By Janet Tappin Coelho
Maira Trevisan is still reeling from the shock of the size her newborn daughter, who weighed in at nearly 6kgs making her one of the heaviest babies born in Brazil.
Gabrielly was delivered at Cascavel University Hospital in Parana, south Brazil, on September 19 and discharged eight days later due to health complications.
But even before her birth doctors knew she would be bigger than the average bundle of joy.
Tipping the scales at a whopping 5.72 kilos or 12.61 pounds, baby Gabrielly broke the hospital’s 27-year-old record which was the last time the maternity unit registered an infant weighing 5kgs.
Maira, 36, said: “It was a bit of a shock and surprisingly uncomfortable the first day I took her into my arms. I didn’t expect her to be so heavy and so long.
“But I’m now getting used to her,” she added laughing.
Her daughter measures an astonishing 54 centimeters or nearly 22 inches long and is almost twice the weight of the average newborn.
The mum, who has three older children, revealed that an ultrasound done two hours before the cesarean section indicated a big baby but her size took medical staff by surprise.
Maira said: “The doctor told me he had never done an ultrasound of a child so big.
“In fact, he underestimated just how big she was going to be. But he correctly predicted she was going to be the largest baby ever born in the unit.
“The nurses haven’t stopped taking pictures with Gabrielly. She’s become a bit of a celebrity because they’ve never seen anything like it.”
The businesswoman, who runs a hotel with her husband Antonio said she had a smooth pregnancy and gained 11kgs or 1.7 stone above her normal weight of 79kgs or 12.4 stone.
However, she did notice something was different.
Due to her size, the big baby girl was born with an enlarged heart and was placed in an incubator for eight days while doctors monitored her breathing.
“For the first three days I couldn’t breastfeed because she had difficulty breathing and needed oxygen. Now she’s feeding without any problems,” Maira explained.
The baby was discharged from hospital last Thursday (28 September) after cardiologists gave her the all clear following a battery of tests.
Maira said: “We have to go back in a month for follow-up checks. But it was a bit of a challenge sorting out her trousseau when we were leaving because everything was too small for Gabrielly.
“We had to improvise with rompers that came to her knees and team it with long pants underneath. She’s already wearing a six-months old’s clothes.
“Even so Gabrielly is proving to be a wonderful baby. She’s serene with a wonderful sunny personality,” her mum said.