13-pound baby born in Germany
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A baby weighing 13 pounds, four ounces and measuring 22.6 inches long was born in Germany on July 26.
According to the Daily Mail, babies that size are usually born via a caesarean section, but she was born naturally.
"The mother gave birth at University Hospital in Leipzig and discovered she had a previously undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes.
This condition, which develops at around the 24th week of pregnancy, can lead to a larger than usual baby size," the Daily Mail story said.
Although both mother and daughter are doing well, Jasleen remains in the neonatal care unit.
She is now officially the largest newborn in Germany. A boy named Jihad was born in Berlin in 2011 and weighed 13 pounds.
A British mother gave birth vaginally to a 15 lb 7 ounces baby boy named George, in March.
He was born naturally and is the second largest recorded baby in the UK.
The Daily Mail said that surprisingly, nobody noticed that she was to have such a large child.
She said: ‘He was a surprise — a big surprise, as it turned out.
‘To be honest, I don’t remember it so much. It came and went, I remember a lot of pressure — but you just get on with it, don’t you?’
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the heaviest newborn ever was to Canadian woman Anna Bates in 1879.
The boy weighed more than 10 kilograms at birth but died 11 hours later.