Earlier in July Addyson Gale Cessna tipped the birth scales at 13 pounds, 12 ounces in Kittanning, PA. There is no way of knowing if it is a new hospital record. Michelle and Mark Cessna said that their first two children were big babies but this was more than they had expected. They had guessed the baby would weigh around 10 pounds.
The baby was 25-inches long and was delivered via Cesarean-section.
This past spring, Baby George King was born in the United Kingdom and weighed in at 15 pounds, 7 ounces.
While the statistics elicit surprise and comments by women about how those births must have really hurt, we can’t forget the unfortunate fact that babies born in the 10th percentile in terms of weight often suffer from health problems.
According to the Mayo Clinic, macrosomia (the medical term for babies born between 9 and 10 pounds in weight) puts the baby at risk of higher than normal blood sugar, metabolic syndrome and childhood obesity. These factors further combine to increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Women can have larger babies as the result of maternal diabetes, maternal obesity, the baby being overdue, and having a history of large babies.
A study released in March 2012 found a correlation between a baby’s large birth weight and the mother’s weight and not her blood sugar levels.
OBGYNs point out that it is very difficult to predict birth size and weight. Ultrasound has a 10% error factor with normal-sized babies and is even less accurate with under- or over-sized babies.
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