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Just 24 hours after seeing her sister's new baby, Shereen went to hospital with a pain and unexpectedly gave birth to her own tot

By Amanda Ferguson

A woman has told how she got the surprise of her life after she visited her sister's new baby in hospital – and then unexpectedly gave birth herself.

Shereen Nabi – who had absolutely no idea she was eight months pregnant – revealed that she had just over one hour to prepare herself for motherhood last Friday.

Now Carryduff's most surprised mum and her partner James McWade are adjusting to parenthood following the birth of their as yet unnamed baby daughter.

On Thursday, Shereen (24) was visiting her sister at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after Jemma had given birth to a beautiful little girl called Zeicah.

But just 24 hours later, Shereen, who "looked so unpregnant", delivered her own daughter weighing just over 6lbs.

The first-time mum explained how her "wee miracle" arrived at Lagan Valley Hospital.

"On Friday, I got up at 6am for work and had a pain in my side but I thought it was just cramps," she said.

"I was packing out bread at work and had to stop.

"The pain was getting worse and worse so I went outside to sit down."

Shereen called her father to pick her up, and when she got home her mother gave her two paracetamol before they decided to go to Lagan Valley Hospital over fears that appendicitis could be the source of the pain.

Shereen then received the life-changing news that she was going to be a mum.

"At 9.15am a urine sample came back positive for pregnancy," she said.

"I was just in complete shock. I zoned out and then my waters broke and then the contractions started.

"Half an hour later, I was pushing. And four pushes later, at 10.35am, she was out.

"It was traumatic and overwhelming but she is our happy, amazing, wee miracle. She is perfectly healthy and happy and feeding well."

After the birth, Shereen's mum phoned James to let him know he was a father.

"Mum called him from hospital when I gave birth at Lagan Valley," Shereen said.

"There was no time to take me to the Ulster," (hospital).

"Everyone is loving it once they get over the shock."

Happy grandfather Tariq Nabi, who owns the Khyber Tandoori restaurant on the Saintfield Road, said he and his family were in shock.

"We are over the moon to have two new additions in the family in the same week when we were only prepared for one," he added.

"Everyone has been working round the clock to get a nursery ready and buy all the things my daughter will need to look after her newborn."

Signs of pregnancy

  • A strange metallic taste in your mouth
  • Missing your regular monthly menstrual cycle
  • Nausea, feeling sick, vomiting
  • Extreme fatigue, feeling emotional and upset
  • Urinating more frequently
  • Veins may be more visible
  • Increased libido
  • Constipation
  • Sore breasts
  • Heightened sense of smell, food aversions and new cravings

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