How BIG was your baby? Can you beat 19.2 lbs.?

I ran across an interesting story on Yahoo last night about an Indonesian woman who delivered a 19.2 pound baby!

The woman delivered the child by C-section. (Thank Goodness!) The baby boy was 24.4 inches long! Here’s the full story from USA Today.

Apparently after the story ran on the Today show, Yahoo showed a huge spike in people searching for “19 pound baby,” “indonesian baby,” and “heaviest baby ever.”  The Yahoo editors conclude that people love to brag about having big babies. (I couldn’t get the Today show clip to load but you can see it on the Yahoo link.)

My brother loves to tell everyone how big his babies were. He is so proud that his son was over 10 pounds and his daughter was just shy of 10 pounds. They were big ole babies and my sister-in-law is tiny!!  My sister-in-law’s tailbone was knocked out of place delivering her first child, among other things!

All of my babies were right around 7 pounds. I can’t imagine trying to pass a 10-pounder, and I’m a heck of lot bigger than my sister-in-law!

So how BIG was your baby? Did you have C-section or vaginal delivery? Did it mess you up later? (Keep it clean folks. This is a family newspaper.)

66 comments Add your comment

JATL

September 25th, 2009
12:26 am

Oh my! 19 lbs is insane! My first clocked in at 7.9 and my second at 8.5 -both very healthy but not crazy big. Both were vaginal. I have a friend who is teensy-tiny and has had two gigantic babies -both over 10 lbs. The first one really messed her up to the point that she had 3 hours of reconstructive surgery afterward, but the second one just came on through. Another friend had horrible repercussions from the first -so bad that the doctors told her if she didn’t have c-sections from now on, she would have a colostomy bag! I know this is prevalent enough that there is a foundation for 3rd world women to support doctors who go to the countries and provide reconstructive surgery kind of like they do for kids with cleft palates. I’m so happy mine were normal sized, vaginal births. I consider myself lucky with some of the horror stories I’ve heard!

nasty

September 25th, 2009
6:53 am

I’m sure your sister in law appreciates you telling everyone about her tailbone displacement during pregnancy, very embarassing, but I’m sure you cleared it with her first.

Big Baby

September 25th, 2009
6:57 am

I was the big baby in our family. When I was born I weighed 10 lbs and 3 oz and was 21 1/2″ long. My Mom was 5′2″ and weighed 106 when she got pregnant with me. I’m now barely 5′4″ and a size 4 – so a big baby doesn’t mean a big adult. Someone once told me I really hadn’t grown much. My sister was 9 lbs and 3 oz so she was no teeny thing either. My Dad was 6′ and about 200 lbs, so he wasn’t small, but wasn’t a huge guy either.

Dr. Horrible

September 25th, 2009
7:26 am

19.2 pounds is not a baby, that’s a Thanksgiving turkey.

JATL

September 25th, 2009
7:39 am

Big Baby -you’re so right! The teeny friend I spoke of now has two very normal-sized little girls even though they were huge babies. The day I was born, my mother said the only other baby born at the hospital was to a lady who was barely 5 feet tall and probably weighed about 110 at 9 months pregnant -and she had a 14 pounder!!!!! My mother almost died and I weighed 8.8, which certainly isn’t small, but not as huge as some. In my father’s family, almost all of them weighed over 10 lbs, but the smallest grown man in that family was the biggest baby -over 11 lbs.

Lady Strange

September 25th, 2009
7:49 am

My son weighted 6.9 when born but he was 4 weeks early. I was a big baby when I was born around 9-10 lbs. My husband was 5 lbs or so.

Meme

September 25th, 2009
7:58 am

RJ

September 25th, 2009
8:13 am

I must admit that when I saw that baby I shut my legs a little tighter! Odd how people find the smallest things to brag about. I always hear how tall someone’s kid is getting. I actually had someone tell me recently that her baby is already 21 inches long. I’m all of 5′4″ so I don’t quite get the height thing. I am married to a tall man, but who knows how tall my kids will be. Time will tell. I just find it odd that the size of the baby at birth is something to brag about.

