More Singapore mums are having heavier babies, thanks to better prenatal diet, though some confess to overeating.
Madam Allie Chen (above), 27, was expecting a 3.3 baby but her son turned out to be 4.4kg instead.
While the average weight of babies born here has not changed drastically – KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), which gets the lion's share of births here, says the figure hovers around 3.1kg – obstetricians and gynaecologists The New Paper on Sunday gave anecdotal examples of more cases like Madam Chen's.
In fact, the biggest babies born at the Singapore General Hospital, KKH and Thomson Medical Centre weighed 5.1kg, 5.6kg and 5.8kg respectively. They were all born in the last decade.
Doctors are not keen for mother and child to get too big, as delivery will be fraught with risks and the child has a higher likelihood of developing health issues.