I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.

I’m sure whenever you read a headline like the one above you wonder how its possible, how the person in question doesn’t feel any movements or have any pregnancy symptoms, but it happens, it’s real, it happened to me.

It was Easter 2011 and I was enjoying a break away in Cornwall with friends, I was a size 8, sipping on ice-cold lager, wearing ridiculous heels and staying up till the early hours. I was just 18 years old, fresh out of college and enjoying my youth.

Not one thing had changed, I still experienced period’s and had no cravings or sickness. I had no reason to believe I was pregnant. I’d recently separated from my long-term boyfriend and I had plans, big plans for my future, of course I wanted a family one day, but definitely not at 18.

We were just a few days into our break when the pain began, I’d never felt pain like it and spent over a day laying in bed in agony before taking painkillers and heading down to the beach to try to enjoy my holiday as best I could. I tried so hard to ignore it, but as time went on the pain became endless and excruciating, concern grew for my health, we all assumed it was my appendix, and an ambulance was called in the early hours of the 18th of April 2011, a day that changed my life forever.


After the crew had arrived I was examined and loaded into the back of the ambulance to be transported to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. I had never been so scared in my life. I was hundreds of miles from home with no family nearby, I genuinely thought I was going to die.

I’ll never forget the words ‘Chloe, you’re in labour, and your 6cm dilated’. Can you imagine being told your about to have a baby when you had no idea you were even pregnant? I was gob-smacked, petrified, and completely alone.

Somehow I found the strength to adjust to my new situation and do what needed to be done. I’ll never know how, but as soon as I heard those words, my world was about my baby.

At 09:11am I pushed a beautiful little girl into the world, she was perfect. I had no pain relief other than paracetamol and thankfully, despite her surprise entrance into the world, she and I were both in perfect health.

She weighed 6lb 11oz, she had the finest dark hair and the most beautiful features, she was like a little doll. I held her in my arms and wept, I think it was a mix of fear and joy, she was mine, I had made her, and I didn’t even know. 48 hours earlier I was a normal teenage girl, now I was a mother. I just couldn’t get my head around it.

It wasn’t as easy as it sounds though, I’d not had 9 months to prepare, I didn’t even have a nappy for this precious little bundle I’d been blessed with. Emotionally I was in tatters, I was in shock.

Thankfully my grandparents were also on holiday in nearby Devon and as soon as they heard the news they made their way to the hospital, I’ve never been so relieved to see my family. 24 hours later my Mum and step-dad traveled from Norfolk to collect us whilst everyone at home rallied around to get everything we needed.

The first few weeks were difficult, I struggled to bond with Mia, I just couldn’t get my head around being a young, free 18-year-old girl one minute and a mother the next. I couldn’t have got through that time without my Mum, she did night feeds, messy nappies, colic, the lot.

Eventually I adjusted, and I loved every minute of being a Mummy.

I believe Mia Phoebe was sent to me for a reason, she saved me, and now, nearly 6 years later, she’s my best friend. Mia is Italian for ‘my’ or ‘mine’, and her middle name Phoebe came from my great-grandmother who had passed away several years earlier.

I’ll never know why I showed no symptoms of pregnancy, why I never had a bump or felt my baby move inside me.

I used to read these stories and think ‘yeah whatever, she must have known’, but now on the rare occasions where a similar story pops up on my Facebook feed my heart leaps, I feel such emotion for the mother’s I read about going through exactly what I did.

It’s real, its scary, don’t judge what you have no idea about.

Do you have a similar story to share? Feel free to comment or email me at taoallergymummy@gmail.com

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26 Comments

  1. Kaye 13th March 2017 / 7:42 pm

    Wow, stories like this absolutely fascinate me. I could barely get my head around pregnancy with 9 months to prepare, let alone being told in labour! She’s absolutely beautiful though. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  2. Rachel Turner 13th March 2017 / 7:55 pm

    What an incredible story! I can’t imagine the shock when you found out you were in labour but what a beautiful little girl you have 🙂 #MarvMondays

  3. Lauren Gordon 13th March 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Oh my gosh Chloe, what an incredible story! Bless you. It’s tough when you do have 9 months, I can’t imagine the shock you must’ve gone through!

  4. Nyomi 13th March 2017 / 11:24 pm

    Wow what a story! You looked so young in the photo.

    • Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson 16th March 2017 / 6:38 pm

      I was thinking the same thing! This is an amazing story. You are right: I had often wondered about how women could be pregnant and not know. No clue that the periods could still come as regularly as they did for you. I can only imagine the rush of feelings you experienced the day that you gave birth. A dear friend of mine also had a baby at 18 and is now 44 with a grown man for a son (whom she is still as close to as she always was) and now is enjoying a new chapter in her life. Kudos to you and your family for pulling together as a team as you all became accustomed to having a baby in your world! #SharingtheBlogLove

  5. Liane Bayliss 14th March 2017 / 12:59 pm

    What an amazing story! I cannot imagine how hard that must have been for you but I’m so glad that it all worked out! #MarvMondays

  6. Mummygummie 14th March 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Gosh!! That must have been so scary for you. As much as I have suffered with lots of horrible symptoms during my pregnancies, I can’t imagine not knowing and the next minute being in labour. Sounds like you did amazingly especially considering you were only 18 at the time. #marvmondays

  7. Eilidh 15th March 2017 / 11:59 am

    This happened to me too! Except it was my third child and had experienced pregnancy twice before. So many people have said… you must’ve known you’ve been pregnant before but I had no idea, everything was normal! Reading this post took me back to that day and I can totally relate to the shock you talk about! 🙂 great post!

