It sounds like it was straight off of TLC’s “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant”…. Florida mom Maxxzandra Ford got quite the surprise recently. After putting on some weight — a lot of weight, apparently — her husband prompted her to take a pregnancy test, which turned out to be positive. But it wasn’t until she made a visit to her doctor that a sonogram revealed that she was actually 35 weeks pregnant with a baby that was estimated to be about ten pounds.
“When I felt his head come out, I knew he was bigger than 10 pounds,” Ford told WFTS-TV. And she was right. Her newborn baby boy, Avery, weighed in at 14.1 pounds. Yes, a 14 lb baby; the heaviest infant ever to be born at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida– and probably a few other hospitals, too.
So far, the only reports about the health of Maxxzandra Ford and baby Avery have been positive. Thankfully. But who’s to say that things couldn’t have been better if Ford had sought prenatal care throughout her entire pregnancy? Would Avery have had a healthier birth weight?
Ford’s case isn’t exactly unheard of. And although he’s not the smallest bundle of joy, baby Avery isn’t the biggest either. According to the Guinness World Records, Ann Bates of Canada gave birth to a 23 lb. 12 oz. newborn back in 1879. (Ouch!)
Many women go on for weeks and months, mistaking the signs and symptoms of pregnancy for other conditions, or just not noticing them at all. (How else would they have so many episodes of “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant”?) Fatigue, headaches, frequent urination, back pain, mild cramping…. In many instances; especially when you’re not actively trying to get pregnant, the symptoms aren’t quite as noticeable and can be easily brushed off or mistaken for something else. Even a missed period…or two…or three.
Every woman’s body is different and therefore every woman’s body reacts to pregnancy differently. That said, every pregnancy is different, too. The first 35 weeks of Ford’s pregnancy may have been a complete contrast to her first and second pregnancies with her other children.
That’s one of the many reasons that it’s important to know your body. Know what level of cramping or bleeding is normal for you. Know the ins and outs of your menstrual cycle. Be able to tell if something’s just not right, and if it’s possible that there’s cause for concern….and a call to the ob/gyn.
And when you make that call, be OPEN and HONEST with your physician. Your doctor’s office should be a judgment free zone, and if you feel like it’s not, it’s time to pound the pavement for a new one. You should feel comfortable enough to talk to your doctor about your sexual history (your real sexual history– not the cover story you usually give), your drug and alcohol use, birth control, any abortions or miscarriages that you may have had…. It’s with this information that your doctor can work with you to make sure you’re getting the best treatment possible — before, during, and after your pregnancy. So there aren’t any surprise pregnancies at 35 weeks…and 14 lb babies.
Hey mamas! How long was it before you found out that you were pregnant?