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FAO Mums/Dads - expected birth weight concern!

moob Avatar
7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
My wife is due to give birth to our first child in just over 5 weeks time. She has always been worried about the potential size of our offspring, as she is only just over 5 feet & 8 stone - and I'm 6'3" and 14.5 stone, and has had visions of some gigantic baby!

Anyhoo, we were at the midwife clinic last week, and they did all the usual checks etc, and everything was fine. We come home and look through the booklet of her pregnancy record, and check out the growth chart. She was a bit alarmed to notice that the current estimated weight of the baby is already over 6lbs - what with over 5 weeks to go, she's a wee bit concerned!

Just wanted to ask anyone who has recently had a wee one, if their estimated foetal weight was a fair reflection on the actual birth weight, and how accurate it was in the end?

Thanks for any info.
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
I thought that the bigger the baby was the easier it was to deliver anyway? Or is that a myth?
#2
don't worry, the baby doesn't grow as much in the last cpl weeks..... i had a midwife appointment about 3 days before i gave birth to my 2nd son and she measured my belly and when i asked what weight she expected him to be, she said about 9lb (thats how much my 1st weighed) when he came out he was 10lb 4oz :w00t:
#3
bellabonkers
I thought that the bigger the baby was the easier it was to deliver anyway? Or is that a myth?


wouldn't know coz i've only had big babies but it was deffo not easy
#4
they usally do growth scan if the midwife is worried if your going to have a big baby or small, maybe she could ask for one if she's worried about it they thought my first would be around 9lb and she was 8lb3 and im due on the 4th of jan with this one but they think this one is going to be smaller than my last
#5
What is your wife going to do if it is correct?

What is your wife going to do if it is incorrect?
#6
bellabonkers
I thought that the bigger the baby was the easier it was to deliver anyway? Or is that a myth?


i had a 4th degree tear with my first at 8lb 3 that was horrible
#7
oh dear...maybe not then...
suspended#8
all mine were really early so I cant say! I have 3 boys and they were 5,6 and 7 weeks early and they weighed 5lb 11 ozs, 6lb 12ozs and 6lb 6ozs! good luck though and enjoy it- it goes by quicker than you think x
#9
thesaint
What is your wife going to do if it is correct?

What is your wife going to do if it is incorrect?


thats a good point, it has to come out and there nothing you can do lol :-D
#10
thesaint
What is your wife going to do if it is correct?

What is your wife going to do if it is incorrect?


Give birth.:whistling:
#11
i gave birth to twin girls, 1st : 2lb 11oz, 2nd : 4lb 1oz, made as much noise as the lady in nxt room who gave birth to a 7lber
#12
This thread creeps me the **** out. Thanks for making pregnancy even more weirder than it already seemed to me.

EDIT: Don't Google 4th Degree Tear. :(
#13
lyndsbowes
don't worry, the baby doesn't grow as much in the last cpl weeks..... i had a midwife appointment about 3 days before i gave birth to my 2nd son and she measured my belly and when i asked what weight she expected him to be, she said about 9lb (thats how much my 1st weighed) when he came out he was 10lb 4oz :w00t:


Holy ****!:w00t:
#14
its uncorralated i would not worry

i have a stepdaughter her father was 6ft 1 and her mum is 5ft 7 he is smaller build than me and they had a 9lb 5 baby

I am 6ft 6 and weigh about another 3rd more than him and we had an 8lb 5 baby

My father is 6ft 1 and my mum 5ft 9 and i was 6lb

so its unrelated!
#15
Mine were both early, my second was almost 4 weeks early and weighed 6lb, I said to the midwife it was as well she had been born early as she would have been a monster baby but the midwife said that growth really slows down in the last few weeks and they hardly gain at all, their lungs develop etc in preparation for birth but most of the intra-uterine growth is completed by about 36 weeks.
#16
Given that EFW measured on a growth scan be 20% out either way, it really can't give you an accurate reflection of what your baby will weigh. This is why its only done when the midwife or doctor is concerned that your baby may be abnormally large or small as this can be caused by problems with the placenta (small) or mums blood sugar (big), amongst other things.

Whatever size baby is (within reason), the bi-parietal diameter (the widest part of the skull) is pretty much the same, so a 6lber is just as painful to push out as a 9lber!
#17
It was actually just the measurement of her bump using a measuring tape - so I dunno how accurate these can be TBH.
#18
lyndsbowes;3916657
don't worry, the baby doesn't grow as much in the last cpl weeks..... i had a midwife appointment about 3 days before i gave birth to my 2nd son and she measured my belly and when i asked what weight she expected him to be, she said about 9lb (thats how much my 1st weighed) when he came out he was 10lb 4oz :w00t:


Blimey I bet there's an echo! :-D

As said before I don't think there is a whole lot of growth in the last 5 weeks. It is impossible to predict the weight of the baby though, only give a ball park figure.
#19
moob
It was actually just the measurement of her bump using a measuring tape - so I dunno how accurate these can be TBH.


