Thirteen Pound 'Hercules' Baby Stuns New Zealand Midwife

A baby recently born in New Zealand weighed in at a whopping 13 lbs, twice as much as your average baby.

There is nothing more comforting for a mom-to-be to hear than the news that their baby's development is coming along nicely. That everything is as it should be and the fetus is well on its way to becoming a fully-fledged baby. However, when a mom hears how much their baby is growing inside of them, it can worry them a little.

That might sound a little backward on the surface. All moms want their babies to grow and be healthy while in the womb. However, you don't want them to get too big. A big baby could make for an uncomfortable birth and perhaps even the need for a cesarean. You get word that your baby is going to be any bigger than 10 lbs and alarm bells might start to go off.

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What if you don't know you're having a big baby until, well, you are having a big baby. That's what happened to Nicolina Newcombe in New Zealand recently, reports stuff. Not-so-little Tobias weighed in at a whopping 13 lbs when he was born and is being described as a Hercules baby. Nicolina's's midwife believes that because the mom is taller than average, it hid the fact that Tobias was going to be bigger than average.

To give you a little perspective on how big a 13 lb baby is, that weight is usually what a little one would reach at around the 11-week mark. There have also been problems in the baby clothes department. Since Tobias was already the size of a three-month-old when he arrived, none of the clothes Nicolina bought for him fit.

As hinted at above, normally in situations like these, the baby would be delivered by c-section. That opportunity had come and gone by the time Tobias was on the way. If anything, not knowing was a blessing in disguise. That way, Nicolina had no time to worry about it and medical professionals didn't have the chance to make her worry about a c-section. She delivered Tobias naturally and although it would have been extremely painful, she gave birth to a happy and healthy baby.


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