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Mommy Monday: Concern over babies born at high birth weight

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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.

Baird attributes the big baby trend is due to an increase in diabetes, obesity and women getting pregnant later on in life.

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.


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