English woman gives birth 10 days after finding her pregnancy

Staff Correspondent | Published: 12:11, Jan 15,2021


Samantha Hicks cradling baby Julia at the hospital. - Photo Courtesy BBC News

A mother from England’s North Somerset, gave birth just 10 days after discovering she was pregnant, reports BBC News.

Samantha Hicks thought that she had put on weight in lockdown.

She had attributed her baby Julia’s kicking to sickness having been ill.

Her pregnancy was missed even when she was in Southmead Hospital in Bristol with COVID-19 in November.

‘It never occurred to me I was pregnant as I had taken two previous tests which both came back negative,’ she said.

When Samantha was taken to the COVID-19 ward in the hospital, doctors asked if she was pregnant and she said no.

She said that she had noticed a small amount of weight gain but thought it was due to the lockdown. She also thought she might have Irritable Bowel Syndrome as it runs in the family.

Samantha said, ‘I felt a bit of movement but I thought it was because I had not been well.

‘My tummy was a bit swollen but again, because I felt sick and I wasn’t great, it never occurred to me I was pregnant,’ she added.

Her husband Joe said, ‘On Christmas Day, I asked her if she was sure she wasn’t pregnant, but she said no and she knows her own body. Then on January 1, I had my hands on Sammy and we felt a baby kick. We took another pregnancy test which came back positive.’

At that stage, Samantha thought she was only five or six months into her term and returned to her job in a care home, walking 40 minutes to get there.

Ten days later, her contractions began and she rushed her to hospital

‘It was unreal, the doctors only realised Julia was full term when she was born,’ he said.

The couple, who have two sons aged three and eight, said that they had not planned on having more children.

They have since been ‘inundated’ with gifts from friends, family and strangers in Portishead, who have offered blankets and essentials to help out.

‘We want to say thank you to everyone really,’ Samantha said.

Helen Blanchard, director of nursing and quality at North Bristol NHS trust said: ‘We would like to pass our congratulations to Hicks and her family on their new arrival.’

‘As Hicks experienced when she was cared for at Southmead, it is routine practice to ask people if they are, or could be, pregnant upon admission. However, we would ask a patient to do a pregnancy test if they were undergoing specific operations or procedures,’ she added.

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