Mom Delivers Biggest Baby Hospital Has Seen in a Decade

woman gives birth to 14 lb babyA mother gave birth to her daughter. That's not news. But you know what is? A mother who gave birth to a 14.5-pound and 22-inch-long baby girl via C-section this week! The little girl is the second biggest born at Massachusetts General Hospital ... and the biggest born in the past decade.

This was Caroline Ruscak's second pregnancy (her first daughter weighed 10.5 pounds), but even she was shocked when she heard the final numbers.

"I heard the weight and I was like, 'Oh my God,'" she said. "It validated me because I was in a lot of pain when I was pregnant, so to hear the size, it made sense."

No kidding! The baby's father, Bryan Rusack, said that the size definitely runs in the family, so kudos to mama for her hard work! Especially because it seems like no one expected baby Carisa's weight to be as high -- least of all Mom!

Most pregnant women have ultrasound measurements estimated in the weeks prior to birth. But there's one very important factor to remember: they're just estimates. They can be right on the money, a few ounces off, or can fluctuate a couple pounds in either direction. Most often, the baby's official birth weight is within 10 percent of the last estimated weight, but it can vary even more.

However, there are some factors that can lead to a larger baby:

  • Family history: If you or the baby's father were born big, the baby is more likely to be big as well.
  • Diabetes: Women with diabetes and high levels of blood sugar are more likely to deliver larger babies.
  • Past pregnancies: If you've had a big baby before, chances are subsequent babies will also be larger.
  • Weight: If you gained more weight before, or during, your pregnancy, the baby can also be big. 
  • Late due date: Women who are two or more weeks past their original due date are likely carrying larger babies.
  • Baby's sex: Studies show that boys are more likely to be born big.

But remember, even though all the above factors may be present, there is also a very high chance that even a mother who is diabetic, late, and carrying a boy can likely deliver a 7-pounder. Sometimes, even the most telltale signs can end up being flukes.

How much did your babies weigh when they were born? Did the above factors ring true?


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kayba... kaybayblee3

I had two almost 10lb babies. I didn't have GD, didn't go past due date, or gain a ton of weight My mom had big babies as well, so I'm guessing mine was from that. I personally believe it's a lot of the foods that we eat these days that has to do with bigger babies. I read that women with higher estrogen levels also tend to have bigger babies as well.

nonmember avatar Stella

I think babies in general are just beginning to be larger. I had a 10 pounder born on the due date and an 8 1/2 pounder born 3 weeks premature. It has to have something to due with all the steroids and drugs given to the animals we're eating and the genetically modified produce.

2baby... 2babymomma

I had gestational diabetes and my daughter was almost a week late and she only weighed 7 lb 4oz

Lucki... Luckicharmz

My 1st was 7lbs 14oz girl, my 2nd 10lbs 2 oz boy. I don't have GD and he was born on his due date and i only put on 30lbs, I also only eat local non steroid / drug pumped filled meats and produce so that's not really much of an argument either.

nonmember avatar RyanMarie

My daughter was born weighing in at 2lbs 15oz and 16.3``. She was 10 weeks early because of pre-eclampcia .It got so bad that within two weeks of my blood pressure getting high that they did a emergency csection. NICU for 7 weeks.

nonmember avatar Bridgitte

Well, I delivered the biggest baby my hospital ever seen! My baby son was born a big macho man at 15 pounds 78 inches, I believe. It was c section and he's a beayty .

nonmember avatar Stephanie

Thats not a suprise to me my grandmother came out weighting a grand 14.5 pounds,of course she carried for 10 great greandmother had hercvaginally and she came out 14.5,thick black hair,an signs of her two front teeth coming through

IHear... IHeartCake

Best wishes to the parents and their sweet bundle of joy!

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Who cares how big a c-section baby is? A baby's size has an impact on vaginal birth but it doesn't matter at all to the mom during a surgical delivery.

nonmember avatar Liz

My little brother was 12 lbs 8 oz. and 22 inches long. He was a huge baby. He's now 15 and is 6´3". And still growing.

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