pre-e and big babies

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pre-e and big babies

Postby 7theaven » Sun Jun 05, 2011 08:50 pm

I swear I read somewhere about ladies with pre-e having bigger babies but now I can't find where. My dd was born a week ago at almost 32wks weighing 4lb1oz. Everyone has had to comment on how big she is. At 29wks, she was measuring right on by ultrasound so I don't know how she could be such a BIG baby now. I did have chronic hypertension, and her fluid went from 16(26wks) to 9.5 when she decided she'd had enough. Does that affect size?

I'm just getting tired of people telling me how she is so big and that I'm lucky she was big. Right now, I don't feel so lucky.
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Re: pre-e and big babies

Postby SeattleMom » Sun Jun 05, 2011 09:38 pm

I'm not sure, but I think generally they tend to be on the small size due to the decrease in circulation from Pre-e. After I delivered at 31 weeks, my placenta was filled with multiple clots so that explained why my DD was only 2lb 9oz.
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Re: pre-e and big babies

Postby caryn » Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:54 pm

There's an inverse bell curve associated with PE babies. For not-math people, that means that PE babies are either small, or big, with very very few average-sized babies.

I had a similar situation - my 34 weeker was just shy of 5 pounds, and I'm a chronic. It seems like the chronics are more likely to have bigger kiddos, especially in subsequent pregnancies, but our bodies don't tolerate the inflammation of later pregnancy/ realize the baby is getting too big to fit out easily, and start adjusting the bloodflow through the placenta, which fights back and triggers PE. The researchers are still working on this one, but yeah, you're right, and you're not the only one.
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Re: pre-e and big babies

Postby kathrynb » Mon Jun 06, 2011 08:19 pm

My son was 5 lbs, 5 oz at 34 weeks. At 31 weeks he was in the 71st percentile according to an ultra sound. At 33 weeks he had dropped to the 55th percentile. So while he was still big for his age, he had stopped growing in the last couple of weeks before we delivered.

I think I am chronic. I had high blood pressure at one point before pregnancy and had to be on meds. I had been off meds and my bp had been under control for about 8 months prior to pregnancy. Then my blood pressure shot up at 20 weeks of pregnancy. I am now almost 4 months post-partum, I am off meds but my bp is hanging out around 140/90. I have an appointment to go see a primary care physician about it since my OB would only handle my bp until 12 weeks post-partum.

We were told the same thing (how big our baby was). I mean, I definitely felt lucky in comparison to the babies in the NICU that were born even earlier and/or smaller. I didn't feel so lucky in comparison to term babies. And as I have found, size really doesn't mean that much. I know someone whose baby was born at 35 weeks and was a couple pounds smaller then Jacob. Her baby went home with her when she was discharged from the hospital and was never in the NICU. Jacob, even though he was bigger, spent 11 days in the NICU. And then that sounds like nothing compared to the people who spend weeks and even months in the NICU. What I am trying to say is that knowing someone has it worse than you really does not help in the least when your baby is early, small, and sick. I think people, especially those who have never experienced it, don't know what to say, so they focus on any positive thing they can find. I also got very tired of all the "so and so had a preemie and he/she is FINE..." stories that I got.
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Re: pre-e and big babies

Postby alexis » Tue Jun 07, 2011 09:26 am

Another big-baby chronic. 8lbs1oz, 21", at 37 weeks.

Current baby is also measuring big.

I did read one study showing that the risks of IUGR with chronic HTN are the same whether you develop superimposed PE or not.
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