Jennifer Medlock’s newborn son Ali is the heaviest baby ever born at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in Texas
Jennifer and Eric Medlock were well aware that they were expecting a large child. On December 12, 2018, Jennifer gave birth to a 14–pound, 13–ounce son called Ali James Medlock, giving the pair the surprise of their lives.
The mum-of-two and her husband Eric welcomed their son at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital on December 12. Jennifer said the doctor who delivered Ali said he was the biggest baby he’s ever delivered in his 30-year career.
The proud mum said she expected her son to be around 10-pounds, the same weight as her now two-year-old daughter.
But she was shocked when Ali was more than four pounds heavier.
“We did not expect 14 pounds,” she said. “Nobody did.”
Ali was delivered via a scheduled cesarean section and was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit because of his low blood sugar and platelet which Jennifer says were because of his size.
During the conversation, Eric stated that Jennifer did not have gestational diabetes, a disease that may cause a baby to grow quite large in utero if not handled appropriately. He mended fast and was discharged on December 19, and both mom and baby are doing well.
Jennifer shared photos of her growing baby belly on Facebook as her due date approached.
One pal commented: “Ali is going to be a big boy!”
Jennifer replied: “He sure is!” but she might not have expected him to be breaking records.
According to American Pregnancy, the average newborn weighs seven-and-a-half pounds at birth. The heaviest baby born to a healthy mother was 22 pounds, 8 ounces in Italy in 1955.