30 year old female Mrs. Garima Shrivastava from Pune has given birth to a baby girl weighing an astounding 5.05kg at Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi. One of the heaviest baby in town is born by a Caesarean section. It is a rare case for Indian baby’s weight more than normal. Such large babies are known as Macrosomic babies. A normal baby weight is around 3kg at birth.
Mrs. Garima Shrivastava use to do a regular medical examination during pregnancy. She completed nine months of her pregnancy and was admitted at Motherhood Hospital. Her blood sugars and other Pre tests done were normal and pre pregnancy weight was 105 kg. Which was concern and a challenge in her further management. Her third trimester scan showed mild Polyhydramnios. It is a condition where there is too much amniotic fluid surrounding the baby in the uterus during pregnancy with an estimated weight of 3 kg. Its purpose is to support the baby in the uterus and assists in the development of their limbs, lungs and digestive organs. It also helps to cushion the baby and supports them to keep an even, suitable body temperature.
Dr Mohita Goyal, Consultant, Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Motherhood Hospital, Pune says, “Everyone was taken by surprise in the operating theatre on the day of the delivery as the head of the baby was deflexed and floating in the uterine cavity at the time of incision which made difficult for extraction during C-section. It was a complicated situation, but in the end baby and mother both were doing good after surgery. This is a rare case where an overweight baby was born to a non-diabetic mother.”
Dr. Tushar Parikh, Chief Neonatologist at Motherhood Hospital, Pune said “Such large babies are known as “Macrosomic Babies”. They have a risk of hypoglycemia (drop in their blood sugar) as their body demand of glucose is more. Therefore, these babies are monitored for their blood glucose levels. Generally having large babies is a family trait.”
“These babies sometimes incur birth injuries to bones and nerves, as delivering them is a challenge. Some babies may get stuck during delivery and suffer asphyxia (lack of oxygen and nutrients to the brain) if there is a delay in delivery. Our obstetric team at Motherhood Hospital did an excellent job by delivering this baby safe! Average birth-weight baby would take about 4 to 5 months to achieve a weight of 5 kg” adds Dr. Parikh.
He further said “Some macrosomic babies have breathing difficulties which may need oxygen or respiratory support after birth. Many of these babies continue to remain larger for their age later in life.”
With full of joy and happiness Mrs. Garima Shrivastava, Mother of baby girl said, “I am very happy to see my baby in my arms. I thank Dr. Mohita Goyal and her team at Motherhood Hospital who helped Baby come out without any complications.