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Baby Jasleen, Weighing 13.47 Pounds, Is Germany's Largest Newborn

By Alexandra Ward   |   Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 07:05 AM

At 13.47 pounds and 22.6 inches long, Baby Jasleen now holds the title for the largest baby ever born naturally in Germany.

Baby Jasleen was delivered vaginally Friday at University Hospital in Leipzig. Both mother and baby are doing fine, though Jasleen remains in the neonatal intensive care unit, according to German newspaper Der Spiegel.

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Doctors attributed Jasleen's larger-than-average size to an undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes in the mother, which can lead to babies with a high birth weight.

"I was somewhat shocked at her size," Baby Jasleen's mother, Maria, told the Daily Mail. "My 11-year-old daughter was a third of her weight, my two-year-old son a little under that. My stomach was a lot bigger this time around but I had no idea there was such a giant inside."

Germany's previous record holder for largest baby was Jihad, a baby boy born in Berlin in 2011 and weighing in at 13 pounds.

Earlier this year, a British woman gave birth naturally to a 15-pound baby boy.

A Pennsylvania woman also tipped the scales when she delivered a 13-pound baby girl on July 11.

But it was Anna Bates of Canada who gave birth in 1879 to the heaviest baby ever born. Bates, who measured 7-foot-5, and her husband, 7-foot-11, welcomed a 23-pound baby boy, but the infant died 11 hours later, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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