Question about physical development

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Question about physical development
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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 11:17am
Do you remember when your daughter started menstruating? My dd just turned 13 and she still does not have her period. It seems like she is getting a little old. Just curious. Thanks, robin.
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 12:57pm
Thanks so much for your input. I am no longer concerned.
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 12:15am
My daughter just started this summer to be regular. She was 12.5. I think I was about the same age. She had a friend who started at 9, which I thought was kind of sad as the girl also got the boy urges at the same time, which was a good bit early. (And my daughter still thought boys were yucky! Still does I think!)
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Wed, 08-29-2012 - 9:25am
My daughter sounds a lot like yours. Right now she is about 5'2" and about 75 lbs. Like you, I was quite short and small boned so my weight was low too. I appreciate your insight, especially since your daughter is just a little bit older than mine and seems to be very similar physically.
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Registered: 09-19-2006
Tue, 08-28-2012 - 3:57pm
Interesting, I know that I was no where near 105 lbs when I got my period. I bet I wasn't much more than 75 or 80. I weighed 89 lbs when I got pregnant for the first time at 29. Today I asked my daughter how many in her circle of friends has their period. Interestingly enough only one has had it for a while. Two others got theirs a couple months ago, and 3 others don't have it yet. They have all just turned 13 (except for the girl who has had it for a while. She doesn't turn 13 for another month). All of her friends are on the thin side, but I still find it interesting that she is right in the middle of the pack in terms of this milestone.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 08-28-2012 - 12:02pm
It may partly be her father's side also, but I don't really know, I've never factored that into things. I do know that Jordyn gets migaines occassionally that run on the maternal side of her father's family, almost all the females get them quite severally, and I am pretty sure her's are hormone based ones, along with dehydration. I think they always say they start developing buds first, and then eventually a lot of times you will start seeing a more cyclical trend to their moods because of the hormones, some girls will start getting cramps several months before they actually start, but not all.
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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 11:55am
Thanks Tracy. She is not at all athletic,but she is very thin - certainly not 100 lbs yet. I never weighed 100 lbs until I got pregnant with my first child at 29yo, but I am short. My mom was under 100 lbs until well into her 30's and she was 5'6", so there is definitely a genetic component to her body shape. For some reason I remember getting my period at age 11 or 12. Maybe I am wrong about that, but I vaguely remember having a discussion with my mom about getting it kind of early. I just thought my daughter would be the same. In any case, even if she is thin she has a very good appetite, much better than mine at her age. She does not eat a lot, but she likes a variety of foods and likes to try new things. We often share items on restaurant menus and we have no problem finding something that we both like. I am not really worried at this point, just curious as to whether she is a little late or right about on schedule. Thanks, Robin.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 08-28-2012 - 11:38am
Is she very active into sports, extremely thin? A lot of times they say that a low body fat is part of it, that a girl usually needs to get to a certain body fat percentage, certain weight (100 lbs is what they usually say) and also family history. ODD was a competitive gymnast until she was 12. She started 2 months before her 15th birthday. I also started a bit later, at 14, and I know my mother and grandmother also started a bit later, but they both also hit menopause on the early side. I wouldn't be concerned yet, but you can always bring it up to your pediatrician or doctor at her next visit.
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