According to the trust, 852 babies were born in Scotland weighing 10lbs or over last year.
Medical authorities in Scotland consider babies weighing 9lbs 13oz or more to be ‘oversized’ or ‘macrosomic’.
Commenting on the figures, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) says that the figures from NHS Scotland reflect the obesity challenges midwives and maternity services are currently facing.
“Obesity during pregnancy is a big challenge for maternity services not only in Scotland but right across UK,” says RCM Director for Scotland, Gillian Smith.
“As a result of the increase in obesity among pregnant women, midwives are dealing with more complex births – on top of the continuing baby boom. These women need to see a midwife as early as possible in their pregnancy, and midwives need more time to spend with these women to help and advise them as well as involving the wider health care team.”
Additional research has claimed that ‘oversized’ babies could have a greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and other lifetime complications.
“The RCM encourages mothers to manage their weight before, during and after pregnancy. Not all pregnancies are planned, so there is a need to avoid excess weight gain and for those of normal weight to maintain the expected weight gain associated with pregnancy. After the birth, midwives work hard to support mothers to lose weight over a reasonable time period so they can achieve an ideal weight,” Gillian Smith added.
In 2015, the heaviest baby to be recorded in Scotland, born in the NHS Lanarkshire area, was 13lbs 1oz.
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