I gave birth after my first day back at school, I didn’t know I was pregnant until I saw the head under my uniform skirtSeptember 21, 2021
A TEEN mum has revealed how she had no idea she was pregnant, until she gave birth on her living room floor a day after going back to school.
The girl, now 19 years old, explained she had no symptoms of being pregnant and continued to have regular periods, but got the shock of her life when her mum saw her baby's head from under her uniform skirt.
The mum, known as Alexis on TikTok, shared her story online in a video that has racked up over 2.3million times and explained that she experienced a cryptic pregnancy when she was 15 years old.
A cryptic pregnancy is when medical testing methods fail to detect a pregnancy and usual symptoms like vomiting, periods and showing a bump do not occur.
Alexis explained in her video that she grew suspicious after her mum revealed how she'd experienced heartburn when pregnant with her.
Having heartburn herself, she decided to take a pregnancy test but it came back negative – only for Alexis to later realise she was actually expecting.
She says in the clip: "My mum mentioning she had heartburn when pregnant with me, me realising I’ve had a bit of heartburn lately and taking a pregnancy test during the summer holidays."
She continued: "The test being negative and me still having regular periods and no more symptoms, goes back to school for my 1st day in [year] 11 on the 5th September.
"Having a perfectly OK day back at school. Getting ready for bed having a bit of back pain so taking painkillers and thinking nothing of it."
Alexis revealed that she was up all night with back pain and hours later found herself about to give birth.
"Not sleeping all night due to the constant back pain, waking my mum and dad up at 6am telling them and they think I’m just trying to get a day off so into my uniform I get," she said.
"Going to the toile before I set off to school and having the urge to push, me screaming [for] my mum and telling her I think I’m giving birth."
My mum shouting me to come downstairs then looking up my skirt to check and going into shock when she sees a head
Her pregnancy suspicions were then confirmed when Alexis' mum looked up her uniform skirt to see the baby's head was showing.
"My mum shouting me to come downstairs then looking up my skirt to check and going into shock when she sees a head, my dad running out the door for pregnancy tests," she revealed.
In another video, Alexis explained that she gave birth on the living room floor, while explaining how she reached full term without experiencing any typical symptoms of pregnancy.
"Ended up giving birth to my baby on the living room floor with no knowledge I was [pregnant]," Alexis revealed.
"Had regular periods and no symptoms, bump or signs of pregnancy at all plus a negative test. Found I went through a cryptic pregnancy, anterior placement of my placenta hid baby kicks/movements."
Thousands who came across her post were left baffled by her story, with one person commenting: "Find cryptic pregnancies amazing yet scary. Like I've had 2 kids, and find it amazing that some people really don't know."
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What is a cryptic pregnancy?
A cryptic pregnancy is where conventional medical testing methods fail to detect when a person is expecting, according to Healthline.
Also known as a stealth pregnancy, cryptic pregnancies are considered rare and women who experience a pregnancy of this kind tend not to show typical symptoms of pregnancy, including vomiting, fatigue, nausea or abdominal swelling resembling a bump.
Women can appear to have regular periods too, as fluctuating hormones can lead to slight bleeding that resembles menstruation.
Another said: "This sounds traumatic," while another shared: "This is my biggest fear.
A fourth revealed a similar thing had happened to her sister, as they wrote: "This happened to my sister after just turning 16, about to start her GCSEs. She was estimated to be 32 weeks. Had her 12 hours after finding out."
One more posted: "Please don't tell me you were also on contraception and everything as well. I can't take no more fear."
Many more were left amused by the dad running out for pregnancy tests as his daughter was about to give birth.
"I'm laughing your dad bringing pregnancy tests when the baby's head was already out," teased one viewer.
Another joked: "I don't think the pregnancy tests are necessary."
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