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Mom Gives Birth to Nearly 14 Pound Baby, and She Did It Without an Epidural

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If you’ve ever given birth without an epidural, you know more or less how incredibly difficult and painful it can be. That said, when you have a baby that’s about average weight (say 7.5 lbs), it’s not all that bad. I personally had a 9.5 lb baby that I birthed without any pain medication, and I’ll tell you right now–it HURT. But I can’t imagine how this one mama in Australia handled giving birth to a 13.5 lb baby without an epidural.

When Natashia Corrigan of Melbourne Australia was pregnant, her doctors told her that her son would likely be on the heavy side. According to Yahoo 7 News Australia, the baby was measuring at around 9 pounds at the 36 week mark. Apparently, he had time to gain a few more pounds. When little Brian Jr. was born at 40 weeks, he weighed in at nearly 14 pounds, making him the largest baby born at Mercy Hospital in the state of Victoria.

What’s even wilder is the fact that this baby was born vaginally, and without the need for an epidural. Corrigan did, however, receive some laughing gas during her labor. The gas is 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen, and while it’s fairly effective for pain management, few doctors administer it here in the U.S.

“I think I was in a bit of shock because the birth was natural and I only had gas so I was still in a bit of shock just from that,” Natashia told 7 News.

Brian Jr. is Mama Corrigan’s third child (she has two daughters who were born at average weight and size), and certainly her heaviest.

“I’ve always wanted a little fat baby and I’ve got a big one!” said Corrigan. And fortunately, mom and baby are doing just fine.

How big was your baby at birth?