Baby Born at Over 12 Pounds Was 4 Weeks Premature

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baby handHaving a big baby is not too big of a deal lately especially since it seems to be more and more common. Remember the 15.5-pound baby? But 26-year-old Michigan mom Crista Hebel not only had what most consider a large baby weighing 12 pounds, 3 ounces ... her baby was four weeks premature.

Hebel went into labor while being treated for dehydration and delivered her preemie via c-section at Munson Medical Center. Her due date was May 5.

Hebel's birth plan included having a midwife, but baby clearly had other plans. However it is possible that her dehydration was the reason for the premature labor. Perhaps this is a case that everything happens for a reason. This is a large baby! Maybe she needed to get out early -- four weeks early! Many little ones, if born at that time, weigh around 5 pounds. I had my twins four weeks before my due date and they were both just under 5 pounds. But an over 12-pound preemie? That's remarkable!

Crista and her husband Bob are also parents of 14-month-old twin boys, so they know a thing or two about babies who like to make an early entrance into the world. But the combined weight of their boys at birth was still a pound less than their little sister, who they named Ayara.

Ayara still needed to be in the NICU, but obviously gaining weight was not an issue. She's not fitting into any of her newborn-sized clothes and is already on size 2 diapers, but aside from that, everyone is doing well.

What do you think of this larger baby boom? And isn't it nuts this baby was that big as a preemie?


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Evaly... EvalynCarnate

She must have had one heck of a bump! lol Glad the baby is doing ok though :)

NatAndCo NatAndCo

My twins were born about 3 weeks early and together weighed 15lbs 9oz. It sounds horrible, but I was thankful (after finding out that they were healthy) that they came early. I couldn't take 3 more weeks of their weight gain. But the larger baby boom is worrisome because while weight isn't an issue, when they're that big the clearly can force the birth early and other aspects might not be developed enough.

bella... bella_grace

Wow, too big...... Are both parents 7 ft???? I can't imagine. I just hope she's healthy!

nonmember avatar Kristen

No way! They probably just got her date wrong and had a big baby. It happens all the time

dilly... dillyboysmom

I was 10lbs and 6 weeks early.  I was in an incubator for 3 weeks.  My mom said she felt so guilty because i was shoved into an incubator and barely fit and all of the other premies were so tiny.  She said the other mothers gave her dirty looks.

Crystal Marshall

It just depends in todays world. I know a twin , when he and his brother where born they both weighed 11 pounds a piece for a combined weight of 22lbs. So how do you think that mom felt! As long as the child is health that is all that matters. I had a big baby then the next one that I had was normal weight as they say but define Normal for me, because no one knows what "normal" is they only no statistics right? Glad mom and baby are ok!

Brandi Royal

i think they had her dates WRONG

nonmember avatar Colleen

I wouldn't really call a 36 weeker a preemie.

Twylia Gish Beltran

I also had a 12lb preemie, born 4 wks early. And no, we didn't get the dates wrong, I had a miscarriage the month before, which included surgery. This baby was meant to be! Yes! I'd waited 14yrs! But the "preemie" was 12lbs, 24in long & wore a size 9mo home! She's now 13yrs old & 6ft tall & wears a size 11 shoe!

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