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Waitress, 20, gives birth to baby just hours after suffering ‘tummy ache’ on shift

A waitress who had stomach ache at work was shocked when she gave birth to a baby hours after finishing her shift.

Jodi-Marie Ash thought she had eaten something that disagreed with her when she developed pains in her tummy.

By the end of her eight-hour shift was in excruciating pain and was rushed to hospital.

But when the 20-year-old arrived she was told she was pregnant and already in labour and gave birth to her baby girl an hour later.

Jodi was on the contraceptive pill throughout her pregnancy but admits she had sometimes forgotten to take it.

Jodie-Marie Ash and daughter Skyla
Jodie-Marie Ash and daughter Skyla

But with no bump and no other symptoms, had no idea she was pregnant.

The young mum claims she had a negative pregnancy test just five months before giving birth as her friend had been too scared to do one on her own so Jodi had taken one for moral support.

She even went clubbing for her 18th birthday and climbed the 02 Arena while blissfully unaware that she was carrying her baby .

Jodie-Marie's daughter Skyla Grimsey
Jodie-Marie’s daughter Skyla Grimsey

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Now her daughter Skyla Grimsey is one, Jodi claims she takes a pregnancy test every three months to ensure she is not taken by surprise again.

Jodi-Marie, of Basildon, Essex, said: “I went to hospital with a stomach ache and came out with a baby.

“I thought the pain was appendicitis, stomach ache or I’d eaten something wrong – I was thinking of all these sorts of things but didn’t think for a second that I was in labour.

The 20-year-old was told she was pregnant and already in labour while on the way to the delivery room
The 20-year-old was told she was pregnant and already in labour while on the way to the delivery room

“I didn’t have any symptoms – I was on my period the whole time and wasn’t sick or nauseous at all.

“There was no form of a bump as such – after I ate I got more bloated than usual but there wasn’t anything to be majorly concerned about to the point where I thought I could be pregnant.”

Jodi-Marie woke up on May 12th 2019 and, despite having a few stomach problems, went to work.

Skyla Grimsey was a surprise to her mum Jodie-Marie
Skyla Grimsey was a surprise to her mum Jodie-Marie

She said: “The doctor said to me ‘oh, we’re going to do a pregnancy test on you’ and I was like ‘right ok’ and it came back positive.

“After he said I was pregnant I said straight away ‘why am I in so much pain though?’ Because being pregnant doesn’t mean you should be in that much pain.

“He said that they had to send me for some more tests and I was on the wheelchair going to the delivery room not knowing I was going there and the porter told me that’s where I was going and I was about to give birth.

“I think I was shocked and surprised more than anything – it was all a bit surreal.

Jodi-Marie Ash thought she had eaten something that disagreed with her when she developed pains in her tummy
Jodi-Marie Ash thought she had eaten something that disagreed with her when she developed pains in her tummy

“The whole night was a blur and did go really quickly but at the time I just remember thinking that I just had to get the baby out.”

After under an hour of active labour, her baby girl Skyla was born at 1:57am weighing 6lbs 12oz.

The young mum said that both her family and Skyla’s father’s family were on hand throughout the whole process and helped to provide supplies for their newborn baby at such short notice.

Jodi-Marie said: “I rang my mum and dad and just put it on Facebook for everyone else to see – I didn’t want to have to ring up everyone and be like ‘this has happened’.

“My friends were just as shocked as I was – my colleagues said ‘you were pregnant? You would never have known’.



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