Teen Goes To Bed With Flat Stomach Before Waking Up Hours Later And Giving Birth
Emmalouise Leggate, 18, had been taking the pill and says she had no idea she was pregnant for the second time until she woke up with a baby bump.
She rushed to hospital as soon as she noticed the bump, but Emmalouise's labour was so quick that she gave birth in the hospital car park just 45 minutes after discovering the bump.
Emmalouise's new daughter, Ciara Louise Lamont, now eight months old, was born happy and healthy, weighing 7lbs 12oz.
The stay-at-home teen, who is also mum to Caoimhe Lamont with her partner Sean Lamont, 19, says that throughout her pregnancy, she never felt any morning sickness or food cravings, never felt her daughter kick and put her absent periods down to being on the pill.
Doctors explained Emmalouise's lack of bump due to the baby being positioned in her back.
"I was really shocked afterwards. It didn't feel real," said Emmalouise, from Glasgow. "My nanna was in that much shock that she didn't want to believe it. We were really lucky she was okay.
"I hadn't taken a pregnancy test, I had no symptoms, nothing. Nothing at all. The doctors couldn't explain why I didn't have a bump. They just told me that she must have been sitting in my lower back and that it is quite common.
"People tend to find out around their 20-week scan once the baby starts to kick, but Ciara never kicked. I never felt her do it. I never had any morning sickness or cravings either, nothing like that.
"At the start [of using the pill] I was bleeding a little bit, but then my periods just stopped altogether so I just thought that it was the pill. I had no bump. I had put on a bit of weight, so my mum was suggesting we go out walking and do different things to burn it off because I kept going on about my weight.
"The weight was across my full body, more in my arms, legs and face than anywhere else. My stomach never grew. But I gave birth to Ciara. It was a really quick labour. It was quite a neat bump. It was very small and all at the top - I'm guessing she'd just turned."
Once the teenager noticed the bump, which appeared overnight, the baby was out in no time. She decided to give her new baby the middle name Louise after her great grandmother who had played such an important role in the birth.
"The bump popped out literally out of the blue that one morning. I had woken up and you could tell it was a bump. It was dead high up," said Emmalouise. "My Nanna kept saying 'it's definitely a baby but I don't think you're ready to give birth just now because of how high up you are'.
"By the time I got in the car the contractions were coming every two minutes and then my water broke. We had just parked up outside the hospital and my nanna was saying, 'wait five minutes, can you not just wait five minutes?' and I just couldn't.
"As soon as she was born, my nanna was in so much shock, but luckily enough she had a big cover in the back and we managed to wrap her up in that. She kept stopping people in the street saying, 'that's my great-granddaughter, look how gorgeous she is'. I was just panicking in case Ciara wasn't alright, but she was perfect.
"My nanna had a special bond with her. I keep saying that that happened for a reason. I gave birth outside so I could be with my nanna. My nanna's name was Louise, so that's where Ciara gets Louise from."
Emmalouise says she has changed the way she thinks about contraception and she is now on the coil as she doesn't want any more "surprise babies". She also takes regular pregnancy tests too.
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