Doctors discovered that the mother was suffering from gestational diabetes. This can cause abnormally big babies (named “macrosomia”) This diabetes form can occur during the pregnancy but it is possible to be preceded by other unrevealed diabetes. Usually, when gestational diabetes is discovered, the disease can be controlled with diet and exercise. If not, the excess glucose in the mother’s blood is passed to the fetus. Many birth complications can occur in such situations but it was not the case this time.
The list of known risk factors for developing gestational diabetes includes: the polycystyc ovary syndrome, a family history revealing a first-degree relative with type 2 diabetes, being obese, a previous poor obstetric history and some genetic risk factors. A correlation was observed for the risk of GDM in smoking women. Not at least, a short stature of the women seems to be another potential cause, for unexplained motivation.
The biggest baby ever recorded was born in Canada in 1879. It was a boy that weighed 23 lbs. 12 oz. Other big babies are being born all around the world from time to time.