # 5
I would not stress yourself out about the baby’s weight. My son measured 3 weeks ahead my entire pregnancy. My doctor and nurses asked me every visit what I was eating and if I had gestational diabetes (I did not). I was 9.1lbs and my Fiance was 8.5lbs and my 36 week ultrasound, my son measured about 8.5lb and was in the 98th percentile. The doctor sat me down and discussed a backup c section plan because I wasnt very big and mostly belly. I went into labor 4 days before my due date and had my son vaginally and he only weighed 8.4lbs. when you are preparing for A 10+ pound baby, 8 is nothing lol. My son is 9 weeks now and back up in the 90 something percentile.
You aren’t going to truly know your situation until you are in labor, so let the doctors prepare for the worst and you prepare yourself for a stress free pregnancy and birth. Good luck with everything. Prayers your way to ease your mind!
Post # 6
I really don’t think your DH’s size as as baby has much relation to how large your own baby will be. If your first baby was that small I highly doubt you’re going to have a huge baby the second time.
My Darling Husband was almost 9 lbs and 24″ supposedly, and my dd was 7.5 lbs and 21″.
Post # 7
I had an ultrasound yesterday and baby weighed a pound, which the doc said was right on track. FYI, I weighed 9 lbs and Darling Husband weighed 5 lbs at birth, and I am a size small.
Post # 8
kylie23: Same fears here. I was a very heavy baby. I spoke to my OB and they said birth weight is not genetic but if it does happen, I would have a c-section. Ultrasound weight measurements can be off significantly but so far mine is in the 56% percentile and not expected to be a big baby. (Still pregnant so, I cannot tell you the outcome). I would ask your OB what %tile the baby is in but mine weighed 1 pound at 20 weeks.
Post # 9
I’m currently 29 weeks pregnant. At my anatomy scan at 21 weeks my baby (boy) measured 15 oz. I thought that seemed a bit big but my doctor said that was only in the 60th percentile, so I wouldn’t be worried at the moment if I were you.
Post # 10
marriedbeeexpecting: ALot happened at the appointment I was pretty emotional, but if i remember right he is in the 68th Percentile
Post # 11
I researched this a while ago as even though I’m not pregnant yet I weighed 9lb 8.5oz at birth and the thought of that size baby made me not want to ttc! What I read said if both parents were large birth weights then you are more likely to get a bigger baby but if just one parent was bigger then it doesn’t really increase the chances. So as long as you weren’t also 11-12lb then you’ll be fine!
Post # 12
My sister’s husband is hugely tall (2m tall) but only weighed 7lb at birth. My sister was 8lb at birth. Their first (a girl) was 9lb 7oz, their second, a boy, was 6lb 5oz.
I don’t think parental birth weight has much to do with anything. Just keep your eating healthy and let your bub do his thing 🙂
Post # 13
Westwood: I haven’t had kids, but I’m the oldest of three and was 7 pounds (a week late). My sister was 9 and my brother was just shy of 11 pounds, so it’s definitely possible that she could have a larger baby, at least from my Mom’s experience!
Post # 14
kylie23: I don’t know if I would worry about it so much. (the estimation can be off) But they are expecting mine to weigh about 7.5 lbs at birth. 68% doesn’t sound that bad/big.
Post # 15
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Sounds perfectly normal. The good news is, you are tall, and means you’re more likely to have an adequate pelvis. YAY!