woman gives birth to 8.7 kilo baby

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An Indonesian woman has given birth to an 8.7-kilogramme (19.2-pound) baby boy, the heaviest newborn ever recorded in the country ...

The baby ... is 62 centimetres (24.4 inches) long, was born by caesarean section ...

"This heavy baby made the surgery really tough ...

The boy is in a healthy condition despite having to initially be given oxygen to overcome breathing problems ...

"He's got strong appetite, every minute, it's almost non-stop feeding," he said.

"This baby boy is extraordinary, the way he's crying is not like a usual baby. It's really loud."

The boy's massive size was likely the result of his mother, Ani, 41, having diabetes, Sitanggang said.

She had to be rushed to hospital due to complications with the pregnancy, which had reached nine months. The baby, her fourth, was the only child not delivered by a traditional midwife.

When a diabetic mother's glucose level is high during pregnancy, the baby can receive too much glucose and grow too large, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448