A 13-pound baby named Jihad was born in Berlin early on Friday to a 528-pound unidentified mother at Berlin’s Charité hospital, according to Germany’s English news site, the Local.
Baby Jihad, who joins 13 siblings, is reportedly the largest baby born naturally in Germany. Doctors said his 40-year-old mother suffered from gestational diabetes and likely a metabolic disorder, as well. While the woman reportedly said she did not know she had diabetes, doctors said she in fact was aware of her condition, but ate too many sweet foods.
“She insisted on a vaginal birth despite the very high risk,” Dr. Wolfgang Henrich, chief physician at Charite’s obstetrics clinic, told the Local. “We usually advise mothers carrying a child with an estimated weight of more than 4.5 kilos (about 10 pounds) to opt for a cesarean section to avoid complications.”
A rare genetic disorder can cause abnormally large babies, but usually, a heavy baby is because of diabetes in the mother.