Posted on Mar 12, 2012 in Health & safety, Parenting & pregnancy
How much did the biggest baby ever born weigh at birth?
To really appreciate the size of some of the world’s biggest babies, it helps to first understand that in the US, the average birth weight is about 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
And then, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a high birth weight — fetal macrosomia — is anything over 9 pounds, 4 ounces (4500 grams). There are, however, thousands of babies born each year that weigh 9, 10 or even 11 pounds who are all perfectly healthy.
Here are some record-breaking babies that have been born over the years, based on newspaper reports as well as the Guinness Book of Records. Every one of these scale-busters were boys, and in most cases, their great size was a result of gestational diabetes.
I’d add my first-born male child to the list, but even the runt of the litter here has a good four pounds on him. Bummer.
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