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Baby boy born at astonishing 19 pounds

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In Jakarta, Indonesia, a 41 year old woman had an emergency cesarean section to deliver her rather large baby boy. The baby boy was born at an astonishing 19 pounds! Apparently healthy and doing well, the physician who delivered him states that he eats almost nonstop.

Dr. Binsar Sitanggang was the gynecologist who performed the emergency c-section on the mother, Ani. The baby was so large, there was no way he could be delivered safely without a cesarean section. It was life-threatening for both the mother and the baby. However, Dr. Sitanggang reports that the surgery was complicated because the baby boy was so big. His legs were so big that it was hard to get him out, writes Daily Express.

Mothers who deliver large babies often have diabetes. Dr. Sitanggang feels that diabetes is likely the cause for the baby boy’s birth weight being 19.2 pounds and his length being a whopping 24 inches. When compared with other newborn babies, this baby boy looks like a giant. He will obviously be wearing clothes that fit a toddler. Although he was so large, he appears to be healthy.

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The normal weight for a newborn baby is between 6 pounds, 2 ounces and 9 pounds, with 7 ½ pounds being the average size of a new baby. There are several factors that weigh in with the size of newborns. The size of both parents is a big contributor as well as the health of the mother, according to KidsHealth.org. Health care professionals keep track of the growth of the baby from the time prenatal care begins until they are adults. Any variation in growth patterns are monitored by professionals to determine if it is normal or if there may be a problem.

So, is baby boy from Indonesia the largest baby ever born? No. In fact, in 1879, Anna Bates, a Canadian, gave birth to a little boy who weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces and was 30 inches long. However, he died 11 hours after birth. His mother, Anna Bates, had gigantism which made her one of the tallest women on earth. Another baby born at 22 pounds, 8 ounces was born to Carmelia-Fedele from Italy back in 1955 and he was healthy, according to PregnancyandBaby.com.

Blessed with three other children at home, the mother of the 19 pound baby boy will be bringing home quite the surprise for her family. Due to the mother’s diabetes, the extra sugar was given to her baby, making him grow unusually large. Diabetes is screened for early in a woman’s pregnancy in the United States. If you are pregnant and concerned that you may have diabetes, talk with your doctor.

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Written by Jenny Decker, RN
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