Mum gives birth to giant 14lb baby that was the biggest nurses had ever seen

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A new mum has given birth to a huge 14lb baby – and it’s thought to be the third biggest newborn ever in the UK.

Cherral Mitchell, 31, required two midwives to deliver Alpha before he left staff shocked by weighing more than a stone.

The not-so-little boy has since been nicknamed “Baby Hippo” and “Butter Bean”.

And, the newborn was also a surprise pregnancy to his mum – born despite Cherral getting the contraceptive coil before he was conceived with electrical engineer husband Tyson, 35.

Cherral, who has three other children, said: "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'.

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She continued: "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."

Alpha, who was born at 38 weeks on Thursday, is thought to be the UK's third-biggest baby.

The current record holder is 15lb 8oz Guy Carr who was born in 1992.

The second largest newborn on record is 15lb 7oz George King, who was born in Gloucester in 2013.

Doctors believe Alpha's weight is due to a sweet tooth – they think Cherral's habit for sugary fluids while pregnant led to his enormous growth.

Cherral, from Thame, Oxfordshire, said: "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."

Alpha was estimated to be 11lb 1oz in a scan at 37 weeks but he grew by three pounds in just a week before being delivered by C-section at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

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Cherral, a stay-at-home mum, said: "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."

Cherral already has a son, Lyon, three and daughters Rogue-Angel, four, and Twyla Bay, 10 months, but Alpha is the biggest by a long shot.

She added: "My other children were all normal."

Alpha is currently in NICU where he's being monitored by neonatal nurses but is "on the mend".

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