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By Bilal Kuchay


An Indian mum is overjoyed with her extra big bundle of joy – after giving birth to a baby girl weighing nearly 13lbs.

Garima Srivastava, 37, gave birth to the 12lbs 12oz baby girl on November 19 through Caesarian section at Motherhood Hospital in Kharadi, Pune, Western India.

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The shocked mum said she couldn’t believe it when doctors told her the astounding weight of her daughter as just two weeks ago, ultrasounds had suggested the tot weighed just 6lbs.

Garima said: “I am extremely happy with the birth of my daughter. She has literally come as big surprise to us. I feel blessed to have her.

“15 days ago, the ultrasound showed her weight as only six pounds but she was born at double that weight.

“I didn’t know she would come out this big but it is a beautiful surprise and we are all very happy.”

Garima’s first born, also a girl, weighed only 3lbs when she was born and so she said she wasn’t worried about the weight of her second child.

She ate at least two boxes of assorted fruits a day throughout her pregnancy to stay healthy.

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The baby, who is yet to be officially named but is lovingly called Aashvi by her elder sister Kaashvi, nine, is doing well.

Garima added: “My mother said I was also a big baby when I was born.

“I weighed almost 11lbs myself, so I am not really worried about my daughter growing fat.

“I think she would be absolutely fine.”

Garima’s daughter is a rare case – with large babies, known as macrosomic babies – unusual in India, where the average weight of a newborn is 6lbs.

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Dr Mohita Goyal, consultant of obstetrics and gynaecology at Motherhood Hospital, said: “Everyone was taken by surprise in the operating theatre on the day of the delivery, as the head of the baby was deflexed and floating in the uterine cavity at the time of incision which made difficult for extraction during the c-section.

“It was a complicated situation, but in the end baby and mother both were doing well after surgery.

“This is a rare case where an overweight baby was born to a non-diabetic mother.”

Dr. Tushar Parikh, chief neonatologist at Motherhood Hospital, said: “Such large babies are known as macrosomic babies.

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“They have a risk of hypoglycemia as their body demands more glucose.

“Therefore, these babies are monitored for their blood glucose levels.

“Generally having large babies is a family trait.”