RJ

September 25th, 2009
8:14 am

Oh, I forgot to mention that my friend hasn’t had her baby yet and she’ already excited at the thought of him being tall!

jct

September 25th, 2009
8:52 am

Laughing with RJ. I closed my legs a little too. Wow, is all I can say. I hope the mother is in good health and spirits.

Becky

September 25th, 2009
8:57 am

I can’t relate to this as most of you know, I don’t have children..With that said, I do have five sisters that have children and I think the biggest baby that we’ve ever had born was about 8 lbs.

As others said though, just the thought of a baby that big makes me shiver..Heck my granddaughter is 7 and only weighs 41 lbs. and eats like a horse..

Stan

September 25th, 2009
8:58 am

I was 10 lbs 3oz. Don’t remember how tall I was, it was a long time ago :) I am the last that my mother had and I think I know why. Mom is a little over 5′ tall I now tower over her at ~6′2″ Not sure if I was c-section (really don’t want to think about it either)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 25th, 2009
9:01 am

I should have mentioned that my brother is really big guy — hence the big babies. He’s 6 foot 3 or 4 — His kids were really long too and are still very tall today. His 4 year old is as big as my 6 year old — My husband is average height.

New Stepmom

September 25th, 2009
9:06 am

Oh good lord…that makes me hurt. No kids of my own yet, but all of our family’s (husband included) babies tend to weigh in at about 8 lbs. I got some birthing hips, so that does not worry me too much. The whole experience is scary to me, so hopefully all will go well when the time is right.

I am glad this story was posted after New Mom delivered :o)! That baby may have cooked forever other wise ;o)!

Razz

September 25th, 2009
9:10 am

Becky, you don’t have any children but have grandchildren?

YUKI

September 25th, 2009
9:13 am

I read about that too yesterday. That is crazy. I cannot imagine having a 14 lb. baby. yikes. Mine was 8 lb, 7 oz and 21 inches but my husband and I are both tall so it was no big surprise. I was expecting to have a pretty big baby. I can’t wait to see how tall he ends up being. It’s interesting how you really never know….could have tiny baby that ends up big or big baby that ends up small…

YUKI

September 25th, 2009
9:24 am

Oh, I meant 19 lb. but 14 lb would be tough too :)

Becky

September 25th, 2009
9:29 am

@Razz..Most of the regulars already know this, so I’ll give you a short version..My nephew has twins and both of the “grandparents” on his side are drug addicts and the grandfather is in jail..The grandfather on their Moms side only sees them about once a year and the grandmother on their Moms side is dead..

So being that this nephew is one of my favorites out of about 25, me and my husband took over as adopted grandparents..My nephew and his wife are the ones that started the kids calling us Nanny and Poppy..This may sound crazy to some, but I would not trade one minute of the last 7 years for anything..It has been a great time for them and us..

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 25th, 2009
9:34 am

Becky — My mom has an aunt and uncle that never had kids that she has always been very close with! Her aunt is in her late 80s — when her uncle died a few years back mom flew out to Colorado and took care of everything for her aunt — just like a child would. She set up the funeral, dealt with all the financial matters, the will, finding all the money her uncle had stashed at different banks. My mom did a great job getting her aunt organized and ready to face a future without her partner of 60 some odd years. They are very, very close. It makes total sense to me.

PS. Carpet guy here to remove the carpet!! Hooray! It smells so bad.

Becky

September 25th, 2009
9:34 am

YUKI, has anyone ever heard about measuring your child’s height when they are 2 years old and doubling it and that gives you a clue of how tall they will be? My niece told me that her Dr. told her to do this..

New Stepmom

September 25th, 2009
9:41 am

Becky-I think it is AWESOME that you and your husband are taking on that role. My brother and I were the youngest grandchildren to older granparents and lost all of them at young ages. Both my brother and I had our aunts seated as grandmothers at our weddings. It was very special to us and to them and I can guarantee that those kids will adore you all of their lives!

