A woman in England discovered she was pregnant after giving birth to a baby boy.
Nikki Kelly, 24, from Dorset, had returned home from a trip to Scotland in January when she began to feel cramps, reported Daily Mail. Kelly, who had been taking birth control for months, believed her cramps to be related to her period and quickly ran to the bathroom.
She soon discovered she was not experiencing period cramps. Instead, Kelly was in the early stages of labor. The stunned new mother gave birth to her son, James, on the bathroom floor.
Kelly said she had absolutely no idea she was pregnant, maintaining that she never experienced morning sickness or cravings and continued having periods the entire time.
“I was feeling a bit rubbish with what I thought was cramps so decided to have a quiet night in after traveling back from Scotland and seeing my family,” Kelly explained. “I started needing the toilet more and more often, until I couldn’t even get off the bathroom floor.
My partner Aaron was at work and I called him 76 times in half an hour to get him to come home. By the time he got to mine I was able to introduce him to his son.”
The Scottish woman said the only thing she noticed looking back was that she didn’t have any desire to drink while visiting her family in Scotland before the birth. “I had one Blue WKD on New Year’s Eve. I started drinking it but just didn’t want it,” she said.
“Being off alcohol was the only change in me. I stayed a size 6 to 8 and didn’t have any morning sickness or put on any weight. I was on the bathroom floor with cramps and I suddenly felt the urge to push.
Three pushes later and my baby was born. Luckily he was crying and I’ve seen TV shows so knew what to do. I wrapped him in a towel and checked his hands and feet.” James was born at 11:22 a.m. on Jan. 5, weighing a healthy 6 pounds.
Now she and her partner, 27-year-old Aaron Swallow, plan to buy a house because they’re currently splitting time with the baby at their respective houses until they move in together.
Despite how quickly her life changed, Kelly said she has adjusted well to becoming a mother.
“It’s all happened very quickly and been very expensive. I’ve adapted to being a mum straight away and Aaron is a very proud dad. It’s the best thing to happen to us. James is our little miracle.”
In most cases, the rare occurrence of a woman not knowing she’s pregnant is caused by a host of factors that include inaccurate pregnancy tests, irregular menstrual cycles and infertility diagnoses. The phenomenon is known as cryptic pregnancy and, according to a CBS News report, occurs in one in 2,500 pregnancies.