diet and size of baby

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diet and size of baby

Postby nearlymumtobabyfk » 12 Oct 2014, 07:14

I'm just wondering what people know about this really. I'm measuring big already and A was 9lb 6. She's gone on to be a pretty dinky dot so I do wonder if, even tho my gtt came back fine last time, my diet has/is affecting fetal size. I'm booked in for gtt again (I've got pcos) so we'll see how that goes, but I'm wondering what people know about how what you eat can affect baby's size. Can it if you don't have gd? Is it sugar that is most likely too? Now my hideous sickness has eased I'm trying to get back to a better diet, but wondering if I need to make any special considerations...
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby pirate_han » 12 Oct 2014, 08:10

I don't know of any research. I do know that my friend, who had awful HG and over the course of her pregnancy was hospitalised 19 times - ie barely ate) had a 9lb 10oz baby, and my grandmother, who also had HG, had three 10lb-ers and one 11lb-er :)
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby nearlymumtobabyfk » 12 Oct 2014, 08:16

Good to know p_h! I want to think it doesn't matter (because I love to eat) but I also don't want to be blindly stuffing my mush and increasing my chance of a second section...
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby fourweewonders » 12 Oct 2014, 08:56

the twins were both a decent size (5 15 & 6 15) and I barely ate anything in the latter months of my pregnancy due to 24/7 nausea.
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby Gizmo » 12 Oct 2014, 09:14

I could hardly eat, it felt like food was stuck in my throat because it had no room to go down and constantly felt sick. My two were 5.12lbs and 7lbs.
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby robyn » 12 Oct 2014, 10:21

Overweight women are actually at risk of having small babies, rather than big ones.
I have big babies (g was 10lb3 and Ida was 11lb8) and although I'm overweight I was either sick or v careful not to gain weight when pg with them. I ate massive amounts when pg with m, and she was only 8lb4.
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby junglewonderland » 12 Oct 2014, 12:29

My friend's ob reckons that the western diet which can be fairly high in processed sugar is related to the increasing average size of babies. Not sure, but now I'm feeling less yuk in second tri I am trying to cut down on sugar, I figure it can't hurt, and might help avoid thrush while I'm at it!
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby Fozza » 12 Oct 2014, 13:11

Sugar can and cutting down wouldn't hurt. fats are good though. I also think it depends how active you are so if you are doing a desk job or chasing children.

I have the opposite worry though as I was overweight and had three 9lb babies, now my diet is different, I'm 4.5st lighter, more active and baby is measuring way below the chart. Can't help see the link :-/
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby Ali70 » 12 Oct 2014, 13:21

High blood sugar levels in the mother (this would show up on a GTT) do spill over to the baby and can cause it to gain excess weight, especially around the stomach. It's a risk for mothers with diabetes (like me) but can be avoided by keeping blood sugars under control. If your GTT comes back within normal range, I'd say its simply the case that you produce naturally larger babies. If it is raised, that excess sugar in your blood will be going through to the baby, and a lower sugar, and lower carb diet would help.
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby Kanga » 12 Oct 2014, 14:24

My gtt test was fine last time but ds was 9lb2. He dropped centiles quickly and has settled at 25th rather than 75th+ at birth. Someone said to me maybe the big size & weight loss was because I did have a touch of diabetes but not enough to show up on the test, which would lead me to think diet & sugar esp may have an effect. My gtt was negative again this time so it'll be interesting to see how big this baby is!
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby nearlymumtobabyfk » 12 Oct 2014, 15:48

Thanks all. You've kind of reiterated my thoughts really - that it probably wouldn't do any harm to lay of sugar and carbs a bit. Now just to reign in my newly acquired junk habit... I was doing so well pre sickness, I'd lost over a stone just before getting preggers. Need to get back to where my taste buds were
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby Treeb » 12 Oct 2014, 19:58

L was 9 lbs, and I'm hoping this one isn't any bigger than that! I know I gained more than I was "supposed to" with him. I ate mainly healthy foods, but didn't limit how much I was eating or pay particular attention to avoiding carbs/sugar.

I feel like it may be harder to eat well with this one, due to the timing. Delicious pumpkin and apple baked things now, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Years.... It's like a few months' death trap of yummy bad-for-you foods. It makes me wonder about the timing of when they put on the weight too - if I eat badly for the first half of the pregnancy and then eat really healthfully for the second half does it balance out?
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby nearlymumtobabyfk » 12 Oct 2014, 20:13

I hear you treeb. I'm already greiving for the pate I can't eat at Christmas. I'm sure how well I can lay off the other stuff too... Genuinely tho I had wondered about the timing thing. I thought the baby only laid down fat in the 3rd trimester. In which case you wouldn't think it would be having an effect now. But I have no real idea, just pondering
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby robyn » 12 Oct 2014, 20:27

I wouldn't worry too much about size by the way, my 11lb8 baby was the easiest labour. 10lb3 was the toughest, but that was down to her being back to back all the way out - positioning has more effect than size, and bigger babies can be easier because gravity helps!
bigger babies are easier to feed and handle in my experience too. If I had another (which I won't!) I'd much rather have a 12lber than a 6lber!
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Re: diet and size of baby

Postby nearlymumtobabyfk » 12 Oct 2014, 20:32

I'm with you on that Robyn. Having had a big one, the idea of a 6lber terrifies me - I never know how to handle them! I'm only really bothered because I'm on vbac 'watch' and I wouldn't be surprised if me measuring big caused issues. A definitely got stuck, but she was also back to back, they wouldn't let me move around and I was exhausted. I'm all about spinning babies this time. I did try last time but she'd been engaged for weeks...
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