In Leeds, a 34-year-old mother gave birth to a five-kilogram baby girl around a month ago. The mother, Hellen Seller, said she was frequently asked if she was expecting twins because of her large belly during her pregnancy. The mental health nurse exclaimed with delight that she had never seen such a large baby in her 16 years as a midwife and that she was delighted she had chosen Caesarean birth.
She revealed: ‘I initially wanted to try natural delivery, but I’m glad I didn’t know because I’m not sure she would have come out.’
During the pregnancy, Helen had a big bump, with the mother-of-two adding: ‘My bump was huge, I always had people asking me if I was having twins.
‘There was one lady at work who asked me a few times if I was sure it wasn’t twins!
‘The doctors tested me for gestational diabetes but they were negative.’
Helen’s first child, a boy named Roman, was 9 pounds when he was born, and Helen and her husband Carl, 37, were both under 9 pounds as babies. She said: ‘Carl is 6 foot 7 now, but he wasn’t a big baby, so we’re not sure why Celia was so big.
‘While I was pregnant, my consultant said that the baby was going to be big, but not as big as Roman.’
Helen revealed that the midwives had hilarious reactions to Celia’s size.
She said: ‘I had to have a C-section, and it took them ages to get her out.
‘The midwives were laughing a bit and saying she was really big.
‘She was the talk of the ward, they all wanted to come and look at her because she was so big.
‘My midwife had worked for 16 years and she said Celia was the second biggest baby she’d ever seen.’
She added: ‘I never expected her to be that weight.
‘We played guess the weight with my family, and my cousin put 11lbs and I thought that was so cheeky, but he was right!’
Celia fit straight into 0-3 clothes when she was born because none of the newborn clothes fit her.
Helen said: ‘I had bought a couple of babygrows that were up to one month, and I didn’t even bother getting them out the packet.
‘I knew they wouldn’t fit her.
‘I had bought some 0-3 month stuff, and she’s already in 3-6 month clothes now.’