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.
Jacob Daniel Feb 18, 2011 born at 34 weeks due to severe PE, 11 days in the NICU.
5 lbs, 5 oz and 18 inches