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baby size

how do you know if your baby will be small or big?

cuz my mom keeps saying he looks like he will be big

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:04 PM on Aug. 17, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • You can't tell. And ultrasound predictions are notoriously inaccurate. Weight is more than size. Weight is a combination of muscle, fat, water, frame size (bones structure), and organs. That's why an athlete that looks medium sized can actually be a heavy weight, while a person who looks a bit chunky can weigh less.

    And contrary to the skewed vision people have of baby size (weight wise)... 5-6.5 pounds is small. 7 - 9.5 pounds is average. 10 - 11.5 pounds is large

    However, some babies can weigh on the larger end of the scale but are built like slim torpedos and look quite small. A baby that weighs less can have more "chunk" and looks quite large.

    Head circumference after head molding also makes a big difference during delivery.

    Answer by amileegirl at 4:26 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • There isn't a for sure way to tell. My doctor told me my son would be around 7lbs but he was actually 10lbs.

    Answer by militarywife976 at 4:28 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • ahhh~ moms, lol! They know everything, eh? ;-)
    No, you can not tell by looking at someone how big their baby inside is.
    Some women carry way out front and look "bigger" and other moms look 5 months at term...
    An experienced pair of hands might be able to come pretty close by palpating~ but you just can't know if their estimate was accurate until after delivery.

    I do notice that people who are close to the pregnant woman and not accustomed to seeing her belly so large tend to make a lot of "big!" comments. And for some reason, lol, we're programmed to consider their observations!

    Answer by doulala at 12:27 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • There is no reliable way to determine a babies size until it is born.

    Answer by Cynthje at 9:24 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

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