Frequent question: Is having a big baby a bad thing?

What causes you to have a big baby?

Fetal macrosomia is more likely to be a result of maternal diabetes, obesity or weight gain during pregnancy than other causes. If these risk factors aren’t present and fetal macrosomia is suspected, it’s possible that your baby might have a rare medical condition that affects fetal growth.

Are large babies healthier?

Larger babies have always been associated with lower infant mortality rates, while recent research by Professor Barker indicates that they run a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and hypertension in later life.

What is considered a large baby?

The medical term for big baby is macrosomia, which literally means “big body.” Some researchers consider a baby to be big when it weighs 4,000 grams (8 lbs., 13 oz.) or more at birth, and others say a baby is big if it weighs 4,500 grams (9 lbs., 15 oz.) or more (Rouse et al. 1996).

Can a big baby come early?

If a baby is too large to fit through the birth canal easily, delivery can be difficult. If ultrasound exams during pregnancy show a baby is very large, your healthcare provider may recommend early delivery.

Are big babies smarter?

Experts have long known that premature or underweight babies tend to be less intelligent as children. But the study, published this week in the British Medical Journal, found that among children whose birth weight was higher than 5.5 pounds–considered to be normal–the bigger the baby, the smarter it was likely to be.

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Do big babies mean big adults?

Yes. There’s no way to predict exactly how big this enormous infant will become, but studies have shown a linear correlation between birth weight and adult size (as measured by the body mass index). We also know that the length of a baby is associated with its eventual height and weight.

Are big babies genetic?

Yep, giving birth to big babies can be hereditary. In general, babies tend to be in the same weight range as their parents. In other words, if you were nine pounds, eight ounces at birth, it’s incredibly unlikely that you’ll give birth to a five-and-a-half-pound peanut.

How big of a baby can you deliver naturally?

Any advice or suggestions? A: A baby that weighs more than 8 lbs 13 ounces at the time of delivery is considered a “macrosomic” or “large for gestational age” baby. There are certainly women delivering all over the world that are able to deliver these larger babies vaginally.

Is it easier to give birth to a smaller baby?

Baby’s size

The baby might be slightly wider than the hips, and if so, this could potentially slow down delivery. Just the same, a woman with a narrow-shaped pelvis — which typically makes it more difficult to deliver — may have a smoother birth due to delivering a smaller baby.