Mommy Monday: Concern over babies born at high birth weight
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- There's a new trend in mother baby units across the country -- big babies.
Recently an Indiana mother gave birth to a 16-pound baby boy in May. Those numbers put Waylon Cole in the weight range of a 6 month old baby.
It's a condition called macrosomia. A baby diagnosed with fetal macrosomia has a birth weight of more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces, regardless of his or her gestational age. About 9 percent of babies born worldwide weigh more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces.
However, the risks associated with fetal macrosomia increase greatly when birth weight is more than 9 pounds 15 ounces according to certified nurse midwife Erin Baird.
“So when they are born and they have to supply those nutrients themselves and process those by themselves they have a harder time and they drop their glucose,” Baird explained. “And they have a higher risk of being admitted into the intensive care unit and needing support.”
Macrosomia can also lead to complications at birth.
Diet, exercise and weight all play a big role in baby's size, so Baird said they spend a lot of time counseling women about weight gain.