Massive Baby Born in Germany: Woman Naturally Births a 13 Pound, 4 Ounce Girl
A woman in Germany naturally delivered the largest baby ever to be born in the country.
At 13 pounds 4 ounces and 22.6 inches long, the newborn girl Jasleen tipped the scales when she came into the world on July 26. The Daily Mail has photos of the massive baby.
Babies born weighing more than 8 pound 13 ounces are said to have "fetal macrosomia," and heavy babies are often attributed to maternal obesity and diabetes, among other things, the Huffington Post reported.
German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that baby Jasleen's mother had an undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes and attributed the baby's huge birth weight to the fact.
A baby of Jasleen's size is typically delivered via Cesarean section, initial reports are unclear why a nearly 14 pound baby was delivered naturally, but Der Spiegel added that the natural birth went smoothly and both mother and baby are doing well now. However, Jasleen is still in a neonatal care unit at University Hospital in Leipzig.
Mary Helen Black, a biostatistician with Kaiser Permanente Southern California's department of research and evaluation, told Huffington Post last year that babies that are born too large face the risk "for very serious consequences both during delivery, for the mother and the infant, as well as later in life -- for the infant."
Jasleen breaks the record for heaviest baby born in Germany by a quarter pound. A 13 pound newborn called Jihad held the record since 2011, The Daily Mail reported.
Earlier this month an American woman gave birth to a 13 pound 12 ounce, 25-inch-long girl in Pennsylvania.
"We knew we had a big baby, but not that big," said Michelle Cessna, mother of newborn Addyson Gale, likely the biggest baby ever to be born at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital near Pittsburgh, Pa.
In March, 15 pound, 7 ounce George King was delivered in the United Kingdom. At two times the size of an average baby, George's was declared the second largest vaginal birth on record in the UK.
The largest baby ever born reportedly weighed 23 pounds 12 ounces, but died shortly after birth.