Terry

September 25th, 2009
9:41 am

I have Twins – 7.5 pounds each plus 2 placentas. That would be close to 19 pounds.

DB

September 25th, 2009
9:42 am

Yeow!! At least it was a C-section, so hopefully she didn’t spend any time trying to push that baby out!

First baby was 9 lbs. 13 oz, and 22 inches, and was a C-section — for a lot of reasons, mostly because of the size of the head and my plumbing not being compatible :-) Second was a VBAC (my choice), 8 lbs. 12 oz., 20.5 inches. The recovery with the second one was MUCH faster, which was good, since I then I had two little ones to take care of!

motherjanegoose

September 25th, 2009
9:53 am

I am in Memphis but wanted to check in.

My son was 10 lbs. 8 ounces 22 1/2 inches ( 1 week early) and my daughter was 8 pounds 13 ounces 21 1/2 inches ( 1 week late) .
C section and Vbac. Y’all know the story.

I was back to business and vacuuming after the c-section in one week ( but I only had one baby). I cried for months after the second one, due to the birth trauma.

Yes, Becky…I do remember something about doubling the height thing. My son is 6 foot 2 inches and daughter is 5 foot 5 inches…who knows?

Y’all have fun!

lakerat

September 25th, 2009
10:03 am

My baby was 30lbs at birth. Does it count if I gave birth to a Wildabeest?

Valstake

September 25th, 2009
10:08 am

I have a girl friend who has 3 grown children, all of them call me Aunt Val. Blood relationships aren’t the only kind.

Mom

September 25th, 2009
10:08 am

19.2 lbs, woo, that is huge, wish mother had kept good life style during pregnancy, I am sure she knew her baby would be big.
My first baby was 8 lbs, she came almost 2 weeks early, second one came 4 weeks early, was only 6.5 lbs. They both were veginal, the first one was natural. I’d say if a baby is more than 9 lbs, it’s too big, also difficult for the mother. It’s always good to have good health, eat well balanced and also try to keep sugar off (gestational diabetes). Studies have shown that babies

pd

September 25th, 2009
10:20 am

My son was a little over 4 pounds when he was born. He was like the size of a large potato. His little arms and legs were so tiny and frail.

It was a scary time for all of us. Now he is a very strong 6 year old.

lakerat

September 25th, 2009
10:20 am

Valstake – Blood relationships aren’t the only kind.

No, but they are the only kind that matter.

Becky

September 25th, 2009
10:20 am

New Stepmom..Thank you..Even at 7, I already know that the boy adores me..He has learned to ride a bike and we were out riding one day when I made the comment that I thought I was going to die..Bless his heart, he stayed right beside me and said “Nanny, if you die, I’m dying with you”..Made me cry..The girl loves me, but let her Poppy walk into the room and I’m history..As I said earlier, I would not trade anything that I have for the last 7 years..We have loved every minute of it..

MJG, I couldn’t remember if it was 2 or 3 years old to measure..I do know that if it proves to be anywhere near right, my girl will just make it to a little over 4 ft..I have a sister that is 4′ 9″ and thats the big thing with all of the kids to see who is as tall as M..

@nasty, Theresa usually doesn’t talk about family unless they are aware of it..Besides, this is usually women only and most of them are not grossed out by things that can and do happen during pregnancy…

workingmom

September 25th, 2009
10:22 am

My first was 7 lbs, 10 oz (C-section) and my second was 9 lbs 6 oz (VBAC.) I think I had those in the wrong order! Did the Indonesian mother have diabetes? That big is not normal!

lakerat

September 25th, 2009
10:27 am

My Pavlovian reaction to hearing Motley Crue means my coworker is wondering why a bra just landed on her desk.

motherjanegoose

September 25th, 2009
10:31 am

@ MOM…what exactly should you do if you are pregnant and the baby is over 9 pounds…

“I’d say if a baby is more than 9 lbs, it’s too big, also difficult for the mother. It’s always good to have good health, eat well balanced and also try to keep sugar off (gestational diabetes).”

