This Mom Is Sharing What It’s Like To Give Birth To A 6.1kg Baby!
By Korin Miller, photography courtesy of Twitter
“I couldn’t believe it. It was like I delivered a toddler.”
Birth weights are one of those random factoids that are always thrown around after a baby is born, and they often serve as bragging rights for women who had larger babies. Now, one mom in Florida just did a serious mic drop in the birth weight department, because she had a 6.1kg baby.
Chrissy Corbitt, 29, gave birth to super-sized baby Carleigh Brook Corbitt, who weighed 6.1 kilograms, in May. “When the paediatrician showed her to me across the curtain, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s huge,’” Chrissy told . “I couldn’t believe it. It was like I delivered a toddler.”
Chrissy has three other children, who were all weighed between 4 – 4.5kg when they were born, so she expected Carleigh to be big—just not that big. Chrissy gave birth via a C-section a week early and says she heard people cheering in the OR because Carleigh was so large. Her ob-gyn later told her that Carleigh was the biggest baby he had ever delivered.
Baby Carleigh is doing great, but she’s too big to fit into the clothes and diapers the Corbitts had bought for her—at 3 weeks old, Carleigh is already wearing baby clothes that would fit a 9-month-old.
Before you panic that you’re going to have a 6kg baby one day, too, know this: It’s super rare.
, an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynaecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, says that just 1.1 percent of babies in the U.S. weigh more than 4.5kg, and baby Carleigh clearly is well above that weight. Babies that are this big are also typically born to women with gestational diabetes (a form of diabetes women sometimes develop during pregnancy), which Chrissy says she had.
Dr Christine Greves, a board-certified ob-gyn at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, says that it’s usually advised that babies of this size are delivered via C-section because there is a risk that they’ll get stuck during delivery. In order for a baby to be born vaginally, labor and delivery has to meet what Greves calls the “three Ps”: The uterus has to have enough power to push the baby out, the woman’s pelvis has to be big enough, and the passenger, a.k.a. baby, has to be the right size and in the right positioning. “If all of that isn’t in sync, it doesn’t work,” she says.
Babies of such a big size are also at risk of shoulder dystocia, a condition in which the baby’s head is delivered but the shoulders get stuck, says , an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynaecology and director of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. In those cases, it can be difficult to deliver the baby and the child may end up with a condition called erb’s palsy, a complication of their arm movement. And, of course, delivering a baby that big vaginally can cause some serious damage to a woman’s vagina.
Luckily, Streicher says doctors can pick up on a baby’s size in an ultrasound, which is why it’s so important for women to get proper prenatal care.
BTW: Chrissy doesn’t plan to have any more children—her husband says she had her tubes tied after Carleigh’s birth.
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