Big babies. What are the risks?

Researchers know that large babies can damage mothers while they’re being born but little is known what other risks they might be subject to. In this study Hector Mendez-Figueroa, from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, led a team of researchers looking at the other risks faced by large babies. They studied 50,734 births of which 12.1% involved bigger babies. Larger babies were no more likely to suffer stillbirth but “composite neonatal morbidity” (the chances of being ill) was more likely in heavier babies.

You can read the abstract of this article here.

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About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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