HUGE Baby Born in China, Weighing in at 13.6 Pounds
byKaitlin StanfordNov 27, 2013
We don't even know her name yet, but a newborn baby girl from Shanghai is making headlines this week for her larger-than-average size: She's an incredible 13 pounds, 6 ounces. (Ouch!) In fact, she may be one of the largest babies born in all of 2013.
Usually in these big baby cases, we come to find that the mother had gestational diabetes or other health complications leading to the baby's enormous size. But according to SkyNews, that doesn't seem to be the story here. The girl was born to an otherwise healthy 27-year-old mom from Shanghai, who said she ate mostly milk, eggs, and lots of fruit every day during her pregnancy. She also spent a considerable amount of time off her feet and on bed rest, which doctors think had a lot to do with it. But despite the fact that the baby seems to be happy and healthy, doctors are concerned the baby may one day develop diabetes or continue to be obese, which they'll have to watch out for.
So just how huge is 13 pounds, 6 ounces.? To put it in perspective, the average U.S. baby weighs around 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and any baby over 8 pounds, 13 ounces is diagnosed as having "fetal macrosomia", which carries with it additional risks over 9 pounds, 5 ounces. But, apparently, this baby thing has been a bit of a trend in 2013—massive newborns were born in Germany, SpainandUtah this year. (Interestingly, a 2010 study concluded that a mother's weight and genetics aren't always to blame for a baby's size, but her pregnancy weight gain may be.)
A quick flip through the Guinness Book of World Records reveals that the heaviest baby on record ever was from Ohio, and weighed an insane 23 pounds, 12 ounces back in 1879. (Sadly, the baby died shortly after its birth). But in China, the biggest baby on record so far is Chun Chun, born by C-section (thankfully!) at 15 pounds, 5 ounces in 2012.