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How likely is it that my second baby due in 4 weeks will weigh less than my first?

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summerglory Mon 29-Oct-12 12:48:04

My dd weighed 9lb 5oz at birth and I'm struggling to find anyone whose second baby weighed less than their first (exculding premature babies).

I'm pretty sure that my baby will be heavier than my dd, I'm not worried just interested from a practical point of view - no point buying newborn clothes that only go up to 7lb 8oz if I'm looking at a 9lber plus baby!

messtins Mon 29-Oct-12 12:54:24

Mine were both at 40 weeks and second one was a pound lighter (6lb8 and first was 7lb7) for no obvious reason. What does your MW say about size of baby? I know it's only an estimate but they should be able to point you in the direction of a tiddler or a whopper!

AnathemaDevice Mon 29-Oct-12 12:58:09

DS weighed 9lb 1oz, DD (22months younger) was 7lb 3oz. Nothing wrong with her, born at term, just small.

I was up at the hospital 3 times a week in the weeks leading up to her birth though, due to the hospital being convinced there was a problem with her growth. Turned out she was fine, and is still tiny now (in 9-12 month old clothes at 20 months).

Good luck with DC2. How much longer to you have to go?

vodkaanddietirnbru Mon 29-Oct-12 13:03:04

dd was 7lb 11oz and ds was 7lb 13oz so not much between them

ISeeThreadPeople Mon 29-Oct-12 13:04:37

My 2nd was 1lb lighter than my first.

Kt8791 Mon 29-Oct-12 13:05:49

Mine were both born pretty much at 40 weeks. Ds1 was 7lbs 8oz and ds2 was 6lbs 12oz. Also a friends second baby was smaller. So it does happen!

NickNacks Mon 29-Oct-12 13:06:56

My second was also lighter than my first albeit also 3 weeks earlier (41wks and 38wks so both still full term).

10lb 1 and 8lb 8

LadyofWinterfell Mon 29-Oct-12 13:10:21

DD2 was lighter than DD1 (7lb 13 to 8lb 8) but she was also 2 weeks earlier. Considering she was my smallest baby she did me the most damage! DS (9lb 1 at 42w) barely grazed me.

summerglory Mon 29-Oct-12 13:11:00

Messtins, I'm due 4 weeks on Friday. I'm quite tall and my bump is very compact, but it was the same with my dd and everyone was shocked that she was such a whopper because I was so tidy with her. I'm seeing my consultant this week so will ask him for his opinion but have resigned myself to the fact that this baby will be as big or bigger than dd!

SoozleQ Mon 29-Oct-12 16:37:23

DD1 was born at 39+3 and weighed 7lb 11oz. DD2 was born 2 years later at 38+6 and weighed a mere 6lb 6oz. No idea why she was so much smaller. Maybe I just ate less cake grin

DawnOfTheDee Mon 29-Oct-12 16:39:51

I'm watching this thread carefully. DD was 10lb 10oz and I need to know that should I decide to have another it won't necessarily be breaking any records.

<clutches tiny straw>

TomsBentPinky Mon 29-Oct-12 16:40:58

DS1 - 42 weeks 9lbs
DS2 - 40 weeks 7lb 11

cutegorilla Mon 29-Oct-12 16:41:35

Mine were 7lb14oz, 8lb3oz and 7lb11oz in that order so not a lot between them really but the lightest was last. Really the middle one should've been the smallest given I was very ill the last two months with him and barely eating for the last month! Oh and everyone expected no.3 to be huge because my bump was massive (I'm very short) but actually he just came complete with swimming pool which duly flooded the delivery room!

ellangirl Tue 30-Oct-12 00:19:25

DS was 8lb 6oz at 41+1, DD was 7lb 15oz at 40 weeks exactly. DD is fitting into up to 10lb new baby clothes without too much to spare, as did DS. I wouldn't go any smaller than that clothing wise!

phlebas Tue 30-Oct-12 00:30:16

I have 4 dc - my first (dd1 - 3.5kg) was the biggest & all the others (3.3kg, 3kg, 3.1kg) were born 2 weeks later than dd1 was.

I know a few people who have smaller subsequent babies but they have tended to be the 4th/5th/6th not the second.

carrielou2007 Tue 30-Oct-12 14:22:31

Dd was 9lb6 born at 40+15 induced at 40+12 but she wouldn't move? I'm tall and a size 12, she was also long. Told ds would be 10lb easily, put on less weight, all bump for both but bump much bigger with him, ijnduced at 40+12 and he was a mere 8lb13!! He wore newborn clothes for a week but was too long for them. No idea about this one but will be amazed if not near the 9lb mark!!

FrankensteinWippery Tue 30-Oct-12 14:28:51

Mine got progressively lighter.

DD1 was 8lb3
DD2 was 7lb14
DS was 1lb14 (slight blip, he was very early!)
DD3 was 6lb9

RobinSparkles Tue 30-Oct-12 14:30:33

Quite a few people I know, including myself have had smaller subsequent babies.

DD1 was 8lbs 7.5 and was 57cm long. She was massive to me - I'm small.
DD2 was 8lbs 3.5 and 54cm long. She seemed tiny in comparison but she did have a bigger head grin.

hlipop Tue 30-Oct-12 14:37:14

mine both weighed the same in pounds and ounces but dd2 was 5g heavier but thats not really anything

Pozzled Tue 30-Oct-12 14:38:59

DD1 was 7lb 1 and DD2 was only 6lb 4. DD2 was also earlier though, she was born at 38+3 whereas DD1 was 39+6.

mawbroon Tue 30-Oct-12 14:41:18

ds1 was 7lb 10 at 39+1

ds2 was 5lb 15 at 40+3

rogersmellyonthetelly Tue 30-Oct-12 21:16:32

Ds1 was 7lb13. Consultant said second babies usually slightly larger, but girls usually slightly smaller (knew it was a girl from the scan) so expect the same weight to within a couple of oz. she was 6lb 12 little runty creature, I remember being slightly abashed that myself at 5ft10 and built like a Viking had given birth to such a wee thing when the girl next to me in the postnatal ward was about 5 ft, weighed about 7stone wet through and had a 10lb baby :0)

Karoleann Tue 30-Oct-12 22:04:09

Ds1 at 40+10 was 8lb8oz, ds2 at 40+7 was 7lb 6oz. Dd at 40+5 was 7lb 8oz.
So yes subsequent children were littler.

ChookKeeper Tue 30-Oct-12 23:30:19

Both of mine were full term.

DD1 was 8lbs 12.5 oz and when I was pregnant with DD2 I was told by the midwife and GP that she was going to be much bigger. There was lots of talk about gestational diabetes and needing to be induced. Neither of which happened and she was born at 7lbs 8oz.

When I went for my 6 wk check up the GP wobbled my belly and said "ah it wasn't all baby after all" blush. I'm just working on losing the baby weight now DD2 is 15 yo grin

Floralnomad Tue 30-Oct-12 23:33:21

DS full term 10lb 4oz, DD 38weeks 7lb14oz . I don't think she would been much bigger at 40 weeks

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