Pregnancy Tracker: 34 weeks, 3 days Size of the Baby: Over 5 pounds now. Biggest Obstacle: Getting the baby to move from against my ribs! With my due date only six weeks away, we're starting to plan (as much as possible) the birth. The hospital where we'll deliver is conveniently located less than a mile from our home and on Wednesday evening we headed over for a tour of Labor and Delivery. We're already fairly familiar with this hospital after attending our six-week child birth class there. It's nice to have everything mapped out, including where to park when we arrive, since we'll probably not be very relaxed when I'm actually in labor! The tour itself was pretty basic. First, all seven or eight couples gathered in a conference room to review hospital procedures. We were given detailed instructions on which parking lots and entry doors to use, depending on the time of day or night we come to the hospital. It seems th...
Definition Large for gestational age (LGA) means that a fetus or infant is larger or more developed than normal for the baby's gestational age . Information Gestational age is a measure of the growth and development of the fetus in the uterus and the infant after birth. LGA refers to a fetus or infant who is larger than expected for the age and gender or with a birth weight above the 90th percentile. The measurement is based on the estimated gestational age of the fetus or infant, compared with what is considered normal height, weight, head size, and developmental level for a fetus or infant of the same age and gender. Common causes of a fetus or infant who is large for gestational age are: Gestational diabetes Prolonged pregnancy A baby that is large for gestational age has a higher risk of birth injury and complications of low blood sugar after delivery.
A strong new report in the journal Diabetes Care illustrates why it's so important to control gestational diabetes . Uncontrolled blood sugar appears to greatly increase risk that a child will become overweight or even obese.
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Children of mothers who did not control their blood sugar during pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to be overweight or obese by ages 5 to 7 than kids of those moms with normal glucose. The higher the blood sugar, the higher the risks. But the children of diabetic mothers who controlled their blood sugar during pregnancy with diet, exercise and (if necessary) insulin were no more likely to be too heavy than kids of mothers with normal blood sugar.
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Researchers studied weights of children aged 5 to 7 and compared them to their mothers' blood glucose levels during pregnancy. Children of mothers diagnosed with gestational diabetes were almost twice as likely to be overweight or obese than ...
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