Lately, I’ve started posting fun facts about pregnancy and postpartum health on my Instagram page. I don’t want you to miss out on any of these facts, so I’ve decided to post these facts and images on my blog in addition to Instagram.
I hope you enjoy this new series of blogs. If you’re on Instagram, come find me @rockyourhormones 🙂
There’s a really interesting discussion about the implications of having a “big baby” and the inaccuracies of measuring a big baby in the article below.
The article states:
“Fewer than 8 percent of babies born in the United States meet the medical definition of a large baby. But exaggerated estimates of fetal birth weight may be playing a role in the nation’s high cesarean section rates.
The new study, called Listening to Mothers III, was based onChildbirth Connection’s nationally representative survey of some 1,960 new mothers. It found that four out of five of the mothers who were warned they might have large babies gave birth to infants who were not large, and weighed less than 8 pounds 13 ounces.”
This means you have the ability to influence the health of your baby (and your baby’s future baby) before he/she is conceived! How cool is that?
I highly recommend cleaning up your diet and lifestyle at least a few months prior to conception. I know it can be tough to wait! When you have the urge to become pregnant, this often means you wanted to be pregnant weeks ago.
Investing in your health during the months (or truly, years) up to conception will give you the best chances of becoming pregnant, having a healthy baby, having a less complicated pregnancy and childbirth, and having smoother postpartum.
This is one of the many reasons why I’ve decided to do a #januarywhole30 and will probably extend beyond the 30 days.