(Closed) How much did your baby weigh at birth?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
3751 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I had growth scans weekly at the end of my pregnancy because DS was measuring a MONTH ahead of schedule. At his last scan at 37 weeks he was estimated at 8lbs6oz. I went into labor a week later, at 38 weeks he was born at 7lb14oz! So yeah, the ultrasounds can be off, even if they are consistently measuring ahead. They were telling me that if he got to be over 10-10.5lbs by ultrasound that they’d want to do a c-sect. This time around, if baby is measuring ahead I will opt to go naturally no matter what. I know that an emergency c-sect is harder to recover from, but I think a c-sect only to find out that baby was small enough to be born naturally would be tough too. 

Post # 4
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had an u/s the day before I went to be induced and they told me the estimate was 9.1 pounds and the tech only said his head was “big”, I assume not to scare me haha.  He was born at 8.7 and his head was big – I needed three episiotomies to get him out! The weight estimates they give are just that, they can be + or – a pound. There’s no way to get an exact measurement – I think it’s generally measureing their tummy and guessing from there.  Also, baby’s growth can slow down with 9 weeks left to go – try not to worry too much just yet.  Good luck!


Post # 5
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My daughter was born at 9 lbs 8 oz at 39w1d! She was a big girl. That being said, I wouldn’t put too much stock in the ultrasound estimates, they estimated my daughter to be 10.5 pounds a few days before I delivered her.

Post # 6
7761 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

My US tech told me that they would not estimate anything over 9 lb. My first was 9 lb 4 oz (4 weeks early), my second was 9 lb 8 oz (3 weeks early), and my last was 11 lb 7 oz (2 weeks early). My third child was born by c-section, and although it was partially due to size, it had more to do with other complicating factors (transverse lie, polyhydramnios). 

But I was one of the few people I knew who had babies as large as what the US tech estimated. The vast majority of people I knew had babies that weighed far less than what their US estimate told them. 

Post # 7
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

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Daizy914:  I had a natural birth, no epidural or anything, my baby was 9 pounds 3 ounces, I only had first degree ripps, which is the lowest, so it wasn’t too bad. One thing I will tell you, if you go the natural way, it will hurt no matter what, even if the baby is just 4 pounds! My advice is don’t stress it, trust me you will forget about the pain as soon as is over and you see that angelic face! Good Luck

Post # 8
9799 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

People push out 8 or 9lb babies all the time.  I wouldn’t worry about that.  It isn’t really until it is 10-11lbs that there are issues can be more issues.  there should be other factors, like gestational diabetes, if for them to be concerned enough about weight to induce early.

But anyway, the growth scans don’t mean much.  They can be 1 or 2 lbs off. I only had a scan at 40w and they told me she was 7lbs 12 oz and she was born after 41w 7lbs 4oz.

Post # 9
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

So, this was about 30 years ago, but: the doctors told my mom I’d be 10lbs at birth, and I was just over 6.  They can be very off.

I have a friend who delivered her almost 10 pounder naturally (no drugs either!) and while that kid might be an only child (LOL), she was fine.

Post # 10
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My daughter was 7 pounds 1 ounce and 20 inches long at 39 weeks via C section. I am now carrying another child who is right on target for weight so far abc it’ll be another C section. I have a feeling this one will be big but we’ll see. I do agree that the baby’a weight is not related to your diet. Congrats and good luck.

Post # 11
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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Daizy914 My kids were small, less than 6 lbs each, but I am on the smaller side so it was perfectly normal. My Fiance, though, was over 10 lbs! 

Post # 13
4114 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

DD was consistenly big on the ultrasounds – they were estimating 9.5-10 lbs at birth. She was born 25 days early at 6lbs 15oz. She was just ready to be born – no NICU or problems at all. 

Post # 14
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Baby number 1 was 8lb 13.9oz

baby two was 8lbs 10oz

baby three was 8lb 4oz.

I got the epidural with all. With baby number 3 it didn’t work. Felt the whole thing. Not as bad as you would think. But I had two babies bigger to prepare for baby number 3.

its honestly not as bad as you think. The contractions are the only pain I felt. Since they were so intense the rest of the pain didn’t happen until after.

now healing after a big baby, that’s a different story. But as for natural birth so long as its not like 9 1/2-10lb baby you should be just fine with your plans

Post # 15
369 posts
Helper bee

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Daizy914:  Our daughter was born last Friday at exactly 40 weeks and she was 8 pounds 10 ounces. No drugs, no epidural, but did end up with a third degree tear, which is turning out not to be as bad as I thought it would be. You can do it!

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