First-time mum gives birth to one of UK’s biggest babies – without pain relief

A first-time mum got a whopping surprise when her baby arrived two weeks – and weighing nearly 11bs.

To 23-year-old Jessica Drake's shock, baby Lily-Grace was the biggest baby born at Hull Women and Children's Hospital last month.

She was also the only baby who weighed more than 10lbs born that month, clocking in at 10lbs 10oz.

Miss Drake delivered Lily-Grace without any pain relief after planning a natural water birth, reports Hull Live .

She began her labour in the Fatima Allam Birth Centre but was transferred to the main labour ward for an assisted birth when Lily-Grace became stuck.

While Lily-Grace's birth weight is impressive, the largest baby ever born was more than double her size.

The tot, who was born at Liverpool Women's Hospital but was not named, tipped the scales at roughly the weight of the annual Christmas turkey for 12. 

The second largest recorded birth weight in the UK was 15lb 8oz Guy Carr, who was born in 1992 in Barrow-in-Furness.

The biggest baby born in Britain entered the world weighing 15lb 10oz in 2015.

Canadian giantess Anna Bates (measuring 7ft 11in) gave birth to the world's largest baby ever recorded- a boy weighing 22lb in Ohio in 1879.

Tragically he died just 11 hours later, according to The Guinness World Records

Bates had married the 28in-tall baby's 7ft 9in father Martin van Buren Bates in London before a crowd of astonished onlookers in 1871.

Miss Drake, 23, from Sutton, Hull, was amazed at Lily-Grace's size.

The new mum said: "I didn't know I was having a big baby, she was two weeks early too. She was due on 17th and born on 5th.

"It was a massive shock, I only took one thing in the hospital bag that managed to fit her the rest were too small. 

"I had wanted to have a water birth so I was in the birth centre for the first half of my labour until I was transferred to the labour ward because I wasn't getting any further along from pushing.

"At this point I couldn’t have any pain relief because I was too far along and on the labour ward I had to have an assisted birth with ventouse delivery."

The mum-of-one said she and her partner Benjamin had no idea how big their daughter was until she was weighed.

She said: "It wasn’t until they put her on the scales that we fully realised her weight. While the doctor was helping deliver her, he had commented on the fact that he thought she was going to be big as her shoulders were stuck.

"It was painful at the time but I soon forgot about it.

"The babies in my family have always been average size, and I was measuring bigger but not big enough to warrant having growth scans, so they didn’t expect her to be as big as she was, especially with her being two weeks early as well."

Lily-Grace is now six weeks old, and is about to go into 3-6 month clothing because the 0-3 month items are getting too small for her.

She enjoys "guzzling" her milk and takes about 7oz at once. Miss Drake said she looks bigger than the three-month old babies at the weigh-in clinic.

Lily-Grace was one of 417 babies born in the care of the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in October 2019, with 213 girls and 204 boys, and eight sets of twins.

Of these births, 60 per cent were normal births, ten per cent were assisted, 13 per cent were elective caesareans and 17 per cent were emergency caesareans.

In October, 13 babies were born in water, ten babies were born at home and only one baby – Lily-Grace – weighed more than 10lbs.

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