When Tasha Davies, 28, noticed she had gained a little weight, she assumed it was just down to increased snacking in lockdown.
Then, at 7.30am on Tuesday 1 September, she gave birth to a baby boy – just one hour after discovering she was pregnant.
At 3am Tasha had woken up with severe stomach pains, and by 6am she and her partner Martin Hern, 29, were at Wigan Infirmary.
There, they discovered why Tasha had been feeling bloated, and why she was in so much pain: she was in labour.
Tasha said: ‘It was just such a mixture of shock and surprise. I didn’t have any morning sickness and experienced no symptoms at all.
‘Right towards the very end, about 24 hours before he came, my belly became really bloated.
‘But by then I was getting severe stomach pains and hadn’t passed water for 24 hours so we thought there was something really wrong.
‘It was really scary – about 3am the night before I started hyperventilating and that’s when the pain really kicked in.
‘I think that’s when the contractions started but, of course, we didn’t know.
‘When we arrived at the hospital, the nurses asked about whether I could be pregnant and I said no.
‘But then they said they were going to do a test and the possibility started to sink in.
‘We were just in absolute shock when he arrived.’
Throughout Tasha’s pregnancy the new mum experienced no symptoms and continued to have her periods.
The paralegal gained some weight, but thought that was just the standard quarantine 15 caused by eating more snacks while cooped up at home.
She said: I’ve been working really long hours from home during lockdown, have been snacking a lot and haven’t been going to the gym or doing any real exercise at all.
‘I just put the extra weight down to that.’
Tasha was due to return to work as a paralegal on Tuesday after being on annual leave, but instead Martin called to tell her colleagues she had become a mum.
Martin has since spent the last few days rushing around to get all the new baby essentials while he waits for Tasha and the baby to come home from hospital.
‘I honestly didn’t know what to think when we went to the hospital,’ said Martin.
‘Tasha was seen by a triage nurse and wheeled away to be treated, and I waited in a corridor.
’15 minutes later a nurse came, shouted my name and said Tasha had gone into labour and they were taking her to the delivery suite.
‘It was so surreal. I went to bed that night thinking I was going to pick up a washer-dryer. Instead I was going to the hospital to find out I was having a baby boy.
‘Tasha has been brilliant. She’s taken to it so well – she’s absolutely great with him.
‘I can’t wait to get them home now – she wants to be out of hospital and we can’t wait to start our lives as a new, little family of three.’
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