18 Years Old Shares Unbelievable Pregnancy Story… ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant Until I Was In Labour’
While she felt tired at times, Beth just put it down to her intensive training regimen
A teenager was stunned when she went into labour while exercising — claiming she had no idea she was even pregnant.
Beth Martin, 18, had been training to join the British Border Force, which involved extreme physical activities similar to army and police riot training.
What she didn’t realise was she was undergoing this extreme training throughout her pregnancy and was doing so when she went into labour.
Seven hours later, her little daughter Maizie was in the new mum’s arms, much to her surprise.
“I’d taken a pregnancy tests two months before Maizie was born in October, 2018,” Beth said.
“Someone at work had said I looked pregnant, and I remember thinking how rude she was.”
While she felt tired at times, Beth just put it down to her intensive training regimen.
But after her shock arrival doctors discovered Beth — who was a size six throughout her pregnancy — had experienced what is known as a “cryptic pregnancy”.
Her baby, Maizie, now seven months old, had grown behind Beth’s ribs and the expectant mum showed no physical bump.
Even when the teenager was in labour, she never imagined she was expecting, putting her contraction pains down to a severe case of irritable bowel syndrome.
Despite her small frame and negative test results, she said she had noticed she’d had gained a small amount of weight.
The teenager had gone from 52kg in July to 61.6kg in October, the week she gave birth.
She had also noticed she would easily become breathless during exercise, which was not like her at all.
After experiencing stabbing pains in her abdomen following a training activity at college, Beth called an emergency hotline for advice.
After discovering blood spots, the emergency dispatcher quickly realised the teenager was in labour and sent her to the hospital.
Maizie Loraine Martin was born just 7 hours later weighing 3.3kg.
“By the time I got to the hospital I was in so much pain,” Beth said.
“A nurse told me straight away I looked pregnant — and then I discovered I had been in labour for 69 hours.
“I had seven hours to prepare for the fact I was about to become a mum.”
Her friends and family were just as shocked, with her brothers even thinking Beth was pulling a prank on them.
“My two older brothers, Leo, 22 and Liam 24, both thought I was playing a prank,” she said.
“My dad was so happy, and my mum came after, shaking her head — we were all in shock.”
Beth said she never wanted to have kids but “now I can’t imagine my life without her”.
Despite unexpectedly becoming a mum, she said she’s not giving up on her career and returned to work just three months after Maizie’s surprise arrival.
“The week before I’d had Maizie, I was doing riot police force training, where I had horses chasing me — it seemed surreal.”