WARNING: A Massive Risk for Pregnant Women

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She’s just so: fat, skinny, obese, anorexic, butch, sinewy, thick-boned, bean-poled … With all of society’s predefined hypercritical judgments that outline what makes a woman “beautiful” and “healthy,” it will come as no shock to learn that your precious newborn baby’s body has been included into culture’s rulings.  Mothers “eating for two” are seemingly at risk for giving birth to SUMO BABIES!

“Almost a third of maternity wards [in England] have delivered babies weighing more than 12 lb.”

No longer defined as cute cabbage patch babies, Sumo Babies are born “larger-than-average” and according to this article, overweight and obese woman are to blame for the rising number of children categorized by this attractive description.

“Experts” are warning us: “It is a direct consequence of women going into pregnancy overweight and obese and thereby producing large babies. Unfortunately there is this old habit of ‘eating for two'.”

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I digress. Doctors, experts, and experienced mothers (who clearly know best) have eternally tisk-tisked women for overeating during pregnancy; but was it necessary to label a newborn’s endearing, little chubby legs and adorable, pinch-worthy cheeks, comparing him or her to a full-contact wrestling sport?

sumo wrestlers
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Back to the main point of this article, which states that “pregnant women classed as overweight, with a body mass index score of 25 to 30, are deemed ‘OK’ by health workers but they could easily become obese … [which is] dangerous for the mother, dangerous for the baby, it is expensive for the NHS and it is something that will continue until somebody in Government wakes up and really addresses the root causes of obesity.”

Did anyone else notice that little slip of truth – the expensiveness of it all?

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The article continues: “Society is responsible for its own negligence in properly instituting pre-conception advice and failing to get across to women that they really need to think months before they conceive about getting in shape.”

Yes! One mustn't conceive without “getting in shape” first.  (Too non-couture for our civilization.)


Of course, there are risks: type two diabetes, gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, and sumo babies.

I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy. My nose alone required a new zip code. I developed gestational diabetes. I was a beached whale on a private pregnant island. My doctor was prepared to deliver a more than 12 lb baby. You might say I “ate for two,” but I didn't intentionally stuff my face with some fierce lack of societal competence. And, gasp, my daughter was only 8 lb 8 oz – absolutely cabbage-patched and pinch-worthy – and is now a skinny stick of 7-year-old gorgeous. (And I was able to wear my size 4 jeans within a year, post-delivery. Fancy that.)

My personal experience aside, I’m glad the doctors and experts are “working closely” with the proper authorities “to tackle this complex issue.”

We wouldn't want our sumo babies running amok in sudden mass insult.

 Did you deliver a large baby? What do you think of this assessment of “sumo babies”? 

What do you think?

WARNING: A Massive Risk for Pregnant Women

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. crista says:

    Very upset over this issue. I am labeled as morbidly obese ( 5’6″ 195 lbs) I have had 4 of my husbands 7 boys and mine were 9lbs 13oz, 9bs 1oz, 9lbs 10oz, and 10lbs 6oz. but his other babies were also between 9lbs and 10lbs and all 4 of us are different sizes. Part of the problem might also be that we used to have babies at 9 months not 10 months like we do now maybe that extra month could be part of the cause or maybe its because healthy is expensive to eat all the time. Lower the prices of the healthy foods and we might be able to eat it more. But as for my husbands boys they are all tall, skinny, wide shouldered, and healthy ll on the 90% and up on height and 50% and under on weight. I may be big but these boys are not heavy by any means.

  2. Celina says:

    I have a problem with this too. My daughter was born at 9 1/2 lbs and a little over 22 inches long. She is now 3 1/2 yrs old, over 43 inches tall and weighs around 43 lbs. Her height and weight are porportionate for her size. Granted she’s taller than most 4 yr old. The medical system i have to use considers her overweight based soley on her age. I asked the dr. if it takes her height into consideration and she said she didn’t like that it labels kids at such a young age. Why do we feel the need to label everything? I would understand if she were a good 5 inches shorter and weighed the same amount, that would be a huge concern to me but she is a normal, healthy and VERY active toddler!!

  3. Judah says:

    I think this is a bit ridiculous. Although I agree that many women use “eatin for two” to be gluttonous, I don’t think the ‘epidemic of sumo babies’ is to blame on eating too much. First of all, I don’t think ‘sumo babies’ are a problem. Since when was a fat, healthy baby a bad thing? Our bodies are amazing! Little ones take what they need and when they don’t need it anymore, the chub just melts away. I have two examples as to why the idea that overwhieght women are the ‘problem’ to sumo babies is false:
    First, I have a friend who is overwhieght, something she struggled with all her life. She lost quite a bit of weight before she got pregnant but during her pregnancy gained it all and more back. Her little one was only 5lbs. ( I don’t remember the oz)
    Then there is me. I’m a very small person, 5′ 2″ 118lbs. I was in great shape before I got pregnant and only gained 30lbs in my pregnancy. My son came out at 9lbs 7oz 21 inches! I didn’t have much of an appetite while I was pregnant, definitely gained an appetite when I started breastfeeding though. Still my body used what I ate and gave it to baby. He’s 6months old and up to 23lbs and I’m back down to prepregnancy weight. I think our bodies are all different. Exercise and eating healthy are good for everyone, but ultimatley our bodies are going to put the fat and muscle where it’s needed during pregnancy, our babies.

  4. Leslie says:

    I was told I had a over weight child since I gain 60 pounds and had dietabtes. But she was 9, 1 and 20inches. Now she is 40 inches and 40 pounds. She three very tall for her ago.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I am classified as morbidly obese, and I am 6’4″ tall. (thanks bmi junk science) Last september I delivered my second child, who was 8lbs3oz. My first was 8lbs6oz. They were both almost 2 feet long. The original article was such BS. Every day fat mommies deliver small or average size babies and thin women have large babies. Let’s screw with fat women more, is all that article said to me. I love Kim’s response. 🙂

  6. jglaude41 says:

    My wife is on the heavy side. Has been most of her life. We have two kids neither of which was ever obese. Our 5 year old was 8lbs 9 Oz. 21 inches Our 5 month old was 8lbs. 19 inches. Neither one of them is over weight or at risk of becoming over weight. On the other hand a friend of mine whose wife is nowhere close to overweight has a baby that is in the 90 percentile for her age in weight. So blaming obese women for the cause of overweight babies is crap.


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