A woman who’s baby bump was so enormous doctors thought she was carrying a secret twin, has given birth to a newborn that weighed almost 13lb.
Amber Cumberland, 21, gave birth to her first baby – daughter Emilia – on April 16th, and the pregnancy caused all kinds of uncomfortable problems.
In the womb, Emilia created such a big bump that doctors weren’t sure if there would be a surprise second baby when Amber went in to labour.
But Emilia she is believed to be the second biggest baby girl ever born in the UK – weighing in at 12lbs 4oz – after the 2012 record breaker that weighed 14lbs 4oz.
‘Doctors thought it was twins during pregnancy because she was so big, even though we could only see one on the ultrasounds,’ says Amber, from Aston, Oxfordshire.
‘We heard it so much we actually started to believe there was another one hiding in there.
‘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.’
Baby Emilia first measured big in the third trimester, reaching the average size of a 36 week baby by her 32 week scan. She was estimated at 8lb 12oz on an extra growth scan at 36 weeks.
Amber was induced almost two weeks overdue and spent 24 hours in labour and ultimately delivered her baby via an emergency C-section.
‘I got to eight centimetres 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,’ says Amber.
‘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 paediatrics 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.’
But Amber’s huge pregnancy bump caused more issues than comments in the supermarket. There were lots of painful complications.
The first-time mum tried home remedies to induce herself and get things moving but nothing worked.
‘I was so desperate to get her out I tried everything – I ate half a kilogram of raw pineapple, used essential oils and bath salts, even acupressure – anything I read online that might help,’ sh explains.
‘The bump was so big I got lots of stretch marks and my skin was so weak from being stretched out that they would bleed if I stood up too quickly.
‘My stomach muscles completely split to the point where the doctors could barely distinguish them during the C-section and said they were the worst they’d ever seen.
‘I also had awful sciatica and compressed nerves in my hips and legs because of the weight of her and I couldn’t even roll over in bed without Scott to help me.’
Just over a week after giving birth Amber is starting to heal, but expects to take a while to fully recover due to the damage done to her body by the difficult pregnancy and birth.
She is currently on a waiting list for physiotherapy to help heal her badly split stomach muscles.
‘I’ve still got a completely numb bit of skin around my belly button where the nerves have just given up,’ she says.
‘Because of the damage to my stomach muscles the stitches have no support and I have to be really careful.
‘I can’t pick Emilia up or breastfeed her because she’s so heavy and there’s no protection for my organs, but I’m slowly getting better.
‘I’m still as uncomfortable as when I was pregnant but I do feel a lot lighter and have no more trapped nerves which I’m very grateful for.
‘We’re both so overjoyed with our gorgeous little girl.’
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