Ep 34: Everything You Need To Know About Having a “Big” Baby – The All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast with Dr. Nicole C. Rankins
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #34: everything you need to know about having a "Big" baby

Macrosomia is the term used to describe a baby who’s significantly larger than average newborns. When a baby weighs more than 9 pounds 14 ounces at birth (4500 g), the baby is considered “big” or macrosomic.

When a baby is suspected to be big, this increases the risk of vaginal injury and labor abnormalities for the mother and possible injuries such as shoulder dystocia for the baby. 

Join me today as I talk about everything there is to know about macrosomia. Learn the risk factors that come with having a bigger baby and what can be done to manage it. 

What causes the baby to grow excessively? Can we even prevent it? Find out more as you listen into this episode!

In This Episode You'll Learn: 

  • What it means when we think you baby is big
  • Possible outcomes when your baby is suspected to be big
  • Terms commonly used for babies with excessive growth
  • The difference between macrosomia and LGA
  • What causes a larger than average birth weight
  • The risk factors for macrosomia or having a big baby
  • How your OB/GYN physician determines when your baby is big
  • Uncommon and common complications from having a bigger baby
  • What should you do when your baby is suspected to be big
  • How we manage babies who are suspected to be big

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