Not at all! Different midwives will measure the same bump differently, it's really only there to make sure that bump isn't abnormally large or small, which would trigger you being referred for a growth scan.
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A baby can put on around 2.5 pounds in the final 2 weeks.
#21
our son was born 6wks early emergency cesearean. . 2lb 2oz !!!
#22
RTi
our son was born 6wks early emergency cesearean. . 2lb 2oz !!!


Blimey thats tiny, my OH was 3lb when he was born at 26 weeks 29 years ago!
#23
col
A baby can put on around 2.5 pounds in the final 2 weeks.


Right Col, IT'S ON!

You're getting a kimura for that pal.:p
#24
littletiger
Blimey thats tiny, my OH was 3lb when he was born at 26 weeks 29 years ago!


One of our friends is in hospital just now, she's diabetic, and is having twins. They were measured just the other day, and they were 5lbs 3oz & 4lbs 13oz. She still has over 7 weeks to go - but I think she's probably gonna be induced as she has protein in her urine for the 2nd time.

Still, they're at a healthy weight already!
#25
Chances are baby will gain half pound a week here on in :thumbsup:
#26
My cousin was told that she was having a really big baby through the last 2 months or so of her pregnancy. She was really worried because it was her first baby etc - the baby was over a week late, and still only around 8lbs
#27
col
Chances are baby will gain half pound a week here on in :thumbsup:


Followed by an oma plata.
#28
moob
One of our friends is in hospital just now, she's diabetic, and is having twins. They were measured just the other day, and they were 5lbs 3oz & 4lbs 13oz. She still has over 7 weeks to go - but I think she's probably gonna be induced as she has protein in her urine for the 2nd time.

Still, they're at a healthy weight already!


They are, but the issue with large babies, and particularly babies of diabetic mums is that baby is used to a high blood sugar level and has adapted in the womb to accomodate this. When they're born they can struggle to control their blood sugars which can obviously be quite serious for a baby. Your friends twins will probably be closely monitored for a time after they are born to make sure they're coping ok.
#29
littletiger
They are, but the issue with large babies, and particularly babies of diabetic mums is that baby is used to a high blood sugar level and has adapted in the womb to accomodate this. When they're born they can struggle to control their blood sugars which can obviously be quite serious for a baby. Your friends twins will probably be closely monitored for a time after they are born to make sure they're coping ok.


Cheers for the info, we're still waiting on a news update from them, AFAIK they're still at the hospital.
#30
I would ignore it, they told me mine was going to be a right porker at 11lb!!! She came out on due date at 7.12.
#31
moob
Followed by an oma plata.


You mean followed by a oma placenta? :p
#32
col
You mean followed by a oma placenta? :p


:lol:
#33
It makes no odds what they tell you. The growth charts and measurements are only a guide. The amount of people I know who have been told they need to be monitored because they are having a big baby and they have turned out to be 7 or 8 lbs. My first was 9lb 12 oz and second was 8lb 12oz. Second didn't hurt but first one did!!!! Nature is very good and will only give you a baby that your wife is able to give birth to.
Don't worry I am sure that everything will be fine.
#34
A friend of mine gave birth 2 and a half weeks overdue (hospital mistake)

She is tiny (think kylie size) and managed to give birth to a 10lb baby - your body just does it and if not then a c - section might be mentioned xx
#35
I think its a very random doing dont worry heres my stats lol

baby1 born 1 day late 9lb 10 oz

baby 2 born 6weeks 5 days early weighing 7lbs 6oz

baby 3 born 1 week early weighing 6lbs 12 oz

lol so there is no corralation there :) im quite small and my oh is tall and skinny yet all our children were quite porky as babys lol just relax and remember they measured her uterus with the tape not the size of the baby :D
#36
dont worry, I wont lie it hurts no matter what size, however when you see the baby all the pain is gone.
all the best, wishing you all a Nappy New Year.
#37
fskinner
i gave birth to twin girls, 1st : 2lb 11oz, 2nd : 4lb 1oz, made as much noise as the lady in nxt room who gave birth to a 7lber


7lb is small! my first was 8.5, second 7.11, third 7.9 and my last was 7lb, the last one was the easiest:-D
#38
Here are my stats lol

Baby 1 - bang on due date - 8lb 5
Baby 2 - induced 3 weeks early - 8lb 4
#39
First child - 7lb 13 Very long painful, tore very bad.
Second child - They said he was gonna be small... he popped out 9lb and it was easy.

They are not always right, so dont worry, the biggest piece of advice i can give is, easier said than done, which is for her to relax. I actually really enjoyed my 2nd labour, i loved it. I felt very little pain ( no pain relief) as i relaxed.
#40
my 1st was 4ib 3oz(8 weeks prem)
2nd was 2ib 4oz(11 weeks prem)

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