A German woman became the center of news last week when it was reported that she delivered a supersized baby that’s on its way to be the biggest baby born in the country. The baby, who we know by its name Jasleen, weighed around 13.47 lbs and was 22 inches long at birth. Her birth was big news since newborn babies usually weigh only half as much. And if that’s not shocking enough, wait until you hear this – her mom delivered her normally and not through caesarean delivery. Shocking isn’t?
According to reports, Jasleen’s mom, who we have yet to know by name, suffered from gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes, at some instances, is proven to cause large babies such as in Jasleen’s case. Currently, the little girl is in the neonatal intensive care unit of the University Hospital in Leipzig.
While Jasleen holds the record as the biggest baby born in Germany, she’s not the only baby to be born weighing over 13 lbs. A mom from California has previously delivered a 13 lb. and 10 ounce baby but contrary to what happened in Germany, the mom at least went through c-section. Also, a couple in United Kingdom welcomed a 15 lb. baby which was delivered through c-section as well. To top that, Texas had JaMichael Brown which weighed at around 16 lbs. when he was born.
Babies weighing above 8 lbs. like Jasleen are said to experience fetal macrosomia. Asked for her reaction, Dr. Shieva Ghofrany from the Stamford Hospital has noted how we all have seen a significant increase in size and weight of newborn babies this past decade. She attributes this as a direct cause of adult obesity and diabetes which can affect the fetus as early as while it is on the womb.
Gestational diabetes, a specific type of diabetes experienced by pregnant women, is a dangerous condition that can lead to complications at birth. Gestational diabetes occur when a pregnant woman’s body fail to produce or blocks the necessary hormones to prevent the rise of blood sugar level. If remain undiagnosed or untreated, gestational diabetes can lead to seizures and still birth. The good thing though is that gestational diabetes, also called pregnancy diabetes, can be managed easily. The key is early diagnosis and so doctors recommend that pregnant women undergo comprehensive prenatal examination. More so, if they are obese and if their family has a history of type 1 or type 2 diabetes. With a strict diet, gestational diabetes can be managed and delivery can be made as normal as possible.
While newborn babies have been increasing in size, the Guinness Book of Records still upholds Anna Bates as the heaviest baby born in history at 23 lbs. No one has yet to break the record since then but with the rate at which obesity fluctuates, the wait won’t be long.
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