IT’S one hell of a bundle of joy when your newborn baby boy comes into the world weighing a massive 19.2lb (8.7kg).
Not surprisingly, the healthy baby boy is also a healthy eater.
The baby was born by Caesarean section last Monday at a public hospital in north Sumatra in Indonesia.
Gynaecologist Binsar Sitanggang said the baby boy was so big it was a difficult process removing him from his mother’s womb.
“This heavy baby made the surgery really tough, especially the process of taking him out of his mum’s womb. His legs were so big,” he said.
The gynaecologist also pointed to the baby’s healthy appetite, which is hardly surprising, seeing as the baby weighs more than most toddlers.
“He’s got a strong appetite, every minute, it’s almost non-stop feeding.
“This baby is extraordinary; the way he’s crying is not like a usual baby. It’s really loud,” he said.
The baby’s large size is believed to be the result of his mother Ani, 41, having diabetes. She was rushed to hospital due to complications with the pregnancy, which had gone full term.
Her fourth child, he is the only one not delivered by a midwife.
As well as tipping the scales, the baby, who has yet to be named, also tops Indonesia’s heaviest baby poll. The country’s previous heaviest baby weighed in at 15.3lb (7kg) and was born in 2007 on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, Jakarta.
However, in terms of world records, the Indonesian super-baby is something of a lightweight.
Canada holds the proud title of having produced the world’s heaviest baby when Anna Bates, in 1879, gave birth to a child weighing an astonishing 23lb (10.5kg). The child died just 11 hours after birth.
The record for the heaviest baby to have survived is held by the Italians. In 1955, a baby boy weighing 22lb (10kg) was born in Aversa in the southern region of the country.
According to the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, the average weight for an Irish baby ranges between 7.7lb (3.5kg) and 8.8lb (4kg), although babies weighing between 13lb (5.9kg) and 15lb (6.8kg) have been recorded.
Assistant director of midwifery and nursing, Nicola Clarke, said the trend is towards heavier babies.
“It would seem to be going that way. It is due to different factors around diet and lifestyle. Pregnant women look after themselves far better nutrition-wise these days,” she said.
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