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Macrosomia (Abnormally Large Baby)
Follow growth curve: Large for gestation infants can have several conditions associated such as obesity, changes in blood sugar and even underdevelopment of their lungs and other organs. Your doctor will follow the baby's growth and will determine if any further testing is needed. If your baby did not have a nicu stay, this is more often associated with a better course and fewer problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Second babies usually come quicker and with less problems during delivery than first babies. There are always exceptions to this though. If you have a history of a large baby and this one is smaller, your birth experience may be easier. If you are prone to making large babies and this baby is big too, there is still a chance of difficulties at birth, such as shoulder dystocia and tears. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Broken ribs and sternum 2010. Chest pains and had clear echo. I have a large baby that weighs about 36 lbs at 16 months. Irritating injury by lifting?
Extra large baby teeth? A couple of the baby teeth that have erupted in our son's mouth seem too big to me. Is this something to be worried about? Should we see the dentist before the next scheduled visit?
Different problems : During diabetes a fetus can grow too much because of the excess Insulin it produces in response to the mothers blood sugar. It can also fail to grow (iugr) due to diabetes causing a poorly functioning placenta. Both can occur. Optimal blood sugar control is the key to improve outcomes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not just big.: Fetal macrosomia can be suspected by serial ultrasound in which the fetus exceeds the 90th percentile. This means that the baby is larger than 89% of the babies of same gestational age. Furthermore"macrocosmic" fetus are at a higher risk of shoulder dystocia (difficulty of delivering shoulders after the head is out) and hypoglycemia or dropping blood sugars shortly after delivery. ...Read more
Throughout pregnancy baby has measured small on ultrasound. Now 34 weeks measuring 60th percentile. Why might this be? Scared of having a large baby!
You and dad: Your baby's size is determined mostly by your and dads genetic codes and how they interact. Your baby's percentile means very little in the way of medical risk unless the percentile is at either end of the growth curve. Being 60th percentile means being right in the middle of the pack - this is good news ! I suggest you talk to your OB and ask them the same questions, it's important ! ...Read more
Macrosomia: As the term implies, macro, "big", soma, "body", the first thing you can see is a very large baby, usually larger than 8 pounds 8 ounces. The first symptoms we observe in a macrocosmic baby is jitteriness, this is almost always due to low blood glucose levels, next we may observe clonus, which is due to a low ionized calcium level, and third we may observe jaundice, due elevated bilirubin levels. ...Read more
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