Supersize Babies Have Doctors Worried About Health

Supersize babies have doctors worried about the health of both mother and newborn. Several giant babies have been born so far this year, all more than 13 pounds.

Along with doctors, moms-to-be are also nervous about the prospect of pushing out a 13-15 pound baby. And the risk has increased along with rising rates of obesity.

Other factors to include are higher rates of gestational diabetes and delaying having children, reports NBC News. While some may consider these supersize babies to be cute, they also face a massive amount of health issues.

Along with the understandable risk of a difficult birth, these babies also run the risk of obesity later in life. And it only stands to get worse.

Doctors have seen a 15 to 20 percent increase in babies weighing more than eight pounds, 13 ounces, in the past two to three decades. That number is what they consider to be oversized for a newborn.

While the numbers aren’t too surprising for developed countries, doctors are also seeing an increase in the developing world. Today notes that maternal obesity has been an issue for longer in the United States than in other nations.

Because of this, doctors have taken a more aggressive approach before babies can reach supersize proportions. Along with an increase in c-sections, labor inductions are also on the rise in the country.

Part of the reason for the increases is due to the dangers or preeclampsia and other blood pressure issues related to pregnancy in obese women. Also, women are more commonly being induced at 39 to 41 weeks, instead of the 41 to 43 weeks from the 1980s.

Harvard research also revealed an almost 100 percent drop in the number of births that went beyond 41 weeks of gestation. While the head of the baby is normally the biggest part, supersize babies can have larger shoulders than their heads, leading to a higher chance of them getting stuck in the birth canal.

Health of supersize babies after they are born is also a concern. They can have low blood sugar, underdeveloped lungs, and heart issues.

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