- Nikki Kelly, 24, kept needing the toilet and believed she had period cramps
- She was actually in labour and gave birth to her son on the bathroom floor
- Her pregnancy came as a shock as she had been on the contraceptive pill
- She continued to have periods, and had no baby bump and no cravings
Tired after a long journey from Scotland United Kindom, Nikki Kelly decided to have a quiet night in.
She started to feel cramps in her stomach, and believed she might be getting her period.
But when she made a dash for the bathroom, the 24-year-old was shocked to find she was in fact going into the early stages of labour, and gave birth to her son on the bathroom floor.
Miss Kelly, from Bridport, Dorset, had no idea she was expecting, and had even kept her size eight figure throughout the pregnancy.
She had been taking the contraceptive pill and continued to have periods for the whole nine months – and experienced no morning sickness or cravings whatsoever.
She says baby James was born in ‘three pushes’ and she and her partner, Aaron Swallow, 27, have now made an offer on a house so they can all live together as a family.
Miss Kelly, who worked as a cleaner before her pregnancy, said: ‘I was feeling a bit rubbish with what I thought was cramps so decided to have a quiet night in after travelling back from Scotland and seeing my family.
‘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.’
Miss Kelly, originally from Scotland, had been to a New Year’s party at her brother’s house in Stirling and was due to stay in Scotland for a few days afterwards.
But she began feeling ill and so she and her partner travelled home a day early.
Looking back, not wanting to drink alcohol was the only way her body changed during her pregnancy.
She said: ‘I had one Blue WKD on New Year’s Eve. I started drinking it but just didn’t want it.
‘Being off alcohol was the only change in me. I stayed a size six to eight 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 on January 5 at 11:22am, weighing a healthy 6lbs.
Mr Swallow came over to Miss Kelly’s house, ordered an ambulance straight away, and the new family travelled to hospital.
Aaron’s sister had given birth five months earlier and was able to bring a car seat to the hospital so they could take the baby home safely.
But otherwise, the couple didn’t have any baby clothes, let alone a cot.
Miss Kelly said: ‘I gave birth on the Sunday night and was in hospital until Wednesday.
‘My mum and dad were able to get me some essentials, including a cot bed, and Aaron’s parents us nappies and a steriliser, but when I came out of hospital I went straight to the baby shop to get the rest.
‘It closed in ten minutes and I just told the staff that I needed literally everything.’
Now, Miss Kelly and Aaron, who both live with their parents, are splitting their time with the baby between their homes.
They are waiting to see if their offer on a home of their own has been accepted.
Miss Kelly said: ‘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.’
HOW WOMEN CAN BE PREGNANT WITHOUT REALISING IT
Ms Janet Fyle, of the Royal College of Midwives said although Miss Kelly’s situation is uncommon, it is not unusual.
She said: ‘Some women just don’t know they are pregnant
‘One lady was serving in Afghanistan and didn’t realise she was pregnant, and we had to send services out there.
‘It might happen for a variety of reasons. It’s different for any women.
‘There are some women with good abdominal muscles and fat and the baby lies flat against the back so they don’t have a bump.
‘Some women won’t have the normal pregnancy symptoms.
‘Some women feel the baby moving inside them, but some don’t.
‘A lot of the symptoms of pregnancy are ‘everyday’ symptoms. So they might not know that having wind is a sign of pregnancy. Especially if they’ve never had a baby.’
‘Not all women are body-conscious. It depends on what’s going on in their life.’
In these cases, the midwife has an important role in supporting the new family, as adjusting to being a parents can be a shock.
She said: ‘The women themselves are totally shocked when it happens to them.
‘A lot of talking and reassurance by the midwife is needed.
‘They need to say the occurrence is unusual but the woman herself is not abnormal.
‘That woman is going to need a lot of help and support adjusting to being a parent.
‘Women with unplanned pregnancies get very upset, so imagine one day you have a normal life and the next you are a parent.
‘The midwife would give that woman a lot more care, watching for signs of post-natal depression or even post-natal unhappiness.’