Looking at your baby after giving birth is a wonderful time for expectant mothers. But before that, you may want to learn about your unborn baby and what to expect when the most awaited date of delivery finally comes. However, once the baby is born, there are many factors that are taken into consideration to know if the baby is normal. One of the key indicators of a normal delivery and a normal baby is the average baby weight.
In time, you may become worried about your baby’s size and shape after delivery. You might wonder if your baby is in good condition or your infant’s weight is appropriate for his age. This article can assist you in knowing if your baby is growing properly.
Average height of baby: At full term, the normal baby will be about 51cm long
Average weight of baby: At full term, baby will weigh approximately 6 to 9 pounds (2700 to 4000 grams). This is about the average weight of a baby at birth. It is important to take the measurement of the average baby weight at birth seriously, because it may be a vital indicator of a possible underlying health problem.
Special considerations to prevent the situations stated above:
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A lot of factors can affect a baby’s size at birth. The gestational age is essential. Babies that are born after their expected due date appears to be larger than the normal. Babies born before the expected date of delivery tend to be smaller than full-term babies.
Other factors include:
As your baby grows, the change in height and weight is inevitable. Most babies lose weight during their first week and then get back up to their birth weight by the time they are two weeks old. Regardless of what weight your baby starts on, as long as he continues to follow it, then he’s gaining weight as expected. It’s hard to say how much or little your baby should put on week by week but, generally, it’s quite quick to begin with (175 to 225g or 6 to 8oz a week) doubling his birth weight at 6 months. After this, weight gain progressively slows down.
Some babies may not follow the growth charts very well but this doesn’t mean they are unhealthy. Exclusively breastfed babies, premature babies or twins all show slightly different weight gain progress. But if your baby’s weight gain is consistently exceeding his gain in height, the physician may advise you to take one or more steps to try to slow your baby’s weight gain.
The Maternal and Child Health Service uses percentile growth charts to compare your child’s height and weight to other children of the same age to help assess their development.
When reading the percentile charts, if a baby is on the 10th percentile for height and weight, it means that 90% of babies are taller and heavier than they are. A baby on the 80th percentile for height and weight is taller and heavier than 80% of other babies.
Maternal and Child Health nurses use percentile charts from the World Health Organisation for children between 0 and 24 months of age, which measure:
Boys: weight for age and length
Girls: weight for age and length
Boys and girls: head circumference