A woman who went to hospital with stomach pains was stunned to discover she was 35 weeks pregnant and in labour. Hannah Froud, 22, gave birth to her daughter Jessica just seven hours after doctors said her stomach cramps were actually labour pains.
The financial administrator from Chaddesden, Derbyshire, first started complaining of stomach ache on February 8 but the pain continued through the weekend. On Monday, her work colleagues convinced her to visit the London Road Community Hospital in Derby.
She arrived at 10am and went through a series of checks and tests before eventually being given a pregnancy test. To her utter shock, doctors told her she was in labour. A nurse called Ms Froud’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Chris Bennett, to tell him to come to the centre to see her. Mr Bennett, who works as a joiner, went to the hospital and transported Ms Froud to the Royal Derby Hospital, where she gave birth at 5pm.
I – Word Understanding
Stunned – shock (someone) so that they are temporarily unable to react
Discover – find out
Labour – onset of contractions to the birth of a child
Stomach cramps – pain in the belly
Labour pains – pregnancy symptoms
Convinced – make someone agree
Series of checks – sequence of checks
Eventually – finally
Utter shock – with a cry
II – Have your say
1.The world’s longest pregnancy lasted 375 days.
2.Pregnant women usually experience a heightened sense of smell beginning late in the first trimester. Some experts call this the body’s way of protecting pregnant women from foods that are unsafe for the fetus.
3.Women can continue to have monthly bleeding throughout their pregnancies. Yes! It’s rare, but it happens.