Baby weighing 5 kg born through normal delivery

An unusually heavy baby weighing 5 kg was born through normal delivery at Bhosari on Monday. Doctors in Pimpri-Chinchwad have described the birth of the baby, born to 27-year-old Preeti Prashant Gaikwad of Phugewadi at Aayee Maternity Home, as a 'rare case'. The baby was born four days after the due date.

Dr Rahul Chinde, a gynaecologist at the hospital, where the baby was born said, "After sonography, the radiologists had confirmed that the baby was heavy. We thought it could be four kg and were prepared for C-section. However, we later decided on normal delivery."

Surprised at the weight of the baby, Dr Chinde said, "In India, the average weight of a newborn baby is 2.5 to 3 kg. For babies weighing up to 4 kg C-section is preferred but there are cases of normal deliveries. But it is rare to have a baby weighing five kg through normal delivery," he said.

Dr Chinde added he has confirmed with other doctors who have informed him that birth of such "heavy babies" in the country was a rare case.

The baby's grandfather R D Gaikwad, a former PCMC assistant commissioner, said he was delighted after he was told about the medical marvel. "Yes, I have been told this is a rare case. I happy that both the baby and the mother are fine," said Gaikwad.

When contacted, PCMC medical director Dr Rajshekhar Iyer said, "C-section is performed for babies whose weight is found to be beyond 2.5 kg to 3 kg. However, the birth of a baby weighing 5 kg through normal delivery is unheard of in Pune."

YCMH superintendent Dr Anand Jagdale said he has not heard of a baby weighing 5 kg born through normal delivery. "This is certainly unusual case," he said.

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