A mother has given birth to a baby boy weighing more than a stone in Oxfordshire – making him the third biggest newborn in the UK.
Cherral Mitchell, 31, required two midwives to deliver baby Alpha before he left staff at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford stunned when he weighed in at 14lb 15oz.
Alpha, born at 38 weeks on Thursday, has since been nicknamed ‘Baby Hippo’ and ‘Butter Bean’.
He is believed to be the UK’s third-biggest baby and the biggest for eight years.
Cherral Mitchel from Thame, Oxon, with baby Alpha, believed to be Britian’s third-biggest baby at 14lb 15oz
Baby Alpha has already been given affectionate nicknames such as ‘Baby Hippo’ and Butterbean’
Alpha is currently in NICU where he’s being monitored by neonatal nurses but is said to be ‘on the mend’
The current record holder is 15lb 8oz Guy Carr, born in 1992, followed by 15lb 7oz George King, who was born in Gloucester in 2013.
Alpha also came as a surprise as Mrs Mitchell became pregnant despite getting the contraceptive coil before he was conceived with electrical engineer husband Tyson, 35.
Mrs Mitchell, who has three other children, described Alpha as a ‘pumpkin baby’.
She 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”.
‘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.’
Doctors have attributed Alpha’s sizeable weight down to a sweet tooth, as they believe he was snacking on his mother’s sugary fluid while in the womb.
Baby Alpha is believed to be the biggest in the UK for eight years, weighing in at more than a stone after birth
Nurses at the hospital in Oxford were on their phones Googling statistics on the UK’s largest babies following Alpha’s birth
Doctors say that Alpha’s weight is attributed to snacking on his mother’s sugary fluid while in the womb
He was estimated to be around 11lb and 1oz at a 37-week scan, but ballooned in weight by more than three pounds before he was born a week later through a C-section.
Mrs Mitchell, a stay-at-home mum from Oxon, Thame, continued: ‘So he was drinking a lot and peeing a lot and getting a high intake of sugar.
‘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.’
Alpha is Mrs Mitchell’s second son after Lyon, three, while she also has two daughters Rogue-Angel, four, and Twyla, who is 10 months.
However, she says Alpha is the biggest by quite some distance, describing her other children as ‘normal’ births in comparison.
Alpha is currently in NICU where he’s being monitored by neonatal nurses but is ‘on the mend’.