Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Haddock holds the record for the longest pregnancy in the world. The young woman, originally from Wolverhampton in England, gave birth after 398 days. According to information reported by Terrafemina, this story dates back to 1990. At the time, the 23-year-old Briton checked herself into a hospital in London after reaching her term. However, she came up against doctors who felt that it was still too early to welcome her baby. The expectant mother then entered her 12th month of pregnancy and his morale was at rock bottom: “I’m very tired and sick to death from waiting.”
Jackie finally gave birth on March 23, 1990, after 13 months and one week pregnant. The young woman gave birth to a baby girl named Sarah Jane. A great relief for parents who were beginning to worry about the health of their baby. Especially since the toddler weighed only 1,360 kilos at birth. A real surprise for his dad, Brian Haddock. “I expected her to weigh three times as much” he had thus declared. Exhausted by this ordeal, the Englishwoman returned to this period, saying: “I found it rather depressing. I don’t think we’re going to have another child after that because I suffered.”
The length of a pregnancy can fluctuate
Contrary to what one might think, Jackie is not an isolated case. In 1971, Christine Houghton gave birth to a baby girl weighing around 1 kg after 390 days of pregnancy. According to a study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the duration of gestation can vary by five weeks from woman to woman. According to this survey, published in the Human Reproduction, a pregnancy would not last 280 days, or nine months, but rather 268 days, or eight and a half months. In reality, only 4% of future mothers give birth on the date announced by their doctor.