Mother, 18, who woke up with a surprise BABY BUMP gave birth to her second daughter in the hospital car park just 45 minutes later
- Emmalouise Leggate, 18, from Glasgow had no idea she was pregnant
- Teenager woke up with small bump, as unborn child had moved before labour
- Gave birth to her second daughter, Ciara, 45 minutes later in hospital car park
- Reveals ‘it was a crazy morning’ and has now changed contraception
A teenager who went to bed with a ‘flat stomach’ was stunned when she woke up with a surprise baby bump – and gave birth just 45 minutes later.
Emmalouise Leggate, 18, from Glasgow, had been on the pill and claims she had no idea she was pregnant for the second time, until she woke up with a baby bump.
Her grandmother Louise Ford, 63, rushed to the teenager to hospital, but the labour happened so quickly that Emmalouise gave birth in the car park just 45 minutes after discovering the bump.
The stay-at-home mum claims she had no morning sickness or food cravings, never felt her daughter kick and put her absent periods down to being on the pill.
Emmalouise Leggate, 18, from Glasgow, pictured when she was six months into her pregnancy, noticed that she was putting on weight but had no symptoms or baby bump
Emmalouise with boyfriend Sean and their two children, Caoimhe (right) and surprise baby Ciara (left), now eight months
Doctors reportedly thought that Ciara Louise Lamont, now eight months old, was full-term when she was born, and explained her mother’s lack of bump due to the baby being positioned near her lower back.
Luckily, her new daughter was born happy and healthy, weighing 7lbs 12oz on July 17 2018, and the new mum and partner Sean Lamont, 19, embraced becoming parents for the second time.
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Emmalouise admitted she was in shock after it had happened, saying: ‘It didn’t feel real.
‘My nana was in that much shock that she didn’t want to believe it. We were really lucky she was okay.
Emmalouise’s body had barely changed after six months of pregnancy (left), but woke up one evening and found that she had a shocking bump (right). She gave birth 45 minutes later
The pair were kept in hospital for two days to ensure the newborn was healthy, but luckily there was nothing wrong with Ciara
The teenager went on: ‘I hadn’t taken a pregnancy test, I had no symptoms, nothing. Nothing at all.
‘The doctors couldn’t explain why I didn’t have a bump. They just told me that she must have been sitting in my lower back and that it is quite common.
‘Ciara never kicked. I never felt her do it. I never had any morning sickness or cravings either, nothing like that.
Emmalouise’s grandmother holding baby Ciara. She helped deliver the baby, and the pair wrapped her in a cover in the back of her car
The stay at home mother went on: ‘At the start [of using the pill] I was bleeding a little bit, but then my periods just stopped altogether so I just thought that it was the pill.
‘I had no bump. I had put on a bit of weight, so my mum was suggesting we go out walking and do different things to burn it off because I kept going on about my weight.
‘The weight was across my full body, more in my arms, legs and face than anywhere else. My stomach never grew.
The teenage mother-of-two called the morning ‘crazy’, but said she felt like Ciara was the best thing that could have happened
The teenager, who was living at home with her mum Jackie Ford and one-year-old daughter Caoimhe Lamont at the time, was shocked when the bump appeared overnight.
Emmalouise said it popped out ‘literally out of the blue’ one morning.
She revealed: ‘My Nanna kept saying ‘it’s definitely a baby but I don’t think you’re ready to give birth just now because of how high up you are.
‘It was quite a neat bump. It was very small and all at the top – I’m guessing she’d just turned.’
Jackie called up Louise who drove her granddaughter to hospital, but by the time the teenager was in the car, her water had broken.
The teenager revealed the labour was incredibly quick, saying: ‘We had just parked up outside the hospital and my nanna was saying, ‘wait five minutes, can you not just wait five minutes?’ and I just couldn’t.’
Louise rushed into the hospital to alert them and try to find a midwife, before she helped her granddaughter give birth in the back of the car.
Emmalouise said her grandmother was ‘in shock’ when the baby was born, and the pair wrapped the newborn in a blanket in the back of the car.
By the time the midwife found them in the car park Ciara had already been born.
Baby Caoimhe meeting her surprise baby sister Ciara. Emmalouise says the pair are ‘really close’ and that Caoimhe is ‘very protective’ of her sibling
Emmalouise said: ‘The midwife came out thinking I was about to give birth and it was an unknown pregnancy. She asked how long I thought I had and was I timing it.
‘But then she opened the car door and she [the baby] was already there. I had already given birth to her.
Her grandmother was so proud that she kept stopping people in the street, and boasting about how gorgeous the baby was, while Emmalouise continued to panic about whether Ciara was okay.
The proud mum gave Ciara the middle name ‘Louise’ after the role her doting great-grandmother, who sadly passed away in October, played in her birth.
Emmalouise says her grandmother has a ‘special bond’ with the baby, revealing: ‘I keep saying that that happened for a reason. I gave birth outside so I could be with my nanna.
‘My nanna’s name was Louise, so that’s where Ciara gets Louise from.’
Both Emmalouise and her daughter were kept in hospital for two days so that they could run tests to make sure Ciara was healthy.
The teenager admitted that she was ‘really lucky’ that nothing was wrong with Ciara, and called it ‘a crazy morning’.
Emmalouise called her daughter Ciara ‘the best thing that could have happened’, and named her after her great grandmother
Emmalouise was living with her mother Jackie at the time. The grandmother pictured with the new surprise baby
Emmalouise and Sean with their two children, Coimhe and Ciara. The pair have now changed their contraception to avoid a similar situation happening again
She revealed: ‘I will definitely tell Ciara when she’s older. On her birth certificate it says she was born outside hospital premises. I never had any doctor’s notes or anything like that.
‘They had to get her bloods taken straight away because they never knew if there was anything [that could be wrong with her].
‘She had to have a hearing test and she wasn’t responding in one ear so we were worried she might be deaf in one ear, but she was completely fine. That was the only thing wrong.’
But despite Ciara being the ‘best thing that could have happened’, Emmalouise and Sean have decided they want no more ‘surprise’ children and the mum has swapped the pill for the coil.
The sisters are said to be really close, with older sister Caoimhe giving Ciara her dummy when she’s crying, or giving her a teddy to play with
Caoimhe (left) is very protective of her little sister Ciara (right), with mother Emmalouise saying she’s ‘dead funny’ with her
Emmalouise said: ‘I’m only 19 so I’ve got two babies. Luckily my oldest has really taken to Ciara. She really shocked me actually by how well she was with her.
‘They’re really close as sisters. Caoimhe is dead funny with her – whenever Ciara cries she’ll put her dummy in and get her a teddy and put her comforter over her.
‘She’ll tell me straight away – like ‘Ciara, bottle’. She’s really protective over her little sister.
‘Everyone says to me that I can’t go back on it now – I’ve just got to go with it now.
‘It was the best thing that could have happened. But we’re having no more. No more surprise babies, thank you.
‘It’s changed the way I think about contraception. I ended up going on the coil just after Ciara. I’m safe just now. I take pregnancy tests nowadays too just in case.’
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