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March 8th, 2012, 06:59 PM
ArmyWife06's Avatar Proud Army Wife
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So my doctor said i was measuring small. He said i could just be the type not to gain much weight during pregnancy but I was given an ultrasound. They said she's about 2 lbs 8 oz right now. And she's in the 31% percentile. They said she would be a below average size baby, probably not going over 7 lbs. Both dh and i were 6 lbers. But being this is my first child i'm nervous. This is normal?

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March 8th, 2012, 07:25 PM
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I measured small with my son. and he measured small also. I ended up having him two weeks early and he was a good healthy 6lbs 3 oz. he is still a healthy kid, he is just tiny . usually in the 20-30th %
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March 8th, 2012, 07:42 PM
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I don't think it's abnormal. Not every baby is going to be a high percentile and 31st percentile still means larger than 31 percent at the same age. Small babies aren't less healthy or anything (unless there's an actual condition, of course), so I wouldn't worry much. Some babies do take after their parents weight wise, so if you and your DH were smaller than that makes sense. My girls were both smaller than both DH and I were at birth though.

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March 8th, 2012, 08:47 PM
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Some people just make smaller babies. Just like some make big ones! I think it sounds normal and you just have a little peanut on your hands

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March 8th, 2012, 08:52 PM
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I measured small the whole time with DD. She was 6.4 lbs at 39.1weeks. She is still a small girl. She is in the 5-10% on the growth curve and continues on the same curve since birth. Her doctor just says she is just a small girl. I have to schedule an ultrasound soon for this pregnancy as I am measuring small again. My ob says its probably nothing and that I make small babies.

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March 8th, 2012, 08:57 PM
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Thank you ladies. I feel better now. I'm 5'3'' and small framed and my mom is 4'11'' but she gained 70 lbs with me. So I just want her to grow, i don't mind if she's small. I guess i'm just worried she will be under 6 lbs. Oh and I forgot to mention she's frank breech.

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March 8th, 2012, 11:52 PM
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She has a lot of time to turn head-down though. It's still early

I agree with the other ladies - some people just make smaller babies. It doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you or with your baby. I'm small, 5'3" 120lbs pre-pregnancy (so not tiny but on the smaller side) and I apparently make big babies. I was a big baby when I was born though, as was my sister and my mom. And my first was 8lbs 9oz and I've been told that this baby is on track to be bigger So perhaps it's just genetics? I wouldn't worry too much.

And take whatever weight they give you with a grain of salt. It can be off as much as 2 lbs
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March 9th, 2012, 05:18 AM
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I also want to say they did an u/s with my first son at 36 weeks 6 days and said he was only 5lbs and was not growing at all since his last u/s. They induced me the next day saying he would do better out than in, and at 37 weeks he was born 6lbs 15oz, almost 2lbs OVER the size the u/s predicted. So u/s is not always that accurate! He certainly didn't gain 2 lbs overnight

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March 9th, 2012, 06:08 AM
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Definitely take the weight with a grain of salt. I questioned mine yesterday because she was measuring small. She remeasured and her weight went up by 3 oz. It's all about the view they get and where they place the cursor to measure.

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March 9th, 2012, 06:56 AM
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As long as the growth each week is consistent, then you probably just going to have a cute little peanut.

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March 9th, 2012, 10:46 AM
melissalaw's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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My first was a small baby. he weighed 7lbs 2 oz at birth and this one is a bit small also. Although at my last ultrasound with Jackson they told me he would weigh 8 1/2 lbs at birth and he was smaller than that. I don't think they can really tell all that much about size with the u/s. I think it is just an educated guess. Plus if you and DH were small then that's a good indication of how big your babies will be.

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March 9th, 2012, 11:18 AM
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I would say inside the womb is no different than outside the womb. You just make very healthy little peanuts like my sister in law, the same way my very healthy daughter is in the 99-100% and has been since birth.

I would only worry if the baby wasn't thriving or if your amniotic fluid being low was the culprit. Some people just have wittle babies.
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March 9th, 2012, 11:26 AM
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I don't think the ultrasound measurments are that accurate most times! I've had people tell me they estimated the baby would be 10lbs and they were only 8lbs, or they estimated a 7lbs baby and he/she came out at 9lbs! I also think making small vs. big babies is genetic. My hubby and I were both fairly big babies, and our first was 8 lbs 2 oz at 12 days early. My doctor expects this little girl to be at least 8 1/2 lbs. My DH was born 6 weeks premature and was in the NICU and was about 6 lbs. So he was pretty big for his gestational age!

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March 9th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Yep normal!! Some babies are bigger, some are smaller, and it's okay as long as there's no other issues going on. And it certainly makes sense with you being a smaller framed person and you and DH being smaller babies at birth.

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March 9th, 2012, 06:14 PM
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Makes sense if you and your DH are both small people. My sister and her husband are both small people and their baby born two weeks ago was just over six pounds. Plus like others have said, ultrasound measurements can be way off.
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