Post # 1
At 37+3 midwife had a feel of my ginormous belly and estimated baby to be over 7lbs.
I’m now bricking it that I will birth a small pachyderm not a sweet little babe.
Please tell me if your midwife has been wrong or if you also feel like you will give birth to a wooly mammoth.
Post # 2
7lbs is on the smaller end of normal size for babies. That’s not big.
Mine we 6lbs 13oz (25 days early) and 8lbs 3oz (2 weeks early)
Post # 3
FWIW- My mom had all of us kids without an epidural in the 90’s and didn’t have complications. My sister was 8lbs (on her due date), I was a little over 9lbs (2 weeks late) and my brother was over 10lbs (1 week late). My mom did need stitches after him but they also estimated him to be smaller than he was so she likely would’ve gotten a c-section by today’s standards had they known his size accurately. And no she didn’t have gestational diabetes with any of us. My sister in law was also told her baby was expected to be a 9 pounder and she came out at 7lbs so who knows.
Post # 4
We are at 37 weeks today and last Thursday baby was estimated to be 7 lbs 5 oz! I feel your pain!
That is in the 90th percentile for a girl and in the 75th-90th percentile for a boy. So it’s within the normal range, but high on that curve.
Things could be different when baby is actually born though… try not to worry!
Post # 5
MeandYou : I had a midwife tell me my son was approaching 8 pounds from feeling my stomach. He was 5 lbs 12 oz at full term birth. Those estimates, even ultrasounds, mean diddly squat.
Post # 6
My baby was predicted to be at the 95th percentile then a couple of weeks later dropped to 50th percentile which my OB was happy about.
I mentally prepared myself to have a 9lb baby because of my ultrasound measurements, but I gave birth to my daughter who was under 7lbs.
Post # 7
whitums : I’m really hoping she was wrong but she’s fairly experienced!
In the UK no attempt to turf baby out occurs until 41 weeks then it’s a sweep.
I dread to think of his potential size if I go to 42 weeks!
Post # 8
I had quite a few ultrasounds and my ob estimated my daughter would be 7 pounds. She was a peanut at 6 pounds 6 ounces the day before her due date (She’s still a peanut <3)
Mine was on target but I know a few friends who were pretty far off but the babies were smaller than the estimates.
Post # 9
Both my kids were 9lbs 2oz and 22 inches long…so much for all those 0-3 month clothes we bought! Fortunately, my BFF had a premie a couple weeks before I had my Dear Daughter so we gave her all the 0-3 clohtes! Wishing you smooth sailing with your giant baby!
Post # 10
Giving birth to huge baby is a fear of mine- however- I have heard that weight measurement predicitions are often wildly off!!
Post # 11
Sansa85 : this is encouraging!
Do you think a midwife checking weight would be more or less accurate than an ultrasound?
Post # 12
MeandYou : Well. at 37 + 4 my doc thought I’d birth a baby just over 7 pounds IF I went full term.
I had him the next day and he was 9lbs 2 oz.
Post # 13
MeandYou : I’ll find out for my own in a few more weeks, but a lot of my friends had doctors’ estimates that were way off. Some were smaller and some were larger. A lot of it has to do with positioning. FWIW my friend who had a surprise 9.5 pound baby (docs thought it was 7.5 based on her bump) said it was the easiest birth she had – the baby’s size is only one factor in how smooth the deliver goes. That said, I’m still hoping this kid comes in the 7 pound range rather than the 9 pound range myself hahaha
Post # 14
I’m not sure, you said she’s very experienced. I know ultrasounds have come a long way but I don’t know if they are accurate with weight estimates.
My ob knew a lot just by feeling my belly, which way the baby was lying etc which sounds like your midwife.
Post # 15
YogaMama : imagine if you went full term!