Have you noticed we’re in the middle of a big-baby boom?
Last week, a woman in Colorado gave birth to an infant girl who clocked in at just under 14 pounds, reports USA Today. That’s almost twice the weight of the average newborn, who tips the scales at seven or seven and a half lbs. And in the past few years, reports of bambinos weighing in at 16 and even 19 pounds have made headlines.
Driving this trend is a combination of factors. The obesity epidemic is one since heavier moms give birth to heavier kids. Genetics plays a role, too, as does gestational diabetes, a form of the disease that strikes during pregnancy, thanks to hormonal changes that leave a pregnant woman less responsive to insulin.
“Women with gestational diabetes are more likely to have a baby with macrosomia, the medical term for a large infant, which generally means over nine pounds,” says ob-gyn Alyssa Dweck, M.D., coauthor of V Is for Vagina.
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