Whoa, baby! This little (big) guy just set a record for largest baby ever born at his hospital, weighing a whopping 14.4 pounds.
Colin Keisler is just a few days old, but the newborn is already shattering records—actually, he's been doing so since the minute he was born.
The baby boy was born on June 23 at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina, and while his parents were expecting to welcome a large baby, they weren't quite prepared for this: Colin was born weighing over 14 pounds—which is almost twice the birth weight of his older sibling, who was born at 7.6 pounds!
Lexington Medical Center's staff believes Colin is the largest baby ever born at the location. According to a blog post from the Center, Colin's birth weight is the same as that of an average four- to five-month-old baby.
You might be wondering how Colin's mom is doing after delivery, and reports from the hospital indicate that both mom and baby are doing well. He may be a good bit larger than the average newborn, but Colin appears to be perfectly healthy (and he's adorable!)
As shocking as it to hear that Colin came in at over 14 pounds, the truth is, we've been hearing plenty of stories about large babies recently. In fact, this baby—who was born weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces—makes Colin seem almost small in comparison!
We caught up with William Schweizer, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center, to learn if large-for-gestational-age babies are becoming more common—and his response was a bit surprising.
"Actually, it's becoming less common," Dr. Schweizer tells Fit Pregnancy. "In the U.S. there's actually been a decrease in these large-for-gestational-age babies, and it's because we're really having a much better control on diabetes [which is a major risk factor]. There are some countries that there seems to be an increase—but actually the incidence in the United States seems to be going down."