Last updated at 1:48 PM on 6th May 2011
Lauren Peberdy was stunned when she gave birth to an 8lb 7oz baby – as she had no idea she was pregnant.
In fact she'd been to the doctor for a contraceptive pill check-up just a fortnight earlier, and the doctor had said her weight and blood pressure were fine.
Lauren, a size 8 beauty therapist, was using the lavatory at her boyfriend’s house when her water broke and little Dylan-James made his surprise arrival.
Surprise birth: Lauren Peberdy had no idea she was pregnant when she gave birth to baby Dylan-James
‘I didn’t know what was happening at first. I thought I was dying’, said Lauren, 20, from Connah’s Quay, in Deeside, North Wales.
‘By the time the paramedics arrived five minutes later I had given birth on the bathroom floor,’ she said.
It was an even bigger surprise for Gavin Jones, 21, who had seen no weight gain or unusual cravings from his girlfriend of two years, who was on the pill.
A picture of Lauren, taken when she was five-and-a-half months pregnant - but had no idea - shows her looking amazingly thin.
Five months pregnant: Lauren shows no signs of a bump
Dylan-James, now three months old, lives with Lauren at her parents' home in Shotton, and visits Gavin regularly at his parents' home in Flintshire, North Wales.
Lauren recalled the day their lives changed forever. She was at Gavin's house when she went to the lavatory and her waters broke.
‘I was sitting on the loo at Gavin's house when I just felt something drop,’ she said.
‘I called Gavin's mother and she said she could see a baby's head. By the time the paramedics arrived five minutes later I had given birth on the bathroom floor.’
Lauren, a former pupil at Upton High School, Chester, said she had noticed no difference in her body in the run-up to the birth.
‘Two weeks before the birth I went for a pill check-up at the doctor's,’ she said.
‘They weighed me and measured my blood pressure and said everything was normal.
'I didn't put on weight or get any cravings at all. You would think I'd have had a bump but I had nothing whatsoever.
‘I can't remember what was going through my mind when I gave birth but Gavin looked like he didn't know what on earth was going on.
‘It took about two weeks for the whole thing to sink in.’
The pair, who are currently searching for a house together, say they are coping remarkably well with their new arrival.
‘Dylan is a really happy baby,’ said Lauren. ‘He just smiles all the time and is no trouble whatsoever.
‘I'm quite surprised how well we are coping considering it was unexpected.’
a former St Richard Gwyn High School pupil, works as a fitness
instructor and Lauren trained as a beauty therapist at Deeside College.
‘I worked right up until the birth,’ she added.
‘My last shift was on a Saturday and then Dylan was born on a Tuesday. Hopefully in six months’ time we will have a house and I can start looking for more work.’
For the meantime the couple, who met at RBs nightclub in Chester, are looking forward to Dylan-James' christening later this month.
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That would be such a shock,I watched a programme once with a 40 year old mother of 4 had a shock baby, you would think if you'd been through it 4 times, you couldn't miss the signs. Having had 3 babies myself, I don't know how you can not tell, you literally have feet and the body rolling around in your abdomen when you get past 30 weeks. Amazing.
- Sarah, England, 06/5/2011 14:38
You do have periods when you are on the pill. You take the pill every day for 3 weeks and then have a week off where you have your period. I would know, I have been on it for 8 years! - May, Kent, 06/5/2011 13:55 __________________ there are many different pills out there...not to mention the results from each one can vary from person to person. It is not unheard of for some woman to not get a period at all while on the pill.
- Kit, USA, 06/5/2011 14:38
- Jess, UK, 6/5/2011 13:13 You do have periods when you are on the pill. You take the pill every day for 3 weeks and then have a week off where you have your period. I would know, I have been on it for 8 years! - May, Kent, 06/5/2011 13:55 - - unless you're on the mini pill and take it everyday and have no periods, like myself!!!
- jodie, leeds, 06/5/2011 14:26
First of all, congratulations on the birth of baby Dylan, he's gorgeous! Having worked on a labour ward I can say without doubt that there are the rare occasions when a woman has no idea she is pregnant. If the baby is in an occipital position (back to mum's spine instead of the usual way where it's got its back to her tummy) the baby's bulk can be 'hidden" and therefore the mother doesn't look pregnant. And believe it or not, it's not unusual for a baby's movements to be mistaken for something else or not felt at all. When I was in labour, I experienced completely painless contractions, right up until the very last ones .. people don't believe that either, but lucky me, it's true!
- JJ, London, 06/5/2011 14:23
Even without a change in your periods which may have been pill-related, sometimes the baby kicks your rib so hard it makes you gasp! And the heartburn was so bad I drank Gaviscon from the bottle! And got up in the night to pee ten times! Even my first pregnancy I could feel my body was changing a few weeks into it. Never mind 9 months I was the size of a house and could barely move.
- Nancy, Sussex, 06/5/2011 14:15
Does she know what caused it yet?
- Jan, Reading, UK, 06/5/2011 14:10
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