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Woman Gives Birth to Surprise 14 Pound Baby

by Katlyn Joy | February 20, 2015 9:31 AM
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Filed under the "how in the world is that possible?" is the case of Maxxzandra Ford, who on January 29, gave birth naturally to the extra large youngster, as reported by The Washington Post.

Ford was unaware of the pregnancy, since she hadn't gained weight, didn't feel nauseated or movement throughout the pregnancy until that is, about her 35th week, when rapid weight gain led her to go to the doctor. She is a twin, and thought maybe she was having twins. But no, just one big little boy.

The boy's father was surprised as well. Allen Denson said he was shocked and, "I couldn't believe it at all. I thought she was playing."

At the Tampa hospital, Ford was given an ultrasound when she arrived in labor. The doctors determined the baby was about 10 pounds, so opted to proceed with a vaginal birth.

Ford says when her son's head came out, she knew then he was far larger than they had anticipated. However, it was too late to turn back. You can't just pop his head back in and go for a cesarean at that point. But the risks are significant with such a large baby.

"Before I knew it, he was already coming out. It was too late to turn back," said Ford.

Ford admits at that point she was cussing "up a storm," she said, "It was bad."

The big newborn boy, Avery Ford, was born at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and set the record for the biggest baby born at the facility in its entire 30 year history. However, the hospital staff hadn't informed Ford of the official weight until she asked.

"What!? My baby weighed what?!" she stated.

Ford says the staff told her the baby was "adorably huge."

Baby Avery had to spend time following his birth in the neonatal ICU, since larger babies have some similar difficulties to preemies.

Janelle Ferry, a neonatologist at St. Joseph's hospital stated, "They can have physical issues as they are coming out," she added, "Some experience respiratory distress, where they have trouble breathing. Other babies have hypoglycemia, where they have low sugar levels, and some have trouble feeding."

Avery lost a pound since birth, due to natural fluid loss. His appetite, however, does not seem to be affected. The hospital has been feeding the baby four ounces of formula every 3 hours, or about twice what is normally given to newborns.

Avery will soon join his family at home, though, being welcomed by a five-year-old sister and a one-year-old brother. Avery's dad remarked, "I've got a linebacker instead of a fullback."

Risks of Big Babies

Macrosomia, or big baby syndrome, poses risks to mother and child. And scientists say this syndrome is becoming more commonplace today.

One very real risk is that during labor a baby's shoulders may become stuck in the birth canal, trapped under mother's pelvic bones. This may result in a broken collarbone or arm, or even cause nerve damage in the neck.

Other issues can include trouble breathing and unusually thick heart muscles. Even more concerning is the risk of possible brain damage.

Oftentimes, large babies are born to mothers with gestational diabetes. Babies growth is tied to sugar levels in the womb, and with gestational diabetes, there is more sugar resulting in larger babies. However, after birth, the sugar is cut off and as a result, larger babies need to be monitored for low blood sugar. They also are more likely to have jaundice.

Later in life, they face additional risks such as obesity, diabetes and metabolic problems.

For mothers, injuries can occur during birth, such as serious tearing of the perineum, vagina or rectum.

The increase in large babies is due to rising obesity and diabetes in the US. Some 50 percent of all mothers are considered obese or overweight. The best way to control the situation is to closely monitor mothers' diets, and if she is obese, she shouldn't gain more than 10 pounds while pregnant. This will lower the risk of both gestational diabetes and c.


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