Even though you may have seen some TLC shows, where women are unaware they were pregnant, you still cannot completely believe it. It’s still tv, after all. But this case will definitely convince you that this can happen, although rarely.
Adele Duncan, 23, rushed to a hospital after experiencing painful stomach ache and 20 minutes later, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, just two days before Christmas, on December 23, 2016. As unbelievable as it may seem, she didn’t know she was pregnant, and although she drank and smoked throughout her pregnancy, her now 7-month-old baby was born healthy.
Adele rushed to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland after working a double shift as a care worker. Twenty minutes later, her daughter Macie arrived after just six pushes, and with only 17 minutes to spare until Christmas Eve.
Macie is now seven-months-old and it is believed that Adele conceived her in March or April 2016. This happened after a short fling with a man whose identity isn’t revealed, although she stated they remained friends. The mum also admitted that she hadn’t used contraception with the man, but also had no signs of being pregnant. On top of that, she also continued drinking and smoking throughout the pregnancy.
After giving birth, Adele took her daughter home on Christmas day. Then, she announced the news on her Facebook profile. Adele wrote:
“Everyone might be a bit shocked just like I still am. [I] still can’t get my head around it all really, but I would like you all to meet baby Duncan.
She was a surprise, born 23/12/2016 weighting [sic] 7lb 1.5oz at 11.43pm at night after a quick 20-minute labour. Me and baby are perfectly fine and everything is okay.”
The only thing that bothered her throughout her pregnancy was her backpain, but she didn’t get suspicious.
“I stayed a size 16 throughout my pregnancy,” said Adele for the media. She also experienced inconsistent periods throughout her life.
Working as a care home worker, Adele continued to perform the strenuous tasks that were part of her job.
Her daughter Macie was born inside her amniotic sac, but was healthy and weighed 7lb 1oz. This type of birth is extremely rare, and happens only once in 80,000 births.
After the surprising event, Adele dedicated herself to motherhood in the best possible way. “I always thought my job in a care home was the most rewarding thing I did,” she explained. “But, while it’s very worthwhile, nothing compares to being a mum to Macie.”