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
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?