Jul 03, 2022
I gave birth to an enormous 12lb 9oz baby – he was so big TWO people had to pull him out
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WHEN Amy Smit imagined meeting her newborn son for the first time, she assumed she'd be cooing over him just like she did for her first child.
But as Amy caught her first glimpse of not-so-little Zagrys (who was already TWO foot tall), the words "b****y hell" just slipped right out her mouth.8Amy Smit and partner Zac welcomed their second child Zagrys - who weighed 12lbs - in MarchCredit: SWNS
The 27-year-old, from Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, already knew her strapping lad was going to be on the larger side when she booked in for her C-Section on 25 March.
But never did the mum and partner Zac, 28, think their son was going to weigh a whopping 12lbs 9oz.
"We knew he was going to be a tall baby, because all the scans showed he was quite long, and both Zac and I are around the six-foot mark," Amy said. "But we had no idea he would be that big."
What's more, baby Zagrys even surpassed the doctors' expectations - and required TWO people to pull him out.8The couple - who are both roughly six foot tall - knew their son would be on the bigger sideCredit: SWNS 8Forward-thinking Amy and Zac bought clothes big enough to fit a three-month old - but Zagrys didn't fit in any of themCredit: SWNS
Amy continued: "There were all these really small ladies around me, and I heard one of them saying, 'I need some help, he's enormous'.
"He didn't even fit on the scales when they went to weigh him, he was too long and wide. They had to make a makeshift plank thing to balance him on them!"
Before the birth, forward-thinking Amy and Zac bought clothes big enough to fit a three-month old - but Zagrys didn't fit in any of them.
The mum added: "I had to send Zac out to buy six-nine month clothes for him!"8It took TWO people to pull Zagrys out at firstCredit: SWNS 8Two months on, Zagrys - whose nickname is Zeik - already weighs a whopping 14lbs 12ozCredit: SWNS
Before Zagrys arrived, the couple were expecting him to be a similar size to older sister Lola - who weighed 9lbs 2oz when she was born in September 2018.
However, the mum says she had dramatically different symptoms during both her pregnancies.
She added: "I just went off food. I never fancied any meals, I couldn't eat meat or anything.
"During my first pregnancy with Lola, I was snacking all day long, I couldn't stop eating.8At two months old, Zeik already weighs a stoneCredit: SWNS 8Older sister Lola is 'besotted' with her little brotherCredit: SWNS 8The family joked Zeik will be a rugby player when he grows upCredit: SWNS
"But with Zeik I just had no appetite. And I just keep thinking, imagine how much bigger he could have been if I had eaten lots!"
Two months on, Zagrys - whose nickname is Zeik - already weighs a whopping 14lbs 12oz - and Lola is totally "besotted" with her brother.
Amy added: "Lola always wants to give him cuddles and be with him. She calls him 'my baby'."
"Zac has already said he's going to be a rugby player.
"He's South African so he's really into his rugby, and with Zeik's size, he's already calling him our little rugby player."
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Inside bizarre TikTok trend that sees young men getting VASECTOMIES on camera as cases rocket across the US
AS America grapples with a crackdown on abortion and a looming financial crisis, more young men are turning to vasectomies - and filming it for TikTok.
Demand for vasectomies appears to have shot up dramatically in every corner of the US since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in July, which guaranteed a woman the right to an abortion.3Mike Pridgen filmed the procedure and was surprised by how little it hurtCredit: Tiktok/@mikepridgen 3A woman filmed her husband going in for a vasectomyCredit: Tiktok/@giustinatorres 3Keith Laue decided to get a vasectomy at 23Credit: Tikktok/keith_laue
For most people, getting "the snip" is a decision you make in later life.
It refers to male sterilisation and it cuts or seals the tubes that carry a man's sperm to permanently prevent pregnancy.
Many men go for this option when they don't want any more kids - as it's 99 per cent effective.
But an increasingly turbulent post-Covid economy and a clampdown on women's rights means a growing number of young men are turning to clinics for different reasons – and sharing their experience on TikTok.Read more on vasectomiesGOT THE CHOP Woman divides the internet with vasectomy care package for her husband
TikTok videos with the hashtag #vasectomy have been viewed more than 500 million times, and the hashtag #snipsniphooray viewed more than 20 million times.
As well as men filming themselves having the op, videos from the last few months show women making thoughtful care packages for their partners while they recover.
