The 17-year-old teenager was shocked to find herself in LABOR with her first baby, despite taking the pill
A teenager who was taken to hospital with suspected appendicitis was astonished when doctors told her she had given birth – and gave birth to a surprise baby a few hours later.
Courtney Evans, 20, of Daventry, Northamptonshire, took the pill and claims she had no idea she was pregnant with her first child because she had no noticeable bump.
The then 17-year-old and her partner Bryn Tallett rushed to the hospital after waking up with abdominal pain and fearing appendicitis.
But Courtney was stunned when doctors reportedly told her that she was 34 weeks pregnant and giving birth to her son, which explains her lack of bump because he was positioned in her back.
Courtney Evans, 20, of Daventry, Northamptonshire, said she thought she had appendicitis when she was rushed to the emergency room, but was told she was 34 weeks pregnant and had a baby before giving birth to her son Leo, three years ago. (Courtney, pictured in the hospital after the birth of her baby)
Courtney, (pictured on vacation in Cyprus, two months before giving birth) was on the pill claiming she had no idea she was expecting her first child because she had no noticeable bump
Now mother Courtney remains head over heels for her son, Leo, three, despite his birth being a complete surprise
Hours later, Courtney gave birth to Leo Tallett who weighed 4 pounds 4 oz, but spent four days in the hospital recovering from the shock.
The mother who stays at home claims that despite gaining a little weight and suffering from severe heartburn, she did not have morning sickness and owed her absent bouts to taking the pill.
Courtney tells how she became the mother of her ‘little best friend’, now three, to raise awareness of surprising pregnancies – and to emphasize that birth control doesn’t always work.
Courtney said, “I wouldn’t change it for the world now, he’s my little best friend.
Doctors told Courtney, who said she had no signs of pregnancy, that the baby had grown on her back (photo: Leo as a baby after his surprise birth)
Courtney admitted that it took her a minute to collect herself after the very unexpected birth of Leo (pictured with Leo and Bryn)
“I found out during hospital delivery, so the moment I found out I was pregnant, I was still giving birth.
“They put it on me and I couldn’t hold it at first. It wasn’t that I didn’t love him, but I was so shocked.
“I just needed a minute after giving birth to the child I didn’t know I had. So when everyone went, “Here’s your little boy,” I just thought, “Oh God, I don’t know what to do.”
“I was in the hospital for about four nights, not because of him, but because of the situation and because they wanted to watch me.”
How often do cryptic pregnancies occur?
One in 450 pregnant women in the UK do not know that they will have a baby until week 20 of their pregnancy (halfway through), and one in 2,500 women is unaware of this until they give birth.
It is a phenomenon known as cryptic pregnancy – also known as ‘pregnancy denial’.
Cryptic pregnancies usually affect young women, who have never experienced a pregnancy, or women who think they have gone through menopause and who choose not to use birth control.
Women with irregular menstrual cycles are also more likely to miss signs they expect. This is especially true for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), where small cysts grow on the ovaries; the hormonal imbalance often leads to irregular or nonexistent periods.
However, there are some women who continue to have monthly bleeding during their pregnancy. In that case, a scan with the local doctor may be the only confirmation method.
Women may just not expect to be pregnant if they take the pill, but those who use it religiously can still get pregnant.
Eight out of 100 women can become pregnant while taking the pill – usually not because of problems with the pill, but with the user because they have missed the pill, vomited, or had diarrhea.
Mother-of-a-Courtney said that when she gave birth to little Leo, he was born ‘en caul’ – a rare occurrence that means he was still delivered in the intact amniotic sac.
Courtney said, “Leo also got out of his bag, it’s rare and people say it’s lucky.
“He had nothing with him, everything was perfect and he had no jaundice.
“When we got home, he didn’t lose weight either, which was a great relief.
“I was in shock, we didn’t even have a diaper and I was living with my parents at the time.
The teenager explained that her parents had to buy all the necessary items quickly after the birth of Leo (shown in his crib)
One’s mother admitted she was in ‘total shock’ after Leo was born because she still lived with her parents and couldn’t care for him
Courtney explained that she woke up thinking she was in shooting pain in September 2016, giving birth to Leo seven hours later
“My mom and dad had to go buy everything, apparently they walked into Mothercare and thought,” What the hell is going on? ”
“Usually you have nine months to prepare, but we didn’t have time.
