A study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal suggests that doctors may be significantly overestimating the number of women who are pregnant with large babies, or macrosomia, likely leading to unnecessary C-sections and inductions. Researchers out of San Francisco and Boston analyzed data from the Listening to Mothers III Survey, a nationally representative survey of 2,400 women who had given birth between July 2011 and June 2012. They found that although 33% of women surveyed were told by their doctors that they were carrying a baby that was “quite large,” only roughly 10% of women surveyed actually delivered a macrosomic child. Women surveyed were also more likely to ask for an epidural or a planned C-section. As there is no exact science for determining a baby’s weight at the end of gestation, expectant mothers should be aware that birth weight estimates are exactly that, so you should discuss with your healthcare provider whether an elective C-section or medically induced labor is the right choice for you and your child.
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