1. Mum-of-four Cherral Mitchell
Mum-of-four Cherral Mitchell, from Oxford has hit headlines after giving birth to a 14lb 15oz baby, believed to be the third biggest ever delivered in the UK.
Cherral needed two midwives to bring baby Alpha into the world – who was a lovely surprise to his mum and dad, Tyson, as they were using contraception at the time he was conceived.
Alpha’s mum said: “Everyone kept laughing when his head came out. My husband Tyson was like ‘oh my God he’s chunky’.”
She’s since called her son a “pumpkin baby” as he arrived in the world so close to Halloween.
At more than a stone heavy, he’s certainly one of the biggest babies born in the country in living memory, but Alpha doesn’t quite make it into World Record books – as several “chonky” tots have been born around the world.
2. Akbar Risuddin, Indonesia, 19lbs 3oz
Akbar Risuddin, whose name means “The Great” in Arabic, was delivered by c-section to mum Ani in 2009.
Measuring at two feet long, it’s thought Akbar’s size was due to Ani suffering from gestational diabetes, meaning he consumed a lot of glucose while in the womb.
Speaking to AFP after the birth, Dr Binsar Sitanggang said: “This heavy baby made the surgery really tough, especially the process of taking him out of his mum’s womb.
“His legs were so big.”
Akbar’s huge size meant his weight was closer to that of a one-year-old and was around triple the size of an average newborn.
3. Nadia Khalina, Siberia, 17lbs 1oz
Tatyana Khalina was 43 years old when she gave birth to Nadia in 2007, making her a mum-of-12.
After the birth, Tatyana had to remain in hospital for a month before she was allowed to take Nadia back home to her husband Viktor and 11 other children.
4. Ademilton dos Santos, Brazil, 17lbs
When Francisca Ramos dos Santos, 38, was told how heavy her baby would be in 2005, it’s no surprise that she opted for a C-section to deliver him.
Already mum to four other children, Francisca, 38, successfully delivered the newborn, who weighed the same as an average six-month-old baby.
Hospital director Rita Leal told the press at the time that the mother and baby were doing well after the birth.
She added that it was likely the baby’s enormous size was down to his mum having gestational diabetes.
Leal said: “She knew Ademilton would be a big baby, but not this big.”
5. Chesner Abels, 16lbs 9oz, South Africa
Cathleen Abels was stunned to give birth to her daughter Chesner in March 2007 at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.
Perhaps even more stunning is that Cathleen delivered Chesner naturally, after a pregnancy that was reportedly free of complications.
The mum-of-four, whose previous babies were much smaller, said Chesner would be her last.