Most of us who carry a food baby with themselves nowadays were born fit and weighed normal at birth. It is the eating habits that have resulted for most of us gaining weight. Surprisingly, A Mum gave birth to a ‘mini sumo wrestler’ baby girl weighing at around 13lbs (5.88 kg) in Australia in October 2019.
Emma and Daniel Millar, from Mount Warrigal, New South Wales got the shock of their lives when they welcomed their child this week. The Millars were expecting their third child and were aware of the fact that she would be on the heavier side but to this extent was surprising.
The baby was delivered at Wollongong Hospital at 38 weeks and two days, via an emergency C-section. The baby girl is healthy and is named Remi. The couple’s second baby girl, Willow who is two-year-old now, weighed at around 12lbs when she was born. They didn’t expect their child to be anywhere heavier than this. Daniel said: ‘Willow was a big girl too, but she’s stick thin now so it evens itself out’.
The couple also have a four-year-old son Ace, who weighed at around 8.4lbs at birth and was born with an emergency caesarian. Emma opted to have caesarian for her future kids because it’s the safest option for her babies and herself, keeping in mind their ‘sizes’. Remi was an emergency c- section also because Emma’s waters broke early. The mother of three added: ‘I don’t think I could have handled a natural birth with her.’
Emma noted, “She’s like a mini sumo wrestler. I did expect to have a larger baby as I had gestational diabetes but not this big. At 35 weeks an ultrasound revealed she was about 4kg but we didn’t think she’d grow that much more.” Daniel added: “Remi is definitely making an impression, there’s always a crowd of people – ‘midwives, other new parents and visitors’ – around the newborn”. Remi is surely the center of attraction when her dad takes her out for walks around the block.
In Australia only around 1.2% of babies weigh more than 4.5 kg, according to the most recent NSW Mothers and Babies report. Surprised, midwives at the hospital couldn’t remember a new born weighing so much before. Emma is still recovering from her C-section. She is not allowed to do much work and pick heavy weighs but coincidently the heaviest weigh she is recommended is just about the weigh of her new born. The mum added: ‘She’s about the limit I’ve been told’.
Although, the couple had brought clothes for the new born, the unexpected size of the baby made most of the clothes useless. Remi’s mother explained, ‘We only had one outfit that actually fitted her on Monday.’ They better get shopping for their ‘big’ bundle of joy.