A TEEN mum who smoked cigarettes throughout her pregnancy said her baby came as a complete surprise and she had no idea she was pregnant.
Waitress Jodi-Marie Ash was 18 -years-old when she gave birth just hours after finishing her shift, despite having been on the pill the entire pregnancy.
Jodi-Marie Ash thought she had eaten something that disagreed with her when she developed pains in her tummy but by the end of her eight-hour shift was in excruciating pain and was shortly rushed to hospital.
However when she arrives she was not only told that she was pregnant but discovered she was already in labour while on the way to the delivery room and gave birth to her baby girl an hour later.
Jodi, now 20, was on the contraceptive pill throughout her pregnancy though admits that she had sometimes forgotten to take it – but with no bump and being a slinky size 10 with no other symptoms, had no idea she was pregnant.
Even more shocking, the young mum claims she had a negative pregnancy test just five months before giving birth as her friend had been too scared to do one on her own so Jodi had taken one for moral support.
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She even went clubbing for her 18th birthday and climbed the 02 Arena while blissfully unaware that she was carrying her baby – as images show Jodi posing with her birthday balloons with no signs of a bump.
Jodi says: “It was my 18th birthday in March so I went clubbing for my birthday, at the time I was seven months pregnant and had no idea.
"I was even smoking on the night out, I have since given it up, but at the time I was puffing away with no clue I was pregnant. "
Now her daughter Skyla Grimsey is one, Jodi claims she takes a pregnancy test every three months in a bid to ensure she is not caught by surprise in the same way again.
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Jodi-Marie, of Basildon, Essex, said: "I went to hospital with a stomach ache and came out with a baby.
"I thought the pain was appendicitis, stomach ache or I'd eaten something wrong – I was thinking of all these sorts of things but didn't think for a second that I was in labour.
"I didn't have any symptoms – I was on my period the whole time and wasn't sick or nauseous at all.
"I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative. I only did one because my friend thought she was pregnant and I said I'd do one with her to not make it as scary for her – it wasn't because I thought I was pregnant.
"There was no form of a bump as such – after I ate I got more bloated than usual but there wasn't anything to be majorly concerned about to the point where I thought I could be pregnant."
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Jodi-Marie said she woke up on May 12th 2019 and, despite having a few stomach problems, went to work. But when she was picked up that evening she couldn't sit still as she was in so much pain.
When she arrived home Jodi-Marie tried painkillers and a Tens machine but by 11:30pm her and Skyla's father called 111 and shortly rushed to the hospital where they arrived around midnight.
Jodi-Marie said: "The doctor said to me 'oh, we're going to do a pregnancy test on you' and I was like 'right ok' and it came back positive.
"After he said I was pregnant I said straight away 'why am I in so much pain though?' Because being pregnant doesn't mean you should be in that much pain.
"He said that they had to send me for some more tests and I was on the wheelchair going to the delivery room not knowing I was going there and the porter told me that's where I was going and I was about to give birth.
"I think I was shocked and surprised more than anything – it was all a bit surreal.
I thought the pain was appendicitis, stomach ache or I'd eaten something wrong – I was thinking of all these sorts of things but didn't think for a second that I was in labour.
"The whole night was a blur and did go really quickly but at the time I just remember thinking that I just had to get the baby out."
After under an hour of active labour, her baby girl Skyla was born at 1:57am weighing 6lbs 12oz.
The young mum said that both her family and Skyla's father's family were on hand throughout the whole process and helped to provide supplies for their newborn baby at such short notice.
Jodi-Marie said: "Everyone was really supportive so we didn't have to run around and do much to be honest.
"I rang my mum and dad and just put it on Facebook for everyone else to see – I didn't want to have to ring up everyone and be like 'this has happened'.
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"My friends were just as shocked as I was – my colleagues said 'you were pregnant? You would never have known'.
"What they say about a mother's instinct is true because I sort of just knew I had to do it.
"At the time I was like 'wow' as anyone would be in their right mind but after all of that died down – I wouldn't have it any other way."
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