I don't get the disdain for tiny babies. Like, if you don't deliver a chubby 8-9 lb baby there's something wrong with either you or the baby.
I'm always seeing people refer to small babies as frail or sickly or fragile or some other bullshit?
What's up with that??
My youngest was full-term, 5lbs, 8oz and completely healthy. So was I. I didn't smoke or drink. I didn't have hyperemesis or any other health condition. Yet people always say it had to be "something" to "make her that small." Yeah moron, it's called genes.
I don't know. My son was a 36-weeker, 6lbs 2oz. He was totally healthy, but yeah, smaller than normal, though it was a miracle that I made it as far as I did, and that he was as big and healthy as he was. Some people just have smaller babies.
I like little tiny babies. My son was born at 6lbs 3 3/4 oz and 18 inches. You certainly can't tell now. DD was 7lbs 7oz and 21 inches. I called them eggshell babies. I don't know, we have weird nicknames for everything.
I don't get it either. Ds was born at 41 weeks 2 days and weighed 7 pounds 2 oz, which is tiny for my family ( all boys are over 9 lbs). I had hypermesis ( only gained 9.5 lbs during my entire pregnancy, after losing 40) and my family tells me that's why he's so small.
The only time I think a baby might be frail or sickly is if they're less than 5 pounds, just because they're probably premies or mom had complications.
by Anonymous - Original Poster
April 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Nope. I was 28. She's just tiny. She's 3 1/2 years old now and weighs 28lbs.
Or you had her at a later age, like in your 30's, which often contributes to lower birth weight in newborns. I wouldn't assume it as unhealthy though.