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amother




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Post Mon, May 31 2021, 9:29 pm
When do you start getting worried and looking into it?
And who would you discuss it with- ped? endo?

Also, does it make a difference if the girl is very petite and small. Like does that it more likely that she's late?
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Persevere




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, May 31 2021, 9:32 pm
Yes, it absolutely makes a difference if the girl is very petite. I would have her discuss with her pediatrician at her next annual visit. If she is 17, it's late. Eating a lot of ice cream often does the trick.
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amother




Gold
 

Post Mon, May 31 2021, 9:33 pm
11-16 is normal. I'd consult a Dr at 17.
I'd be concerned if a small petite 12 year old had signs of puberty.
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amother




Saddlebrown
 

Post Mon, May 31 2021, 10:45 pm
How about a thin 15 year old who hasn’t gotten her period yet, and sisters did as soon as they turned 13?
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amother




Crimson
 

Post Mon, May 31 2021, 10:45 pm
amother [ Saddlebrown ] wrote:
How about a thin 15 year old who hasn’t gotten her period yet, and sisters did as soon as they turned 13?

Nothing to worry about.
It totally varies- my sister got hers around 12, I got mine at 14.5
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amother




Azure
 

Post Mon, May 31 2021, 10:46 pm
amother [ Saddlebrown ] wrote:
How about a thin 15 year old who hasn’t gotten her period yet, and sisters did as soon as they turned 13?

Doesn't matter when sisters did. Every individual is different.
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amother




cornflower
 

Post Mon, May 31 2021, 10:47 pm
amother [ Crimson ] wrote:
Nothing to worry about.
It totally varies- my sister got hers around 12, I got mine at 14.5


Similar story here.
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Persevere




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, May 31 2021, 10:47 pm
amother [ Saddlebrown ] wrote:
How about a thin 15 year old who hasn’t gotten her period yet, and sisters did as soon as they turned 13?


Can be normal. Every child is unique in genetics and habits (food, exercise). These factors influence physical development.

The older sisters are thin as well? Are their eating habits similar?
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amother




Sienna
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 7:17 am
I'm thin-ish and short. I got mine at 15 and my fertility is normal.
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FranticFrummie




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 7:21 am
I got mine at 14.5 At the higher end, but not considered something to worry about. Tall and thin-ish.

This is really a question for your endocrinologist. A bone density scan might be helpful.
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amother




Mustard
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 7:40 am
I also got mine at 14 and half, im skinny and kinda petite
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amother




Jade
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 7:52 am
My DD just turned 15. She is skinny and petite, hardly has breasts developing.
I took her to the ped, even though I was pretty sure there was nothing to worry about. DD actually wanted to go. I think she's feeling self-conscious about her under-development.
Doctor said nothing to worry about. She has pubic hair already. Dr sent her for some blood tests, and everything was fine b"H.
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amother




Khaki
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 8:17 am
Please chill.
I got mine at 12. Dd v petite got hers at 16.5
Next DD at 14 and next at 13.
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amother




Oak
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 10:07 am
At 16 my mom took me to an ob/gyn. Turns out I had PCOS. With all the worrying that my mother did, it’s amazing that I turned out even semi-normal. Chill.
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Cobalt
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 10:10 am
I was normal height, and thin. I got mine at 15.5
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Chayalle




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 10:46 am
According to Dr Shanik of Lakewood, no worries till age 16.
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Chayalle




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 10:48 am
amother [ Gold ] wrote:
11-16 is normal. I'd consult a Dr at 17.
I'd be concerned if a small petite 12 year old had signs of puberty.


I don't understand the medical basis for this concern. ETA - unless your concern is that she will remain petite, okay I hear that. Height growth can slow down once period sets in.

I have two siblings who are both petite (5 ft, and 5'2) and they got their periods at 11. Both of them have children B"H with no interventions.


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amother




Apricot
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 10:51 am
amother [ Saddlebrown ] wrote:
How about a thin 15 year old who hasn’t gotten her period yet, and sisters did as soon as they turned 13?


totally varies. But you can try to plump her up a bit, focusing on calcium-rich foods (like icecream!) and this can push her body to develop. (this is the advice given to me by PA at my pediatrician's office to DD and she got her period a short while later at 15 1/2).
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amother




Pearl
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 10:55 am
amother [ Gold ] wrote:
11-16 is normal. I'd consult a Dr at 17.
I'd be concerned if a small petite 12 year old had signs of puberty.

I got mine 2 months after my 12th birthday and was pretty petite, I was perfectly ok and nothing to be concerned about getting at that age
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amother




Royalblue
 

Post Tue, Jun 01 2021, 10:59 am
It is normal to get a period as late as 16. No reason to be running to doctors until she is 17

There was a thread recently "dos and don'ts of puberty" (or something like that) where alot of posters (including me) wrote about how our moms were crazy anxious when we didnt get periods by 13, 14. A moms anxiety can really affect their daughter negatively.

It doesn't matter when your other daughters got their periods. My mom and sisters got it at 10/11 and I didnt get it until I was close to 15. I am very tall and thin (although I love food so I guess I just have a fast metabolism)

By the time I was 14 my mom was going nuts, she dragged me around to multiple doctors. I underwent pelvic ultrasounds and endless bloodwork (literally every few months).even once I got my period my cycles were long and irregular. My mom was convinced I was going to have major fertility issues. Well I am in my high 20's now and pregnant with #3 and I actually have very regular cycles now (when I am not preg, BF, or on BC).

Just chill. I dont necessarily think that encouraging her to overeat is smart.
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