Maybe there is something we need to know? I had my son almost 23 years ago and besides being checked for diabetes ( negative) …the doctor said I was just fine. Have things changed…I am absolutely curious.

I was in excellent health with my son and he was 10 pounds 8 ounces.
I followed all the rules about diet and exercise. I did not have gestational diabetes and worked up until 5 days before he was born. I gained 27 pounds total. What should have been done?

@ Becky…you are blessed and so are the kids!

motherjanegoose

September 25th, 2009
10:37 am

@ Theresa…. check out 5B in the USA today…teen driving and strict rules….maybe a future topic? Wonder if those of us who spanked our own kids have safer drivers….LOL.

YUKI

September 25th, 2009
10:45 am

I agree you do not have to be blood related to be the “grandparents”. I think that is wonderful and they are lucky to have you, Becky!

I have heard about that, doubling the height when they are two, I’ll have to try that. He is only 19 months right now. I would be curious to see how close it is.
I don’t think you can say (or insinuate) if any baby is over 9 lbs. that the mother is not being healthy….everyone is different. My mom smoked with both my sister and I, and I came out a healthy 8 lbs…she says they didn’t know any better back then. She quit long ago but we still tease her that when anything is wrong with us it’s because she smoked….

YUKI

September 25th, 2009
10:46 am

and whoever is posing as “lakerat”, put the crack pipe down please!!!

Liz

September 25th, 2009
10:59 am

Enter your comments here

My first daughter was 8 lbs, 15 ozs. My next pregnancy I had twins. They were both 6.5 lbs. and 21 inches long. C-section for both pregnancies.

workingmom

September 25th, 2009
11:00 am

According my my pediatrician mother, the rule of thumb is to estimate adult height, double the height at 2 years, PLUS OR MINUS 4 INCHES. Of course with an 8 inch swing, I think that rules safely works for almost everyone!

YUKI

September 25th, 2009
11:20 am

Because Crack is WACK!!!!

Me love you long time.

Becky

September 25th, 2009
11:32 am

Valstake, I agree about the blood..I have a niece that once told me that I didn’t know anything about being a Mom, because I had never given birth.. OK, I’ll give her that, but I have taken care of just about all of my nieces and nephews since I was 7 years old..Of course this is the same niece that has 3 children ages 17,15 and 13..The 13 year old hasn’t lived with her since he was 6 and the other two still don’t live with her and haven’t in over 9 years..

Sorry, I’m off of my soapbox now…

Renny

September 25th, 2009
11:36 am

Yuki, ignore the trolls…don’t give them attention!!!

Denise

September 25th, 2009
11:37 am

I was only 3 pounds, 11 oz so I’m sure my mama didn’t have any problems delivering me. I think my niece is only 25 pounds (5 pounds 8 ounces at birth) and she’s almost 2. She’s about average height I think and skinny like my brother. A 19 pound anything is heavy. I cannot imagine carrying a 19 pound baby. One of my girlfriends did have twins that were close to 8 pounds each and she said it was traumatic!

Sug

September 25th, 2009
12:56 pm

I gave birth to an adult, and he just walked on out. All 187 pounds of him…..

Mom

September 25th, 2009
2:12 pm

motherjanegoose (something that I didn’t realize i is that she may not have luxury to have all the facility we have in America)
motherjanegoose In 23 years things have changed. When doctors first find out you have gestational diabetes or baby is too big, there are several things doctors usually recommend:
Treatment for gestational diabetes during pregnancy includes:

