Four hours before giving birth, a woman discovered she was pregnant.
Lorna Goodings, 25, assumed her baby bump was just bloating, and physicians blamed her bloated stomach on birth control side effects.
She even took a pregnancy test in July 2021, when she was thought to be 38 weeks pregnant, and it came up negative. On the day she gave birth, she took another test, which came out negative.
As a result, Lorna was taken aback when she discovered she was pregnant and in labor just four hours before giving birth to her daughter, Daphne Burdiak, on August 1 at Northampton General Hospital in Northampton.
She was at a friend’s party when she felt pain so was rushed to the hospital only to discover she was in labour.
“When I went into labour, I was at a party with my friends, and I was in pain all day.
“It got so bad that my friends took me to the hospital, and medics told me I was 38 weeks pregnant and in labour.
“I couldn’t believe it.”
Lorna said it was a surprise for her and her partner, Nick Burdiak, 42, a machine operator, who couldn’t make it for the birth as he was on a night out with his friends.
“I didn’t even tell Nick – as I knew he would have had too many pints and wouldn’t understand.
“It’s been a massive shock, but baby Daphne is just amazing.”
Lorna, who had her first child Vivienne, in June 2020, now has two kids both under 13 months.
Explaining why she didn’t know she was pregnant, Lorna said: “I had the contraceptive implant in October but started feeling really rubbish pretty soon after.
“I put on lots of weight, but I knew that was a side effect, so I didn’t think anything of it.”
She explained that she kept struggling with an uncomfortable bloated stomach, so went to see her GP.
“They told me to keep going with the implant and thought it might just be water retention, so they told me to try and lose weight.”
Lorna then started fasting and exercising a lot to push herself to lose weight on her doctor’s advice, all to no avail.
“I was going for long walks and actively trying to get the weight to budge in the hope that would help the discomfort.
“I didn’t think I was pregnant because I knew what it had felt like when I had carried Vivienne.”
Lorna took a pregnancy test on the day she went into labour – but it came back negative.
“I was in pain all day and it did feel like contractions, so I did actually take a pregnancy test, but it said negative,” she said.
“But the pain kept getting worse and it was so bad I could hardly speak.”
It wasn’t until friends rushed her to the hospital that it was discovered she was about to have a baby.
Now baby Daphne is home and doing well and the family are adjusting to their new surprise addition.