Jasleen, a baby born in Germany's University Hospital in Leipzig on Friday, has tipped the scales at 13.47 lbs. and 22.6 inches, making her the country's largest baby born. Even more impressive, Jasleen's mother was able to avoid a cesarean section and delivered her record-setting daughter naturally.
Consultant physician Matthias Knuepfer said both the mother and child are doing fine as Jasleen receives special care in the hospital's neonatal care unit. During the pregnancy, it was discovered that her mother had developed gestational diabetes, which was previously undiagnosed.
According to the American Diabetes Association, gestational diabetes occurs later in the pregnancy, usually around the 24th week. Close to 18 percent of pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes, making it one of the most prevalent pregnancy-related health complications.
This type of diabetes is diagnosed when an expecting mother develops high blood sugar levels. One of the results of gestational diabetes is macrosomia, or a "fat" baby. These children can be affected by various health concerns, such as low blood sugar levels, shoulder damage during delivery, obesity, and type-2 diabetes later in life.
Just two weeks ago, Addyson Gale Cessa was born in a Pittsburgh hospital weighing 13.75 lbs. and 25 inches long. However, neither toddler compared to Anna Bates, the Guinness Book of World Records' heaviest baby ever born at 23 lbs. and 12 oz. The Canadian baby was born in 1879 to her 7-foot-5-inch mother and 7-foot-11-inch father, but unfortunately passed away 11 hours after surgery, the NY Daily News reported.