Appropriate for Gestational Age

One of the earliest observations an examiner can make when evaluating a newborn is that of size. Because small term babies and large preterm babies may be the same weight but have very different problems, the categorization of size should always be made in relationship to the gestational age. Babies who are large or small for their age need special consideration. Typically, term babies are appropriate for gestational age (AGA) when their weights fall between 5lb 12oz (2.5kg ) and 8lb 12 oz (4kg). This baby, at about 7 pounds is AGA.

photo by Jim Bryson