A Florida mum, Chrissy Corbitt, 29 had the joy of receiving a heavy baby with a record-breaking weight of 6.1kg in the month of May. The baby named Carleigh Brooke Corbitt was delivered via Caesarian section about one week before she was due.
During pregnancy, her husband observed her tummy got bigger than ever. She had expected a fairly big baby given that her first three kids weighed 4kg to 4.5kg.
However, she couldn’t believe her eyes when her baby weighed 6.1kg. “Oh my gosh, she’ s huge” she told inside edition. Even all the healthcare staff admitted baby Carleigh was the biggest they ever saw. ”I heard everybody cheering in the operating room. I’ve never had that happen before.” she told inside edition.
Her pregnancy was quite challenging because of gestational diabetes and low blood levels. Nevertheless, mother and baby are doing fine. And the baby became a celebrity overnight. In fact her photographs have become viral. Unsurprisingly, this had a huge impact on the care of the baby. For example, none of the diapers and clothes bought were her size. By 3 weeks, she could easily fit into clothes meant for 9-month-olds.
More Information On Having Heavy babies at birth
According to the the Guinness book of world records, the heaviest baby ever born to a healthy mother weighed 10.2kg at birth (average weight of a baby at one year). This occurred 62 years ago. There have been several claims after that but none could be verified.
One of the commonest reasons people have heavy babies at birth is gestational diabetes. According to the doctor that performed the C-section, there has been an upsurge in the number of big babies delivered in the past decade.
What is Gestational Diabetes?
This is a condition where the mother develops diabetes (mainly seen as high blood sugar) during pregnancy.She may not have been diabetic before pregnancy and the condition usually abates during pregnancy. According to the Center for disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gestational diabetes affects up to 1 out of 10 pregnant women in the US.
In a recent review,
up to 13.9% of Pregnant Nigerian women in Urban places were found to have diabetes. Most of them had risk factors which accounted for the high prevalence.
A woman is at risk of Gestational diabetes if she:
- Is overweight or obese
- Has family history
- Has previous birth weighing 4.5kg or more
- Has high blood pressure
- Is Older than 25 years
- has previously had unexplained miscarriage
During pregnancy lookout for the following features of gestational diabetes:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
Having a big baby is one of the uses complications of GD. Others are
- Premature labor
- High blood pressure
All pregnant women are screened for high blood sugar during antenatal visits. That is why booking early is important. With timely intervention, mother and baby can be properly managed and complications prevented.
Persons with gestational diabetes may benefit from diet, exercise and medication s such as insulin.