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All I could hear was ... it's a big one!

PUBLISHED: 18:23 25 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

PROUD parents Gary and Diane Baker are beaming with delight following the birth of their new baby daughter.

But bouncy Millie's entrance into the world caused some gasps among the maternity staff at Ipswich Hospital.

PROUD parents Gary and Diane Baker are beaming with delight following the birth of their new baby daughter.

But bouncy Millie's entrance into the world caused some gasps among the maternity staff at Ipswich Hospital.

For she tipped the scales as an amazing 10lb 14oz.

Mum and dad, who live in Rushmere St Andrew, knew their daughter was going to be big when at a regular scan she measured right off the scale - it was just a question of how big?

The usually slender Diane piled on four stone during her pregnancy.

"People used to ask me how she was and I would say big, fat and uncomfortable - her words not mind," quipped Gary, 33.

At the birth – which was by caesarean - Diane could hear the medical staff gasping at the size of the emerging child.

"I was awake but couldn't see what was going on because there was a screen in front of me and all I could hear was 'Oh God it's a big one' and things like that," said Diane.

"The senior registrar said it was even odds as to whether the baby got pulled out or the midwife got pulled in," added Gary, a bank manager with Lloyds TSB in London.

Just one-week-old and Millie is already wearing clothes made for tots three times her age.

She is scoffing six 5oz bottles a day, the recommended intake for a two-month-old child - and yes mighty Millie is still growing fast.

This is not the first time 5ft 9ins Diane, also 33, has given birth to a big baby.

Her first child George, five, weighed in at an impressive 9lbs 1oz - after three days in labour and an emergency caesarean.

"He was born at 36.5 weeks and was considered premature so he had to go in an incubator with all these tiny children around him, which was a bit embarrassing," she said.

There is however a serious side to this tale.

Millie's proud parents, above all, are thrilled their daughter arrived on October 15 safe and well and healthy.

Also, Diane is diabetic and although she was able to keep her condition under control throughout her pregnancy it is likely that this had a part to play in Millie's bumper size.

"It's important to get control of your diabetes before you conceive and maintain good control and not be afraid of adjusting your insulin doses," said Diane, who has had the condition for nearly 12 years.

"Sometimes you are taking six times the amount (of insulin) that you would normally and your thinking 'this would normally kill me'."

And the couple heaped praise both on the maternity unit and the special Diabetes Centre at Ipswich Hospital.

"If you are going to diabetic, then be diabetic in Ipswich," smiled Diane, at PA at the same bank as her husband.

"Dr John Day, the diabetologist at the centre is world-renowned for his work and the hospital have a dedicated diabetes midwife, Sue Kelly, who was there at delivery. The system is very effective and worked well.

"Many years ago it was thought diabetic women shouldn't have children but that has all changed now."

Baby boom … the facts.

N The nation gasped when Julie Hesmondhalgh, 31, who plays sex-swap character Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street gave birth to Martha Mo Kershaw weighing in at a modest 10lbs 8ozs on Saturday.

N The heaviest baby on record however is a boy of 22lbs 8oz born to Carmelina Fedele of Aversa, Italy, in September 1955.

N In January 1879, Anna Bates of Canade, who was 7ft 5ins tall, gave birth to a boy weighing 23lbs 12ozs, but the baby died 11 hours later.

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