I am posting a big chunk of information on ‘Big Babies’ here and if it is too much (totally get it) keep an eye out for the next few posts where I will break down the info into more sizable chunks .
An increasingly large number of women, due to the common use of ultrasounds, are being told in the 3rd trimester that their baby is ‘big’, ‘large for gestational age or macrocosmic. Ironically most third trimester ultrasounds are done to identify small babies or growth restricted and most at risk of stillbirth.
Many women with babies identified as big are offered induction in hopes of reducing a rare but serious event – shoulder dystocia.
This is problematic because – ultrasounds are notoriously inaccurate, and many women have been told they require induction or caesarean for a “big” baby only to have a perfectly average 3.5kg be born.