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14-pound baby born in Utah may be biggest US baby for 2013

A Utah woman gave birth to a 14-pound baby in May, potentially making him the biggest baby born in the United States this year, KSL.com reported.

Joel Brandon Jr. – nicknamed “J.J.” by his family – was born via cesarean section to Sarah Brandon at Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Utah on May 9.  Brandon was warned by doctors during her last ultrasound that she would have a larger baby, though he was only 11 pounds at that time.

“When he came out and they put him on the scale and it said 14 pounds even, I was very shocked, to say the least,” Brandon told KSL.com.

Brandon has type 1 diabetes, a condition that doctors say may have contributed to J.J’s large birth weight.

“An interesting effect of insulin, if it’s not taken in a sufficient amount,  the glucose remains high, and the baby’s glucose starts to rise,” Dr. Robert Barbieri , chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told ABC News. “It’s like giving the baby fertilizer and it grows very large.”  

Barbieri was not involved in J.J.’s birth.

So far this year, the closest any American baby has come to J.J.’s weight at birth was 13 pounds and 12 ounces.  Worldwide, the largest baby born so far in 2013 was George King from England, who weighed 15 pounds and 7 ounces when he was born in February.

After his birth, J.J. spent 10 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) due to respiratory problems, but Brandon said he is now a normal, healthy baby.  According to KSL.com, J.J. was 23 pounds at his four-month checkup.

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