A young mum has spoken of her shock after giving birth to a giant baby without pain relief - and after suffering a blood clot on her brain.
Danielle Davies , from Morecambe, gave birth naturally to a healthy baby boy weighing almost 12 pounds despite the health scare which meant the baby was induced.
At just six days old Harley Goldstone weighs 11lb 15oz and already fits into size three to six months old clothes.
The bouncing boy born at 1.13am on April 10 was the talk of Royal Preston Hospital as midwives checked their scales again and again.
Danielle said: “All the midwives couldn’t believe how big he was, he was the talk of the hospital.
“They had to put him on the scales a number of times, they said he was difficult to weigh because it was off their official charts.
I just can’t believe I did it on gas and air, I kept thinking how did I manage?Danielle Davies
“We have ended up having to throw a lot of the new born stuff away and he is already in size two nappies.”
The mum-of-two stunned staff and her partner Daniel Goldstone during the eight hour natural birth, which she managed to endure without any pain relief despite pushing for two hours.
She said: “I lost quite a lot of blood because of his weight.
“ I tried not to show the fact that I was in so much pain.
“I just can’t believe I did it on gas and air, I kept thinking how did I manage?”
A month before Danielle suffered severe headaches and was told she would need to be induced at Preston after doctors discovered a blood clot on her brain.
Danielle, 21, said: “It just felt like a normal headache but it was quite scary really.
“It is common to get blood clots but it is unusual to get one on the brain.
“They didn’t know I was going to be able to push with the pressure on my brain but I did.”
The mum is now on clexane injections to thin out her blood and doctors are keeping an eye on her progress.
Partner Daniel, who was a security guard at the recently closed Tesco store in Morecambe’s Arndale centre, is proud and overwhelmed over the birth of his son.
The 23-year-old said: “I was nervous because Danielle was in so much pain and it shocked me but I wasn’t expecting my son to be so big.
“I’m proud of her and all the staff were brilliant.”
The family who live on Mears Beck Close and also have a 19 month old daughter Layla, are still adjusting to their son’s size.
Danielle said: “A few of my friends have seen him and they all think he is huge.
“Some have said he doesn’t look like a newborn he looks about three months old.
“My bump was very big and now I know why.”
Former community midwife Jean Anderson has delivered babies weighing up to 13lbs during her career.
Mrs Anderson said: “I think many more women are now being induced early because they are worried about big babies.
“Danielle is a beacon and it shows women can deliver big babies safely and easily if they allow their bodies to relax.
“It is a big baby and I am really proud of her.”