High Birth Weight
Babies who are large for gestational age (LGA), also known as big baby syndrome or macrosomia, are born weighing more than 8 lbs. 13 oz.
Large babies are thought to be associated with polyhydramnios (excessive amniotic fluid), as well as
gestational diabetes and preexisting diabetes, post-term pregnancy (one that exceeds 40 weeks), excessive maternal weight gain, fetal sex (boys tend to weigh more than girls), and genetic factors (such as having tall, heavy parents or if the mother is obese).
The best way to ensure your baby is growing and developing properly inside you is to have early and regular prenatal checkups with your health care provider, eat a healthy diet that includes a multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs (if applicable), and gain a healthy amount of weight over the course of your pregnancy.
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