How to have a 6 lb baby

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How to have a 6 lb baby

November 13, 2018
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Everyone is talking about low birth weight babies

and with good reason…

It’s not a good thing.

First of all, Low Birth Weight means that when a baby is born, he or she weighs

 less than 5 lbs, 8 ounces

Babies that are born weighing less than 5 lbs and 8 ounces have a higher chance of:

  • Spending time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit ( and not in your arms )
  • Developing infections
  • Having difficulty breathing
  • Having trouble with feeding
  • Vision and hearing problems
  • Developmental delays where they don’t reach physical and mental milestones
  • Having medical problems later on in life

No one wants that!

So, how can you have a 6 lb plus baby?

  • Take a prenatal vitamin every day
  • Stop smoking and this includes vaping and juuling and any drug use
  • Eat all your meals and an extra 300 calories a day (300 calories is a typical sandwich)
  • Go to all your doctor appointments
  • No drinking alcohol
  • If you have any medical issues, talk to your doctor about keeping your condition under control during your pregnancy
  • Surround yourself with people excited and supportive about your pregnancy
  • Get regular exercise- Walking  20 – 30 min every day
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk of Pre term birth ( a premie birth is between 20 – 37 weeks ) 

I followed those instructions and I am happy to say that I now have two boys who are smart, athletic and stay healthy!

So if you want the recipe to making a basketball player and cross country runner…

         Start with a good sized baby!

TrishaTrisha has been a Registered Nurse for twenty-five years. She connects with pregnant women in a personal, cheerful and caring way. At Mary’s House, she is the Clinic Director who can answer questions as a nurse and encourage you as a good friend would.

The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and is not meant for diagnosis or treatment. Any information found on this site should be discussed with a healthcare professional. Use of this information should be done in accordance with the health care plan outlined by your healthcare professional. For specific medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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