A 21-year-old who had no idea that she was pregnant, went to the hospital with severe stomach cramps and came home with a surprise baby.
Abby Vollet, now 22, gave birth to her daughter, Khalani, now 11 months old, on 30 March last year via emergency C-section at around 35 weeks, after having no idea that she was even pregnant.
The full-time student and day-care worker, from Missouri in the US, went to the hospital with severe stomach cramps where she discovered that she was pregnant and fully dilated.
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The doctors decided to perform an emergency C-section and within 20 minutes Abby had given birth to her daughter, Khalani.
“I had no idea that I was pregnant. I didn’t experience any symptoms and I didn’t gain any weight,” she said.
”No-one saw this coming.
”The pain started off with slight stomach cramps.
“They continued to get worse over the day to the point where I couldn’t move, so my mum Cindy, who is 54, took me to the hospital.
”I had an ultrasound and the doctors told me I was pregnant and I was fully dilated.
“I remember telling the doctor that it wasn’t true. I was in total shock.”
At first doctors estimated that Abby was around 20 weeks pregnant, but after the C-section, they said I was actually between 35 to 37 weeks.
”I had an emergency C-section and within 20 minutes my baby was here,” she said.
“At first I felt so embarrassed that I was going to be a young and single mum. I even refused to see my baby for the first few days.”
Abby Vollet, 21, went to hospital with severe stomach cramps and came home with a surprise baby. Credit: Caters News Agency/Caters News Agency
When Abby told her friends what had happened, they thought she was joking because it was almost April Fools Day.
She said that no-one could believe this had happened because she hadn’t gained weight and her body hadn’t changed.
“The doctors think that she must have been behind my ribs because I had no bumps and I never felt any kicks,” she said.
“I was even getting my period the whole time and I comfortably fit into all of my size medium clothes the whole way through.”
Abby said she didn’t have much of a relationship with Khalani’s dad, “so it’s always just been me and her.”
”Before having my daughter, I honestly never wanted to have children and didn’t plan for it to happen in my life,” she said.
”But now she is here, I absolutely love her.”
Abby said being a new mum felt “really weird” at first.
“I almost saw her as someone else’s child,” she explained.
“We didn’t have that immediate bond because I didn’t know that she was coming and it was such a shock.”
Despite the shock of having a baby, Abby is content with her life now and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Abby Vollet from Missouri, US, went to the hospital with severe stomach cramps where she discovered that she was pregnant. Credit: Caters News Agency/Caters News Agency
After her C-section, Abby experienced some complications which caused her to be unwell.
“After my C-section, I was admitted into the hospital again because the incision was infected,” she said.
“My health kept deteriorating, I also ended up having an ileus (difficulty in contracting the intestine) as my digestive system wasn’t working properly.
”I had an NG tube inserted and I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink water.
“If I wanted a drink I had to dip a sponge into water and put it on my tongue.
“It was pretty miserable.”
‘My miracle child’
After that, Abby was able to go back home, where a nurse visited for two weeks to pack her incision.
She said she was almost back to full health now.
“Khalani has always been healthy which is surprising because I had just turned 21 when I was pregnant,” Abby said.
“I had obviously drunk throughout the pregnancy because I was totally unaware.
”She is the easiest baby ever. She’s so outgoing and funny.
“My miracle child.”