giant baby?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Busy bee

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daniellemc :  Honestly, I would stop worrying about if your newborn fits into newborn clothes or what your family might say if your baby is larger than 5 or 6 lbs. As long as you have a healthy baby, that’s all you should care about.

Also 5 and 6 lb babies are small these days. It is not uncommon at all to have an 8+ lb baby.

Post # 17
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Busy bee

“At birth, the average baby weighs about 7.5 pounds — though the range of normal is between 5.5 and 10 pounds.”

Also, if the very first thing your family says about the baby is something about its weight, that’s insane. I can’t imagine anyone who would do that. I think you are worrying yourself over nothing.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I was “measuring big” with both kids. They measured my son at 9lbs, he was 6.11 when he was born. Similarly they thought my daughter would be off the charts; she was 7.11. The margin of error on those scans is really big. However, maybe your due date is off? Or in my case, lots of extra fluid and probably too much ice cream. Big or small, your babe will be perfect! 

Post # 19
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Helper bee

Two things – first off – scans are estimates! My sister’s baby was measuring at like 5 1/4 and ended up being 6 lb 2 oz. And second – 9 lb is big but nothing to worry too much about! A friend of mine had four babies all over 9 lb and no trouble at all! 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My first always measured large, as in between 6 and 8 weeks ahead.  I was induced at 41 weeks and told to prepare for an 10 to 12lbs baby because the scans were placing him at almost 11lbs.  He was born 8lbs 12ozs (yes still large but not 11lbs).  I was told the scans often go by the largest measurement which in his case was his head and if his body had followed suit he would have been over 11lbs.  He just turned 3 and is a big boy, 55lbs and 44″ tall, my husband is 6’6.  I know it seems scary but you’ll be fine, the scans can be so wrong about size.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

I was a 9.5 pound baby and I think I was adorable. If you had a really small baby, people would make comments about the baby being so tiny and that could upset you. Maybe your family just said smaller babies are cuter because your cousins had small babies at the time. No one would say ‘oh, your 5 pound baby is cute, but huge chubby babies are way better!” 

My friend had all newborn clothes stocked up, had a 5.5lb baby and had to go get all premie stuff, even though her baby was not a premie. I have heard most stores are great about letting you exchange diapers for new sizes, so I wouldn’t be too worried about that.

and like pp’s said, the growth scans are horribly inaccurate.

 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

They told my mom that my brother was 6 lbs and he came out at almost 11 lbs. Also no GD. So I call bullshit on the growth scans. My coworker was also going in weekly because they said her baby was small and she had an 8lb baby. 

 

ETA: I was a 9lb baby and was a pretty cute little chunk if I may say so myself. #allbabiesarecute :p 

ETA again: Just make sure you bring a few size options to the hospital! 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee

I had 2 babies that were over 9 1/2 pounds and they were both beautiful. My newest grand daughter weighed 9 15 and was an easier delivery than her much smaller older sister. None of those babies EVER wore anything smaller than 6 month size clothes.

Sounds like you’re having a healthy pregnancy. As long as you have absolute confidence in your doctor there is nothing g for you to worry about. 

Blessings!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

I wouldn’t worry too much, I’ve heard of loads of people who were told their baby would be big then it was normal, or the other way round. 

Having said that, I was measuring big through my entire pregnancy and my baby was born 8 days late weighing 9.12 !! But she still fit into newborn clothes until she was a month old. I think the clothes are actually a lot bigger than they are supposed to be, most newborn stuff states up to 7pounds but that is well off. 

ETA: Once your baby is born you honestly won’t care about weight, and will just be glad you have a healthy baby. They still look tiny, when I first took her out at 2 weeks old random people were rushing over commenting on how mini she looked and remarking that she must be really young. Another thing is, she got an infection when she was a day old which got quite serious and she had to go into intensive care. Her size really helped in this regard, a few doctors told me if she had been a small baby (under 6pounds) it would have been much worse) so I’m actually really thankful she was big. Also seeing the tiny premature babies in the ICU made me so grateful that she was born at full term and a good weight. 

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper
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Booth my boys were 9.5 lb at 36 weeks and my daughter was 11.5 lb at 38. No, they didn’t fit in newborn clothing, at least not for long. But size estimates are notoriously off. Most of my friends had babies well under their predicted size. My Dr simply refused to guess except to say they would likely be “good sized” babies. Having a 7 or 8 pounder is nothing to worry about. Better bigger than smaller most of the time. 

Post # 26
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Blushing bee

My baby measured big and long at 34 weeks and sure enough he was born at over 8 pounds and he was two weeks early. He’s the cutest thing, and he fit into newborn clothes for a few weeks. He also fit NB diapers for almost a months 

Post # 27
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Busy bee

Well, the scans could be totally off. Or not. In my case, my baby measured small. Worryingly so. She measured in the 1st percentile for weight. Well, she ended up being born in the first percentile and a shade under 5.5 pounds. This was NOT good, because this birth weight warranted an extra glucose test- which she failed, as smaller babies typically do, and ended up having to spend a week in the NICU. It was a time of great anxiety for us- watching her strapped to various monitors, getting glucose tests (pin pricks on her tiny feet that would make her SCREAM) before and after every single feed, wondering when we’d be able to bring her home!

Ignore your family about small babies. They’re seriously misguided if they think a low birth weight baby is a good outcome. A larger baby can create challenges, no doubt, but you will be monitored and taken care of if your baby continues to be big. 

 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
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daniellemc :  yes she wore NB sizes very briefly. I only bought a handful of newborn clothes though 

Post # 29
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Busy bee

Personally I’ve never heard of a size scan that was accurate…I don’t even understand why they do them. My baby was born 9lbs (deliviered naturally with no problems, 9lbs is not as huge as it sounds!) and fit newborn clothes for about a month, and NB diapers much longer than that. No worries, your baby sounds like its on track for being a perfect healthy weight 🙂 

Post # 30
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Helper bee

My girls were 8 lbs on the nose at 39 weeks (her estimates before birth were that she would be a 10 pounder) and 8 lbs 5 oz at 38 weeks (she was estimated to be between 8-8.5 lbs by the time of her birth but was born two weeks early). Anything in the range of 5-10 lbs is considered “normal”. 9 lbs isn’t excessively large so I wouldn’t start branding kids as abnormal because of it lol. She’ll be perfect and beautiful!

Both of mine wore newborn diapers for well over a month, and newborn clothes for around two to three months. I know kids who were born at 6-7 lbs and never wore newborn clothes. Weight is only one factor in whether or not your kid will fit into newborn stuff. It’s basically all just guesswork and the way the baby is shaped. 

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