A big baby born in Spain weighed over 13 pounds and was born naturally. Maxime Marin, a British native, gave birth naturally and without painkiller. Maria Lorena Marin was born weighing 13 pounds 7 ounces.
Marin, age 40, explains that each of her other children were over nine pounds at birth. However, she never expected her third child to weigh over 13 pounds. As reported by Yahoo News, Marin was 41 weeks along when Maria was born.
Officials with Hospital Marina Salud in Denia, Spain, said that Maria was born without complications. They stated that she is in “perfect health.” Marin, who was in labor for five hours, said that the birth was actually quite “simple.”
Dr. Javier Rius, head of gynaecology, explained that Maria could be the biggest baby born in Spain.
Maria was certainly a large baby. However, the biggest baby ever recorded was born in Ohio in 1879. According to Guinness World Records, Anna Bates gave birth to a boy weighing over 23 pounds. Bates and her husband were both over seven feet tall.
Unfortunately, Bates’ son died eleven hours after his birth.
As reported by Baby Center, seven pounds is considered an average birth weight. Babies born weighing over 9 pounds 15 ounces, are considered big babies.
Although many factors can lead to a big baby, the leading causes are diabetes and genetics.
Carol L. Archie, M.D., of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, explains some of the risk factors:
“Big parents often have big babies, but sometimes babies are unusually large because the mother is obese or has developed gestational diabetes during her pregnancy that was undiagnosed or untreated.”
Despite some common risk factors, most doctors agree that anyone can have a big baby.
Allahyar Jazayeri, M.D., of Bellin Health Hospital Center, explains that a majority of babies born over 9 pounds are unexplained.
Although big babies can suffer injury through birth, there are no significant health concerns tied to higher birth weight.
The big baby in Spain is doing well. Maria and her mother are both healthy.
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