During her pregnancy, Nicolina Newcombe from New Zealand felt that her baby is a bit heavier than normal. Many have assumed that she will be having twins. But when she gave birth at Waikato Hospital, she and the medical staff didn’t expect to deliver a 13-pound, 7-ounce baby boy. The baby named ‘Tobias’ came out the same weight as a six-month-old. Surprisingly, Nicolina gave birth without the aid of an epidural.
Annika Reid, Nicolina’s midwife, described Tobias as a ‘Hercules baby’. She was amazed not only to the fact that she delivered a giant baby but also the fact that he was born naturally. Tobias is twice the size of an average newborn which has been surprising for Nicolina and her family, considering her height is only 175cm. “If you look at the chart for birth rate, there’s the 99.6 percentile is the highest you can go and he is heaps more off the chart, he’s way off the chart,” she said.
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According to an article by Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, Nicolina experienced some difficulties while giving birth to Tobias. His shoulder got stuck in her pelvis on his way out. Luckily, the midwife called for help immediately. Several doctors came in and helped pull the baby out. According to Nicolina, everyone was shocked by the baby’s size. I was more worried if he was okay, and he was fine, so I didn’t really care how big he was but I suppose it’s a bit of a thing,” he added.
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One of the theories as to why Tobias grew this big was that Nicolina had diabetes. However, she tested negative for the disease which left doctors wondering why she gave birth to a giant baby. Mirror Online, a British national daily tabloid newspaper, also reported that Nicolina is planning to go shopping again as all the pre-bought baby clothes wouldn't fit Tobias.
This isn’t the first time that a giant baby was born. In 1879, the heaviest baby ever born was Babe who weighed 22 pounds. Unfortunately, she died just 11 hours later.