The mother's belly was so huge that doctors initially thought she was having twins even though the ultrasound said otherwise
Pregnancy is a wonderful journey and it is filled with excitement and anticipation. Amber Cumberland, 21, from Aston, Oxfordshire, was thrilled to welcome her little one when she found out she was pregnant with her first child with partner Scott Joy, 22. As with any pregnancy, Cumberland's belly expanded as her baby began to grow. However, by her third trimester, her belly had grown so big that doctors assumed she was having twins, despite the ultrasound revealing otherwise, reports Mirror. "Doctors thought it was twins during pregnancy because she was so big, even though we could only see one on the ultrasounds," said Cumberland.
Thinking the ultrasound may not have been giving the right image, they assumed that there was another baby hiding in plain sight. "We heard it so much we actually started to believe there was another one hiding in there," she shared. Everywhere she went, people kept commenting on the size of her belly. Though it was a source of entertainment for some, Cumberland's big belly came with a heap of problems and she just couldn't wait to give birth. In fact, towards the end, she was just so desperate to get the baby out that she did everything possible. "I was so desperate to get her out I tried everything - I ate half a kilogram of raw pineapple, used essential oils and bath salts, even acupressure - anything I read online that might help."
She added, "The bump was so big I got lots of stretch marks and my skin was so weak from being stretched out that they would bleed if I stood up too quickly. I also had awful sciatica and compressed nerves in my hips and legs because of the weight of her and I couldn't even roll over in bed without Scott to help me." Almost two weeks after her due date, Cumberland was induced and had to spend 24 hours in labor until baby Emilia was finally born via an emergency C-section. Her partner, Joy, had to wait in the parking lot of Radcliffe Hospital in the space of three days leading up to the birth because he wasn't allowed to join Cumberland until she was in active labor due to Covid protocols.
Recalling the birthing process, she said, "My stomach muscles completely split to the point where the doctors could barely distinguish them during the C-section and said they were the worst they'd ever seen. I got to eight centimeters dilated and she couldn't go any further - if she went any further down they wouldn't be able to get her back up and she would've got stuck. During the C-section, it took two people to lift her out and one to hold everything back to get her out." When little Emilia Lucy Joy came out, doctors and nurses were stunned. She was born on April 16, weighing 12lb 14oz. "Nurses at the hospital even stayed overtime to see the weight of the baby and take photos with her because she was so big."
"When she came out Scott's face was white and all the surgeons were looking at each other in shock and laughing - they brought her to me and said 'congratulations you've had a toddler. We were just so glad it was only one baby and that she was healthy," Cumberland said. Post-delivery, Cumberland is recovering from the pregnancy. "I'm still as uncomfortable as when I was pregnant but I do feel a lot lighter and have no more trapped nerves which I'm very grateful for. I can't pick Emilia up or breastfeed her because she's so heavy and there's no protection for my organs, but I'm slowly getting better. We're both so overjoyed with our gorgeous little girl."