ABC News announced last week that a woman in Germany has given birth to 13-pound baby. The woman named her newborn ‘Jihad’, which in Arabic means ‘struggle’. She reportedly chose the name inspired by her difficult labor.
A woman in Berlin gave birth to an unusually large child on Friday morning at a hospital in the German city. Doctors were amazed that the 528-pound mother was able to naturally deliver the 13-pound baby, without suffering any physical injuries.
Based on the doctors’ report, the woman was suffering from gestational diabetes and metabolic disorders, two conditions that contributed to the over development of the fetus. The medical staff told reporters that the new mom was aware of her condition and yet, she continued to eat sweets during the pregnancy. In addition, the 40-year-old didn’t follow doctors’ advice and insisted on getting a natural birth, which, according to Dr. Wolfgang Henrich, put at risk not only the life of the mother, but also the baby’s life. Babies weighing more than 10 pounds are delivered through cesarean sections in order to avoid complications.
Jihad is not the only oversized baby. There have been previous cases, as well. One in particular, entered the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1879, Canadian Ann Bates delivered an astonishing 23 pound- 12 ounces baby.
There are several factors that contribute to the size of the child. Dr. Alison Stuebe from the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine stated that mothers can determine how big their babies will be if they take into consideration their weight prior to pregnancy, the amount they gain, and the level of blood sugar. Gestational diabetes causes the fetus to release insulin which, in turn, stimulates the baby to absorb the glucose as body fat.
Jihad and his mother are doing well.