High Birth Weight Can Mean Complications

Michele Zipp
high birth weight complications

Me at 21 weeks pregnant with twins

There are lots of big babies being born and plenty of them are very healthy. A women I know birthed a 10.7 pound baby and another had one at a little over 11 pounds. And of course, the news of this woman who had a 19 pound baby.

Like I said before, plenty of bigger babies are healthy, but there are some that aren't, so says a recent study in Norway examining over 35,000 births, found in the October issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Based on that issue, the LA Times reported that a higher birth weight could cause complications to both mom and baby.

Here were the other findings of the study:

  • If the mother was overweight pre-pregnancy (and this was more common in women who had given birth before), there were more chances of complications.
  • First-time mothers who exercised at least three times a week during pregnancy, were less likely to give birth to a baby with excessive birth weight.
  • Researchers believe that exercise during pregnancy may prevent excessive birth weight.

Problems for mom and baby for high birth weight babies can include:

  • diabetes or gestational diabetes
  • a difficult birth or c-section
  • respiratory issues
  • jaundice

I'd just like to add that both women I know who had "bigger" babies were in no way even close to being overweight. 

OK, so what is considered the right weight for a newborn? The average of those born at full-term is between 6 pounds 2 ounces and 9 pounds 2 ounces.

What do you think of this study? Does it make you want to exercise more during pregnancy?


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