A size 8 teenager with a toned stomach was stunned when doctors broke the news that she was almost nine months pregnant.
18-year-old Saffron Heffer claims she had no idea she was expecting a baby until her mum suggested she take a pregnancy test after discovering a strange line on her stomach.
It turned out that the teenager was 37 weeks pregnant.
Aside from the pigmentation line on her stomach, Saffron displayed no physical signs of pregnancy and was making regular trips to the gym, unaware of her condition.
“I was down the gym the day I found out and doing sit ups with my mum. We were laughing that my belly goes in a funny triangle shape. It just didn’t click – even my mum said she didn’t think for a moment that I could be pregnant,” the 18-year-old recalls.
Despite the retail assistant missing her periods, she believed it was a side effect of the contraceptive pill, which she started a few months earlier. As for her cravings for Cornettos, lettuce and strawberries – she put that down to them ‘being on sale at the local shop’.
A midwife confirmed the news, saying that her baby boy was back-to-back in her womb, meaning that she would have to twist him around. It was then that Saffron’s stomach suddenly ‘popped’ into a giant bump.
“I was still in my size 8 jeans, but it was massive, I have to admit. It wasn’t straight away huge but I could see a small bump. It was an early pregnancy bump [at first] where you can’t tell and then every day [from then on] it grew hourly.”
Before the discovery, Saffron had felt lethargic for months, with doctors later telling her that she was anaemic and Vitamin D and B12 deficient.
However, instead of gaining weight, the 18-year-old claims she lost weight, allegedly dropping from a size 10 to a size 8.
“At one point I thought I was dying because I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I was so lethargic and sleepy, I didn’t want to go out, I didn’t want to see anybody.”
Six weeks after Saffron received the pregnancy news, she gave birth to her son, Oscar Heffer.
Despite admitting to feeling depressed and anxious following the discovery, the 18-year-old loves being a mum.
“It’s so rewarding. The main thing I love is just seeing him happy. When he smiles and laughs that’s when you know you’re doing a good job.”
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