‘I know it might sound stupid to some people, but I had no idea I was pregnant. To give birth suddenly and without warning as I did was absolutely terrifying. I didn’t have any symptoms. I didn’t get morning sickness. I was wearing my usual size ten clothes. I had regular periods throughout the pregnancy, and I didn’t have any cravings.’ She tells Daily MailPic on the left is Sophie in the first month of her pregnant. Center pic is Sophie at 4months and right pic is Sophie at five months. So hard to believe but continue to read her story...
From UK Daily Mail...
Left: Sophie at six months and right Sophie at seven months
As for Sophie not knowing she was pregnant, this is something that sparks defensiveness. Which is understandable, perhaps, when you consider that since her story appeared in the Daily Mail on Wednesday, she has been labelled a fantasist, a liar and even a benefits scrounger.
Sophie, a support worker for adults with autism, retorts:
‘People are saying I’m doing it for attention, and that Thomas is a burden to the taxpayer. But I was working full-time before my pregnancy, and I’m going back to work.
‘I really didn’t have a clue I was expecting. I’m not stupid. If I had missed a period or had had any sign at all, I would have gone straight to the doctor to have it checked out.’Incredible as it seems, Sophie insists that her menstrual cycle was regular for the entire nine months - though experts question whether or not this is physically possible.
‘You can’t have periods during a pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones can cause regular bleeding during the first trimester, which can be mistaken for periods,’ says independent midwife Nikki Khan.
Sophie is sketchy as to the father’s identity. When pushed, she admits he works at a local hotel, is two years her senior and went to her school.
They had been dating for around six weeks when she fell pregnant last February.
‘Normally, I would use contraception but you make mistakes when you’re young,’ she says.
She wasn’t taking the Pill, so when asked if the couple were using condoms; Sophie said
‘I was … most of the time. There was probably a one-off. I was stupid. I’ve been brought up to know what’s right and wrong - but people make mistakes. It’s just one of those things.’
In the meantime, Sophie continued burning the candle at both ends - often juggling 12-hour days with her hectic social life.
With this, unfortunately, came drinking and smoking - both potentially damaging to an unborn child.
‘Of course I wish I hadn’t now,’ she says. ‘And, of course, I would never have done so had I known I was pregnant.