Charlotte Thomson, A teenage girl didn’t know she was having a baby until she was in labour because there was absolutely no sign of pregnancy. The 21 years old teenager of ”Newcastle upon Tyne”, had regular periods and was still slipping into her size 8 dresses, all these deceived her of having no idea she was expecting a baby. It all dawned on her when she took herself to the hospital while she was bleeding coupled with painful stomach cramps that medics told her she was about to give birth.
According to Nursery nurse Charlotte: ‘My stomach was completely flat, and I’d been having regular periods so it was such a shock when I found out. I didn’t believe that I was actually pregnant until I gave birth. It was scary becoming a first-time mum with no warning, but I wouldn’t change Molly for the world, and I feel so lucky.”
Though, some women experience period-like vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, which can be caused by a number of different things including cervical changes, vaginal infections and when the embryo first implants itself in the wall of your womb.
Charlotte, who was pregnanted by her ex-boyfriend, said she only put on 3lbs during her pregnancy and had felt more tired than usual but put the symptoms down to her party girl lifestyle.
Sh said: ‘I thought it was from going out all the time, ‘I still managed to get into my clothes so I just ignored it.”
Her bleeding started sometime in December when she woke in agony at about 2.30am and realized she was bleeding profusely. She said: ‘I took some paracetamol and hoped that it would blow over”.’Instead, the pain just got worse and I was in agony. An hour later I felt like I was going to be sick so I ran to the toilet and saw that my underwear was full of blood’.She continued: ‘I had just finished my period so I was really scared. I knew something was seriously wrong and booked a taxi to the hospital.’
On reaching there, Nurses at North Umbra Specialist Emergency Care Hospital examined Charlotte and told her she needed to speak to a midwife.
Charlotte said: ‘I told them that there had to be a mistake,’ Charlotte said. ‘I’d had no symptoms.’ But ten minutes later, a midwife performed an ultrasound and told Charlotte she was nine months pregnant and in labour.
Charlotte continued: ‘I panicked that I wasn’t prepared and hadn’t bought any baby clothes. I was so worried about what my parents would say when they found out that I was having a baby.’
Charlotte’s parents, Lynne Thomson, 50, a domestic cleaner, and Vincent Thomson, 50, an engineer, were informed by a nurse at about 4:30 am, she told them that their daughter was pregnant.
According to Charlotte: ‘my parents thought that I was only a few weeks along and having a miscarriage’. ‘I burst into tears when they arrived, and told them I had no idea that I was pregnant. They were really supportive and excited about their first grandchild.’Then two hours later, ”baby Molly arrived”. Charlotte said: ‘As soon as I held Molly, I loved her so much. She was perfect and we had an instant bond.’
Charlotte had no bump and Doctors explained that the reason is that Molly had been tucked up underneath her ribs. Charlotte said: ‘It’s crazy to think that I’d been carrying a baby all that time’.
‘When Mum called my work to explain that I’d had a baby, they were gob smacked as they’d seen me the day before with no baby bump at all.’ Charlotte and Molly were discharged from hospital two days later – after Lynne rushed out to buy nappies and baby clothes.
Charlotte said ‘My friends didn’t believe me until they saw a picture of Molly. Luckily I’m still a size 8 and didn’t need to lose any baby weight’.’Molly has joined the nursery that I work at so I can take her with me, which is perfect.
She continued: ‘Molly’s dad is an ex who is no longer in the picture, but I have plenty of help from my parents with the baby. I’m no longer a party animal but it’s worth it to have Molly’.’I can’t wait to tell her the story of how I discovered I was pregnant with her’. Nothing Molly could ever do in the future would surprise me as much as the day she was born.’