Eating a balanced diet. After you find out that you have gestational diabetes, you will meet with a registered dietitian to develop a healthy eating plan. You will learn how to limit the amount of carbohydrate you eat as a way to control your blood sugar. You may also be asked to write down everything you eat and to keep track of your weight.
Getting regular exercise. Try to do at least 2½ hours a week of moderate exercise.5, 6 One way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. It’s fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week. Regular, moderate exercise during pregnancy helps your body use insulin better and helps control your blood sugar level. If you have never exercised regularly or were not exercising before you became pregnant, talk with your doctor before you start exercising. Low-impact activities, such as walking or swimming, are especially good for pregnant women. You may also want to try special exercise classes for pregnant women.
Checking blood sugar levels. An important part of treating gestational diabetes is checking your blood sugar level at home. Every day, you will do a home blood sugar test up to 4 times a day (first thing in the morning before breakfast and 1 hour after each meal). If you take insulin, you will need to test your blood sugar up to 6 times a day (before each meal and 1 hour after each meal). Even though it can be overwhelming to test your blood sugar so often, knowing that your level is within a safe range can help put your mind at ease.
Monitoring fetal growth and well-being. Your doctor may want you to monitor fetal movements called kick counts and let him or her know if you think your baby is moving less than usual. You may also have fetal ultrasounds to see how well your baby is growing. If your baby is growing larger than normal, you may need insulin shots. If you take insulin, you may have a nonstress test to check how well your baby’s heart responds to movement. Even if you do not take insulin, you may have a nonstress test and ultrasound as you get closer to your due date.
Getting regular medical checkups. Having gestational diabetes means regular visits to your doctor. At these visits, your doctor will check your blood pressure and test a sample of your urine. You will also discuss your blood sugar levels, what you have been eating, how much you have been exercising, and how much weight you have gained.
Taking insulin shots. The first way to treat gestational diabetes is by changing the way you eat and exercising regularly. If your blood sugar levels are still too high after changing the way you eat and exercising regularly, you may need insulin shots. Man-made insulin can help lower your blood sugar level without harming your baby.

Jess

September 25th, 2009
2:33 pm

Having a huge baby is nothing to brag about. The Indonesian woman has diabetes which is why the baby was so large. Large babies like that will typically develop diabetes as well.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 25th, 2009
2:42 pm

Another study about how spanking affects IQs — study looks like it took in data from countries around the world.

http://www.ajc.com/health/content/shared-auto/healthnews/bhvr/631342.html

DB

September 25th, 2009
3:47 pm

@Mom — some of us just have big babies, period, without gestational diabetes. Please don’t make it sound like having a 9 lb. baby meant that we did something wrong while we were pregnant! Your list of “do’s and don’ts” on eating and exercise are pretty much common sense and were applied equally vigorously 21 years ago, when my son was born. Yes, they tested me for gestational diabetes. Negative. Weight spiked for a bit, but then leveled off, I swam 2,000 yards every evening, and had excellent pre-natal care.

Let’s face it — once the baby has gotten “too big”, it’s a little late to do much about it. The doctor estimated my second child’s pre-birth weight at 9-1/2 lbs, and was ready to do a C-section if it turned out to be necessary — luckily, he was off by almost a pound!

Becky — I’ve heard that bit about the height thing at age 2. Our doctor told us to give my daughter a basketball as soon as possible at her well-check at 2, because she was going to be TALL! She’s not — she’s only 5′7″ at a stretch. And she hated basketball . . . :-)

Renny

September 25th, 2009
4:01 pm

The Renny that posted at 11:36 am is an imposter.

You can ignore the trolls all you want but they still own the bridge that you have to get across…OWNED!!!!

Christie

September 25th, 2009
4:43 pm

My son was only 1 pound 7.8 ounces when he was born. He was 15 weeks early. I still had to have a c-section though because he was breech (bottom first instead of head first. He is now 18 months old and doing well overall.

motherjanegoose

September 25th, 2009
6:11 pm

Not sure about this but I got a laugh when I read it:

If you’re looking for smart children, grow ‘em big. That’s the boiled-down message from a new study in the United Kingdom that followed the intelligence of people born in 1946.

The study found, unsurprisingly, that bigger babies become smarter children. But it was one of the first to find this relationship among babies with normal birth weights. Previously, most studies had focused on babies weighing less than 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds).