10lbs or higher babies?

Angela - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My baby is over 10lbs when she was born. Anyone w/ bigger babies want to share their experiences?

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Missc_kelly - posted on 12/03/2013

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I had to have a c-sectiom due to lack of dialation, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because our daughter weighed in at a whopping 10lbs 7oz. I am writing this post to see if other moms had issues with their milk supply coming in late due to c-section. Usually they say 3-5 days. But I have read it could take a week. Because of baby's size, I have to supplement the colostrum with a bit of formula, which is fine but when can I expect my supply to come in?

Malinda - posted on 07/15/2009

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My son was *just* under 10 lbs (9, 14) and while I felt SO blessed to have such a wonderfully healthy baby, to be honest some days I felt like we skipped a stage of new-baby joy. We had to borrow something to take him home from the hospital in since clearly none of our newborn outfits were going to fit him and ended up not using a lot of what was given to us at our shower. We also ended up having to buy equipment sooner (convertable car seat, co-sleeper instead of bassinet, etc) because he just grew out of everything so quickly!

That said, despite what we were told about bigger babies being late due to their size, he hit all of his physical milestones early and has started to "level out" in toddlerhood. I was actually pretty happy when he finally dropped out of the 99th percentile at his 18 month appt - I was worried he would be taller than me before he was 5!



People also assume that he will be some kind of huge adult/football player/etc and from what I now understand that really isn't likely. Big Baby does not necessarily = Big Adult. I guess we'll see!



One funny side story is that due to some name drama in our family we had chosen fake names to tell people when they asked. The names were Cobra Commander, Megatron, or Truck. We let the L&D nurse in on the joke, and when my son was just coming out (by c-section unfortunately) he peeked over the curtain and said "I'd go with Megatron - this kid is huge!"



I'm due in a month with a girl... and I have to admit that I hope she's smaller!

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Amanda - posted on 05/21/2013

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Just had my "little" man on May 8th via scheduled c-section (my first pregnancy ended up being a c-section so we scheduled this one, she was only 7.13lbs). He weighed in at 10lbs 6oz, he dropped down to 9lbs 10oz in the first two days because he had some jaundice but jumped back up after some supplementing to 9lbs 14oz in two days and now at 13 days he is a sturdy 11lbs! Everyone sees him and loves him, I always get the "oh my goodness look at those cheeks!" Yes those cheeks are very kissable lol... I only gained 20lbs for the pregnancy this time around but I looked like I was carrying twin, which a few strangers were so kind to point out in the last two weeks lol. Though my weight gain was low (for a 10 pounder) I felt like I had gained 50lbs! my stomach was so heavy and I was so sore! My recovery has not been the greatest either. The c-section was great, I was feeling wonderful no ppd, not much pain but just over this past weekend I began to have shortness of breath. Fearing I had a blood clot I went into the ER, my BP was 191/100 and I was admitted to the cardio ward. They ruled out blood clots in a few hours but I stayed in the hospital for 3 days until they found out that I probably have postpartum preeclampsia, this made me retain tons of water which raised my BP. I was given Lasix which helped me lose tons of the fluid and I lost 20lbs in two days! I feel so much better with all that water off of me! I am now back home and on medication for the next month to help recover from the high BP! Other than this horrendous weekend I am still elated and feeling so much love for my little man :) Still kind of shocked that he was so big seeing as I didnt gain much and I didn't have gestational diabetes!

Fred - posted on 03/15/2013

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My daughter was 9Ibs 11oz and I was told I needed a c-section b/c she might be 10Ibs 10oz. I had a terrible time after the c-section and needed 2 blood transfusions. I still wish I had tried a vaginal delivery. I want to have a vbac with the next one, but I'm scared the baby will be even bigger.

Danielle - posted on 07/20/2009

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my son was 10 pound 7 quite a big baby but so very beautiful after having my daughter 15 months prior she was only a little 8 pound 7 and a half. vaginal birth but had a little trouble with his shoulders got stuck a little on border line with shoulder distosia.he is now almost 2 and a half and still a big boy but having a little trouble with his speech

Laurinda - posted on 07/15/2009

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my baby son now 8 1/2 months was born naturally and weighed 10lbs 2oz he is the absolute picture of health is robust and strong. i am so very grateful that he is so healthy . i wouldnt have it any other way, he is my fourth baby my others around the 8lbs mark. my son is on the top 3 percent for his age in weight and the top five for his lenght he was 55 cm born now 75. i count myself lucky i have a beautiful healthy bouncing boy full of mischief , and loves his food .enjoy your baby :)

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My 1st was 10lbs 8oz, delivered vaginally. By 6mos, he was measuring "average" (50th-75th percentile). My 2nd was 9lbs 6oz, also vaginal. She was a "slow grower" compared to our first. She was exactly 20lbs at 1 yr old. Our twins were 5lbs 1oz and 5lbs 6oz, 6wks and 1 day early. They were expected to be around the 9lb mark if I went full term. # 5 (she's 4mos) was 10lbs exactly, born 9 days early. She's a fast grower like #1. I'm already putting away her 6mos clothes. I've noticed the bigger ones held their heads up sooner (not comparing to our twins b/c they were early, but compared to other babies). I love my big babies. Our twins seemed so small and fragile.

Breanne - posted on 07/15/2009

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I'm 6 ft so have been told it is perfectly fine and healthy to birth bigger babies. First daughter was 9 lbs 4 oz. My 2nd daughter was 10 1/2 lbs. and my third daughter was 10 lbs 2 oz. All 3 were completely uncomplicated pregnancies and right around their due dates. Bigger two were all natural waterbirths. Wonderful experience!

All 3 have always been advanced and ahead of development. My 7 year old is completely bilingual in English and Japanese and she is studying Spanish now.

All 3 outgrew baby clothes quickly. I love the bigger healthy babies. All 3 of my children are tall and slim with no weight problems...people always say big babies always turn into fat kids...I disagree.

A down side is my kids are always expected to behave as if they are older just because they look taller and bigger than their age.

Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009

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my daughter was born at 9.5 lbs. with a natural birth. we ended up trading all our newborn clothes for bigger sizes. she is now 5 months old and cant fit into her 3-6 month clothes. shes already wearing just plain 6 months clothes she can wear size 2/3 shoes. she also has a head full of hair. she was able to push her self up and lift her head up pretty much since she was born which was amazing to me yet for some reason she still isnt crawling. shes not yet teething, but i feed her stage 2 baby food. the last i checked she weighed 16lbs. but shes got another appt. coming up. According to the doc she is 95% on height and 90% on weight.

Cindy - posted on 07/15/2009

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My son was 10 lb, 2 oz. He is 11 now. He was born with low blood sugar, which of course meant I was gestational diabetic. Undiagnosed. My mother-in-law is a diabetic teaching nurse, and she says anyone who has a baby over 10 pounds was diabetic whether diagnosed or not. He was also a C section, because he was breech.

Cherie - posted on 07/15/2009

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Hi Angela,
I've had three babies in the past 6 years, and all of them were big. My smallest was 9lb. 11 oz., and she was also my first. The labor and delivery were extremely difficult, complicated by the fact that she was face up. The end result was that the next two had to be delivered by C-section. Some folks are very anti- C section, but that first delivery was such a nightmare that I consider C-sections a real blessing!! I was out of commission for over 6 months with my first, but only for a couple of weeks with the other two. My body experienced far less trauma, and I was a much happier, well adjusted mommy when I came home.

The other two were 10 lbs. 12 oz. and 10 lbs. even. They dwarfed the other children in the nursery, easily looking like they were a month or two old. With my last baby, the maternity ward was full, so they put me in the ante-pardon wing (where moms that have to be hospitalized during pregnancy are kept, and they generally have premie, or very small babies). You've never seen such a ruckus as when a 10 lb. baby arrived in that wing of the hospital! I think everyone in that wing stopped by to see the amazing "giant" baby.

There are two things that I was told that I now consider to be 100% percent WRONG. #1, big babies are not more content and better sleepers than small babies. None of mine were good sleepers!! My big babies were still waking up through the night at 11 months, when my friends' "normal sized" babies were all sleeping through the night within the first few months. #2, In the first week of life, babies only need colostrum, and should not be supplemented with formula. My babies were born with a ravenous appetite, and to force them to survive on the few ounces of colostrum I was making each day would have been torture! I tried, believe me. I wanted to follow all the rules, but after a couple of nights of ZERO sleep and a screaming newborn, I was more than happy to break the rules. They were all on formula until my breast milk was coming in large enough quantities to fill their very hungry tummies.

My husband and I are trying to determine if we are going to have #4, and I can't help but wonder, if we do, whether this one will also be a 10+ pounder. I actually prefer them big, despite some of the problems I have had to face. Who can resist those big, kissable cheeks? Or those fat rolls on the legs and wrists? To me, they just look healthy, strong, and happy!! Your little one is quite adorable!! Enjoy your big baby!

Sincerely,
Cherie

Amy - posted on 07/15/2009

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Two of my sons were big babies. One is 11 now and he is 5'5" and 180lbs which is bigger than his older brother. My almost 2 year old is 39 inches tall and 43lbs which is about the same size as the neighbors 5 year old. If you have a big baby don't by a convertible carseat that just goes to 40lbs or you might be wasting money.

Mercedes - posted on 07/15/2009

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My third daughter was born at 10lbs. 5.5 oz. I never realized how big she was until I saw her next to a baby three months older than her who weighed the average 7.5lbs at birth. She always measured off the chart at the pediatrician. At times they would measure her on the boys chart just to see.

I remember the same order for post c-section. I had to have everyone hand me the baby after I managed to sit down.

She has been my healthiest and tallest of my three. she is now 9 1/2 yrs. old and she is 4'10" and weighs about 95 pounds. Her sisters din't hit that unitl they were inmiddle school.

Carmen - posted on 07/15/2009

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My baby was 9 lbs 4 oz. She is now 19 months and normal size other than being tall for her age. Heigth runs in my family though. I was told she would be big before she was born, so I was worried about the birth. Thanks to an epidural , it was a breeze.

Victoria - posted on 07/15/2009

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My daughter was 10 lbs. 11 ounces..right at her due date, no gestational diabetes, and a vaginal birth...kinda wondered why baby #2 was so exhausting during labor.. :) She's as healthy as can be! Had to give away any little baby clothes!! Just smile when people say, "wow, you're baby is big...or is there something wrong with her...." Enjoy your "bigger" blessing from God!!

Dale - posted on 07/15/2009

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My first son was 10-1 (back in 1990). AND, I'm barely 4'11" tall, with a 5'3" ex-husband. I did not have gestational diabetes...they constantly tested me. I found he held his head up very early. He turned out to be very gifted, even skipping 2nd grade. He is now 18 and will be a college JUNIOR next month, so maybe they have bigger brains?!

He never wore that 3-6 mos. baby size. The funniest thing I remember is upon my hospital release, 1 of the items on my C-Section Instructions was NOT to lift anything over ten lbs!

He is still taller than he "should be" based on his parents and both sets of grandparents (all the men were under 5'6" & the women under 5'2"), but is average at 5'8" and 155.

BTW: My second son (1995) was a 6-7 PREEMIE...who knows how big he would have been at term?!

Jamie - posted on 07/15/2009

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My son was 10 pounds 13 oz when he was born.Now he is 10 yrs old and weight 135lbs.

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