A baby who is nine or 10 pounds is typically considered a large baby, but who is the biggest baby ever born?
Discovering the Biggest Baby Ever Born
When searching for the biggest baby ever born, you have to turn to Guinness World Records. The book updates its list of records annually and you can find a plethora of interesting statistics on virtually anything. Big babies have always been a fascination to readers young and old. Guinness World Records offers plenty of information on this subject.
The record for the largest baby dates back to 1879, when Anna Bates of Canada delivered a 23 pound, 12 ounce, and 30 inches long infant boy. Unfortunately, he only survived for 11 hours.
A few years before this child's birth, on Christmas Day in 1852 in Cornwall, UK, a child was born weighing 21 pounds.
In 1884 in Crewe, Cheshire, UK, a 20 pound, 2 ounce boy was born to a 33 year old schoolmistress.
While the eighth child of Andrew and Nicola Carr of Cumbria, UK, did not register as impressive a weight as the above babies, he weighed in at 15 pounds, 8 ounces in 1992. He was 25 inches long as well.
Why Are Some Babies So Large?
The average weight of a newborn is considered to be 7 ½ pounds, so a baby weighing more than 9 pounds, 15 ounces is considered quite large. What causes some babies to be so large? There are actually several reasons or factors that can lead to a large baby at birth.
- Genetics-In many cases, big babies seem to run in families. Does this mean your baby will be large simply because you or a sibling was a big baby? No, but your doctor will probably ask you questions about your own birth weight and your mother's pregnancy and birth experience. In the same respect, women who have already had one or more large babies often continue to deliver big babies in subsequent births.
- Ethnicity-Some ethnic groups are believed to have larger babies on average, including Hispanic women.
- Gender-The sex of your baby may play a role in the size of him or her. In general, boy babies often weigh more than girl babies.
- Weight gain-Women who gain a lot of weight during their pregnancy sometimes produce larger than average babies as well.
- Extended due date-In most circumstances today, obstetricians will not allow a woman to continue her pregnancy past her projected due date. However, women who deliver past their due date sometimes have larger babies.
- High blood sugar levels-Women who experience high blood sugar levels are often diagnosed with gestational diabetes. If you are diagnosed with this condition, your doctor will monitor your baby's development. Your health and the health of your infant may influence your obstetrician to induce labor earlier than your projected due date. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you will meet with a nutritionist who will work with you to design a healthy diet to help you control your weight gain during the pregnancy. Keep in mind that a diagnosis of gestational diabetes doesn't mean you will be a diabetic after the birth of your child, although your risk of diabetes in later years may rise.
Finally, as pregnancy and infant health care continues to become more advanced, world records concerning infant birth weights may change. As always, however, Guinness World Records is considered the definitive authority on the reality of these statistics.