Mum gives birth 10 days after discovering surprise pregnancy

When Sam Hicks, 40, noticed her clothes felt a bit tighter, she assumed this was just down to lockdown weight gain.

She took multiple pregnancy tests and they all came back negative, so Sam went about her normal life, assuming other discomfort was caused by stomach problems.

Then, on January 11, Sam gave birth to a baby daughter, named Julia – just 10 days after discovering she was, in fact, pregnant.

The revelation came even after Sam was admitted into hospital with coronavirus in November, when her pregnancy still wasn’t picked up.

While relaxing on New Year’s Day, Sam’s husband, Joe, felt a kick in his wife’s stomach.

The next day, Sam decided to do one more test – and this time, it confirmed she was carrying a child.

The shocked pair – who already have Thomas, three, and Johnny, eight, quickly set about making preparations such as booking in scans and appointments with the midwife.

But just ten days later, Julia arrived, weighing in at 7lb 8oz.

The baby was full term, but had to remain in Southmead Hospital due to breathing problems.

She is making good progress and the parents hope to have Julia and Sam home in the next few days.

‘I just can’t wait to get them back home,’ said Joe.

Sam had gone to work on January 10, walking 40 minutes to get there, and Joe picked her up at 1pm before heading to work as a lorry driver.

When he returned home at 11.30pm, Sam was worried that something was wrong, so the pair called an ambulance.

‘Then we realised she was having contractions and I rang the maternity ward at Southmead and they said to come in,’ said Joe.

‘I was checking them on the car’s clock and they were coming every six minutes.’

The pair arrived at the central delivery suite at 12.40am and Julia was born at 3.14am.

‘We already have two lovely boys, so Julia coming along was a massive shock,’ said Joe.

‘But she’s absolutely gorgeous and we couldn’t be happier.

‘When we found out Sam was pregnant we sat the boys down and told them they were having a new baby brother or sister.

‘Johnny was over the moon and really excited about the new sibling whereas Thomas is a bit too young to properly understand.

‘Normally siblings have a bit of time to get used to the news there is going to be a new arrival – not just a few days.

‘The support and kindness of our family, friends and neighbours and the local community has been overwhelming.

‘We just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped.’

The family had been planning to move this year and had already put the two boys in one room in bunk beds so they could use the spare room for storage.

‘That now will be Julia’s room,’ said Joe.

‘Julia is amazing and I haven’t even heard her cry yet.

‘The only time she gets a bit grizzly is when she is hungry.

‘We are not planning on having any more children,’ said Joe.

‘I will say that now, but after recent events who knows what could happen.’

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