Size 8 teenager with a perfectly toned stomach was shocked when doctors told her she was 37 WEEKS pregnant – and her bump only showed when a midwife moved the baby around
- Saffron Heffer, 18, from Essex, didn’t realise she was pregnant until 37 weeks in
- Retail worker had flat stomach and took test after finding pigmentation mark
- She says she only got a bump when midwife moved baby around at 8 months
- Teen is now mother to healthy baby boy Oscar after giving birth in June 2018
A size 8 teenager with a flat stomach was stunned when doctors told her she was almost nine months pregnant, and suddenly produced a giant bump by re-positioning her baby.
Saffron Heffer, 18, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, says she had no idea she was expecting a baby until her mother suggested she took a pregnancy test when they spotted a strange line on her stomach.
Aside from the mark, which turned out to be a pigmentation line, Saffron showed no physical signs of pregnancy and had been visiting them gym and going on sunbeds completely unaware.
The retail assistant put her missed periods down to the contraceptive pill she had started a few months earlier, and her cravings for Cornettos, lettuce and strawberries due to them being on offer at the local shop.
Just 17 at the time, it turned out that the retail worker was 37 weeks pregnant, and the emergency midwife confirmed her baby boy was back-to-back in her womb, explaining the lack of bump.
Saffron gave birth to her healthy 8lb 1oz son Oscar Heffer just six weeks later in June 2018, and despite the shock Saffron says she loves being a mum to her little boy.
Saffron Heffer, 18, from from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, says she had no idea she was expecting a baby until her mother suggested she took a pregnancy test when they spotted a strange line on her stomach (seen at New Year in 2017 when she was four months pregnant)
Just 17 at the time, it turned out that Saffron, a retail worker, was 37 weeks pregnant, and the emergency midwife confirmed her baby boy was back-to-back in her womb explaining the lack of bump (seen at six months pregnant)
Speaking about the moment she discovered her pregnancy, Saffron, said: ‘It was a surprise for everyone. My mum was just as shocked as I am.
‘I personally didn’t believe it was possible to not know you were pregnant until it happened to me.’
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She added: ‘While I was pregnant and didn’t know, I was going down to the gym and I was still having sunbeds.
‘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 emergency midwife said her baby was in breech position, before twisting him around Saffron’s stomach which ‘popped’ into a giant bump just days later (seen days after her bump appeared at 37 weeks)
Saffron gave birth to her healthy 8lb 1oz son Oscar Heffer just six weeks later a on June 3 2018, and despite the shock Saffron loves being a mum to her little boy
Recalling the months before her discovery, Saffron remembers feeling lethargic for months, with doctors telling her she was anaemic and vitamin D and B12 deficient.
The teenager says she even lost weight, dropping from a size 10 to a size 8 and putting her missed periods down to starting the contraceptive pill.
Saffron said: ‘I was so lethargic and sleepy, I didn’t want to go out, I didn’t want to see anybody.
‘I didn’t want to spend time with anyone ever because the littlest things annoyed me and got on my nerves and I didn’t know what to do.
Saffron, seen at six months pregnant, was doing sit-ups with her mother who suggested she take a pregnancy test when they discovered a pigmentation mark on her stomach
Saffron, seen at 37 weeks just days after her bump came in, admitted that it was a shock to discover she was pregnant and initially worried she had thrown her life away
After facing her new life as a mother head-on, Saffron couldn’t be more happy to be a mum to little Oscar, who she describes as the ‘perfect baby’
‘I lost weight. I didn’t gain any at all. I was in size 10 jeans before and I found out I was pregnant and was in a size 8, and I’m back in a size 6 jean now.
‘I was a size 8 throughout the whole pregnancy. Even the day I gave birth I was in my size 6-8 jeans.’
Speaking about the moment her mother Melissa Heffer, 46, suggested she took a test, Saffron explained her last relationship had been a while ago so she hadn’t even considered pregnancy.
‘It was my mum who realised I had a pigmentation line on my stomach. My mum noticed it and told me she wanted me to do a test just to rule it out,’ she said.
Despite the shock she got when she found out she was pregnant, Saffron now loves being a mother to her son Oscar
Baby Oscar is now a happy and healthy baby who Saffron says just ‘sits, sleeps and cuddles’ and the new mother wouldn’t change a thing
‘I said if I was pregnant then I’d literally have to be ready to pop, and I had no stomach whatsoever.’
And when her pregnancy test came back positive, Saffron booked an emergency appointment for the next day.
She recalled: ‘I saw the midwife, she turned him around and then I just gained a balloon. It went huge.
Describing Oscar, Safrfon said: ‘He’s perfect. If you had to ask for a perfect baby it would be him. He’s so content, he just sits and sleeps and cuddles. He’s so lovely.’
‘I’m loving 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,’ Saffron, seen with Oscar, said
‘She dug her hands in and said I can feel a baby but I can’t tell you size-wise. She dug her hands in and twisted him round. I felt her moving him and I felt his first ever kick.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A BABY IS IN THE WRONG POSITION?
Babies in the womb usually grow with their head facing down and the growing bump will protrude out from the mother’s abdomen.
In some cases, however, babies can grow in different positions in ways which mean a natural birth wouldn’t be possible unless it was moved.
Most naturally rotate during the pregnancy so they are ready to be delivered naturally head-first.
But others might stay in the wrong position – such as breech, when they are upright; posterior, when their knees are on the mother’s stomach side; or a transverse lie, in which the baby is laid horizontally.
Midwives can sometimes move the baby into the right position by pressing on the woman’s stomach and pushing the foetus.
Women can also do certain exercises to move the baby into the right place.
If the baby cannot be angled so it is head-down and in the right position for a safe natural birth, it may need to be delivered by caesarean section.
‘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 after I saw a midwife it grew hourly every day.’
Saffron continued: ‘When she turned him around he became very active. I could feel every movement and every kick.
‘It was so strange. From feeling nothing at all to feeling everything daily is just unreal.’
The new mother admits that it took her a while to adjust, recalling: ‘I was absolutely shocked, I thought my life had ended.
‘I was only 17 when I found out and that’s a lot to take in so I was just hit with depression and thought “what am I going to do?”.’
She continued: ‘I was very stressed when I found out. Both my parents were at work so it was just me dealing with it emotionally and physically on my own. I locked myself away for at least two weeks of it.’
And after contacting the father of the baby, who confirmed he didn’t want to be involved in Oscar’s life, Saffron realised she had to face her new life head on.
She continued: ‘I’ve been strong with other things before so I just got on with it.
‘A few weeks later he was born and I wouldn’t turn back now – he’s beautiful.’
Describing Oscar, she added: ‘He’s perfect. If you had to ask for a perfect baby it would be him. He’s so content, he just sits and sleeps and cuddles. He’s so lovely.’
‘I’m loving 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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