The normal weight range for a newborn is between 5.5 and 10 pounds, with the average newborn weight right at 7.5 pounds. If you've had more than one child, you probably have seen quite a difference even in your own babies' weights when they were born. It's nothing unusual; most women have babies of varying weights since no two pregnancies are the same.
But, imagine giving birth to a 12 pound baby. Or, how about a 19 pound baby? It can - and has - happened, as the following stories will prove. All over the world, healthy, tiny moms are still giving birth to huge babies the size of 6-12 month olds.
Often, there are stigmas associated with big babies. The mom has diabetes, is severely overweight, or didn't eat healthy during her pregnancy. Sometimes, this is true. Other times, the big-baby anomaly simply can't be explained.
Regardless of reasons for their weight, these babies were born tipping the scales, often to the surprise of their parents and nurses.View article on one page
15Australia: 13.2 Pound Baby Boy
Though the first baby, 13.2 pound-Ziad Kadic, on this list may seem small when compared to some of the eye-watering, larger than life babies listed below, birthing a 13.2-pound baby is definitely not the norm. The doctors at Joondalup Health Campus, did not realize how large baby Ziad was until his mother, Breanna Sykes, went into labor late one Saturday. She revealed later that the doctors warned her not to push, for fear of breaking her pelvis. While labor can always be a little frightening, the mom says she was truly scared. She ended up needing an emergency C-section and both mom and baby fared well after. Doctors from all over the entire hospital stopped by to check out the big hearty baby boy.
14Germany: 13.4 Pound Baby Girl
Jasleen from Germany is the biggest baby born vaginally, the country has ever seen, weighing in at 13.4 pounds. Before she was born the title for heaviest baby belonging to a “little” big one named Jihad, born November of 2011. Born on July 26, 2013, doctors found out that Jasleen’s mother had gestational diabetes, which wasn’t caught during her pregnancy. They believe that this was one of the factors that led to Jasleen’s high birth weight. Born at the University Hospital in Leipzig, this big beautiful baby girl was born measuring 22.6 inches long. Jasleen was kept in the hospital a little longer to monitor her health, but it has since been reported that mom and baby are now at home and doing just fine.
13India: 14.77 Pound Baby Boy
In November 2015, this almost-15-pound baby was born in India, making him one of the country’s largest babies to date. The baby’s mom, 36-year-old Firdausi Khatun, previously had 8 children, whose newborn weight averaged about 8 pounds. Miraculously, mom was only in labor for 15 minutes with this big guy! All of the other children born to Firdous were born at home but not this meaty man. The father decided to rush the mother to the hospital after realizing this birth seemed to be going a little different than the others. Not even a full half hour after they arrived at the hospital this big guy was delivered. Both mom and baby were said by hospital staff to be in good health upon being discharged.
12Connecticut, USA: 14.8 Pound Baby Boy
Marie Michel’s 5th child, a baby boy named Stephon Hendrix Louis-Jean, was also her largest at almost 15 pounds. The previously-held newborn weight record at the same hospital was held for 18 years, but was crushed by Michel’s son by almost 2 pounds. Michel says that she wasn’t surprised at his weight, since none of her other 4 children weighed under 8 and a half pounds. This big baby boy broke the record held for 18 years at the hospital by 1 pound and 13 ounces. The mom, Marie, said she was miserable by the end of the pregnancy. She couldn’t get any sleep and her oldest son had to help her get in and out of the bed. The doctor, David Kalla, who delivered the big boy by cesarean section said the stocky young thing was “built like a linebacker.” No wonder his mother had such a tough time.