How Do You Know Your Baby is Large?
This condition, also called foetal macrosomia, can be diagnosed during your antenatal care when your baby’s development is monitored.
- Your doctor will first check the fundal height. This is the distance between the head of your baby and the pelvic bone.
- Your doctor may then feel your abdomen to get a sense of the size of your baby.
- Routine ultrasounds could also reveal the weight of your baby.
- They can also monitor your weight when pregnant.
- Levels of amniotic fluid may also be checked.
Reasons Why Your Baby is Large
There are several factors that come into play that can cause a large baby. These factors include:
- If you have high blood sugar-If you have diabetes before getting pregnant or gestational diabetes.
- If you have been pregnant multiple times-The more babies you have, the larger they tend to get. Sometimes this may not always be the case
- you are having a Boy-Boys usually weigh more than girls
- you have had a large baby before
- If you consume too many processed carbohydrates
- Your family has a history of large babies
- When you deliver way past your due date
- If you are older. Chances of getting a larger baby increase after 35 years of age.
Can This Condition Be Treated?
There is no treatment for a large baby. The best your doctor can do is prepare for delivery and manage complications that may arise. Such complications include:
- A difficult birth- the baby may have trouble moving through the birth canal and may get stuck.
- A C-section may be necessary if the risk of vaginal delivery becomes too much.
- Your child may develop breathing problems from a difficult birth or inhalation of meconium
- Birth injuries from instruments such as forceps that the doctors may use can arise
- Large babies may also be predestined to develop obesity as they age
Can This Condition Be Prevented?
They is no way of preventing a large baby because sometimes the condition could be genetic. The best doctors can do is provide proper monitoring to mitigate any complications. They do this by:
- Monitoring your weight gain
- Manage diabetes if present
- Manage weight gain if obesity is an issue.
- Recommend a nutritionist if necessary.
Please note that development differs from one child to another.
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Last reviewed March 2019