This Celeb Gets What It’s Like to Have Big Babies
Jessie James Decker is a country singer who is small in size but living a pretty larger-than-life life. From her envious hair to her statuesque former footballer husband (he recently retired) to her singing voice, Decker does a lot of things big and that, apparently, goes for her babies too.
Despite the fact that the star is only five feet and one inch tall herself, she has given birth to three big babies — and she opened up to People magazine about the toll that giant babies can have on a woman's body. And if you're a mom who has ever had a big baby, or may be pregnant with a baby that your doctor suspects will be a pretty good-sized baby, you may relate.
In her interview with People, Decker confessed that as much as she is grateful for her family, which now includes three young children who range in age from 10 months to almost 5 years old. she never found the process of getting them here through pregnancy to be easy.
“I know a lot of women don’t enjoy [pregnancy] and I wasn’t one of them that was obsessed with being pregnant, because it’s really hard on your body and I’m really petite,” the mom of three told People. “I have massive babies and it’s really hard on my joints.”
As a fellow mom of big babies, can I just say: a- to the -men!
Technically speaking, a “big” baby is defined as fetal macrosomia and it applies to any baby who weighs more than 8 pounds and 13 ounces at full-term delivery. And if you've had a baby that big, you're probably thinking, please, that was my small baby's weight! in which case, girl, I hear you. The Mayo Clinic notes that although the technical definition for a “big baby” is that 8 pounds, 13-ounce mark, things start to get especially risky once your baby hits or exceeds 9 pounds and 15 ounces.
Just what are some of the risks of having big babies? Well, according to the Mayo Clinic they can include:
- Difficulty for the baby to regulate his or her blood sugar
- Difficulty with labor
- Increased risk of bleeding after delivery for the mother
- Complications with weight for the baby during childhood and later in life
Having big babies can be difficult because when you're the one pregnant with a “big” baby, it can feel like you're to blame for everything — even if you're technically doing everything “right,” it can feel like it's your fault. You may beat yourself up for eating too much or not exercising enough, but in some cases, some women just have big babies and no one really knows why. Of course, you should do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle before and during pregnancy, but we all know that sometimes, pregnancy is just about survival and no doctor should ever make you feel bad about your baby's size. Know the risks, do your best, and forget the rest, am I right?
Along with the fear of everything that can go wrong with having a big baby, let's not forget the other big fear that mamas-of-hefty-babies have: the fear in subsequent pregnancies. Because those of us who have had one big baby in the past know that any future babies that come along are almost guaranteed to be even bigger. I have had four kids thus far and each baby was subsequently bigger and heavier than the last, aside from my 4th baby, who was born 3 weeks early, but even early she still weighed more than my first two babies did full-term! In fact, had she gone all the way, she would have been pushing 11 pounds, which means that my pushing would have been just a tad uncomfortable.
The point is, having big babies isn't easy. Not only does it come with some real health risks, but it also carries a lot of emotional hardships too. From feeling like you are failing in some way, to the worry and fear of what your body will look like after you make it to the finish line of delivery, to the mental work it takes to get through that last trimester when just living in your own body hurts 24/7.
So, if you're the mom of a big baby or you're currently carrying one to that finish line, know that you're in good company. You can do this, mama!
How big was your baby when he or she was born?