Wel­ly­mum­gives birth to 7.4kg baby

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - BRAD FLAHIVE

A Lower Hutt mother has given birth to one of the re­gion’s big­gest ever ba­bies, a boy weigh­ing in at a mas­sive 16 pounds 4 ounces (or 7.39kg), about twice the av­er­age weight of a new­born baby.

The boy was so big his mother had trou­ble bend­ing over. That meant it took three hours for doc­tors at Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal to ad­min­is­ter an epidu­ral be­fore he was finally born by cae­sarean sec­tion on Mon­day.

The par­ents, who did not want to be named, said he was happy and healthy, and mea­sured 57cm long.

‘‘Peo­ple are call­ing him the next Jonah Lomu, but we think he’ll be a con­cert pian­ist,’’ the father said. ‘‘He has a good set of lungs.’’

Dur­ing the fi­nal two months of the preg­nancy doc­tors had been pre­dict­ing he would weigh close to 14 pounds.

‘‘We are not that tall our­selves, so we are not sure where his size has come from - at the mo­ment we are think­ing he’s prob­a­bly just a big baby.’’

It is the mother’s sec­ond boy, her first was also a big lad, weigh­ing 11.8 pounds, or 5.4 kg.

The new baby will by­pass the reg­u­lar new­born nap­pies, which gener- ally fit chil­dren un­til they are 5kg. He can go straight to the third size up called crawler, as they fit chil­dren weigh­ing be­tween 6kg and 11kg.

Ac­cord­ing to Min­istry of Health growth charts the boy is more than dou­ble the av­er­age weight of a new­born boy and weighs about the same as a 20-week-old baby.

The child’s length put him at the 99.6th per­centile of new­born boys. The child’s length and weight would soon see him in clothes for six­month-old ba­bies, which fit chil­dren be­tween 6 and 8kg.

Cap­i­tal & Coast DHB said 3330 ba­bies were born dur­ing the 2016 cal­en­dar year in its area, with an av­er­age birth weight of around 3.33 kilo­grams or 7.34 pounds.

Birth plans are de­vel­oped with moth­ers ahead of de­liv­ery, and are in­di­vid­u­ally-based. In some cases – for ex­am­ple, if the baby is too large to move through the birth canal – a cae­sarean sec­tion will be sug­gested as the best op­tion for the birth.

In the Gui­ness Book of Records the heav­i­est baby was recorded at 22 pounds or a lit­tle over 10kg, and was born to gi­ant­ess Anna Bates in 1879. In 2016, Aus­tralian woman Natasha Cor­ri­gan made in­ter­na­tional head­lines after giv­ing birth to a 13-pound, 4-ounce (6kg) baby.

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