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Cherral Mitchell, 31, needed two midwives to deliver Alpha before he left staff shocked when he weighed in at more than a stone. He’s since been nicknamed ‘Baby Hippo’ and ‘Butter Bean’.
But Cherral, from Thame, Oxfordshire, got the coil before conceiving with 35-year-old husband Tyson, an electrical engineer.
The couple, who have three more kids, welcomed Alpha at 38 weeks via C-section at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on Thursday.
“We didn’t think he was going to be that big. Everyone kept laughing when his head came out. My husband Tyson was like ‘oh my God he’s chunky’,” Cherral told Bristol Live.
“There were two nurses pulling – one was trying to push him down to get him out.
“The nurses said it had to be the biggest baby and were on their phones Googling.
“He’s a bit of a pumpkin baby with it being so close to Halloween.”
The heaviest baby born in the UK was 15lb 8oz Guy Carr, who was welcomed via caesarean section in 1992 in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
And the second biggest is 15lb 7oz George King, who was born in Gloucester in 2013.
Doctors have put Alpha’s weight down to a sweet tooth as they believe he was snacking on Cherral’s sugary fluids while in the womb.
Cherral added: “They think that because I was diagnosed quite late with gestational diabetes, Alpha was in amniotic fluid that was sweeter.
“So he was drinking a lot and peeing a lot and getting a high intake of sugar.”
The stay-at-home mother, who already has son – Lyon, three – and daughters Rogue-Angel, four, and Twyla Bay, 10 months, continued: “My stomach was big but not that massive so I don’t know where he was hiding.
“I keep saying I gave birth to a baby butter bean. My uncle Jason calls him a baby hippo.
“My other children were all normal (weight).”
Alpha is currently in NICU where he’s being monitored by neonatal nurses but is “on the mend”.
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