Mother’s Age Might Decide the Size of the Baby

According to the Dutch researchers, the age of the mother might decide the size of her baby. Older mothers are likely to give birth to big babies and younger women might have smaller babies. The study hints at a link between the mother’s age and the birth-weight of her child. Potential health consequences are involved when the baby is too small or too big. Babies smaller than the average size might face the risk of complications during birth and diabetes and heart problems in adulthood. Very large babies might grow into obese adults.

Researcher Rachel Bakker, Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and her team, studied about 8,568 Dutch mother who had given birth between 2002 and 2006. They observed that one is 20 infants was small and one in every 20 was large, in total. Mothers under 25 had higher chances of giving birth to smaller babies and women in their 30s are more likely to have a bigger baby. The factors which were responsible for this abnormality are social factors, lifestyle factors and the factors present in the women’s bodies. The study is of great significance in these times as the number of older women, more than 35, giving birth has gone up from 9% in 1990 to 14% in 2008 in the US.

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