We’ve talked before about the size of your baby bump, and about how having a smaller or larger baby doesn’t necessarily make your delivery any easier or more difficult. That being said, many women do still wonder about how big their baby will be, and what kinds of things can influence it.
Let’s take a look at some of the common concerns moms-to-be have about the size of their baby:
- Underweight moms. Moms who are underweight at the beginning of their pregnancy (with a BMI below 19) can be at risk for having a low birthweight baby. They’re also at risk of going into labor before the 36th week of pregnancy. If you’re underweight at the start of your pregnancy, you need to be especially diligent about eating a balanced diet and getting all of the nutrition you need so that your baby can grow and develop.
- Overweight moms. Conversely, overweight moms aren’t necessarily at risk of having a larger baby. If your BMI is over 30, however, you are at risk for a number of pregnancy complications. Diabetes and preeclampsia are among the most serious. If you’re overweight at the start of your pregnancy, it’s not time to start dieting; instead, like other pregnant women, you need to eat a balanced diet, making sure you’re getting the right nutrients that you and your baby need.
- Height. There was a time when it was believed that shorter women had a harder time getting pregnant or delivering a baby, but we now know that’s just not true. What is true, however, is that your baby will usually grow to fit. If you’re less than five feet tall, chances are you’re going to have a smaller baby. If your baby is too large to fit through the pelvis, your doctor may want to consider a cesarean section in order to delivery your baby.
There’s very little you can do to make sure your baby will be the right size when the time comes; the key for everyone is to eat right, follow your doctor’s advice about nutrition, and take care of your body while you’re pregnant.