A New Zealand teenager has given birth – after not even realising she was expecting.
19-year-old Emma was unaware she was 39 weeks pregnant when she went into labour on her own.
She’d dismissed cravings for KFC and a lack of interest in booze, only realising now they may have been pregnancy symptoms.
A penchant for baggy clothes meant she hadn’t really noticed any weight gain.
She’d experienced lower back pains the night before she gave birth, but certainly couldn’t have imagined they’d be labour pains – so she told The Sun she took some painkillers and left it at that.
Until the following day, when she felt the sudden urge to push:
“I didn’t know what was happening. I just felt a major stinging feeling and when I looked down I saw a head,” she revealed to the paper.
Emma even the umbilical cord with a pair of kitchen scissors.
“I was home alone and it was terrifying. I didn’t even scream.
“I was in complete shock and didn’t know what to think, but I managed to cut her umbilical cord with a pair of kitchen scissors and wrapped her in a towel. Then I tried to clean up all the blood.”
Fortunately, her baby girl Hannah-Marie was born healthy at 6lb 6oz – but there was one complication Emma needed to think about: telling her mum.
She sent her a text, which said: “Please don’t be mad or angry, but I’ve just had a baby. I don’t know what to do.”
A text she surely wasn’t expecting, her mum responded wondering if it was a joke.
Though Emma says that she had to have an op to repair a tear, and it took until her hospital visit to really grasp what had happened, we’re glad everything’s working out OK for this surprise new mum ?
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