Britain's biggest baby weighing 15 pounds 10 ounces adds to big baby boom
Last year, Britain's biggest baby arrived at a whopping 15 pounds 10 ounces. While the baby remains unidentified, we know that he (experts believe it was a boy) was born at Liverpool Women's Hospital.
The arrival of this gigantic baby adds to a trend of extra large babies being born. Baby weight has risen by 16% in the past seven years. Last year, nearly 1,000 babies weighed more than 11 pounds at birth. The increase in baby size is making doctors and parents a bit concerned.
According to Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum, obese women may be passing the gene to their children. She said:
"Obese mums-to-be are most likely to have fat children whose health may be severely affected from the day they are born."
While obesity may be to blame for the increasing weight of newborns, we don't know the identity of Britain's largest baby. Therefore, we cannot conclude that his mother is obese. There's no definitive explanation for the rise in baby size over the past seven years.
However, despite our adoration for those chubby cheeks, oversized babies can be at risk for certain health issues such as obesity, shoulder dystocia, and diabetes.
If you birthed a large baby, don't freak out. In some situations, big babies simply run in the family. Some women face no health issues and experience perfectly safe deliveries. Their babies grow up to be healthy and happy and have some hilarious baby pictures to enjoy from their chubster days.
The big baby boom trend illuminates the importance of getting the proper pre-natal care to ensure the safety of both babies and mothers.
As long as women get the proper pre-natal care, people may continue their obsession with chubby babies. Who can blame them? Those cheeks are pretty irresistible.
Watch this video to learn more about the health risks of bigger babies:
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