A pet shop worker from Thurso, Scotland, was in for the surprise of her life when she went into labor without knowing she was pregnant. Ceira Sutherland, 24, had been experiencing excruciating back pain which she initially attributed to heavy lifting at work. Little did she know, the pain was actually contractions. Ceira had no idea she was pregnant until she rushed to the hospital and gave birth to a healthy 10-pound baby girl.
Ceira had been using condoms as contraception every time she had sex with her partner and had also been told that conceiving might be difficult due to her polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She had even recently enjoyed a night out with shots and spirits, completely unaware of her pregnancy.
Doctors were initially perplexed by Ceira's symptoms, suspecting gallbladder issues and cysts. It wasn't until further tests were conducted and a nurse spotted the baby's head emerging that they realized she was in labor. The baby, named Amelia, was born just hours after Ceira discovered she was pregnant.
Cryptic pregnancies, where women are unaware they are pregnant until they go into labor, are rare but not unheard of. In the UK, about one in 450 pregnant women don't know they are expecting until halfway through their pregnancy. Factors such as irregular menstrual cycles and hormonal disorders like PCOS can contribute to missed pregnancy signs.
Despite her surprise, Ceira is overjoyed with her daughter and describes her as the easiest baby. She admits feeling guilt about drinking alcohol during her pregnancy but was relieved to learn that Amelia was healthy. Ceira's story serves as a reminder that pregnancy can sometimes go undetected, even with regular periods and no obvious signs.
The unexpected arrival of baby Amelia has brought immense joy to Ceira and her partner, Andrew Aitken. They had not planned on starting a family just yet, but they now revel in the miracle of their daughter's birth.