BIG BABY 38 Weeks Already 8lbs Ahh Help

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marianne - March 18

I had an ultrasound yesterday at 38 weeks 1 day and our girl was weighing in at 8 lb. 1 oz. I am officially freaking out. Does any one have any good stories about big babies? Maybe an experience about a similiar ultrasound experience, but the baby weighed much less at birth? Or that their birth experience went well even though you had a 9/10 lber?

 

CgGirl - March 18

Hi Marianne, I haven't experienced it myself, but heard of so many friends/family members where u/s were very wrong (both ways) about their babies weight!

 

julie2007 - March 18

marianne - if it's any consolation to you - i have had 2 babies - 1girl-- 10lbs with no epidural or meds (my 1st baby) - and a 7lb1oz whom i couldn't dilate enough for and had to have an emergency C section with (and she was my 2nd baby!!!) i'd take a no drugs 10lb-er again over the c section any day!!! it wasn't that bad. and they say they can gain about a half a pound a week so you should be right around 9lbs. --- i am no pregnant again 26 wks and will have to have a repeat c section due to placenta previa - but i think you'll do just fine with your baby. good luck!!!

 

sarah21 - March 18

I wouldn't worry about it. Ultrasound weights are not real accurate. Also I was a 10 pound baby and my mom got me out without so much as an episiotomy. You'll do great! She dilated really quickly and was 6 centimeters before she even knew she was really in labor. Maybe the large size helped?

 

EricaG - March 18

I wouldn't worry about it too much, ultrasounds can be WAY off. I know somebody who had an ultrasound that said the baby was 10 lbs. So they induced her and the baby weighed less than 6 lbs! And even if the baby is that big it's not going to be anymore painful pushing her out than it would be if she was a couple lbs. smaller. It all feels the same when you're squeezing them out such a little hole.

 

fefer1 - March 18

hey don't stress! My friend just had her baby 2 weeks late - and at her 40 week they told her that her baby was weighing 8 lbs and 14 ounces. He ended up being 7 pounds 14 ounces - at 2 weeks late. U/S's are not very accurate. :)

 

mjvdec01 - March 19

My sister in law is a tiny person, only about 110 pounds. She delivered my nephew with no tearing and he weighed 9 pounds 7 ounces.

 

ChattyKathy - March 19

I wouldn't worry. There are lots of occasions where the ultrasound was not accurate on weight estimations. Even if you were to have a larger baby, it may work to your advantage. Some women with larger babies experience shorter labors and thank gravity for it!

 

heatherjene - March 19

I just wanted to say that I too was a 9lb. baby, and my mom says that I was the easiest one! So - best of luck to you, it will be just fine.

 

ErinP - March 19

She also may not get much bigger by the end. I had an u/s with my son at 36 wks and they said he was 5 lbs. 15 oz. When he was born at 39 w 2d he was only up 4 more ounces.

 

marianne - March 19

Thanks ladies! I really needed to hear ---err read these stories. You have all made me feel better - which is just what I was looking for. Thanks again and good luck to all.

 

BriannasMummy - March 19

I experienced this with my second baby. I had an u/s and afterwards my doctor said that I would have a very big baby. He said that they thought she would be AT LEAST 10lbs, and to prepare for a big baby. So thats exactly what I did. I had a c section, they brought her out and cleaned her up and put her on the scale. They yelled out 6lbs 4oz.. I almost fell of the table.. I even made them reweight her.. and she was in fact just 6lbs 4oz.. so u/s's and doctors can be very off. Try not to worry. ~Kristin~

 

jazminesmom - March 19

i just had my baby boy march 14th, i was 37 weeks 2 days and he weighed 8lbs 3 oz. so i think you will be ok, i had to have a c-section cause i wasn't dialating but i was hoping for a v____al birth but things change, good luck

 

Kspa - March 21

I don't know what the deal is with a lot of people saying the ultrasounds are not accurate. Both of my u/s were exactly on mark w/ both of my babies. They induced me w/ #1 10 days early and said he would be 8.5 pounds (and he was). I went on my own w/ #2 (5 days early) and he was going to be around 7.5 pounds and he was 7 pounds 10 ounces. My dr performed an episiotomy w/ #1 due to his size (mainly head size) and he came out just fine w/ only about 30 minutes of pushing. With #2, my doctor didn't cut me and I tore in 4 places after about 5 minutes of pushing him out. I don't think it's necessarily the weight of the baby that is a concern, it is the size of the head and the size of the shoulders, etc. along w/ the size of your pelvis.

 

sahmof3 - March 25

My kids were 9 lbs. 5 z., 8 lbs. 3 oz. and 10 lbs. 6 oz. I did have c-sections with them all, but not because of their size. I found out while I was pregnant with my 2nd baby that I have scarring of the cervix from a previous miscarriage and D&C (my 1st pregnancy)... I had a ueterine infection afterward and I think that's when the scarring occurred. Anyway, I went to 41 weeks, 6 days with my oldest son and then was induced and never got past 1/2 cm. and eventually I had a c-section and my next two were scheduled c-sections. BUT... they all got here safe and sound, which is the main point :-)

 

joy28 - March 26

I had an u/s yesterday and he's measuring 9lb 5oz. The Dr told me the margin of error is only +/- a half a pound. He also said they gain weight faster at the end so if I don't go by next week, he'll be at 9lb 11oz +/- a half lb! I've always wanted a v____al birth, but like everyone I want him healthy and here even more!

 

joy28 - March 26

Oh, I'm at 39 1/2 wks. I don't really feel all that big, other than that my belly is stretched to the limit. It's always hard now cause he's taking up so much space, so it's even hard to tell when I'm having BH. Of course my MIL did laugh at me the other day for "being fatter" than her. ( Which isn't true, It's almost over.... It's almost over....)

 

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