Young mom didn’t know she’s pregnant until she gave birth alone in shower
A mother, who had no clue that she was pregnant until she was already giving birth to her baby, narrated her experience via TikTok.
The 20-year-old Aymee Almeida from Brazil gave birth to her first child while she was alone inside a bathroom, Times Now reported yesterday, June 10. Since she was unaware that she was about to give birth and had made no preparations, Almeida had to cut her son’s umbilical cord and remove the placenta through the help of an online video.
Almeida said that in 2018, she began gaining weight after a “traumatic breakup.” At the time, she started eating fast food and instant noodles. She stopped going to the gym as well. Her lack of physical activities plus her diet shift made her think these were the causes of her weight gain.
She felt ill and suffered from low blood pressure a few months later. The woman visited a doctor who attributed her symptoms to her “emotional state,” Seven News reported today, June 11. Almeida ruled out pregnancy because she thought the bleeding she was experiencing was due to menstruation.
When she was taking her college exams, she noticed that her feet were swollen. Her mother and grandmother once again took her to the doctor who then said that the issue might be linked to her kidneys. On the last day of her exams, she suffered cramps but was able to finish her classes.
When the cramps began to intensify, she took a shower. It relieved the pain but it immediately returned when she left the bathroom. She went to the shower twice and on her third trip, she could no longer stand up because of the “intense” pain.
“I didn’t have the strength to look for my phone in the bedroom and ask for help,” she said in the report. “I began making involuntary pushes, holding onto the shower cubicle.”
As per report, the mom only figured out that she was in labor when she noticed that the baby’s head was coming out. She cut her own umbilical cord with a knife and cleaned off the baby by herself.
At first, she was hesitant to go to the doctor or tell her family about the situation. A friend eventually convinced her to see a doctor a day after she gave birth.
“The whole medical team [was] impressed with my condition,” she was quoted as saying. “I started seeing what happened as a miracle.”
Her mother thought it was a “prank” when the doctor called to inform the family about the baby. However, Almeida’s family was supportive of the baby when they came to visit.
Her son, Pedro Lucas, is now 1 year and 6 months old, as per report. Almeida is taking up nursing in her hometown. Cha Lino/JB
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