A mother who was rushed to hospital with severe back ache was stunned to discover she was actually nine months' pregnant.
Kelly Gadsby, from Tamworth, woke up early one morning in agony, having worked a long shift as an assistant bar manager the day before.
Within 24 hours, she had become a mother for the second time after the arrival of her son Frankie.
Shock: Kelly Gadsby was suffering from extreme back pain and had no idea she was pregnant. Her son Frankie was born just hours later
Ms Gadsby had been taking the pill daily and had periods as normal, but as her agony increased en-route to hospital, she claims noticed a bump appear on her stomach.
Baffled doctors decided to give her a pregnancy test, which came back positive. Frankie was born just hours later, weighing 8lb 5oz.
Ms Gadsby says she had no idea she was pregnant,. In fact, friends had even told her she had lost weight. Alongside working 14-hour shifts, she had fallen down the stairs at her home three months before.
She said: 'It's come as just a little bit of a shock, to say the least.
Ms Gadsby had been taking the pill daily and had periods as normal, but as her agony increased en-route to hospital, she claims noticed a bump appear on her stomach
'I think the biggest surprise is that I didn't have a clue I was pregnant. I felt nothing at all, there was no morning sickness and I was just getting along with work and everything else.
'For a few days I felt extremely tired, but I put it down to working 40 to 50 hours a week.'
After finishing work the night before at 11.30pm, she woke up with severe backache and called her sister when the pain got worse.
Ms Gadsby, 32, who also has son Joel, 11, from a previous relationship, said: 'The aches were getting worse and worse. She asked me how I felt and I said it was as though I was in labour.
The news was even more of a surprise because Ms Gadsby's partner Alan (left) takes medication for Chron's disease that makes having a child risky
'When I got to hospital they gave me a pregnancy test and I was stunned to hear it had come back positive.'
Ms Gadsby's partner, 35-year-old Alan Jones, was stunned to receive a phone call at work from nurses at the nearby Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, explaining that he was going to be a father.
He said: 'My colleagues had to pick me up from the floor. We hadn't planned the pregnancy at all. I thought it was a wind-up.
The news was a particular surprise for Mr Jones, as he suffers from Chron's disease. Doctors had told him he may never be able to start a family because the medication he was on would make it 'too dangerous'.
Baby Frankie with his older brother Joel, 11
Maggie Coleman, Good Hope's maternity clinical services matron and supervisor of midwives, said Ms Gadsby's case was rare.
She said: 'I can count on my one hand how many I have seen in my 30-year career here at Good Hope Hospital.
'Women who may be a little taller or overweight tend to show much less [signs of pregnancy], whilst menopausal women and younger busy women who are not expecting to be pregnant will simply not be looking for signs.
'Even a baby's kicking can be easily mistaken for indigestion.
'In some births, such as Kelly's, babies lie with their back against their mother's back. This is called the occipito-posterior (OP) position. In this case If the baby is lying OP or 'back to your back', the pregnant bump may feel squashy and mothers may feel baby kicks in the middle of their abdomen.
'I would like to wish Kelly and her new baby, Frankie, all the best for the future.'
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