When a woman finds out she's pregnant, all sorts of thoughts are going to be swirling around in her head. At first, the intense emotions of utter joy and apprehension are going to take precedence. Then, as she gets closer to her due date, other thoughts are going to come to the fore. At this stage, most expectant moms just want to get the process over with. That period in the delivery room when mom is waiting to give birth... it’s not exactly the best part of the process. She is waiting for all the rough stuff to be done and dusted with, and for her baby to enter this world.
It’s at this stage, when in the delivery room waiting to give birth, that she will start to go through different scenarios in her head; some remain positive while others, not so much. Ultimately, everyone wants a smooth a birthing experience as possible. How it goes depends on a lot of factors: one is whether or not the baby is going to be big. Understandably if the baby is big, there’s an increased likelihood that the delivery might be tough on mom.
How can one tell if the baby’s big? One won’t be able to tell with certainty. However, there are signs that parents can look out for during pregnancy. Certain factors could indicate the presence of a bigger baby. They could make mom and your doctor come up with a somewhat accurate guess, and this in turn could potentially result in a more difficult labor. These are 20 signs that the baby is going to be big.
20 YOU OR BABY’S DAD IS TALL
Genetics could play a big part in determining whether or not your baby is going to be big. When in the womb, big could actually mean anything. It could mean weight, length, head size, etc. Your doctor likely wants to keep a track of all of these. All could affect the ease of your labor.
Height, tallness, is a trait that tends to run in families. Using this logic, if you or your partner are tall, there’s a good chance your baby will be slightly bigger too. The likelihood of having a bigger baby will increase if you’ve both got some height on you.
19 YOU’RE ALREADY A PARENT
If you’re already a parent, have had kids before, there’s an increased likelihood that your baby this time around is going to be big, at least bigger than your other babies. Why is this the case? No one’s exactly sure. But on average, this tends to be the case. Perhaps it’s because your body’s already used to giving birth, to accommodating a baby in the womb. So, this time around, your body’s going to undergo less trauma, it will be primed for the rigors of holding a baby. Therefore, more physiological functions are going to be geared toward ensuring your baby develops appropriately and is big and healthy before it makes an appearance.
18 BIG PARENTS
As previously mentioned, genetics is a massive factor when it comes to determining the weight of your baby. If you or the baby’s dad is tall, the baby is likely to be big in terms of length, in the womb. If either you or your partner, or perhaps both of you, are naturally big, stocky or big boned, call it what you will, again, this increases the likelihood that your baby will be big too. But this size could skip a generation too. If you have other family members, previous generations of your family, who are big, then your baby could very well be big from the beginning too.
There are a lot of factors in relation to your baby’s health, how she’s going to be born etc. that can be determined by an ultrasound. Doctors will study the ultrasound and will be able to give you estimations about how your baby is doing in the womb. One thing that they’ll try to determine from an ultrasound is your baby’s length and weight. But it’s important to reiterate that this is just an estimation. The Manual of Obstetrics states the margin of error when it comes to determining fetal size is 15 and 30%. So, don’t take what you’re told about fetal size as a result of an ultrasound to be gospel.
16 GESTATIONAL DIABETES
Gestational Diabetes is exactly as it sounds. It’s when you develop diabetes or high blood sugar levels during the gestational period. This usually occurs during the second or third trimester and commonly disappears once you’ve given birth. It’s easy for this to occur due to changes in dietary habits, increased food intake during pregnancy. The majority of women with gestational diabetes have normal pregnancies. But the condition could affect the fetus, making labor tough. One effect is that it could lead to you having a bigger baby. It’s because the high blood sugar will make its way to the fetus, resulting in weight gain.
15 ULTRASOUND SHOWS NOT AS MUCH FLUID
In the womb your baby’s going to be protected by the amniotic fluid. Your baby will be inhaling, releasing the fluid, so the fluid levels will be changing. The fluid will also be changing the further you go through your pregnancy. At around 34 weeks, you’re likely to have around 800ml of fluid surrounding your fetus. But if you’ve got a big baby, there’s likely to be less. This is because your stomach, womb, can only hold so much. So, your baby will be taking up a lot of the room, leaving less for fluid. There’ll still be some because your baby will need this fluid for cushioning.
14 WALKING PAIN
It’s fair to say that most women experience discomfort during pregnancy. This level of discomfort may vary. But the body’s going through changes, and these are going to feel uncomfortable, perhaps even painful during the latter stages of pregnancy. Things may swell, certain body parts will get bigger. This may affect your level of functionality in your day to day life. If you’re in a lot of pain, when walking for example, it may mean you’re carrying a big baby and therefore your body has had to undergo significant changes in order to accommodate the size of your growing baby.
13 YOU’RE HAVING A BOY
Of course, you can get big baby girls. But say you wanted to keep the sex of the baby hidden, a surprise. Just because your doctor looks at your ultrasound and tells you you’ve got a big baby coming, that hasn’t given the game away. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to have a boy. But it is true that on average, boys are bigger than girls. This is the case when they grow up, become kids and adults too. Generally, guys are just bigger than girls. So, if you know you’re having a boy, it’s likely you’re going to have a slightly bigger baby.
12 NOT MUCH MOVEMENT
Some babies will let you know that they’re there inside the womb. They’re constantly going to be moving around, kicking, flip flopping around. It can be a weird and wonderful feeling. But some babies don’t move around a whole lot. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s certainly not any cause for concern, doesn’t mean anything’s wrong. It could just be an indication that your baby is big. So, if towards the later stages of your pregnancy, you don’t feel much movement, this could be because you’re going to have a big baby on your hands. A big baby won’t have as much space to move around in, therefore there won’t be much movement.
