By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor
Sophie Aldridge, 20, had no idea she was pregnant – having had no symptoms for the nine months before little Thomas’ birth
She was discharged from hospital when doctors were unable to find the cause of her back pain and was stunned – when she gave birth just hours later.
Sophie from Dover had no idea she was pregnant when she felt a severe back pain, she put it down to period pains and tried to get some sleep. However, the next day her condition didn’t improve , her mum took her to see a medic and was given an injection and sleeping pill; then sent her home.
She says, “I was due to come on to my period that day so I thought that must have been why I was having such bad pains.”
So you can imagine her shock when only hours later, flat stomached and size 10 Sophie gave birth! Paramedics were called as her “back pain” was getting worse, but instead they told her she was actually in labour, and less than half an hour after arriving at A & E she gave birth to baby Thomas.
She says, “I had literally no idea I was pregnant, I had no symptoms during the previous nine months. I know it might sound really stupid to some people but I literally had no idea I was pregnant – I didn’t have any symptoms.
“I didn’t get morning sickness, I stayed wearing my size ten clothes, I had regular periods throughout the pregnancy and I didn’t have any cravings. ”
Her friends and family members couldn’t believe it when she arrived home with her 5lbs 8oz son. Without even a nappy in her possession, people quickly whipped around to ensure Sophie and Thomas had everything they needed.
She says, “To give birth there and then, like I did was absolutely terrifying, it was a big shock to everyone when I suddenly arrived home with a baby.
“When I gave birth I didn’t even have a nappy to my name, let alone, clothes, pram, cot, etc. I had nothing.
“When I came home from hospital my friends and family had come together and donated nearly everything me and Thomas needed which was so kind.”
Sophie, who had no idea she was more than eight months pregnant, was still enjoying frequent nights out drinking with friends.
She says: “I was still going out and getting drunk with my friends whilst I was pregnant – I had no idea I was pregnant, obviously.
“I was still wearing crop-tops and mini skirts, I didn’t have a bump or anything.
“Everything was just so quick I didn’t really have time to gauge what was happening. I was only in labour for 30 minutes.
“I wouldn’t change Thomas for the world now. I like to call him my little miracle.”