Mama Who Gave Birth to 13-Pound Baby Girl Reminds Us All How Important Prenatal Tests Are for Baby’s Health

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On July 26th, baby girl Jasleen made history in Leipzig, Germany. She entered the world naturally weighing in at 13.47 pounds, and measuring 22.6 inches long. She is the biggest child to be delivered vaginally in Germany’s history.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest baby ever born was born to a Canadian mother. He weighed 23 lbs., 12 oz.

Doctors involved in baby Jasleen’s birth said that both mom and baby are both doing well after birth. Jasleen will remain in the neonatal care unit.

During her pregnancy, Jasleen’s mom suffered from an undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes, which commonly leads to overweight babies at birth. If Jasleen’s mom had been diagnosed, she could have taken preventative measures during her pregnancy. But, like doctors said, it’s a blessing that both mama and baby are doing well after delivery.

The pregnancy symptom is defined as glucose intolerance that is first diagnosed in pregnancy, and it occurs when pregnancy hormones affect how the body makes or uses insulin, which is a hormone that converts sugar in food into energy the body uses. It affects about 10 percent of all pregnancies. After pregnancy is over, nearly all women who experience this problem return to normal, and the problem disappears. However, if gestational diabetes occurs with one pregnancy, there’s almost a 90 percent chance it will recur in subsequent pregnancies. In addition, studies show that 20 to 50 percent of those women who develop gestational diabetes may develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years.

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