Teenager thought she was constipated but ended up having her baby alone in her bedroom
A teenager, who believed she was just constipated, gave birth to her baby alone in her bedroom and was totally unaware she was pregnant. Niomi Thomas was working in 2021 when she started to experience back and stomach pain but believing it was constipation or period pains, she just took some painkillers.
However, the next day her pain was so bad she could not stand. While lying on her bed Niomi left the sudden urge to push and gave birth to her daughter Talia Thomas.
Niomi, who was 17 when she gave birth to Talia, had no idea she was pregnant as she had no symptoms, took her contraception pill daily, and still had periods. She described the birth as a "very crazy and shocking discovery", she said: "I had no idea I was pregnant until I gave birth. It was a very crazy and shocking discovery. It sounds a bit silly because usually your period's stop, you get a bump and morning sickness and loads of different things, but I literally had nothing."
As Niomi continued to have periods throughout the pregnancy and as they were normally irregular she didn't think anything of it. She told WalesOnline : "My periods were still coming and going and I've always had irregular ones, so I just thought that was normal because that's how I've had them for quite a few years now. I didn't feel anything different. I just knew that I'd put on a bit of weight and was obviously quite upset about that but I didn't think it was pregnancy because it didn't look like it was a pregnancy gain as such."
Niomi also explained how she didn't feel the baby kicking her, she said: "I was on the pill and took it every day. I never felt any movements and everyone was like 'how did you not feel her? They said that the placenta was in front so every time she was kicking she wasn't kicking me so it wasn't coming through to my stomach."
When Niomi gave birth she was completing an apprenticeship as a nursery nurse and had to go home as the pain, of what she now knows was labour, was so bad. She said: "The next day I woke up and couldn't go to work as I could barely stand or sit down. I was just getting hot flushes and it got to the point where I was like 'I'll take myself to A&E."
I was saying to my mum 'I'll be fine, don't worry about it. About half an hour later I couldn't move at all. I was in my room and messaged her saying that I really didn't feel well so she told me to take some painkillers."
It was while Niomi was trying to distract herself from the pain that her waters broke, she said: "I went to lay on my bed and just looked out the window to try and focus on something else and by then water came out. I realise now it was my waters breaking but at the time I didn't realise so I was really scared. I texted my mum saying 'I'm really scared, something is happening to me'. By the time she'd seen it, I was already halfway through giving birth."
Niomi described the birth as "really traumatic and very scary", she said: "It was obviously really traumatic and very scary because I was very confused about what was happening as I'd never felt that kind of pain before. I had this massive urge to push and I then felt a relief and thought 'oh great, the pain's gone' and I turned around and I was like 'oh my god, I've had a baby."
"I was so shocked, it was literally like it wasn't reality. It's a lovely shocking story now but it was so traumatic to just see a baby on the bed without knowing you were going to have it."
Throughout her pregnancy, as she had no idea she was pregnant, Niomi drank around four iced coffees a day and enjoyed an average of three alcoholic drinks a week and despite this little Talia, now nine months old, was perfectly healthy. Despite the shock Niomi is very happy to have Talia in her life, she said:
"I would tell other women who have had a similar experience that they're not alone and it's definitely hard but there are always other people that have gone through the same. They have to think that it's a miracle, some people don't get the opportunity to have a baby, it's just great and you've got to enjoy it as much as possible. Even though it's a shock and everything it's just enjoyable in the end."