In what will come across as a really surprising development, a woman has given birth to a baby without knowing she was pregnant.
A 23-year-old woman, identified as Adele Duncan, went into hospital with tummy ache only to end up giving birth 20 minutes later.
According to a reprt by Metro UK, Adele Duncan from Scotland, was woken up by excruciating pain in her stomach and rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Twenty minutes and six pushes later, Macie arrived – with just 17 minutes to spare until Christmas Eve.
On December 25, Adele – who had been completely unaware she was pregnant – took her baby girl home, announcing her surprise Christmas present to 1,000 astonished pals via Facebook.
Adele wrote: ‘Everyone might be a bit shocked just like I still am. [I] still can’t get my head around it all really, but I would like you all to meet baby Duncan.
‘She was a surprise, born 23/12/2016 weighting 7lb 1.5oz at 11.43pm at night after a quick 20-minute labour.
‘Me and baby are perfectly fine and everything is okay.’
Adele, now mum to seven-month-old Macie, is believed to have conceived her surprise girl in March or April 2016, following a brief fling with a man she remains friends with, but asked not to name.
She admitted that she hadn’t used contraception, though she never imagined she was expecting, even smoking and drinking throughout her surprise pregnancy.
Aside from a bit of backache – which she brushed off, she experienced no pregnancy symptoms at all.
‘I stayed a size 16 throughout my pregnancy,’ said Adele, who has always experienced inconsistent periods. ‘Because my periods are very on-and-off I didn’t notice anything different.’
As a care home worker, Adele also continued to perform strenuous tasks.
‘I’d get people in and out of bed and the bath,’ she explained.
On December 23, 2016, arriving at the care home at 7am for a double shift, she continued with her usual back-breaking routine – oblivious to the fact she was about to give birth.
But that night she felt a pain and went to the loo and realised she was bleeding.
‘I honestly didn’t know,’ she said. ‘But, I was taken to the labour ward and just 20 minutes later I was told, “you have a baby girl”.’
Macie was born en-caul – still in her amniotic sac – healthy, full-term and weighed 7lb 1oz. This is an incredibly rare phenomenon, which happens in fewer than one in 80,000 births. Midwives popped the sac and placed Macie in her shocked mum’s arms.
Adele’s mum recruited family members, who rushed to supermarkets and stockpiled nappies, ahead of Christmas Day.
Seventeen minutes after Macie arrived, it was Christmas Eve and a day later, she was welcomed home to her grandmother’s house, where she met her extended family.
Taking to motherhood immediately, Adele said she found it ‘very rewarding’, adding: ‘I always thought my job in a care home was the most rewarding thing I did,’ she explained. ‘But, while it’s very worthwhile, nothing compares to being a mum to Macie.’