Big Baby Risks?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hello, I just wanted to ask. I'm currently 30 weeks pregnant (counting tomorrow) and my baby was measuring just the right size up until the 28th week. Now my doctor is saying my baby is a bit bigger than the average, 29weeks and 1 day measuring 1540grams. My current weight right now is 66kg, I was 59kg before I got pregnant.

Would there be any risks for my baby because he is a bit overweight?

ANSWER

Oh puh-lease! Of course we don't want you to gain too much weight (you haven't) or for the baby to be gigantic (it's not). But having attended the birth of a 100-pound first-time mom who wore size zero jeans and who pushed out a 10# 1oz boy (that's more than 10% of her weight) without an epidural or a stitch, I'm thinking you'll do just fine!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.