6 facts to know about birthing big babies

Wondering if that big baby in your belly means you’ll surely need a C-section? Here’s what you need to know…

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One of your top concerns when it comes to giving birth is your baby’s size. If you are carrying a big baby, the thought of giving birth naturally may strike fear in your heart, since it could mean complications and pain. That said, doctors always point out that a person’s labour experiences can differ greatly. If you’re concerned, do speak to your doctor.

A big baby — otherwise known as macrosomia or large-for-gestational-age baby —weighs 4kg or more at birth, when the average weight of a baby is between 3 and 3.2kg. Here are noteworthy things to keep in mind if you’re delivering a big baby…

1) You may be the main reason why bubba’s larger

If you’re expecting a big baby, it is commonly attributed to:
*Genetics If you are large, your baby will likely be the same, too.
*Pregnancy diet Eating too much during pregnancy can also result in a larger baby. Women with a high body mass index are also more likely to suffer from gestational diabetes, which pushes excess glucose from your blood into the placenta. This triggers more insulin to be produced in your foetus, resulting in a larger baby.
*Going past your due date SmartParents expert ob-gyn, Dr Christopher Chong explains that the longer the gestation lasts, the bigger your baby will get. This is why your doctor may consider inducing labour if he thinks that your foetus is large. Dr Chong says, “Even if induction is done, it must be after 37 weeks. [Your] estimated due date is 40 weeks but from 37 weeks on, it is usually deemed full term.”
*Baby’s gender Male babies tend to be larger in size than female ones.

2) Post-delivery weight is the most accurate measure of baby’s size

Your doctor will be able to better estimate the size of baby only by your third trimester. Dr Chong explains, that’s because “any measurement of weight of the foetus is not accurate [before] 28 weeks of gestation.” Even then, it can be difficult to determine conclusively that your baby is indeed big. Only his recorded weight after birth can confirm it.

Eating too much during pregnancy can also result in a larger baby.

Is natural birth really out of the question? Read on to find out…