Doctors Can Accurately Predict Your Baby's Birth Weight With New Test
by Suzee Skwiot
Raise your hand if you've been worried about yourbaby's birth weight and stressing over giving birth to a large baby? Well, you're definitely not alone, but new research from Michigan State University could help doctors better estimate the size of newborns so you can finally get all your birth weight questions answered.
After reviewing more than 7 million records of live births, and comparing the last menstrual cycle of the mother to the fetus' gestational age and the official final birth weight, the researchers were able to accurately determine better thresholds for birth weights. So what does that mean for moms?
These measurements will give doctors clearer guidelines to correctly predict a baby's final birth weight!
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That's great news, moms! With the new benchmarks, you'll now be able to more accurately know your future child's birth weight. And your doctor will be able to better understand the baby's development and make proper health care decisions. It could even potentially cut down on the number of C-sections because moms won't elect to opt out of a natural birth.
We've heard plenty of stories of moms demanding a C-section when they're expecting a larger baby, only to find out that the little one was born weighing in at a nice 6 or so pounds. Fear not, though. With these new measurements, you'll have a clearer estimate of your little one's birth weight, and whether you can have that natural delivery.
Ultimately, this could also lead doctors to better prepare for health conditions that could result later in life. Babies with low birth sizes can run into several health risks later in life (high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease) while those with larger birth sizes can cause major complications during labor (tearing, blood loss, shoulder distortion). But having a clearer understanding and tracking of a baby's size can lead to better preparations for labor and even beyond! Yay, science!
How accurate was your baby's birth weight estimate?
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