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Mother gives birth to giant baby weighing more than a stone

Posted by iskanbasal on August 11, 2007

As a seasoned mother of two, Amanda Ellerton wasn’t going to make a big deal about delivery number three. But in the end she didn’t really have a choice.

After a six-hour struggle and with the help of four midwives, her son Shaune made his entry into the world weighing an astonishing 14lb 7oz, almost twice the birth weight of the average baby.  Daily Mail says.

Some other statistics:

“The heaviest baby ever born was produced by Anna Bates of Canada in 1879, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It weighed 23.12lb and died 11 hours after birth”. “More recently Francisca do Santos gave birth to a son weighing 16lb 11oz by Caesarean section in Brazil”.

I did not do Pediatrics yet, this I will have in the next period but I already know there is a relationship with Diabetes of the mother, that is Diabetes mellitus is a risk factor for having babies over the average ( Large for gestational age).

This is what the wikipedia says:

“Large for gestational age (LGA) babies are those whose birth weight lies above the 90th percentile for that gestational age. Macrosomia, also known as big baby syndrome, is sometimes used synonymously with LGA, or is otherwise defined as a fetus that weighs above 4000 grams (8 lb 13 oz) or 4500 grams (9 lb 15 oz) regardless of gestational age”.

“One of the primary risk factors is poorly-controlled diabetes, particularly gestational diabetes  (GD), as well as preexistent diabetes mellitus (DM). This increases maternal plasma glucose levels as well as insulin , stimulating fetal growth”.

see the Wikipedia. But the articles and the textbook chapters on this subject are certainly numerous.

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