A woman with a gigantic baby bump, which was so large that doctors thought she had a secret twin, has given birth to an over 12-pound 15-ounce (5.89 kg) newborn.
First-time mom Amber Cumberland, 21, from Aston, Oxfordshire, gave birth to her daughter Emilia on April 16. The little girl is considered to be the second-biggest baby girl ever born in the United Kingdom, following the 2012 record-breaker who was born at 14 pounds 4 ounces (approx. 6.4 kg).
Amber was overdue by nearly two weeks when she finally gave birth to baby Emilia by C-section. She spent about 24 hours in labor prior to the surgical delivery.
The mother said, “Doctors thought it was twins during pregnancy because she was so big, even though we could only see one on the ultrasounds. We heard it so much we actually started to believe there was another one hiding in there.”
She further informed that when her daughter was born, her face was white and all the surgeons were looking at each other in shock and laughing. They brought the newborn to her mother and said, “Congratulations, you’ve had a toddler.”
Amber never thought she was carrying a record-breaking baby.
“It became a game when we went to the supermarket to see if we would get a comment about the size of the bump, and we always did. When she came out, Scott’s face was white, and all the surgeons were looking at each other in shock and laughing – they brought her to me and said, ‘Congratulations, you’ve had a toddler.’ We were just so glad it was only one baby and that she was healthy.”
It wasn’t until the third trimester when Amber began measuring big, and the new mum was told at 36 weeks her baby was likely already over 8 pounds, or 4kg.
Baby Emilia is so big that it took two people to lift her out during the Cesarean and a third to hold Amber’s body in place so the baby could fit through.
Hospital staff also had to source bigger-sized nappies from pediatrics and Emilia skipped newborn clothes, going straight into the size of the triple zero.
“I got to eight centimeters dilated, and she couldn’t go any further – if she went any further down, they wouldn’t be able to get her back up, and she would’ve got stuck. During the C-section, it took two people to lift her out and one to hold everything back to get her out. The whole outfit we brought didn’t fit her, but luckily we had some spare 0-3 month clothes packed, and the hospital staff had to hunt down bigger nappies from pediatrics for us. Nurses at the hospital even stayed overtime to see the weight of the baby and take photos with her because she was so big,” Amber said.
Amber was warned she would need to take extra care due to the damage it did to her stomach muscles, and the stitches. But despite the significant muscle damage, Amber said both she and Scott were besotted with their new addition.
“We’re both so overjoyed with our gorgeous little girl,” Amber said.