Have you heard the newest trend in delivery rooms around the world? Bigger babies. You read that right, newborns are coming out of the womb weighing more than they have in decade's past, according to recent reports.
The Lancet medical journal said that in the past 30 years, the number of babies born over 8 pounds, 13 ounces has jumped from 15 percent, to 25 percent.
Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the journal said the jump is happening not just in the US, but across the globe, including countries in Europe and even China and India.
Here in the US, where the country has been battling an obesity epidemic, doctors have gotten an earlier start working to curb the problem. One way is to offer C-sections earlier before the baby comes to full term. C-section rates have risen 11 percent between 1996 and 2009 in the US.
But all this baby weight talk begs the question, what is considered a healthy weight for a newborn?
According to kidshealth.org, what is considered a healthy baby weight differs depending on the individual, but a general guideline for full term babies (born between 37 and 40 weeks) is to weigh between 5 pounds 8 ounces and 8 pounds 13 ounces.
The weight of your baby can depend on a number of factors including:
Genetics – If you and your partner are tall, it’s more likely you will have a larger baby as opposed to shorter parents.
Multiples- Carrying more than one baby often results in smaller babies.
Gender – On average girls are smaller than boys when they are born.
Be sure to visit your doctor to discuss what is a healthy baby weight for your new baby.
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