Will You Deliver a BIG Baby?Molly Thornberg
“I’m AFRAID of Delivering a HUGE Baby!”
You’ve heard the stories.
“I delivered a 10lb baby vaginally, without an epidual!”
Big BABIES scare moms to be. The thought makes you say OUCH to the thought of a vaginal delivery or even just carrying that BIG thing in your belly onsets PAIN.
What Was the Biggest Baby Ever Born?
The biggest baby ever born was to Canadian Anna Bates. She gave birth to a baby boy who weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces and was 30 inches long back in 1879, however, and died just 11 hours later. (source: Guinness Book of World Records). The biggest baby to survive was yet another boy was in 1955. He weighted in at 22 pounds, 8 ounces. His mom was Carmelina Fedele from Italy, and that was in 1955.
Recently a woman in Indonesia delivered a 19 lb whopper! (see photo. photo credit: snarkfood.com)
Read more about what causes BIG BABIES after the jump —>
Macrosomia = Big Baby
Macrosomia is the term used for big babies. Big babies are classified by weighing 9 lbs 15 oz or more.
What Causes Babies to be Big?
Women deliver big babies for a variety of reasons. A few factors include obesity, unmanaged gestational diabetes, genetics, ethnicity, baby’s gender and going past your due date. Also if you’ve had a big baby before, you’re more likely to have a large baby in future pregnancies.
Male babies tend to weigh more than females.
Hispanic women are more at risk due to ethnicity.
Big Babies = Not at Risk
If you do deliver a large baby, fear not. Most infants who weight more than 9 pounds, 15 ounces have no identifiable risk factors.
What is the Average Newborn Weight?
The average newborn weight is 7 lbs 8 oz.
Are You Afraid of Delivering a HUGE Baby?