New Mum didn’t even know she was pregnant

It’s something that you think would only happen in the movies but surprisingly it happens more often than you think.

It’s something that you think would only happen in the movies but surprisingly it happens more often than you think.

A new-mum in New Zealand was home when what she thought was a stomach ache turned out to be labour pains.  Emma Crofts-Wilson told the Northern Star, “I didn’t know what was happening. I just felt a major stinging feeling, and when I looked down, I saw a head.

“That’s when it hit me. The next thing I knew, I had a baby in my arms.”

The 19-year-old became pregnant after a one-night-stand with an Australian man and was worried about what her mother was going to say.  Cutting the umbilical cord with a pair of kitchen scissors she sent a text message to her mother.  Emma said, “Then I texted my mum something along the lines of, ‘please don’t be mad or angry, but I’ve just had a baby. I don’t know what to do.”

Her mother took her and the newborn to the hospital where they had a clean bill of health.  Emma claims that she didn’t even know that she was pregnant as she suffers from irregular periods and didn’t notice any weight gain. She is not alone in this phenomenon.

It’s called “cryptic pregnancy or “pregnancy denial” and Professor Helen Cheyne from the University of Stirling says that is pretty common.  She said, “In fact, they are estimated to occur in around one in 2,500 cases, suggesting around 320 cases in the UK annually, or a potential headline story almost every day.”

Emma and her now 11-month old daughter Hannah-Maria are doing well and enjoying life together.  The father, however, may have a surprise one day as he doesn’t know that he has a child.  Emma said, “I don’t know his name, so I wouldn’t even know where to look for him, but my friends and family have been so supportive of us.”

  1. Marj  

    With ALL the numerous changes that happen to a female’s body when pregnant, I find this total garbage, irregular periods’ or not.

    Her mother didn’t even notice?

    Simple maths really….have unprotected sex, even only the once, if it’s ovulation time for you, there’s a good chance you’ll fall pregnant. End of.

    Stupid girl.

  2. Pamela  


    Irregular periods does not mean no periods for 9 months.

    And presumably the baby never moved!

    But if the girl is that dumb, the child should be removed for its own safety!

    • Kaye  

      You are very unkind and ignorant. My mother was unaware she was pregnant with my younger brother (her third child) as she had her periods every month regularly. They did not stop at all. She had no weight gain and her breasts although tender at times were often tender anyway when she was menstruating. Even movements were not detectable as he was a much smaller baby than my sister and I and not nearly as active as we were. It was only when she went into labour that she recognised what was happening. Although I knew I was pregnant, when I had my first baby, labour was not like I had been told and read in books. It did not start in the back and move to the front as per textbook. I had a constant backache. It was only when Mum happened to visit that day that she recognised I had gone into labour. My waters had not broken (the doctor broke my waters in delivery room). Not everyone is the same and to think otherwise is foolish and ignorant

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