Any parent would find pregnancy to be an amazing time, however, some of these bizarre pregnancies push it to a whole new level, from a mother giving birth to nine infants at once to a small baby who was barely larger than a dinner fork.
1. Tallest Baby
According to Guinness World Records, Anna Bates went into labor with the longest infant ever recorded in January 1987. The infant was almost 22 pounds and measured 28 inches (71.12 cm) from head to toe (10 kilograms). 11 hours later, the infant, who was called Babe, tragically passed away. Martin Van Buren Bates, the father of the child, was 7 feet 9 inches (236 cm) and the mother, Bates stood at 7 feet 11 inches (241 cm).
2. Shortest Baby
On the opposite extreme, according to Guinness World Records, a very small baby who was born 9.44 in (24 cm) long is the shortest baby ever documented. When Nisa Juarez was born 108 days early on July 20, 2002, she was only 11.3 ounces (320 grams) in weight. On December 6, 2002, she received her hospital discharge after five months.
3. Twins through In-vitro fertilization in 1992
In-vitro fertilization was used to make twins on April 22, 1992, and they were born on October 31, 2022, after spending more than 30 years in liquid nitrogen. The British couple Rachel and Philip Rideway gave birth to twins, Lydia and Timothy, who currently hold the title as the oldest embryos carried to term.
4. A lady who birthed 69 children!
As per Guinness World Records, a peasant from Shuya, Russia, who lived in the 18th century and is only known as the first spouse of Feodor Vassilyev, gave birth to 69 children throughout her lifetime. Although she didn’t go into labor 69 times as she gave birth to 16 pair of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets. Her husband then also remarried & had 87 children in total after having 18 more kids with his second wife.
5. World’s smallest baby
As per Guinness World Records, Curtis Means, who was born at just 21 weeks & weighed only 14.8 oz (420 g), holds the world title for the most premature baby to survive. He was born in July 2020 to Michelle Butler, and his probability of survival was estimated to be less than 1%. Despite these challenges, Curtis turned two in July 2022. Due to his early delivery, he developed hypertension, for which he takes medication, and originally required tube feedings every three hours to maintain his calorie intake.
6. First Test Tube baby!
On July 25, 1978, mother Lesley Brown gave birth to Louise Brown, the first “test-tube baby” (a test tube baby is generated outside of the mother’s womb by in vitro fertilization and implanted subsequently). She was born on November 10, 1977, according to records.
IVF has been used to conceive more than a million children since Louise was born, per the American Society of Reproductive Medicine & the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, documented cases of bleeding, infection, and hyperstimulation (an overly responsive body to IVF medicines) have all decreased, making IVF a safer procedure overall.
7. Nonuplets from a single pregnancy?
A Malian woman called Halima Cissé went into labor with nonuplets in 2021, which are nine children born from a single pregnancy. On May 6, 2021, Cissé, who was first believed to be expecting seven children, successfully gave birth to all nine of them via cesarean section following a 30-week gestation, shattering the previous record for the greatest number of live births ever. The 11-member family left Morocco after 19 months and returned to Mali.
8. Oldest mother with a successful pregnancy!
Lara underwent IVF therapy in California. At 66 years and 358 days old, she beat the previous record for the oldest mother to give birth in 2006. She did actually lie and claimed that she was 11 years younger than her actual age to the doctor (She disclosed her age as 55 to the insemination facility).
There are many other astonishing pregnancies like Maddalena Granata an Italian woman who gave birth to 15 pairs of triplets. As per Guinness World Records, she lived from 1839 to 1886, but very little is known regarding her or her pregnancies.
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