Normal Baby Weight 6 To 9 Pounds
February 8, 2012 by staff
Normal Baby Weight 6 To 9 Pounds, Having a baby whose weight falls beneath the average range of 6-9 pounds poses some potential health risks. Birthing a baby who weighs more than 9 pounds can cause problems too, for both baby and mother. Women who gain large amounts of weight during pregnancy or have diabetes are more likely to give birth to high-birthweight babies.
Although most of these babies are born healthy–women around the world have vgnally delivered babies of 9, 10, and 11 pounds without problems–birth-related complications can include a prolonged labor, intolerance to labor, shoulder dystocia, and neonatal low blood sugar.
If your provider suspects a large baby, she may suggest an ultrasound. An ultrasound will allow your provider to measure the diameter and circumference of your baby’s head–the biggest part of him–and to estimate your baby’s birthweight within half a pound. However, unless you or your baby seems to be suffering a medical complication, your provider probably won’t do anything to induce your labor if your cervix isn’t ready.
That’s because ultrasound measurements only offer estimates of a baby’s size; labor is the only true test of whether your baby is too big to move safely through your birth canal. Many petite women give birth to 9-pound babies (or larger) vgnally. Likewise, some large women have pelvises too narrow to accommodate even a 7-pound baby.
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