Amazing Pregnancy Facts & Stories

Women are pretty damn amazing, aren’t we? The fact that we can conceive, grow and birth a human is pretty incredible in itself.

Women are pretty damn amazing, aren’t we? The fact that we can conceive, grow and birth a human is pretty incredible in itself.
Then consider the many curve balls and obstacles that life throws at us on top of pregnancy. We find a way to make it work and we are brilliant.
There I said it.
Have you ever wondered how long the longest ever recorded pregnancy was? Or what was the largest baby born? These are some fascinating stories and statistics which might tickle your fancy.
  • Beulah Hunter hails from Florida and is considered to have the longest recorded pregnancy which resulted in a live birth. She was pregnant for 12 whopping months and delivered a baby of normal size.
  • Stacey Herald is the smallest mother at just two foot and four inches due to a genetic condition that meant that she was born with stunted growth. Stacey was told that she would never successfully carry a baby to term but she proved doctors wrong three times. Two of her children have inherited the condition.
  • According to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest baby born was a little Italian boy weighing in at almost 23 pounds.
  • Imagine being in labour for 75 days? One mum from Poland did just that. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
  • The smallest surviving baby ever born was in 2004. The baby girl weighed in at a tiny 8.6 inches and she was just 10 inches long.
  • One mother conceived and gave birth to 69 children in her lifetime. She had 27 pregnancies which included 16 pairs of twins and four sets of quadruplets.
  • At ages 72 an Indian woman became the oldest mother to give birth. She gave birth to twins. She and her 75-year-old husband already had two children and five grandchildren.
  • In 1990 a baby boy was born with 12 teeth. No gummy baby smiles here!
  • One mum from Mozambique gave birth in a tree. In 2000 during extreme flooding, she climbed up a tree to find safety from the Crocodile infested waters. After four days with no food and water, she gave birth to a baby girl and was rescued and airlifted to safety shortly after.
  • The average age for a baby to start walking is 12 months but there are a couple of families whose babies started walking at just six months old.
Written by Tracey Quinn staff Writer at FFHQ who also blogs at

Tracey Quinn

Proud mum of two who got married on Don't Tell The Bride and had an accidental home-birth (loves a good story). She's passionate about breastfeeding, positive thinking & all things cosy.

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