Tuesday Talk: How big was your baby?

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Tuesday Talk: How big was your baby?
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 2:02pm
Big, small, perfect?! Did your baby's size affect your c-section? Was it the cause of your c-section?
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 2:18pm
My c-section baby was 8 lb 3 oz, smaller than we expected. Just a week before her birth, the u/s measurements projected her at 8 lb 3 oz already.


My other babies were 8 lb 15 oz, 8 lb 1 oz, & 8 lb 8 oz.

My first and third deliveries were really rough because of babies' size and position. The first was a forcep delivery.

This was one of the big deciding factors to have a c-section the last time. I was terrified if she was already that big that surely a week later she was much bigger, and I wasn't willing to risk having another delivery like my two bad ones. When I did find out how much she weighed, I did think that a vaginal delivery with her may not have been so bad, but I still don't regret the decision I made because I could only go by the information I had and my previous experience. My c-section experience was really good though, so I know I made the right decision for me.

(And for the record, I know that women even smaller than me have delivered babies vaginally much bigger than mine and it was no big deal for them. But that was NOT the experience for me, and I had a hard enough time getting ones the size I did have out vaginally, I had NO interest in trying for anything bigger!! LOL)
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 4:13pm
My daughter was 6.8 at 40w, and my son was 5.11 at 35w. It's probably obvious, but size wasn't a factor at all. I wonder why E (my daughter) was so small at birth, but I think it had something to do with the pre-e. I had it for I'm guessing about 2-3 weeks at the end, so her growth could have been slowed in that time.




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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 5:00pm

My first baby was a section after a failed induction, which I underwent because they speculated she would be at least a 10 lber if I waited until term.

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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 8:08pm

4 lb and I think 2 oz. It was HELLP syndrome, likely brought on by stress or the improper diet that was the result of stress, and 34 weeks. The good part of it coming on suddenly was that the baby wasn't under stress for long -- that's a very reasonable size for that gestation age. She went under 4 lb during the first few days.

The second kid was full term (almost exactly 40 weeks) and huge at 7 lb 5 oz, natural VBAC. (Have a heart, I'm 5'3" and ought to weigh no more than 120 lb. )

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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 9:05pm
Holly, I would have loved if just one of mine had been about the size of your daughter!! Just one!! I can't imagine little peanuts like that!!! :) But, you're right for 35 wk, your son was a very good size!!
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 9:08pm
Oh my word, daughter411!!

You just know how to bake some babies!! Do you get gestational diabetes? I bet #3 had to go home in 3 mos size clothes!! WOW!! How do you do with pregnancy? I know I get so miserable in those last few months, I just couldn't imagine 11 1/2 lbs of baby in there! Just WOW!! Amazing lady!!!
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 9:24pm
Ca_dreamer, your first delivery was just scary all around!! That is really tiny! I bet you did think #2 looked huge by comparison!!

I am 5' 4", so I feel ya!!

My oldest (biggest) was born 2 days before the due date, #2 (smallest) was born at about 38 1/2 wks and there was nearly a full pound difference between them, and I remember thinking my DS#2 looked so small (at 8 lb 1 oz--LOL) cause my first was so much bigger!!

My DS#3 (born at 38 wk 5 d) was the 8 lb 8 oz one, but he was only 19 in long. So he was short and fat!! And he was looking up instead of down! That was no fun!! No fun at all!!

DD was born at 39 wk 1d, and I really was expecting her to be pretty close to 9 lbs. Especially since the week before they had estimated her over 8 lb already. So, I just was not taking chances. From what I could tell, she was at the minimum DS#3's size, but could've even passed DS#1. And with those being my worst births, I just couldn't risk it!! Just couldn't!! So, that's why I had to go with the c-section with her.

My ds#2 (smallest), though it was very painful, came out pretty quickly and easily. I practiced pushed with the nurse through one contraction, she made me breathe through the next one so the doc could get in the room, and he was delivered with the third! If all my births could've have been like that, I would have been ok. That was the best I could have hoped for for myself!! But, my c-section was a very good experience, and the actual birth moment was not nearly as dramatic as any of my births. It was calm and quiet, and the baby was the only one screaming in the room instead of me! LOL
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 10:57pm
He was so funny! 5.11 but 19" already (super-long legs). The speech pathologist who came to check his suck said he was all arms and legs. Which was so true. At two months he was 22", which was quite a gain given he was a preemie. And he was only 8 lbs even at that point. But then his length growth slowed and his weught gained a lot. Now people think he's chubby.




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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 11:51pm
He was 8 lbs, 4.5 oz and 20.5 inches long. Some of that weight was water weight though because I'd been on an iv for 24 hrs by that point. He was predicted to be over 9 lbs but that was not the reason for my cs. My mw even told a story about a patient she had once whose 1st baby was 9, 2nd was 10, 3rd was 11 lbs and 4th was of course, 12!! So big babies didn't scare my mw. But my baby's heartrate indicated distress and that's what led to my cs nearly 24 hrs after my induction started.

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Wed, 03-07-2012 - 7:58am

Actually, I went to the last childbirth class while the baby was in NICU. Most of the babies in the NICU were around the same size as mine (I suppose smaller ones were evacuated) but those "normal sized" baby dolls were GIANT.

Ironically, DH is the second smallest of 4 brothers, at 6 feet and giant bones. The largest brother,who once worked as a bar bouncer,

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