There is a lot to be said for going through a ‘normal pregnancy’. Nicolina Newcombe didn’t have that experience. She knew that her baby was a little big but she didn’t know how sore she would be after her baby kicked.
Compared to the mom, the baby didn’t have abnormally large measurements. The pregnancy wasn’t really considered to be anything out of the ordinary.
When Tobias was born, however, everyone was shocked to realize he weighed 13lbs 7oz! In other words, he was just as heavy as a six-month-old baby when he was a newborn.
Nicolina managed to give birth to the son naturally and did not have an epidural. She was induced at 42 weeks.
“That was a good thing because if we had have known that he was going to be such a big baby they might not have let me do it naturally,” she told the publication. “So many people said to me, ‘have you got twins in there?’ But I actually did have a baby the size of two babies.”
Considering the fact that Nicolina is 5’9″ tall, it was a surprise that Tobias was such a large baby.
“If you look at the chart for birth rate, there’s the 99.6 percentile is the highest you can go and he is heaps more off the chart, he’s way off the chart,” the mother elaborated. “The newborn nappy size is 0 to 5kg and he was born 5.9kg, so no newborn clothes fit him.”
You probably also won’t be surprised to learn that Tobias managed to get stuck in her pelvis. The medical staff had to intervene to help.
“He came out head first and once my midwife realised [his shoulder was stuck] she pressed the emergency button. Heaps of doctors came in and helped pull him out,” she continued to the NZ Herald.
“Everybody was like ‘wow, what a big baby’ and ‘how big is he’, everyone was really shocked. I was more worried if he was okay, and he was fine, so I didn’t really care how big he was but I suppose it’s a bit of a thing.”
Nicolina was also happy that she wasn’t exaggerating when she discussed the soreness experienced while she was pregnant.
“I felt like my stomach was so heavy and the kicks were really sore and I was really, really tired all the time, and I thought to myself that I’m complaining too much. When he came out and he was 13 pounds I was like ‘see, see, I was allowed to complain, I wasn’t making it up,” she said.
The average newborn child is around 7 or 8 pounds. Perhaps that is why Tobias was given the nickname ‘Hercules’ and we think it fits perfectly.