That's One Big Baby!

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Canadian Anna Bates gave birth to a baby boy who weighed... What?!

Baby on scale

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Canadian Anna Bates gave birth to a baby boy who weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces and was 30 inches long. He was born way back in 1879, however, and died just 11 hours later.

The biggest baby a healthy mom delivered was another boy, who truly tipped the scales at 22 pounds, 8 ounces. His mom was Carmelina Fedele from Italy, and that was in 1955.

More recently, a woman in Indonesia birthed a 19-pound boy. That's toddler-sized! What's a "typical" birth weight? Well, it averages out to about 7-1/2 pounds for an American baby. But what's "big" for a bunch of average, wonderful, everyday moms?

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