12 Nov '11, 6am

Larger waistlines before pregnancy may mean extra-big baby

Larger waistlines before pregnancy may mean extra-big baby

NEW YORK - Women who have large waistlines before pregnancy may be more likely to have a larger-than-normal newborn than women who are trim around the middle, a new study suggests. The findings, reported in the obstetrics journal BJOG, are in line with what experts know: Women who are obese before pregnancy are more likely to have a baby with an abnormally high birthweight -- known as macrosomia. Depending on how macrosomia is defined, it affects anywhere from one per cent to 10 per cent of all pregnancies. By one definition, babies born weighing more than four kilograms (about eight pounds, 13 ounces) are macrosomic. Another definition puts the threshold higher: 4.5 kilograms, or nine pounds, 15 ounces. In the new study, UK researchers found that women with the biggest pre-pregnancy waistlines were more likely to have a macrosomic newborn, whatever the definition. Of near...

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