It sounds like something you’d see on “The X-Files.” How does a woman go to sleep with a flat stomach, only to wake up with a baby bump? But that’s not the weirdest part. The young woman also gave birth 45 minutes after waking up. There’s a reason Mother Nature gives women 9 months to prepare them for motherhood. But 19-year-old Emmalouise Leggate from the UK got a crash course in under an hour.
She Had No Idea
19-year-old Emmalouise Leggate from the UK went to bed with a flat stomach the same way she did every other night. But when she woke up on the morning of July 17, 2018, her stomach was no longer flat. In fact, she was pregnant!
She Woke Up Pregnant
As far as she knew there was no logical explanation as to how she could have woken up pregnant and yet the full-on baby bump was difficult to ignore. After what was undoubtedly the most horrifying moment of her life, she called her mom, who then turned to her mom Louise for answers.
The Bump Popped Out Seemingly Out of the Blue One Morning
“I had woken up and you could tell it was a bump. It was dead high up. 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,'” she recalled.
They Rushed To The Hospital
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It’s A Girl
Emmalouise was surprised when her grams and the midwife arrived to check her mysterious pregnancy out. But they were the ones with the stunned looks when they saw the teen holding a baby girl in her arms. But it didn’t make a lot of sense.
There Were No Symptoms
Emmalouise had missed a lot of her periods, but she assumed that this was a side-effect of taking birth control pills. She hadn’t experienced any other pregnancy symptoms like those unexplained cravings or morning sickness. She never felt her baby kick and there was definitely no baby bump that would have caught anyone’s attention. So, she had no reason to even consider buying a pregnancy test or going to see a doctor.
It Was Hiding In Her Lower Back
While Emmalouise technically didn’t have a bump, she had experienced a little bit of weight gain. So her mom tried to get her to walk more and exercise in order to burn off some calories. But the weight gain wasn’t localized in her stomach area, at all! It was more noticeable around her face, arms, and legs. Her stomach never actually grew! It’s why she went to bed with a flat stomach and woke up one morning with a full pregnancy belly! She named her extremely surprising second child Ciara.
So Why Wasn’t Her Baby Bump Noticeable?
Doctors suggested the baby was sitting in her lower back, which is why Emmalouise didn’t realize she was pregnant. “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,” she recalled.
She’s Still As Dumbfounded As Everyone Else
Emmalouise still doesn’t understand how she could’ve missed the signs. While she clearly was pregnant, her body didn’t change all that much. Plus, missing a few periods while on the pill is to be expected. “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,” she explained.
She’s Making Sure This Doesn’t Happen
Now, instead of birth control pills, she’s using a coil and getting pregnancy tests done regularly to avoid another unexpected bundle of joy. Even though Emmalouise and her partner Sean are head over heels in love with their precious baby, they’re not planning on giving her a sibling anytime soon. They even refer to her as “the best thing that could have happened”. That being said, they’d rather not have any more babies for a really long time!
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