Texas Baby Weighs in at Nearly 15 Pounds

December 28, 2018 Updated: December 28, 2018

A baby in Texas was born on Dec. 12 and weighed in at 14 pounds and 13 ounces.

Ali James Medlock broke the record for Arlington Memorial Hospital, mother Jennifer Medlock told NBC.

Their doctor also said it was the biggest baby he’d delivered during a 30-plus-year career.

Besides having an enormous weight for a baby, Ali measured at 21.5 inches long.

Because of his size, he had to remain in the neonatal intensive care unit for a week because his blood sugar and platelets were too low and he was breathing too rapidly.

His condition has improved since the birth.

Medlock said that her daughter Annabelle weighed 9 pounds and 10 ounces when she was born.

According to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest birth in recorded history took place in Seville, Ohio on Jan. 19, 1879.

The baby, who was not named, weighed 22 pounds and died 11 hours after birth.

As for the tallest married couple, mother Anna Bates and father Martin van Buren Bates still hold the Guinness World Record: Anna Bates stood 7’11” at just 17 years old while van Buren Bates stood 7’9″.

“They both earned fame for their height and traveled in circus troupes both separately and as a pair,” Guinness stated.

The heaviest baby born to a healthy mother was a boy weighing 22 pounds and 8 ounces in Italy in September 1955.

Average Baby Weight

The average weight for babies is around 7.5 pounds, although between 5.5 pounds and 10 pounds is considered normal, according to the University of Michigan.

“Boys are usually a little heavier than girls. First babies are usually lighter than later siblings. Large parents generally have large babies, while small parents generally have small babies,” the university stated.

Newborns often lose around 8 ounces in the days after birth but regain it by about 10 to 12 days of age. In the first month, a typical newborn gains 4 to 8 ounces a week.

The average length of a newborn is 20 inches and babies typically grow 1.5 inches to 2 inches in the first month.

“Many babies look a little less than perfect in the first few days or weeks after birth. Gradually they will gain that cute and healthy baby look,” according to the university.

Births in the United States

Approximately 3.86 million births took place in 2017 in the United States, according to a report (pdf) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in November 2018. Data was gleaned from birth certificates. That number was down two percent from 2016.

Birth rates declined for women 39 or younger but increased for older women. The birth rate for women in their 20s continued to drop, a trend that started in 2006, and hit a record low for 20 to 24-year-olds, at 71.0 births per 1,000 women.

The rate for women aged 30 to 34 had been increasing in recent years but declined two percent from 2016 to 2017, the first decline since 2010. The birth rate for women aged 35 to 39 also declined by one percent, the first decline since 2010.

But the birth rate for women aged 40 to 44 was up to 11.6 births per 1,000 women, a two percent increase since 2016, and continuing a trend since 1985. Women aged 45 to 49 saw a birth rate of 0.9 births per 1,000 women, a figure unchanged from 2016, but the number of births to women aged 45 and over rose three percent from 2016 to 2017.

There were 840 births to women 50 or older, essentially unchanged since the previous year, although the number has been increasing since 1997.

From NTD News

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