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Saturday 20 September 2014

Couple's shock at 'tummy ache' baby

A woman has told how she gave birth just 15 hours after visiting her GP with a stomach ache

A shocked woman who thought she would never be a mother has spoken of how she gave birth just 15 hours after visiting her GP with "tummy ache".

Amanda Ross, 41, said she had not experienced any symptoms of pregnancy before giving birth to her daughter Chloe.

"I had the munchies, but nothing, no cravings for anything in particular. I did not feel any movement. I put on a little bit of weight but nothing that was like a baby bump," she told ITV's Daybreak.

She said she visited her GP after feeling a "little bit unwell" - and had been told she could be pregnant.

She was referred later the same day for a scan with a midwife, who told her she was around seven to eight months pregnant. Chloe, weighing 4lb 9oz, was born early the next morning by emergency Caesarean section at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Ms Ross said she had wanted to become a mother but when she reached 40 she and her partner of 14 years Paul Dean "just assumed that I was never going to be a mum".

She added: "I have bonded (with Chloe) very well, considering that we did not have much time to prepare.

"We were sat at home just chatting about what to do with the next couple of weeks and then obviously she was born by emergency Caesarean 15 hours later and then she was in the neonatal intensive care unit for a day and a half."

Mr Dean, who has two grown-up children and two grandchildren from his first marriage, said the birth of the baby was fantastic but a "shock".

"It is fantastic, but it is still a shock. It has not sunk in at all," he said.

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