Wow! Mom gives birth to 14.5 lb baby girl

April 23, 2014, 4:36 pm
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(NECN) - Oh baby! A 14.5-pound baby girl was born Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A spokesperson at MGH says father Brian Ruscuk and mother Caroline Ruscuk of Burlington, Mass. welcomed baby Carisa into the world April 22, and says that everyone is healthy and doing well.

Just where Carisa ranks among other big babies born nationwide isn't clear, since privacy laws protect children's medical records and birth weights aren't tracked by states.

But the birth of such a hefty baby, almost twice the size of an average newborn, comes amid an uptick in big babies worldwide, according to NBC News.

A report last year in a medical journal found a 15 to 25 percent increase in newborns weighing more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces — the weight at which a baby is considered oversized — in developed countries in recent decades.

Big babies can pose risks to both moms and babies during childbirth, as well as after it. The babies' size can make delivery tricky, and they run the risk of low blood sugar after birth.

Often what pushes babies to grow so large before birth is diabetes in their mothers.

That was the case for a Texas couple, Janet Johnson and Michael Brown, who welcomed a 16-pound baby named JaMichael back in 2011.

And then there was Sammisano Joshua Talai Otuhiva, who tipped the scales at 16 pounds when he was born last year in San Francisco, apparently breaking that year's record in the state. His mother was diabetic, but also, both his parents have roots in the Pacific islands, where big babies aren't uncommon.

But there's no single explanation for big babies, one expert told the San Francisco Chronicle. Often, University of California-San Francisco pediatrics professor Carol Miller said, such babies are "just constitutionally large."

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