10 of the strangest pregnancies in the world

Pregnancy is a remarkable time for any parent, but some of these record-breaking pregnancies take it to a whole new level —from a tiny baby who was slightly longer than a dinner fork when they were born, to a woman delivering nine babies at once. 

We’ve pulled together a collection of some of the most mind-boggling pregnancies and births on record.

Longest baby

Anna Haining Bates

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In January 1987, Anna Bates gave birth to the longest baby ever recorded, according to Guinness World Records (opens in new tab). The baby measured 28 inches (71.12 centimeters) from top to toe and weighed almost 22 pounds (10 kilograms). The baby, who was known as Babe, sadly died 11 hours later. The baby’s parents were both tall — Bates measured 7 feet 11 in (241 cm), and the baby’s father, Martin Van Buren Bates, measured 7 feet 9 in (236 cm) tall.

Shortest baby

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