Mom Delivers 16 Pound, 4 Ounce Baby, Becomes Our Hero

Whoa: A New Zealand woman just gave birth to a baby who weighed well over 16 pounds. This is just straight up heroic, isn't it?

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A New Zealand woman who wishes to remain anonymous just experienced the thing many pregnant women dread—and she lived to tell about it: The mama delivered a 16-pound, 4-ounce, 22.5-inch newborn. 

The baby boy is reportedly healthy and was delivered by C-section—but his mama still felt the strain of carrying and delivering such a big baby. (Well, we suppose that's a given!) It allegedly took the staff at Wellington Hospital hours to give this mom her epidural, as the size of her baby bump made it tough for her to bend over to take the injection.

"People are calling him the next Jonah Lomu," the baby's father told Stuff. "We are not that tall ourselves, so we are not sure where his size has come from—at the moment we are thinking he's probably just a big baby."

The outlet also reported that doctors told the parents they would likely deliver a baby who weighed close to 14 pounds (which is already a big, big baby!) but it turns out, they underestimated the situation. Still, this baby's size is not unprecedented. Actually, the world's largest newborn came in at 22 pounds, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

So what causes a baby to be born at such a large weight? The clinical term here is called fetal macrosomia, and it refers to babies who are born at over 8 pounds, 13 ounces. You can cut your risk of delivering a large baby by exercising regularly during pregnancy, and experts have found gestational diabetes and maternal obesity to be major risk factors for the issue. But large babies can still be perfectly healthy—and it sounds like this not-so-little guy is thriving.