  8. Emma 15th March 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Wow this made me cry. I had no idea!

  9. Muffin top mummy 15th March 2017 / 9:18 pm

    OMG wow! This was such a gripping read – I can’t even begin to imagine how crazy those words must have sounded when you were told you were in labour! Huge admiration for you #dreamteam

  10. Rhyming with Wine 15th March 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Oh my goodness that must have been absolutely mind blowing! Becoming a mum is one of the most radical things to happen to anyone, even with 9 months to prepare! I do understand that it happens for some people though lovely. One of my colleagues at work had the same experience. We sent her home with suspected appendicitis just the same as yourself and then got a phone call to say “Mum and Baby are doing fine!” I think it’s amazing to read about. Thanks so much for sharing with #DreamTeam x

  11. B 16th March 2017 / 12:51 pm

    What an honest post. Thank you for sharing x

  12. Twin Pickle 16th March 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Oh. My. Gawd!!! This is amazing! It must have been so scary, dear of you! I’m glad all turned out well though, she’s a cutie! #SharingtheBlogLove

  13. five little doves 16th March 2017 / 6:22 pm

    This is AMAZING! Although I was a size 8 until the day I gave birth, and had no bump either, I did feel lots of movement and can’t imagine how someone is pregnant without feeling those movements. That’s crazy, but also a really lovely story that Mia came along to save you. #sharingthebloglove

  14. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 17th March 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I can’t imagine how absolutely shocking and terrifying that must have been. To have your life turned upside down in just a few moments is staggering. It’s amazing how pregnancy affects everyone differently, through both my pregnancies I’ve been so ill (and so huge!) that there’s no way I could not have known, but I know a few people who’ve barely had a bump at all, so I think it’s more common than people might think. I complain that pregnancy is so long, but not having those 9 months to adjust and get your head around everything must be so difficult. I’m so pleased she turned your life around in the best way possible. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  15. jeremy@thirstydaddy 18th March 2017 / 6:26 pm

    My first wife’s maid of honor didn’t realize she was pregnant until about 4 wks before delivering. Important reminder that everybody’s body is different #blogginggoodtime

  16. Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 21st March 2017 / 12:48 pm

    To become a mum in a matter of minutes, must have been a really terrifying experience, I just can’t get my head around what you must have gone through. I think we need the 9 months to get used to the idea even for those people that hadn’t planned it. I’m so pleased that it became a great experience and you are enjoying being a mum. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  17. Mummy in a TuTu (@mummyinatutu) 22nd March 2017 / 8:42 pm

    wow that is so incredible – like something from a film. well done you for coping xx
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

  18. Laura Beresford 23rd March 2017 / 10:18 am

    It seems incredible not to know! #sharingthebloglove

  19. Elsie Pop 23rd March 2017 / 11:03 am

    Wow, what a story! I can’t imagine the emotional rollercoaster you must have been on when you heard you were in labour – that’s the biggest shock anyone could have. It sounds like the plot of a film! I’m so glad everything worked out for you and love the picture of the two of you. Visiting from #SharingTheBlogLove

  20. Chloe 23rd March 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Hi, what a compelling read. You see clips on tv about the same scenarios and think how do you deal with the sudden change in your life. It has obviously turned into an amazing experience for you. Thanks for sharing #SharingtheBlogLove

  21. Emma T 23rd March 2017 / 10:49 pm

    It amazes me how it can happen. But I know my cousin at a similar age to you was pregnant and only found out at 8 months, because after going back and forth to the doctors with various issues for months, a nurse eventually suggested a pregnancy test. #sharingthebloglove

  22. Louise 24th March 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Wow, what an amazing story! I know a couple of people who have had similar experiences. I can’t imagine how scary it would be to be in that situation, not having the time to prepare, mentally or physically! #sharingthebloglove

  23. Andrea @ Topsy Turvy Tribe 25th March 2017 / 8:18 pm

    How scary and amazing! You must have been so very terrified, so pleased there’s a happy ending! #SharingtheBlogLove

  24. Cal at Family Makes 28th March 2017 / 10:45 pm

    What an amazing story. You’re right, whenever I read stories about not knowing you are pregnant, I always assume you must have had some inkling at least, but to have nothing at all until you are in labour must have been such a shock. I’m not surprised you struggled to cope with it for a while. #SharingtheBlogLove

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