Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Janet Johnson and Michael Brown shocked the world last week when their 16 pound baby boy named JaMichael was born. According to TODAY Parenting, he came close to breaking the world record of the largest baby ever and he may very well have tipped the scale to be the largest baby on record in Texas.
Janet suffered from gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, which may have contributed to JaMichael’s massive size —the hospital didn’t even have any diapers big enough to fit him! When he was born via Cesarean section last Friday, he weighed 16 pounds, 1 ounce, measuring a full 2 feet long with a head measurement of 15 inches and a chest measuring 17 inches.
“It’s a beautiful baby, but for health reasons, we’d rather not see a baby this large,” a hospital nurse who was in the delivery room for JaMichael’s birth, told reporters. “They can have a little harder time maintaining their blood sugar.” JaMichael is reportedly progressing well and expected to be released from the hospital soon.
In the wake of this story, we asked Parents.com medical expert Michele Hakakha, M.D., to shed some light on JaMichael’s situation, and to answer a few important questions related to gestational diabetes: