Large for gestational age babies
Large for gestational age (LGA) is a term used to describe babies who have birthweights greater than the 90th percentile for their gestational age, meaning that they weigh more than 90 percent of all babies of the same age.
- The average baby weighs about 7 pounds at birth.
- About 10 percent of all babies weigh more than 4,000 grams (8 pounds, 13 ounces).
- Rarely do babies weigh more than 10 pounds.
Although most LGA babies are born at term (37 to 41 weeks of pregnancy), a few premature babies may be LGA.
How Children's approaches LGA
For expectant parents, finding out that there might be a problem with the health of your child understandably brings up questions, concerns and fears. Our team at the Advanced Fetal Care Center at Boston Children's Hospital is here to support you.
We handle a wide range of congenital anomalies, from diagnosis and counseling through treatment and follow-up. AFCC's groundbreaking work has significantly improved outcomes for babies with complex health concerns like LGA, while delivering hope and compassionate care to families along the way.