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Babies of Overweight Mothers May Grow More Slowly

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics has found that babies born to overweight or obese mothers actually gain weight and length more slowly than babies born to normal-weight women.  More from Newswise:

Contrary to expectations, babies of overweight/obese mothers gained less weight and grew less in length than babies of normal-weight women from just after birth to three months. The overweight/obese mother babies also gained less fat mass than those born to normal-weight mothers. Fat mass in infants is widely considered to be crucial to brain growth and development. (That may explain why humans have the fattest newborns of any mammal.)

“We’ve found these children are not growing normally,” says Katie Larson Ode, assistant clinical professor in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the UI. “If what we have found is true, it implies that the obesity epidemic is harming children while they are still in utero and increases the importance of addressing the risk of obesity before females enter the child-bearing years, where the negative effects can affect the next generation.”

Six in ten U.S. women of childbearing age are overweight or obese, according to a 2010 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Children of overweight or obese mothers, in general, catch up to their normal-weight-mother peers at some point, according to studies; unfortunately, they also have a higher risk of continuing to rapidly gain weight in adolescence and becoming fat themselves, triggering health problems throughout their lifetimes.

Image: Overweight pregnant woman, via Shutterstock.

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California Woman Delivers a Nearly 14-Pound Baby

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Cynthia Sigler of Vista, California, welcomed a big new arrival late last week, when her son Jayden was born by Cesarean section weighing 13 pounds 14 ounces, The Associated Press reports.  Sigler told the news agency that her first thought when learning her baby’s weight was, “How’d he fit?”  From the AP:

Dr. Jerald White, who delivered the baby at Tri-City Medical Center, said Jayden was the biggest of the 20,000 newborns he has helped usher into the world since he started in 1961.

The doctor said delivering a very large baby via cesarean section is more challenging, but “it wasn’t so difficult that it created a problem for anybody.”

Sigler said her own family didn’t believe her at first — she convinced her cousin it wasn’t a joke only after showing a photo of the scale readout.

Jayden’s birth weight is almost twice that of his sister, Jailyn, now 2½. She was 7 pounds, 2 ounces at birth.

Sigler said she’ll have to exchange all the baby clothes she bought for larger sizes.

Image: Pregnant woman, via Shutterstock.

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