ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local OB/GYN says he’s seeing a new trend. You could call it a “big baby boom.”
“I used to say patients’ average-sized babies [were] about 7.5 pounds and I now say it’s upper sevens or eight-ish,” says Dr. Michael Boyd, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
Boyd says bigger babies bring with them some big concerns and more cesarean sections.
“You have the initial issues of the baby sitting out and getting dinged up on the way out. Sometimes there’s more trauma to mom, so that’s more immediate,” he explains.
“Babies that are bigger to begin with…some studies have shown they’re at risk of being big kids down the road, having diabetes down the road, that sort of thing,” Boyd says.
Part of the reason for the bigger babies, Boyd says, is improved nutrition in modern mothers. Another factor is overweight mothers, also a more common occurrence.
“The larger moms are leading to the larger babies too so I think we’re definitely seeing an increase in size,” Boyd adds.