Health Tip: Why Are Some Babies Born Bigger?

No two babies seem exactly the same size when born.
So what causes some babies to be born much larger than others?

The American Academy of Pediatrics says contributing factors include:

  • Having a pregnancy that lasts longer or shorter than the normal 40 weeks.
  • Overstimulated growth in the uterus during gestation.
  • Genetic differences.
  • The mother’s weight during pregnancy.
  • The ethnic background of the mother.
  • The number of previous pregnancies.
  • Alcohol use or substance abuse during pregnancy.
  • Health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or high blood pressure.

Source: HealthDay

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