Pune: Mother gives birth to a hefty baby weighing 5.05 kgs at birth

A 30-year-old woman named Garima Shrivastava from Pune has given birth to a baby girl weighing an astounding 5.05 kgs at Motherhood Hospital in Kharadi

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  • One of the heaviest babies in Pune was born by via Caesarean section.
  • It is a rare case for Indian baby’s weight more than normal.
  • Such large babies are known as Macrosomic babies.
  • A normal baby weight is around 3 kgs at birth.
  • Generally, having large babies is a family trait
  • It was a complicated situation, but in the end baby and mother are both safe and out of danger.
  • Average birth-weight baby would take about 4 to 5 months to achieve a weight of 5 kgs.

Shrivastava use to do a regular medical examination during pregnancy.

She completed the full term of her pregnancy and was admitted to Motherhood Hospital.

Her blood sugar and other pre-tests were done normally and the results were all clear, there wouldn’t have been any factor to be worried about and pre-pregnancy weight was 105 kg. Which was a concern and a big challenge in the further management of her gestation period.

Her third trimester scan showed mild polyhydramnios. It is a condition where there is too much amniotic fluid surrounding the baby in the uterus during pregnancy with an estimated weight of 3 kg.

Its purpose is to support the baby in the uterus and assists in the development of their limbs, lungs and digestive organs.

It also helps to cushion the baby and supports them to keep an even, suitable body temperature.

Dr Mohita Goyal, Consultant, Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Motherhood Hospital, Pune says, “Everyone was taken by surprise in the operating theatre on the day of the delivery as the head of the baby was deflexed and floating in the uterine cavity at the time of incision which made difficult for extraction during C-section.”

Dr Goyal added, “It was a complicated situation, but in the end baby and mother both were doing good after surgery. This is a rare case where an overweight baby was born to a non-diabetic mother.”

Dr Tushar Parikh, Chief Neonatologist at Motherhood Hospital, Pune said “Such large babies are known as ‘Macrosomic babies.’ They have a risk of hypoglycaemia (drop in their blood sugar) as their body demand of glucose is more. Therefore, these babies are monitored for their blood glucose levels. Generally, having large babies is a family trait.”

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“These babies sometimes incur birth injuries to bones and nerves, as delivering them are a challenge. Some babies may get stuck during delivery and suffer asphyxia (lack of oxygen and nutrients to the brain) if there is a delay in delivery,” adds Dr Parikh.

He further said, “Some macrosomic babies have breathing difficulties which may need oxygen or respiratory support after birth. Many of these babies continue to remain larger for their age later in life.”

With full of joy and happiness Garima Shrivastava, Mother of baby girl said, “I am very happy to see my baby in my arms. I thank Dr Mohita Goyal and her team at Motherhood Hospital who helped baby come out without any complications.”