Tiny Mom Gives Birth to Biggest Baby Ever Born in California

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Vanessa Cervantez knows what it's like to carry and deliver large babies. Although she's just 5'1", the petite California mom has already given birth to two big children -- a 10-pound, 10-ounce boy and a 9-pound, 14-ounce girl. But even she was in total shock when doctors announced the birth weight of her latest "peanut": Andrew Jacob Cervantez entered the world weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces -- and measuring 24 inches in length! Though it has yet to be officially confirmed, Andrew just might be the biggest baby ever born in California. Ouch -- I'm in pain just thinking about it!

Vanessa visited her doctor at 38 weeks and, after a routine test, was told her baby's movements had decreased and he was having trouble breathing. She was admitted to the hospital immediately and received an emergency C-section. Andrew had to be transported to a different hospital in order to receive services at its neonatal intensive care unit because he was still having breathing difficulties after he was born. 

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If you feel like you're hearing more stories than ever before about babies being born who far surpass the average weight of 7 pounds, it's because you are. According to a recent report, there has been a 15 to 25 percent increase in babies born weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces or more. Bigger babies can be attributed to fewer women smoking and drinking while pregnant -- whoo hoo! -- but it can also be the result of babies born to moms who are obese or overweight. 

Bigger babies are also more likely to suffer from childbirth complications and diabetes and obesity when they are adults. 

As a pregnant woman in my seventh month, I am having a difficult enough time carrying a 3- to 4-pound baby and cannot imagine what this mom must have felt like. I guess the pros of having a big baby include better sleeping patterns right off the bat and no need to purchase newborn-size clothing (which proved a waste of money, as my daughter outgrew everything in two months).

But I couldn't imagine dealing with the back pain and other aches that would accompany carrying a larger baby. And the potential health risks associated with a higher birth weight also frighten me. Still, I know tons of moms who gave birth to perfectly healthy babies weighing 9 and 10 pounds. As far as the pain goes, it seems -- their words, not mine -- like pain is pain whether your baby weighs 6 or 10 pounds. 

How big was your baby? 

 

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linzemae linzemae

That's about the size of my 9 month old!

nonmember avatar Mandy farruggia

My son weighed 9 pounds even and my daughter was 8 pounds 7 oz. both big babies. But my son skipped the newborn size and was straight into 0-3 and size 1 diapers. My daughter however fit in newborn stuff for a while. And both were delivered vaginal.

nonmember avatar janey

You are such a delicate little flower. Eyeroll...

Sammi Jo

Why would a bigger newborn sleep better? Also how was the baby having trouble breathing inside the uterus where babies aren't breathing yet? And I doubt her c section was any more painful then a c section with a small baby, I'm pretty sure the doctors make the same cuts.

nonmember avatar Monica

One was 6 pounds 10 oz and the other 6 pounds 11 ounces..

nonmember avatar kristin

Holy big baby!

Mine were:

Twins 6lbs3oz and 5lbs8oz at 36w5d

9lbs2oz at 39w1d

8lbs15oz at 40w3d

8lbs11oz at 38w5d

Sarah Thibault

First was 5lbs 13oz at 35 weeks and second was 4lbs 7oz at 33 weeks

nonmember avatar Summer Snow

My daughter weighed 8 lbs 15.2 oz and my son was 10 lbs 2 oz. I would be scared to see what a third child would have been!

Lucki... Luckicharmz

My son was 10lbs 2ozs and 23 long, I had to send my husband back home for the 3-6month clothes. He's now a happy 60lb 4ft3 4 year old.

theka... thekatie28

My son was 8 lbs 14 oz and 4 days late.

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