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i had my son on his due date he was 5lb 3 oz
im only a small girl so they didnt really worry about him.
but this pg im going to a diff hospital and they are really concerned how small my son was that from 26 weeks iv gotta see her every 2 weeks then every week from 30
and there sending me for an u/s at 30 weeks and 34 week.
has anyone else had a small bub and it was full term??
DS was just under 2.5 kilos (5lb something... not too sure) & he was born at 38.5 weeks so was considered full term. They're not really concered at the hospital I'm with this time, but this bubba seems bigger than her brother so it seems good. My sister & I were small aswell only 4lb something at birth, she was 37 weeks, I was 38, our brother was tiny aswell but born prem so thats why.
I don't know why they're so concerned if he seemed healthy at birth.
all mine were under 6lb, bub 3 was tiniest she was 2.12kgs, she was soo small! She come out with blisters on her hands as she was sucking her hands in the womb (she still has scars)
The other 2 were around the 2.4 mark they were all totally healthy though and no problems, i was just told to feed them 2 hourly for the first two weeks to beef em up a little :) my 4th bubs was 2.6 she was fine as well
They may just want to make sure bubs is growing just to be safe :) i am sure its all ok
ds was 6pd 10 and dd2 was 6pd 1. They never worried especially over it, except they did send me to a scan at 36 weeks to measure and told me she would only be 4 pounds. But I wasn't that worried because they have all been little.
DD1 was 5lb 13oz (2.64kg).
Yes they stressed out about her size, pressured me to give her formula feeds in the hospital. Ugghh. I did work in a bar when I was pregnant so I imagine all the smoke wasn't a big help.
DD2 was 7lb 10oz- no smoke exposure during pregnancy and I consumed a heap more calories per day in the 3rd trimester. I hardly gained anything but the pregnancy. I am very small.
At 6mo, according to their baby books, my girls weighed the same.
Our 3rd bub a DS was 6lb 14 oz that was tiny for us since our other two were 8lb 5oz and 8lb 7oz, they are so cute when they are tiny. All were healthy thats the main thing :). Maisymum
My DD was born just over 2-weeks ago (I was 38 weeks) and she was also 5 pounds 13 ounces. I wouldn't call myself small in size though my belly was never massive, I gained a lot of weight in pregnancy (I have a hard task ahead to lose all this weight), so her small size was a bit of shock. I don't smoke and I'm not around smokers usually.
So far the hospital staff seem to be happy with her health, no one mentioned formula feeding her their happy with me breastfeeding (I've been bottlefeeding her with expressed milk) although they encouraged regular feeds and to wake her.
I told my nanna her size when Chloe was born and she said 'wow she is big' :laughing: apparently her 4 kids were all under 6 pound at full term, my mum's had 2 babies under 7 pound so might be a hereditary thing?
I had DD at 39.4weeks and she was 5pound9
My little man was 6lb 5oz, induced at 39 weeks as there was concern about the (small) size of my belly. I measured small all along (barely showed until 28/30 weeks) - at 37 weeks obstetrician decided to order extra scan to check placenta/cord/fluid etc. All was fine, yet he still wanted to induce as my belly just wouldn't pop out! Fortunately I was 3cm dialated when they broke my waters so no further intervention was needed (born 8 hours later). I've since asked around about this 'small baby/small belly' thing - some Drs seem to be onto it and others not. My little man was absolutely fine - he thrived once born. Was interesting that 6lb was considered really small???? I thought it was ok!!! Normal, even!!!:yes:
I Just noticed this thread and thought my little girl deserved a mention here. Emmy was born at 39.5 weeks at 2.09kgs (4.59 pound) and 48.5cm (IUGR). Apparently my placenta had began clotting some time around 30 weeks and my obstetrician didn't pick up on it. To make matters worse she had the cord wrapped around her neck three times and even worse...I was given advise to wait for 15 hours after ringing the hospital 5 times worried about a greenish colour discharge. I was told it was my bloody show (stupid me for listening to health professionals). I later found out that the special labour phone line that should be answered by only a Registered Mid wife was actually answered by a regular nurse...just my luck! Thankfully Emmy is now thriving...someone was definitely watching over my little girl and I!
My second son my smallest single baby, he was 6lb 110z, compared to my last boy who was my biggest by far at 8lb 4oz ds2 was small. He was born 4 days early so considered full term and even now at 3.5 yo he is a small kid compared to my others.
My first son was 7lb13oz, ds3 & ds4 are twins.
I am not really that small and i didnt get very big with ds2 or even the twins for that matter. With the other boys i was huge!!!!
My baby girl was delivered at 36 weeks with IUGR- 2.18 kg. full term... well, she would have died before then but hypothetically she would have been very small. My doctor raised the alarm because my previous bubs were 8lb8 and 8lb, even though I am quite small. basically he said that some women have small babies- they are jsut small for dates and usually perfectly healthy, however in other cases (like mine) bub is small because the placenta is not longer functioning properly and if not monitored very closely it can conk out and bub could die. This may be what the drs are worried about but it's great that they are worried and are taking extra steps to ensure that the pregnancy stays well and bub is fine. This is far better than the alternative where IUGR goes unnoticed and the outcome is not so good. I would not worry, appreciate that you are being well looked after and you may well just be one of the mums that have naturally small, perfectly healthy babies!:)
Forgot to mention my dd is doing very well, she is beautiful and healthy, still small and was recently diagnosed with food allergies which is contributing to her lack in growth but she is otherwise doing fine. just updated her story with some recent photos!:)
Glcksandthe3bears...that's great news to hear that your daughter is doing well. She looks like a beautiful little girl. It sounds like the doctors did for you what they should have done for me by taking your daughter out just that little bit earlier. I am a 5'9-5'10 medium framed girl and throughout my pregnancy was always being told I was too small by others. I relayed this information to my ob and she told me not to be silly and that because I was tall I carried well. Even at about 35 weeks I was concerned and requested a ultrasound only to be told that the results from an ultrasound were no more accurate than a fundal measurement and that by her measurements my daughter would weight approx 3.5kgs. Do any of you know if it's possible for a 2kg full term baby to always measure an average size throughout a pregnancy? I have been told by the same ob that it can happen but something sounds suss to me..I mean I believe that estimates could be 100grams to 500grams maximum inaccurate but 1.5kgs!
My daughter is doing great now. Emmy was gaining 300gr - 500gr per week in the first 12 weeks and is now 8.5 months, weighing 9.5 kilograms and measuring 71cm (she is in the 75% for all measurements)
I'm glad your little girl is doing well also!!:) my ob said that 500grams either way was the expected variation on ultrasound. Our last ultrasound, (2 days before she was born) had her at 2.550 kgs so it was out by about 300-400grams. 1.5kg sounds rediculous to me! It does depend on how bub is lying, if they ares ideways it is much harder to get an accurate reading. i still think 1.5kg sounds a bit extreme though. What a shock that must have been!
I have a friend that had a bub a few months ago who was full-term (on her due date in fact) and weighed 4lb 14oz. She had a scan a few weeks before as she has high BP and they were worried because her bub was so small then. But her bub was perfectly fine, just little! She is Aboriginal and I have also heard that Aboriginal women often have smaller bubs so maybe it is just a genetics thing too? My friend isn't a small girl, she is probably about my size (around a size 16) so some people didn't even know she was pregnant as bubs was so small. She also had a pretty easy birth and reckons that her period pains were worse than childbirth! So there are definitely benefits to small bubs sometimes!
Although having said that I had a big bub (4.5kg) and had a good labour so you never know!
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