A WOMAN who thought she’d put on weight during the national lockdown has revealed how she gave birth to a surprise baby.
Rebecca Goddard, 31, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, had no idea she was pregnant as she was on the pill and had periods.
But in December 2020, just one week before Christmas, Rebecca was laying in bed when she heard a loud ‘pop’ between her legs and realised she was in labour.
She was rushed to hospital and two hours later, Rebecca gave birth to a baby, Holly, now 11 months old.
Shocked Rebecca says: “During the pandemic, like everyone else around the country, I found solace in wine and sweets.
“Soon I became chubbier in the face and my tummy felt podgy.
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“But I just assumed it was lockdown weight.
“When I went into labour I was hysterical and in shock.
“I still can’t believe I carried a baby for nine months and had no idea.”
In March 2020, Rebecca, was a single mum to four kids, Ruby-May, 11, Tilly, nine, Luke, seven, and Blake, two.
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That month she began casually dating someone.
The stay-at-home mum says: “I always practised safe sex as having another baby was the last thing on my mind.
“My date and I weren’t anything serious and a few months later things fizzled out.
“Thankfully there were no hard feelings. I was just a busy mum.”
Weeks passed and in June 2020, the UK was still in a national lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Rebecca says: “Bored out of my mind, I began snacking loads more than usual.
“I’d drink wine and enjoy pink panther wafers.
“Weirdly I’d never had a sweet tooth, but I was gobbling a packet a week.
I always practised safe sex as having another baby was the last thing on my mind.”
“After a while, I started to notice I’d put on weight.
“My face was looking puffy and my tummy was looking a little podgy too.
“I just thought I’d put on some lockdown pounds, like everyone else.”
Later that month, after the lockdown ended, Rebecca hosted an eighth birthday party for her daughter, Tilly.
Rebecca says: “For the first time in ages my family and friends were together.
“That day I drank countless glasses of white wine and had a fantastic time.”
Months later, in December 2020, Rebecca went shopping with a friend one week before Christmas.
Rebecca says: “As we were walking back home, my back started killing.
“I was pushing my youngest son, Blake, in the pram up a hill.
“I asked my friend to push him for me as I was in so much pain. I assumed I was due my period.”
When Rebecca got home, she cooked her kids dinner and put them to bed.
That day I drank countless glasses of white wine and had a fantastic time.”
Afterwards, she lay on her bed and switched on the TV.
Rebecca says: “Suddenly, I heard a loud ‘pop’ between my legs and they flew into the air.
“Water gushed out onto the duvet.
“I screamed in horror.
“I’d had enough kids to know what was happening. I was in labour.
“I couldn’t understand how this could’ve happened when I’d been on the pill and had periods.
“I burst into tears and called my parents.
“They thought it was a joke at first but when they realised I wasn’t lying, they promised to pick me up.”
Minutes later, Rebecca’s family rushed her to Barnsley hospital.
Rebecca says: “When we arrived, the baby’s foot was sticking out.
“Doctors and nurses came running and said there was no time to push and I had to go into theatre.
I burst into tears and called my parents.They thought it was a joke at first but when they realised I wasn’t lying, they promised to pick me up.”
“Horrified, I couldn’t stop crying.
“I wasn’t ready for another child.”
Within minutes, Rebecca was taken into the theatre for an emergency C-section.
Two hours later, she gave birth to a baby girl, who was born weighing 6lbs 10oz.
Thankfully, she was given a clean bill of health.
Rebecca says: “When I first saw her I was so high on morphine and in shock, I kept saying she wasn’t mine.
“But the second I held her in my arms, I fell madly in love with her.
“I whispered to her that I was sorry and that I didn’t know she was there all this time.
“As the nurses had put a knitted Santa hat on her head and it was just a week before Christmas, I decided to name her Holly.”
Soon after, a doctor explained to Rebecca that Holly had been sitting behind her ribs – which explained why she didn’t have a bump.
Is it possible to be pregnant and still have periods?
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The short answer is no. Despite all of the claims out there, it isn’t possible to have a period while you’re pregnant.
Rather, you might experience “spotting” during early pregnancy, which is usually light pink or dark brown in colour.
As a rule of thumb, if there’s enough bleeding to fill a pad or tampon, then it’s a sign you’re probably not pregnant. If you’ve had a positive pregnancy test and are bleeding heavily, seek medical care.
Your period occurs every month or so in lieu of an egg becoming fertilized. Eggs are released once a month from the ovary. When they aren’t fertilized, the egg travels out of the uterus and sheds through the vagina.
Bleeding during a “normal” period often starts off light, then gets heavier and darker red. It also lightens in colour and quantity toward the end of the cycle.
The differences between menstruation and being pregnant are supposed to be clear-cut: Once you’re pregnant, you don’t get periods anymore. But it isn’t always so obvious.
Bleeding is a warning sign, but it doesn’t have to be something bad. Many people go on to have healthy babies after experiencing spotting during their first trimester. If you do bleed during pregnancy, it’s related to something else other than regular menstruation.
After all, periods only happen when you’re not pregnant. Learn about the different types of bleeding during pregnancy and when you need to call your OB-GYN.
Rebecca says: “The cravings and weight gain all finally made sense too.
“I realised Holly’s father didn’t know yet so my sister texted him.
“He was dumbfounded as I was and I had to explain everything on the phone.”
Two days later, Rebecca and Holly were discharged from the hospital.
Rebecca’s children, parents and friends swooned over Holly.
Rebecca says: “One of my best friends did an online fundraiser and everyday strangers dropped off baby items for Holly.
“Their generosity was so touching.
“The next week, my family and I celebrated Christmas with Holly.
“She was our little Christmas miracle.
“Now, Holly is nearly one year old and she’s a cheeky, loving girl.
“I never thought I’d have another child.
“But our family would be incomplete without her.”
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