A mother from New South Wales who didn’t know she was pregnant until her waters broke has spoken about her surprise baby who was was born just five months after she had a tummy tuck.
Aleta O’Meara, 43, had gone to a GP the day before she gave birth as she wasn’t feeling well but it was simply put down to the after effects of her operation.
‘I literally went to hospital with lower abdominal cramps and I found out I was pregnant in emergency. I had a urine and blood test to confirm then went for an ultrasound and found out the baby was coming that evening,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘We were petrified because we didn’t now if the baby was healthy or not and my husband was on medication for an auto-immune disease which could cause foetal abnormalities’.
Ms O’Meara also had an implant in her arm which should have made falling pregnant practically impossible.
‘I’d also had a tummy tuck because I’d lost a lot of weight and to repair my abdominal muscles after my first pregnancy.’
Her tummy tuck wasn’t the standard procedure, which normally concentrates on the centre of the stomach, hers was from hip to hip. After she had had the surgery she went back to her surgeon with some concerns.
‘I told my surgeon afterwards that I sneeze really loudly and violently and was worried I popped a stitch. I also said that “I’ve got aliens in my stomach” and then I felt the cramping.
‘I know the obvious question was how could I not know? But there were all these other things going on, the surgery masked the whole pregnancy,’ she said.
Ms O’Meara had to lose 10 kilos before the surgery and medics conducted tests which revealed she had anemia and a b12 deficiency.
‘I had problems during surgery and no one knew why, they didn’t know it was Toby,’ she said.
Ms O’Meara decided on the tummy tuck surgery as she had complications with her first pregnancy and had lost lots of weight, meaning she didn’t like her body because of the excess skin.
‘After my first child I had huge muscle damage,’ explaining she and her previous partner had split after she had her first child.
‘I wanted to do something for myself because I was always doing things for other people,’ she said.
It was her daughter Jaseta, 13, who told her to go to the hospital when she started to feel dizzy, fatigued and the alien-like feeling hadn’t subsided.
When doctors realised she was pregnant no one had any time to ask questions as Toby – who was full-term – was due in only a couple of hours.
‘First we had to make sure that the baby and I were safe and that the hospital was as prepared as they could be,’ she said.
Despite everything that was stacked up against them, Toby was born happy, healthy and with no complications.
‘If I had known I was pregnant with him I would have considered termination because of the medication that Rod was on and I didn’t want to risk the chance of harming the baby. He was meant to be here, I don’t dispute that,’ she said.
Ms O’Meara’s mother was in declining health in the weeks leading up to Toby’s surprise arrival.
‘She couldn’t figure out why she was still here, why was she still alive but she was still here so she could meet Toby,’ Ms O’Meara said.
‘She thought the nurses and I were lying when we told her.’
Ms O’Meara mother passed away three weeks after meeting her surprise grandson.
‘We called him Toby after my dad, who died quite young, so my mother was able to heal herself. We told her “here he is, he’s a blessing” and they crossed paths briefly,’ Ms O’Meara said.
Ms O’Meara said that the other children – Mazzy and Cohen from Rod’s previous relationship and Jaseta from her’s, have stood up to the plate in terms of helping with Toby.
‘The kids were amazing – my step daughter Mazzy cut the chord. She wasn’t expecting to do that on a Monday night! Jaseta was the one who started it and Mazzy ended it, it came full circle’.
Ms O’Meara has had contraceptive implants for 12 years and had never had an issue with them previously.
After the pregnancy they found out that it was no longer there, indicating that there was the possibility it had been lost in the body.
Toby is now 22 months old and loves life, while showing no signs of slowing down.
‘He’s just a colourful, free ranged kid and most importantly, he’s healthy. I think he’ll keep on surprising us,’ she said.