11 THE INTENSITY OF BRAXTON HICKS CONTRACTIONS
You’ve probably all heard of Braxton Hicks contractions. Not everyone will experience them. Some may experience but not even notice them. But for others, they may be really intense. It may feel like you’re actually going into labor. Some women get these contractions throughout their pregnancy. They may get even more intense as the due date approaches. There’s a thought that if you experience intense, severe contractions, that your baby might be big. They also become more noticeable in your subsequent pregnancies. Babies are also likely to be bigger in subsequent pregnancies. But of course, pain, what you deem to be intense, is all relative.
10 BACK LABOR
As previously mentioned, if you’re experiencing pain during pregnancy, are really uncomfortable, perhaps while walking, it could mean you’re carrying a rather big load on your front. This could cause trouble walking but it’s also likely to cause you back pain. Around your due date, you could experience back labor. It means your baby is cramped and is positioned uncomfortably, facing your back, meaning that when contractions occur, your baby is putting pressure on your spine. Your baby may not be able to move because she’s cramped and is rather big. She’s pushing, trying to make room, to come out, and this results in back pain at the time of labor.
9 PREGNANCY INCREASES
You are going to gain weight when you’re pregnant, that much is inevitable. There are a number of reasons why you’re going to gain during pregnancy. You’re going to be eating more. Many women’s dietary habits change. They get cravings. Hormonal changes are also going to play a part. Your body is going to be going through lots of changes. Oh, and of course, you have a fetus growing inside you. If you’ve gained a lot of weight whilst pregnant, it could be because you’ve got a big baby growing inside you. You’ll be able to feel it, will be able to sense the baby’s a big one.
8 BIG BELLY
The body’s going to be going through lots of changes when you’re pregnant. With some women, you can look at them and tell that they’re pregnant. It’s just immediately evident. With others, you’ve got to look at their bellies. Of course, the belly’s going to grow. But with some women, their bellies stick out, is rather big. Their bellies stick out more than most. This could be because of the way the baby is positioned inside you. But it’s more likely that you’re going to have a big baby on your hands. A big baby needs more room. Then you’ve got to have room for the surrounding fluid. This will result in your baby stretching the womb. Generally speaking, the bigger your belly is, the bigger your baby’s likely to be.
7 YOUR PAST HISTORY
You might have lots of big people in your family. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they were big babies. It also doesn’t mean your baby’s going to be big. Sure, it increases the likelihood of you having a big baby. But a greater indication is if you or the baby’s dad were big as babies. Dad’s birthweight comes into it. But it’s yours that you need to keep in mind. Studies have shown the relationship between size is greatest between mothers and daughters. So, if you were big as a baby and are expecting a girl, it’s possible you’re going to be having a big baby girl.
6 HOW YOU FEEL
This may be a bit of a general statement to make. But how you feel could be the greatest indication of all as to whether or not you’re having a big baby. You’ve got to be in tune with your body. This may be hard to do, particularly during pregnancy, due to all the changes. But if you feel that you’re carrying a big load, there’s a lot of stress and strain on your body, and you can just sense that your body’s priming itself to carry and ultimately deliver a big baby, chances are that that’s going to be the case.
5 YOU’VE HAD OTHER BIG BABIES
If you’re already a parent to other kids, as previously mentioned, chances are your baby this time around is going to be bigger. But if your other babies are big, be prepared to have another big baby. If we’re following the pattern, if your other babies are big, your baby this time around might be even bigger! Apparently, if you’ve given birth to big babies, you’re ten times more likely to have another big baby. But will this make labor more difficult? It could do. But on the other hand, you’ve already had big babies, so your body is used to pushing out big uns, it’s already primed for such a situation.
4 CAN SEE YOUR BABY’S OUTLINE
Feeling your baby kick for the first time in your belly can be a seriously weird sensation. It can be weird and wonderful at the same time. When your little one kicks, you’ll feel something but you may even see something. You may see the outline of a little foot against your belly. Sometimes, at certain times in your pregnancy, if your baby is in a certain position, you may be able to see the outline of your baby’s body. If this happens, your baby has moved position, but it’s also likely that your baby will be big. The fetus is running out of room in there and so is pressing up against your stomach.
3 YOU’RE A YOUNG MOM
It’s not yet certain as to why this is the case. But if you’re a young mom, you’re more likely to have a bigger baby. When I write young mom, I mean a teenager. Yes, that’s a young age to give birth, but it does happen. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, if you’re 17 or younger, you’re more likely to give birth to a bigger baby. Perhaps that’s because the older you get, there’s greater risk of there being complications, health concerns. Don’t fret because most give birth to healthy babies, it’s just that there are certain conditions that are more likely to affect you.
2 PAST YOUR DUE DATE
When you get your due date, don’t take this as gospel. It’s very tricky to calculate the exact due date. Just be prepared to give birth around this time. But if the due date comes and goes, although it’s easier said than done, don’t get stressed. The baby is coming. The baby is just enjoying your environment so much in there. It’s comfortable, it’s growing, it’s developing and doesn’t want to come out. If you’re past your due date, it’s likely that you’re going to give birth to a bigger baby. Labor may be tough, but at this stage it’s likely to be a welcome relief!
1 LOTS OF STAFF IN THE DELIVERY ROOM
When you’re in labor, your doctor will tend to clear out the delivery room, just allowing essential personnel, and of course your other half to give you some comfort, to be there. But if there are lots of staff, lots of medical personnel in the room with you, it could be an indication that there may be a situation on hand that required extra help. This may seem scary, you might feel that something’s wrong. But hopefully, your doctor will explain everything to you. If you’ve got a big baby, it does increase the risk of complications and you may require some extra help