Woman, 17, found out she was nine months pregnant during labour after she didn't gain any weight

Ellisha Ford had no idea she was carrying a baby

Ellisha Ford found out she was pregnant five months before she gave birth to baby Harper (SWNS)
Ellisha Ford found out she was pregnant five months before she gave birth to baby Harper (SWNS)

A teenager found out she was pregnant with a baby while she was in labour.

Ellisha Ford 17, had no idea she was carrying a baby because she still had her periods and didn't gain a single pound in weight.

She had a completely flat stomach and had even taken pregnancy tests which came back negative.

But when she went to hospital with stomach pain, a doctor felt her stomach during which turned out to be a contraction, and ordered an ultrasound.

It turned out the teen was in active labour, 6cm dilated and actually a staggering 43 weeks pregnant.

Mother and baby both healthy

Little baby Harper was born hours later, happy and healthy, and mum and son bonded well despite his surprise arrival.

College student Ellisha from Coalville, Leicestershire, said: "I had been shopping before he was born like usual and doing lots of walking it was all just normal things that I guess a nine month pregnant woman wouldn’t be able to do.

“My feet never swelled or anything like that either so I could still walk and had no pain.

"I still had a flat stomach so had no idea.

“But as soon as the doctor put pressure on my stomach my belly just came out - it was all really strange.

“And then they checked and I was 6cm dilated and told me I was going to have Harper that night.

“So I ended up having him five hours after I found out I was pregnant.

“My weight never changed throughout at all and I was still fitting into my size 6 and 8 clothes."

Misdiagnosed as sciatica and overactive thyroid

Ellisa went to the doctors in March last year - when she was unknowingly around four months pregnant - because she was suffering back pain.

She had blood tests and a pregnancy test - which came back negative - and was told her pain was most likely down to sciatica and an overactive thyroid.

The teen continued with her life as normal, until three weeks before her birth, when she went to a walk in clinic - on what would have been her due date.

Again she had back pain, but was told it was down to sciatica again.

“Three weeks later I woke up in the morning with a really bad stomach ache and went to the hospital and they did a normal pregnancy test and told me I wasn’t," she said.

“A doctor did feel my stomach as I had a contraction and he told me that I was definitely pregnant but thought I was not too far gone and said I was probably just having a miscarriage.

“They then did a scan and couldn’t find him on the scan but then another doctor flipped the screen around and he saw and he just said I was actually full term.

“That was when I was in the delivery suite and it was just all really strange.

“My mum told me that she had had my brother when she was quite young and she just came into the room and said there was nothing we could do I would just have to get the baby out and stay as calm as I could."

Ellisha didn’t put on any weight while pregnant and still weighed nine stone throughout her pregnancy.

She even still had her regular periods and mood swings, never noticing anything out of the ordinary.

In the days and weeks leading up to Harper's birth, Ellisha continued with her normal everyday life, going shopping with friends and family and going on plenty of long walks.

Baby Harper was born at 43 weeks weighing 7lb 6.5oz at Leicester Royal Infirmary on August 2 2020.

On the birth she said: “I think it was actually easier though because I didn’t have the nine months to get myself wound up over things.

“It was a case of I’ve got this baby and I’ve got to look after him.

“The doctors said I was back to back and I also have a tilted womb as well so when he was being born I had to push a bit extra and I had to get him to turn a corner.

“They did tell me if it had been known I would have had a planned c-section.

“I am still a size 8 now and I even still had my periods during the whole time and they were just normal.

“I never bleed a lot as I’m quite lucky but even the mood swings were still the same.

“We did tell his father as well but I was petrified of telling him and when my mum showed him a picture and he just cried.

“I did end up being in hospital for five days afterwards as I had really bad preeclampsia but Harper was perfectly fine and perfectly healthy.

“I know this does happen to a lot of people and I will sometimes sit there and be like I’m so stupid for not knowing but it does happen people.”