13.4-Pound Baby Born in Germany... (and Not by C-Section!)
byKaitlin StanfordJul 31, 2013
Photograph by AP
Germany welcomed its biggest recorded newborn baby ever on July 26, when little Jasleen was born at the University Hospital in Leipzig, and weighed in at an impressive 13.4 lbs. The even bigger surprise? According to New York's Daily News, no C-section was required, meaning Jasleen was born vaginally.
Our hats are off to Jasleen's mom, who no doubt made it through a very painful delivery. She apparently had an undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes, which is probably what led to Jasleen's larger-than-average size. (According to the Mayo Clinic, gestational diabetes causes extra glucose in Mom's bloodstream, which can cross into the placenta and cause higher birth weights.)
But as large as Jasleen may have been, she certainly isn't the biggest. Earlier this year, baby George King was born in the UK at a whopping 15 pounds, 7 ounces. (Side note: Remember just last week when that other British baby George was born and we all thought 8 pounds, 6 ounces was big? Ha!) And in 2011, Texas mom Janet Johnson gave birth to little JaMichael, who weighed a not-so-little 16 pounds, even. (That's twice the size of the average newborn baby!)