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13.4-Pound Baby Born in Germany... (and Not by C-Section!)

Consultant physician Matthias Knuepfer and nurse My take care of Germany's heaviest newborn until now at the neonatal intensive care ward of the University Hospital in Leipzig, Germany, Monday, July 29, 2013. Girl Jasleen was born four days ago weighing extraordinary 6,110 grams and measuring 57,5 cm in length. The mother only arrived at the hospital on the day of the birth and she suffers from an undiscovered gestational diabetes. (AP Photo/dpa, Waltraud Grubitzsch)
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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!)

Still, those numbers don't even come close to the heaviest baby of all time. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, that title belongs to a Canadian baby born in 1879 who weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces, but sadly only lived 11 hours.

As for baby Jasleen, though, she is by all accounts doing well but is being closely monitored at the hospital where she was born. We wish both mom and baby well!

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