Christine Corbitt has already had to dress baby Carleigh Brooke in clothes made for a nine-month-old
A WOMAN has given birth to a baby girl weighing 13lbs 5oz – almost twice the size of the average newborn.
Christine Corbitt compared daughter Carleigh Brooke to the “size of a toddler” after her arrival on May 15 – and has had to buy clothes made for a nine-month-old.
Dad Larry, from Florida, US, said the tot would have been even bigger had she not been delivered five days early by a caesarean.
Christine told ABC News: “When the doctor was pulling her out of me I just start hearing them all laughing and excited in the operating room.
“They were throwing out numbers and when they showed her to me and said 13.5 I couldn’t believe it.
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“It looked they pulled a toddler out of my belly. She’s so big.”
Larry added that the nappies they had on hand didn’t fit the tot and she’s already wearing a size 3.
Christine said she’s used to having big babies after her first two were born weighing nine and 10 pounds each.
But she was surprised when her little girl weighed in more than three pounds heavier – and admitted this will be her last child.
She told Action News: “I’m done. I’m done. No more babies for me.”
Her husband described the pregnancy as “rough” due to Christine’s anaemia and experiencing a kitchen fire at their home last year.
She also struggled with gestational diabetes – a high blood pressure that develops during pregnancy and can cause the baby to grow bigger than usual.
It can also put mum and baby at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
But he credited her as being a “trooper” for what she has been through and described his new baby girl as “gorgeous”.
Carleigh’s doctor said in the past couple of years, babies have been born with a higher birth weight, due to an increase in diabetes.
GESTATIONAL DIABETES: HOW DOES IT AFFECT PREGNANCY?
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that affects pregnant women, usually during the second or third trimester, and usually goes away after birth.
In some women, it may be diagnosed in the first trimester, and in these cases the condition most likely existed before pregnancy.
It’s a high blood sugar that occurs when the body struggles to produce enough insulin – the hormone that helps control blood sugar levels – to meet the extra needs in pregnancy.
You’re at an increased risk if you are overweight, have had gestational diabetes before, have given birth to large baby (10lb +) before, have a family history of diabetes or are from a South Asian, Black or African Caribbean or Middle Eastern background.
It can cause problems during pregnancy such as:
- your baby growing larger than usual – this may lead to difficulties during the delivery and increases the likelihood of needing induced labour or a caesarean section
- polyhydramnios – too much amniotic fluid (the fluid that surrounds the baby) in the womb, which can cause premature labour or problems at delivery
- premature birth – giving birth before the 37th week of pregnancy
- pre-eclampsia – a condition that causes high blood pressure during pregnancy and can lead to pregnancy complications if not treated
- your baby developing low blood sugar or yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) after he or she is born, which may require treatment in hospital
- the loss of your baby (stillbirth) – though this is rare
Having gestational diabetes also means you and the baby at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
The chances of having problems with the pregnancy can be reduced by controlling blood sugar levels – through tablets or insulin injections.
Women with gestational diabetes are more closely monitored and likely to have an induced labour.
Source: NHS Choices
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