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Texas Woman Gave Birth To A 16-Pound, 1-Ounce Baby Boy. What Causes Newborn Babies To Grow So Big?

Date January 9, 2019 13:35

When Texas resident Janet Johnson was expecting, she and her partner Michael Brown knew their baby would be big. But they had never expected their son to measure at a record-breaking 16 pounds and 1 ounce!

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A little Texas heavyweight: a 16-lb., 1-oz. baby surprised everyone

JaMichael Brown was born in July 2011 and surprised his parents and doctors at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Speaking to CBS affiliate KYTX-TV, his mom said:

Everybody was amazed that he was so big. I don't think too many people have heard of having a 16-pound baby.

JaMichael really is a champ. When he was born, hospital officials speculated that the boy could be the largest baby ever born in Texas.

JaMichael’s extraordinary weight at birth may be explained by the fact that his mom had gestational diabetes. Mary Beth Smith, the nurse who helped deliver the boy, said:

It's a beautiful baby, but for health reasons we'd rather not see a baby this large. They can have a little harder time maintaining their blood sugar.

JaMichael was briefly placed into the NICU, but it wasn’t long before doctors said he was fine and his parents took him home.

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How much a baby has to weigh to qualify as “big”, and why some babies are particularly heavy

According to the UT Southwestern Medical Center, babies who weigh more than 4500 grams (10 pounds) are considered larger than normal, also called “macrosomic”.

Speaking about the mom’s weight influence on the baby’s weight, overweight women may deliver heavier babies. But the weight the mom gains during pregnancy (only her own weight, not the baby’s) does not influence her baby’s weight at birth.

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Factors that actually may cause babies to be heavy at birth include the following:

  1. Obesity. As we’ve already mentioned, overweight and obese women have a higher chance of giving birth to a heavy baby.
  2. Having had a heavy baby before. Some women who give birth to heavy babies have already had a large baby before.
  3. Diabetes. Diabetes (both chronic and gestational) in moms can cause their babies to grow large in the womb, especially if the condition is not well-controlled. These babies risk a drop in blood sugar once the umbilical cord is cut.

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If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar levels under control to lower the risk of complications during birth.

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