“It’s amazing to think back,” How did I not know? “but I can understand why I didn’t.
‘Contraception is not 100 percent anyway, there is still a chance of getting pregnant.
Courtney explained that she was used to fluctuations in her weight and that a small weight gain in 2016 was not due to a possible pregnancy (pictured with Leo as a toddler)
The proud mom said she couldn’t have done it the first year after Leo was born without the help of her parents (pictured with her son)
“I’ve had the injections since I’ve had it and that seems to work for me, but different things work for different people.”
Courtney claims that before she had Leo, she noticed that she had gained a little weight, but was used to fluctuations and listed them.
When she woke up on the morning of September 24, 2016, she complained to her partner, Bryn Tallett, that she had menstrual pain.
Bryn, now 22, brought Courtney to his mother Fiona Hibbs’ house and drove the teen to Northampton General Hospital, fearing that the pain and cramps she described were appendicitis.
Courtney relied on the help of her parents, who taught her how to care for her child when he was a baby (now shown)
After discovering she was actually 34 weeks pregnant, just seven hours later at 11:11 PM, Courtney first stared into little Leo’s eyes.
Courtney said, “When I woke up it felt like menstrual pain, I just felt like I had a bad stomach.
“I was on and off because it was early in the morning to wake me up. I woke up Leo, my partner’s father, and said, “I’m in a lot of pain now.”
“We walked over to his mom to see what she was thinking and she took me to the hospital because she thought it was my appendix.
The stay-at-home mom revealed that she lived in a small town, where everyone knew about her surprise pregnancy and asked everyone about it (photo: Leo is in the trolley while shopping)
“When we went to the emergency room, they didn’t know what was causing the pain, so they gave me morphine because they thought it was my appendix.
“They didn’t know because he was back to back, so I didn’t have a normal bump like you normally have with a pregnancy – my stomach hadn’t changed at all.
“I would arrive, but it was not what you would normally expect if you were pregnant. I’m a little taller anyway, so it wasn’t just on my stomach, you wouldn’t look at me and think I was pregnant, it was really weird.
“Another doctor came to look at me and felt my stomach and did a scan, they looked at me and said,” That’s your baby. ” “I remember saying,” Are you kidding? “.
“They just took me to a separate room and did a few tests and then they took me to the labor department.
“All they could see was his heartbeat and I had to have injections in his back for his lungs. They had been waiting for his incubator outside when I gave birth. ‘
After Courtney returned home, she relied heavily on her mother to learn how to care for a newborn, and she even needed lessons to wash him correctly.
Courtney said she had changed birth control since getting Leo because she felt the pill wasn’t working for her body (pictured with Leo on the coast |)
Courtney said, “I’ve never been newborn in my family. My partner handled it much better than I did because I was much more in shock than he was.
“He held him, fed him and changed him right away, but he was raised with little brothers. I had never dealt with a baby in my life when he did.
“My family was great, parents can respond in any way, but I couldn’t have done it without them and they helped us buy things.
“I lived at their house, so they got a room ready for him.
“I now have a house of my own and we’ve lived here for two years, but the first year of his life we lived there and I couldn’t have done it without them.
“Everyone told me I did a very good job. The first few weeks are just a blur for me when I look back.
“I took every day as it really came – his food and baths – my mom has done it with me and my brother before, so she told me everything I had to do.
Courtney, pictured with former partner Bryn Tallett, when she was 17 and he 19 before her unexpected pregnancy
“She helped me keep his head in the bath and told me how to feed him, something like that.
“It didn’t take much time for me to adjust to it, after a few weeks I enjoyed it as any mom should.”
Despite Leo being “the best thing that ever happened to her,” Courtney has decided she no longer wants “surprising” children and has chosen to swap the pill for birth control injections.
Courtney said, “I was concerned that the pill wasn’t working and wanted something to be safer. At the moment, I am not ready to have another baby.
“The number of times I’ve told this story to people is crazy, when I go to the hairdresser, people still ask me about it.
“I live alone in a small town, so pretty much everyone knows I’m the one who had the surprise baby.”