According to a spokesperson for St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, Maxxzandra Ford realized she was pregnant after rapidly gaining weight last fall. She went to the doctor, finding out she was 35-weeks along.
St. Joseph’s says the baby boy, named Avery, is the heaviest born at the hospital, tipping the scale at 14.1 pounds, and one of the largest born in the state.
“Before I knew it, he was already coming out,” she said. “It was too late to turn back.”
“I was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’ and they were like ‘Stop pushing. Stop pushing,” she said.
Maxxzandra says because she’s a twin, and felt so big, she initially believed she was having twins herself.
She also has a one-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter at home.
Once she recovered from the impact of the delivery, she asked, “Does anyone know how much my baby weighs? They were like, ‘Your baby weighed 14 pounds and one ounce.’ ‘What!? My baby weighed what?!’ They were like, ‘Your baby is like adorably huge.’”
Maxxzandra, her husband, and doctors will be sharing their story this morning.
Experts say only 1 in every 100,000 babies born is over 14 pounds.
Babies that weigh over 8 pounds and 8 ounces are considered to be on the heavier end of the spectrum.
14 pounds is certainly a lot of weight for a baby, but nothing tops the Guinness World Record’s biggest birth of 22 pounds 8 oz. in South Africa.
Christina Samane gave birth to the large child with Weaver’s Syndrome, a disease that causes excessive growth in children due to genetic abnormalities.
Evidencebasedbirth.com reports that having an abnormally large baby may be linked to a mother’s high blood sugar if not a genetic disorder. Around 1 in 10 women in the U.S. will have a baby that weighs more than 9 pounds.
14 lb baby
Florida woman who didn’t even know she was pregnant until her third trimester gives birth to 14 POUND baby boy
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