Is the next baby always bigger?

@kezabelle (2985)
March 23, 2008 9:51am CST
My firstborn daughter was 7lb12oz that was at 40weeks+1day, my second however when I got pregnant people would always tease saying how the next baby is always larger. All through my pregnancy we guessed she would be large as I was massive, she was 8lb 2oz when born this was how ever at 38 weeks, so if she had gone full term she would have been a lot lot bigger than my first. was it this way for you?
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29 responses
24 Mar 08
Nope nope and nope lol! I was terrified that this would be the case as I had heard it all along, Grace weighed 8lb 9oz when born at 39 weeks and was absolutly hooooooge! I was scared my second would be even bigger and was always asking the MW how big he felt lol! Owen was born weighing 7lb exactly when born at 41+6 and i was in total shock at how small he was, I had never experienced such a small baby before as grace had always been a big girl lol. So I am the exception to the rule ;) lol
@kezabelle (2985)
24 Mar 08
LOL Lucy ive never known any other baby to be as long as your Grace was at birth bless her!!!
@lightningd (1041)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I think it depends on the person. I do know that no two pregnancies are alike. My first son, who is now just a few weeks from being 19, weighed 8 lbs 5 oz. He was born on his due date. With my second son, who was born three weeks early, he weighed 5 lbs 13 oz. My doctor said he would probably have been as big as my first had we made it to full term. What I can tell you for sure is that "It gets easier after each one and they come faster" is an out and out lie!!!! With my first child my water broke at 4:15 in the morning and my contractions starter at 4:35 am. He was born less than two hours after my water broke, at 6:09 am. With my second son, who is now 16, I started having contractions at 4:45 pm on Tuesday. They broke my water at 1:45 on Wednesday. He wasn't born until 3:47 that Wednesday. After 23 hours of labor, I was really thankfull he wasn't larger than my first son. I do agree with the previous poster, who said diet is a contributing factor. I also think exercise and activity level plays an important part in labor and delivery. With my first child, I worked as a waitress until two weeks before he was born, and I rode horses until a month before he was born. With my second, we had moved due to my husband taking a position with a different company and we had not yet moved our horses to the new location, and I didn't ride, nor was I working. I think that played a big part in the difference in my labor times between the first and second child.
@kezabelle (2985)
23 Mar 08
Ah yes I had the whole it gets quicker and easier told to me too, although for me it was true. my first took 2 hours 45 minutes to be born my second only 1 hour 23 minutes, my second was a lot easier to birth that im greatful for as although my first childs labour was short 2 whole hours of that was pushing but with my second it only took 15 mins.
@Darkwing (21588)
23 Mar 08
I think it's down to the individual, and their diet during pregnancy. I have two boys... grown up now, but during my first pregnancy, I had a craving for cold milk, which I drunk all the time, in place of coffee and tea. My first son was 9lbs 5oz! During my second pregnancy, I drunk tea, English style with milk, and sugar added. I couldn't face cold milk or juices, or anything like that, so water replaced my cold drinks. My second son was born, 7lbs 6oz. So, I believe that your diet during pregnancy has much to do with the weight of your child. Obviously, milk and dairy products hold more nourishment for the unborn baby. Brightest Blessings.
@kezabelle (2985)
23 Mar 08
Thanks for your reply, I had no cravings at all the only thing I couldnt eat was spicy food, so my diet with both was the same. Technically she should have been smaller as due to a health problem I lose the protien rather than use it so everyone was surprised at the size of her.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
27 Mar 08
I guess it all depends. My first was born at 40 weeks and weighted 8lbs 2oz my second was born at 37 weeks and weighted 7lbs 5oz. I guess if she would of stayed in for the whole 40 weeks my second would of been bigger then my first. I think it has alot to do with what you do during your pregnancy. Me I pig out for my preganancy b/c when I'm not pregnant I am constantly on a diet so it is the only time I have an excuse to eat what I want lol. I did gain alot of weight. My first I gained 60lbs and for my second I gained 70lbs. 9 months after my second one was born I am back to my normal weight so I guess I am pretty lucky.
• United States
25 Mar 08
Well I used to have all sorts of beliefs about pregnancy, but then I had my own, very different pregnancies. I had heard that women who deliver early, always deliver early, those who deliver on time always deliver on time and the same for those who deliver late, they always deliver late. I also had heard that second babies tend to be a bit bigger than the last, but should be relatively close in size. I have had 3 babies and I am expecting #4 in July. Baby #1 came right on time and was 8lb 9oz, baby #2 was 11 days late and weighed 10lb 2oz, and baby #3 came at 37 weeks (medically necessary induction) and weighed 7lb 2oz. Had they all arrived after the same amount of gestation I think they would have been closer in weight, but lo and behold, they did not. I will likely need to be induced early again so I will compare the weight of this baby with #3 and see how close they are. I do know that there are medical conditions, especially gestational diabetes, that can cause a baby to be rather large and I know other conditions (mom smoking during pregnancy, diet, etc) can also affect baby's weight, but as a general rule, I do think babies tend to be close in weight to siblings. Obviously though, that is not always the case. Just as every pregnancy is different, so is every child.