Even on Tinder, mentions of “vasectomy” in dating profiles surged this year by more than five times compared to last year, a spokeswoman for the dating platform told The New York Times.
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A doctor in Iowa who normally carries out 40 to 50 vasectomies each month was on track to do 100 in July after the Roe v. Wade decision.
Dr Charles Monteith, medical director of a clinic in North Carolina, told Vice News: “I'm normally scheduled out for two to four weeks. Now, I’m scheduled out for three months.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in inquiries and contacts through our website and calls."
In Alabama and Texas - two states that have brought in draconian abortion laws since the Supreme Court ruling - medics said there has been a “crazy” rise in vasectomy appointments and weekly calls have doubled.
Tim McAuliff, a Texas-based vasectomist, said: "We’ve had some people call and say because of Roe v. Wade they want to be more proactive or preventative."
And it's not just happening in states where new abortion laws have been introduced - doctors in New York said business has tripled since July.
Men without children are also enquiring about vasectomies as a method of contraception in the post-Roe world, while others are having the snip as more and more people make a conscious decision not to have kids.
With just one child, Keith Laue, 23, made the decision to have "the snip".
He and his partner Taylor Ribar said they felt disempowered by laws which were being bought in, in their home state in Texas.
In the summer of 2021, the state banned abortions as early as the first six weeks of pregnancy.
The couple knew they didn't want another child, and decided that a vasectomy would be the most cost effective option available to them.
He explained that the cost of contraception had been a roadblock for the couple, and said it shouldn't just be his partner's responsibility to take care of birth control.
I don't think it's fair that it took overturning a woman's reproductive rights for this subject to get attentionKeith Laue
He told Health: "It felt like almost immediately afterward, maybe two or three weeks later, Roe was overturned. And I was even more glad I did it.
"I don't have anymore anxiety now around having a healthy sex life, and that's a really nice feeling."
And now Keith is sharing his journey on TikTok in order to help other men who might be considering the procedure.
He added: "I'm really thankful for the traction my video has gotten. But I don't think it's fair that it took overturning a woman's reproductive rights for this subject to get attention."
The full-time TikTok influencer said vasectomies aren't talked about very much when it comes to the conversation on contraceptives and birth control - and he wants to change that.
Another man, Mike Pridgen, a 28-year-old comedian from New Jersey, filmed his surgery and popped it on TikTok.
He even caught the moment a doctor made the “little pinch”.
He said: “That’s not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be."
The video has been viewed millions of times and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Mike's decision was wrapped in his choice not to have kids - for both financial and person reasons.
He said: “It is damn near impossible to raise a child, financially, in this country at this point. It’s also not particularly safe.
"Every day, you turn on the news, it feels as though this country is burning. So why would I want to bring a child into this?"
Like Keith, he aims to educate his followers about vasectomies and promote them as an alternative to other forms of birth control.
Iowa-based Dr Esgar Guarínsaid said his latest wave of patients are men in their 30s who don’t want children as attitudes change and now they feel an urgent push to get snipped.
He said: "At least men are waking up in our country and saying this is something we can do. That’s very nice.
"The problem to me is that it took restricting the right of an individual to be able to make decisions about her own body for men to start waking up.
"Men need to be more aware of their participation in reproductive health, because if we don't do that, we aren't going to change the behavior."
While less than two percent of unmarried men currently rely on vasectomy for contraception, it appears the trend could be changing as men decide to take more of a role in family planning.How does the procedure work?
Surprisingly, the life-changing operation can be carried out in just 15 minutes.
The procedure is typically carried out under local anaesthetic, so is often relatively painless.
There are two ways to carry out a vasectomy, using the conventional or the no-scalpel method.
The conventional vasectomy involves making two 1cm long incisions in the scrotum using a surgical knife.
This allows the surgeon to remove a small section from the tubes linking the testicles and the penis, which are then tied or sealed shut.
Medical professionals often use dissolvable stitches to close the incision.
The second method is no-scalpel vasectomy, which is typically carried out under local anaesthetic.
During the operation, surgeons puncture a small hole in the skin of the scrotum, which allows them to access the same tubes without using a scalpel.Read More on The SunCAP IT OFF Mum left stunned as she learns what the point on a ketchup cap is actually for
After the passage is closed, the puncture is closed in the same way as a conventional vasectomy.
Patients that have had the sterilisation surgery are often able to return to work one or two days after getting it done.