A TEEN who went to bed with a ‘flat stomach’ was stunned when she woke up with a surprise baby bump – and gave birth just 45 minutes later.
Emmalouise Leggate, 18, had been on the pill and claims she had no idea she was pregnant for the second time until she woke up with a baby bump.
She and her grandma Louise Ford, 63, rushed to hospital but the labour happened so quickly that Emmalouise gave birth in the hospital car park just 45 minutes after discovering the bump.
The stay-at-home mum claims she had no morning sickness or food cravings, never felt her daughter kick and put her absent periods down to being on the pill.
Doctors reportedly thought that Ciara Louise Lamont, now eight months old, was full-term when she was born and explained her lack of bump due to the baby being positioned in her back.
Luckily, her new daughter was born happy and healthy, weighing 7lbs 12oz on July 17 2018, and the new mum and partner Sean Lamont, 19, embraced becoming parents for the second time.
Emmalouise, from Glasgow, said: “I was really shocked afterwards. It didn’t feel real.
“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.”
She said: “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.”
The teenager, who was living at home with her mum Jackie Ford and one-year-old daughter Caoimhe Lamont at the time, was shocked when the bump appeared overnight.
Jackie called up Louise who drove her granddaughter to hospital and even helped her give birth to Ciara in the backseat of the car.
The proud mum gave Ciara the middle name ‘Louise’ after the role her doting great-grandmother, who sadly passed away in October, played in her birth.
Emmalouise said: “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.
“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.”
Louise had already gone into the hospital to find a midwife while her granddaughter had been in labour, but by the time the midwife found them in the car park Ciara had already been born.
Both Emmalouise and her daughter were kept in hospital for two days so that they could run tests to make sure Ciara was healthy.
Emmalouise said: “With Ciara I was really lucky that nothing was wrong. It was a crazy morning.
“The midwife came out thinking I was about to give birth and it was an unknown pregnancy. She asked how long I thought I had and was I timing it.
“But then opened the car door and she was already there. I had already given birth to her.
“I will definitely tell Ciara when she’s older. On her birth certificate it says she was born outside hospital premises. I never had any doctor’s notes or anything like that.
“They had to get her bloods taken straight away because they never knew if there was anything [that could be wrong with her].
“She had to have a hearing test and she wasn’t responding in one ear so we were worried she might be deaf in one ear, but she was completely fine. That was the only thing wrong.”
But despite Ciara being the ‘best thing that could have happened’, Emmalouise and Sean have decided they want no more ‘surprise’ children and the mum has swapped the pill for the coil.
Emmalouise said: “I’m only 19 so I’ve got two babies. Luckily my oldest has really taken to Ciara. She really shocked me actually by how well she was with her.
“They’re really close as sisters. Caoimhe is dead funny with her – whenever Ciara cries she’ll put her dummy in and get her a teddy and put her comforter over her.
“She’ll tell me straight away – like ‘Ciara, bottle’. She’s really protective over her little sister.
“Everyone says to me that I can’t go back on it now – I’ve just got to go with it now.
“It was the best thing that could have happened. But we’re having no more. No more surprise babies, thank you.
“It’s changed the way I think about contraception. I ended up going on the coil just after Ciara. I’m safe just now. I take pregnancy tests nowadays too just in case.”
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