Birth Weight is the weight of a baby at the time of its birth. It is directly linked with the gestational period at which the child was born. It is generally calculated after the birth but it can be also estimated during the pregnancy by measuring fundal height (a measure of the size of the uterus used to assess fetal growth and development). A baby born within the normal range of weight for that gestational age is what we called as Appropriate for Gestational Age (AGA). While those born above or below this normal range i.e; AGA often show unusual rate of development. This often indicates complications with the pregnancy which may affect both the baby and its mother. The chance of a baby being born outside the normal range i.e; AGA could be influenced by their parents in different ways which are as follows:
2. Maternal Health (mother's health condition), particularly during the pregnancy
3. Environmental factors
Sometimes multiple births, where each baby is likely to be bornoutside of the AGA, could also increase the chance of another baby borning outside the normal range i.e; AGA.
Studies have shown that how a person's birth weight can affect his/her future life. This inlcudes obesity, diabetes and intelligence.
Obesity (a condition in which excess body fat accumulates to such an extent that health is be negatively affected)
Babies that have low birth weight have also an increased chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes (Diabetes Melitus) in their later part of life. Intelligence
According to some researchers, an increased birth mass could have direct link to an increased IQ (intelligence quotient). Researchers also found out some evidence of a link between a baby's birth mass and it's mother's risk of having Myocardial Infarction (a cardiovascular disease).
So folks if you want a healthy child it's better to care a lady during her pregnancy rather than after the delivery. Keep that in mind!