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Oh my gosh! Someone forwarded me a news article from CNN about a woman in Brazil that delivered (via c-section) a 16.7 lb. baby. There's a picture of him and he's HUGE. She must've had a sore back!


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OMG!!!! Can you imagine? Of course, in Brazil, something like 75% of births are done by elective CS. A friend of mine was the first of her sisters (3 sisters) to give birth vaginally by choice. They thought she was CRAZY! They were present for the birth and just had no clue what was going on! Sad, isn't it?
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That was one huge baby! I thought my 10 lb baby was huge. Thank goodness for C-sections!

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Well...I wonder if she was even given the chance to try a vaginal delivery?

I mean, Frank Sinatra weighed 15 lbs and was born at home. And his mother was 5'2".
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Good night! That baby is huge! I am all for natural, vaginal birth but something out of whack happened there. What could cause this? Gestational diabetes? Some kind of side effect of a drug mom was on? Could you go that far past your due date and just grow a huge baby? Wild.
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Weird timing here - this was JUST on my evening news!

Any way, the report said that the size was due to gestational diabetes; both mother and baby will be hospitalized for a few days for some minor complications; both should be fine soon.

Whew!
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Dh's great uncle (his grandfather's brother) was over 15lbs at birth. He was born at home just like all of the other kids. It is possible.
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OMG!! That is amazing.

And the picture is so sad, that little baby doesn't even fit in the cradle thingy. I wonder how is muscle control is going to be, will he be a little early because he's so strong or will he be a little later cause he has so much extra weight to carry?
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15+ pound vaginal births possible?

C'mon girls I thought that was just the stuff of urban legends.

11-12 lbs, sure. 13 lbs, maybe.

But 16+ lbs. I doubt it, unless the mother herself was some sort of giant (seriously). Anatomically I just don't see how it would be possible.

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15+ pound vaginal births possible?
But 16+ lbs. I doubt it, unless the mother herself was some sort of giant (seriously). Anatomically I just don't see how it would be possible.
Why not? I mean your pelvis seperates, your vagina stretches, tears if need be. It would be quite an ordeal I would imagine, but definately not impossible.

A client of my midwives had a 13+ lb baby and labor and birthed jst like it were average sized.
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Wouldn't most of the weight be fat? I mean GD messes with the sugar levels and wouldn't grow bones, would it? I imagine 8 extra lbs of bones would make a vag delivery impossible, but fat, I dunno... maybe it squishes enough to let him out. Just a thought.
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that is crazy! but not unheard of. My cousin gave birth to a 15.2 lb baby 9 years ago, vaginally without a stitch! he was bigger than all the kids his size until age two

Both mom and dad are of good stature.
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How can you birth a baby that size??? My DS was 10lbs and 22" long at birth. After over 2 days of labor my son got stuck in my pelvis and would not budge. Then his heart rate slowed and I had an emergency C-section. Even my earth mama doula was all for it. I'm 5'3" and that baby was going no where!

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You can do it. My Grandmother's largest baby was her second to last (she has 6) and he weighed almost 12. But he was very long and skinny so she said he wasn't any harder to deliver than the other kids. He is now 6 foot 4 inches tall. Grandma is a tall woman, but not really that big.

Like I said before dh's great uncle was 15+ pounds at birth. At least that is what the family bible has written in it. Dh's grandfather was 6 at the time, and says that he remembers the midwife being amazed when she announced the babies weight. I have never met Dh's Great Grandmother, she died before dh was even born, so I don't know how big of a woman she was to begin with.
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OK ladies and gentlemen, get out a balloon (regular/large party size). Take a deep, even breath, and blow into it. Then do it again. And again, even breaths each time. When you've done it 8 times, that's an 8 lb baby. Do it again. Did you notice a huge difference in the circumference between the 8th and the 9th? Not really. Do it again, and then maybe again (make sure you don't get lightheaded!). Is it bigger? Yes. But there wasn't the big, noticeable jump in circumference that there was between, say, the 5th and 6th. Some of the increased volume went into length. But mostly, the added breath (pound) just wasn't that big of an addition in comparison to the previous 8/9/10 breaths (lbs).

And, of course, babies aren't balloons. They're much more flexible! (Also, they tend not to pop if you accidently poke them.) Most of the added weight (especially in a GD baby) is going to be fat (which is very squishy, and not typically stored around the head nor, to a lesser extent, the shoulders), not bone structure. But even when you're adding half a pound of bone, how much of that is really going to go into head circumference or shoulder width? Not much. And those are the parts that matter (most) in birth. And even those are highly mobile and moldable.

So yes, a super-large 15/16 lb baby is a lot to carry, but in terms of the physiology of birth, it's not that different from a 10 or 8 lb baby.

And let's not forget the mother (as someone else pointed out). Pelvises move! Yonis stretch! And yes, tear. But it can be done, which we know because it has been done, so let's not delude ourselves with "But that's too hard!" Hard, yes. But doable.

Even so, in case one does get in a (excuse the pun) sticky situation, let's also be thankful that we live in the times where surgical birth is a safe, available back up.

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So there you have it, my super-quick, super-condensed lesson on why women shouldn't be afraid of "big babies." Hope you enjoyed!

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Well done, well done! :LOL ITA
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I mean, Frank Sinatra weighed 15 lbs and was born at home. And his mother was 5'2".
From a book written by Nancy Sinatra about her dad she says Frank was 13 1/2 pound his mamma was under 5 feet tall. The dr. used forceps ripping and scarring Franks "ear, neck and puncturing his eardrum." The baby wasnt breathing so his grandma held him under cold running water till he took his first breath. His grandma was an experienced midwife.

The poor woman, I cant imagine what she went through and that poor baby, such awful pain.
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A 16.7 lb baby would not grow that big just due to Gestational Diabetes alone. From what I've read most recently (desparately searching for the link!), the mother had uncontrolled diabetes which is very different than just GD.

Also, diabetes like this does not just make the baby fat. It makes the baby big in general, including bone growth. You can tell by looking at the baby that it's not just a normal sized baby with lots of fat... the baby is extremely big in every way not just fat (huge head, long arms and legs, etc.)
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A 16.7 lb baby would not grow that big just due to Gestational Diabetes alone. From what I've read most recently (desparately searching for the link!), the mother had uncontrolled diabetes which is very different than just GD.

Also, diabetes like this does not just make the baby fat. It makes the baby big in general, including bone growth. You can tell by looking at the baby that it's not just a normal sized baby with lots of fat... the baby is extremely big in every way not just fat (huge head, long arms and legs, etc.)
I heard this on the news a few days ago and they had mentioned that she did not take her insulin and did not follow a diabetic diet.
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Also, diabetes like this does not just make the baby fat. It makes the baby big in general, including bone growth. You can tell by looking at the baby that it's not just a normal sized baby with lots of fat... the baby is extremely big in every way not just fat (huge head, long arms and legs, etc.)
huh. I learn something new every day...

Does anyone know what type of effect this will have on the kid as he grows?

And don't you wonder what they named him? I suppose Tiny is out. :LOL
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