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Texas Couple Welcomed A Record-Breaking 16-Pound, 1-Ounce Baby, Who May Be The Largest Baby In The History Of Texas

Date August 19, 2019 22:59

Welcoming a new baby is always a great experience, but what is it if a baby is very special?

When Janet Johnson from Texas was pregnant, she and her partner Michael Brown knew their boy would be big. However, they had never expected their baby would be SO big! After the delivery, heir son measured at a record-breaking 16 pounds and 1 ounce!

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A little heavyweight

JaMichael Brown was born in July 2011 and he was very special. His parents and doctors at Good Shepherd Medical Center were surprised by his weight. Speaking to CBS affiliate KYTX-TV, his mother 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 said that the boy could be the largest baby ever born in Texas.

JaMichael’s extraordinary weight may be explained by his mother's condition. The woman had gestational diabetes. Mary Beth Smith, the nurse who helped during delivery, recalled:

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.

The little "giant" was 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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Why can babies be "big"?

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

The mom’s weight can influence the baby’s weight. Overweight women may give birth to heavier babies. But the weight the woman gains during pregnancy (only her own weight, not the baby’s) does not influence her baby’s weight at birth.

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There are several factors that may cause babies to be heavy at birth. They include the following:

  1. Weight. Women who are obese or overweight have a higher chance of giving birth to a large baby.
  2. A heavy baby before. If you already had a big baby, you have a higher chance of a heavy baby in the future.
  3. Diabetes. Mothers who have diabetes are at higher risk too. Diabetes (both chronic and gestational) can cause babies to grow large in the womb. It usually happens when the condition is not well-controlled. These babies risk a drop in blood sugar once the umbilical cord is cut.

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Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly to stay healthy. If you suspect that something is wrong with your health, always consult with your doctor. If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control to lower the risk of complications during birth.

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