• United States
25 Mar 08
My first born was 8lbs. 9oz. she was born at almost 41 weeks, my second was born at 39 weeks and she was 9lbs. 15oz....lol. my diet i think was a lot better the second time around, all i craved was fruits and veggies(weird, i know)
@vera5d (4007)
• United States
25 Mar 08
both my kids were around the same...i think my son (he was first) was 6 lbs 12 ounces, my daughter was 6 lbs 9 oz... my son was 2 weeks early...my daughte 2 days late & induced so i didn't end up having a baby on the living room floor, i am lucky my doctor figured with my son only being a 4 hour labor and my daughter being in position for 3 weeks that it would be fast - she was born in about an hour though it took longer at the hospital waiting for things to get going...
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
25 Mar 08
My first child weighed 7lb 14oz at 40 weeks and 6 days. My second child was only 7lb 8oz at 40 weeks and 4 days. So, at least in my children's case it is not true. I am not really sure about other people.
@crazylady (470)
• United States
25 Mar 08
My baby #5 was the biggest, then #1, and the others were smaller. I think my smallest was #3 or 4, but number 4 was 4 weeks early and number 6 was 3 weeks early. #6 would have been big like number 5 if he had cooked longer.
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I had 4 children and my third was the largest. When I was full term with the 4th my doctor decided to induce since I was larger with her than with my son and he was 9lbs 15ozs, but once they broke my water they realized that she wasn't as large as they thought she might be, and she was 8lbs 7oz. My first 2 were 7lbs but I can't remember the ozs.......it was 28 and 30 years ago!!! My daughter's second daughter was smaller than her first and she was born the day before her due date. SO, I think it just depends on the pregnancy and how the baby developes, etc.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
24 Mar 08
It's been true to some extent for me but I think it depends on a lot. My second daughter was slightly bigger than my first but her father was also larger and I gained 12 more pounds with her even though she was a week early and my first was 3 days late. My oldest son came in between the girls but was bigger than them. He's the only boy I had with my ex husband so there's no way to know if another son would have been bigger. My s/o and i have 3 boys together. The first was 8 lb 4 oz (one ounce bigger than s/o's other son) and the second was 8lbs 8oz so it seemed true for them...but then our 3rd was born two weeks early and weighed less than them but the exact same as my oldest.
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
They say the next one is tougher and bigger thats what i know too I heard that from a friend and I compare it to my kids I had a conclusion that you might be somehow correct on that theory.
@littleone3 (2065)
24 Mar 08
My firstborn son was 6lb and 6 1/2 ozs. Then my second son was 7lb 15 1/2 ozs so alot bigger than the first. Then i had my only daughter and she weighed 8lbs 7 ozs. Then i had my third son and he was just an ounce smaller than my daughter at 8lb 6ozs. Then my fourth son weighed the same as my third son even tho i was told that he was going to be about 9lbs. So my third baby, my only girl, was the biggest baby i had.
@Tatsuya (1149)
• United States
24 Mar 08
This wasn't the case with me personally. My first daughter was 6lbs. 5oz. and my second daughter, granted she was a preemie, was only 3lbs. 6.5oz. That is a considerable size smaller than my first born. Now, if she had been a full term baby, I'm sure she would've been larger. She was born two months premature, so that's why she was so small.
@arkaf61 (10883)
• Canada
24 Mar 08
No, it didn't happen like that with me. My daughter was the first being born and she was 7lb9oz. My son was actually a bit less with 7lb6oz. None of them was too big, but most kids on my side of the family tend to be small. They do grow up a lot once they are outside though LOL WHen I as pregnant with my son I also heard about the second being bigger and wondered, but in the end it wasn't like that.
• United States
24 Mar 08
My older sister was bigger than I was at birth. I think it just depends on the person.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
24 Mar 08
it seems to have worked that way for us - for the babies born at the same gestation anyhow. 1 5 pounds 9 ounces 38 wks 2 6 pounds 14 ounces 38 wks 3 20 ounces 25 wks 4 7 pounds 8 ounces 38 wks
@TriciaW (2441)
• United States
24 Mar 08
No it isn't true. My youngest daughter went over due and was the smallest of my 3 daughters. Each child is going to be different and as they get older they will be different too. I don't think there are any set formulas on any of this stuff. They are all a surprise every day of their lives*S*
• United States
24 Mar 08
Ya know, I've never really paid much attention to it, but that does seem to be the pattern. I can think of several people whose second and third babies were definitely bigger than the first.
• Canada
24 Mar 08
Hi Kezabelle My firstchild was the heaviest at 10/13. It was a home birth..The next was the smallest at 9/14. The two in between were 10/11 and 10/3. All large babies size but every birth is different. The last was the longest labor. Life is always interesting never knowing how things will turn out.