Waitress, 20, had no idea she was pregnant until she gave birth

Waitress, 20, reveals she had no idea she was pregnant until she suffered ‘stomach ache’ at work and gave birth hours later – despite being on the Pill and still fitting into her size 10 clothes

  • Jodi-Marie Ash, 20, from Essex, discovered she was pregnant when in labour
  • Was on the pill throughout pregnancy but admits she sometimes forgot to take it 
  • She had no bump and still fit into her slinky size 10 clothes during her pregnancy
  • Jodi-Marie even went clubbing while pregnant as she celebrated her birthday 

A waitress who developed a stomach ache at work was stunned when she gave birth to a baby just hours after finishing her shift – despite having no idea she was pregnant and being on the pill.

Jodi-Marie Ash, now-20, from Essex, thought she had eaten something that disagreed with her when she developed pains in her tummy but by the end of her eight-hour shift was in excruciating pain and was shortly rushed to hospital.

She was shocked to discover she was in labour, despite having taken the contraceptive pill throughout her pregnancy, having no bump and fitting into a slinky size 10. 

Now her daughter Skyla Grimsey is one, Jodi claims she takes a pregnancy test every three months in a bid to ensure she is not caught by surprise in the same way again. 

Jodi-Marie Ash, 20, from Essex, was stunned when she gave birth to a baby just hours after finishing her shift – despite having no idea she was pregnant and being on the pill (pictured, at seven months pregnant) 

She was shocked to discover she was in labour, despite having taken the contraceptive pill throughout her pregnancy, having no bump and fitting into a slinky size 10 (pictured at seven months pregnant) 

Jodi-Marie said during her pregnancy she went clubbing and even climbed the 02 arena,  blissfully unaware that she was carrying her baby.

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

Even more shocking, 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 explained: ‘I took a pregnancy test in December 2018 and it came back negative. 

While in labour, Jodi-Marie thought her pain could have been appendicitis or stomach ache or she’d eaten something wrong

Now her daughter Skyla Grimsey is one, Jodi claims she takes a pregnancy test every three months in a bid to ensure she is not caught by surprise in the same way again

‘I only did one because my friend thought she was pregnant and I said I’d do one with her to not make it as scary for her – it wasn’t because I thought I was pregnant.’ 

‘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 said she woke up on May 12 2019 and, despite having a few stomach problems, went to work. 

But when she was picked up that evening she couldn’t sit still as she was in so much pain.  

Jodi-Marie said during her pregnancy she went clubbing and even climbed the 02 arena, blissfully unaware that she was carrying her baby (pictured at four months pregnant) 

At seven months pregnant, Jodi-Marie celebrated her 18th birthday with a night out on the town with friends 

When she arrived home Jodi-Marie tried painkillers and a Tens machine but by 11:30pm her and Skyla’s father called 111 and shortly rushed to the hospital where they arrived around midnight. 

She said: ‘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 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?” 


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

After being rushed to hospital in pain, Jodi-Marie said she was ‘shocked and surprised’ to learn she was giving birth and called the experience ‘surreal’

‘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.’

She explained: ‘I think I was shocked and surprised more than anything – it was all a bit surreal.

‘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 (pictured left, and right) 

The young mother said that both her family and Skyla’s father’s family were on hand throughout the whole process and helped to provide supplies for the baby 

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

The young mother 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: ‘Everyone was really supportive so we didn’t have to run around and do much to be honest.

‘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”.


Jodi-Marie now takes a pregnancy test every three months in order to avoid another surprise pregnancy (pictured with her one-year-old daughter) 

Jodi-Marie said she has since felt her ‘mother’s instinct’ kick in and she now ‘wouldn’t have it any other way 

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

Speaking about giving birth and becoming a mother as a teenager, she said: ‘What they say about a mother’s instinct is true because I sort of just knew I had to do it.

‘At the time I was like “wow” as anyone would be in their right mind but after all of that died down – I wouldn’t have it any other way.’

Jodi-Marie revealed she has adjusted to life as a mother because she has ‘had to do it’ and feels an instinct kicked in when raising her daughter (pictured together) 

How effective is the contraceptive pill? 

The combined pill contains artificial versions of female hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

When taken correctly, it is more than 99 per cent effective at preventing pregnancy, meaning fewer than 1 in 100 who use it as contraception will get pregnant in 1 year.

People are advised they need to take it around the same time every day as you could get pregnant if you do not do this.

Pregnancy could also occur if you miss a pill, or vomit, or have severe diarrhoea while some medications may make it less effective.

The standard way to take the pill is to take one every day for 21 days and then have a break for seven days, during which you have a bleed like a period, and then start again.

Some types of pill with no or shorter breaks (a tailored regime) which may reduce some side effects.

The pill prevents pregnancy by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg each month.

It also thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it is harder for sperm to penetrate the womb and reach an egg, and thins the lining of the womb so there is less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb and being able to grow.

There are other methods of contraception which are better are preventing pregnancy, such as the intrauterine device (IUD), intrauterine system (IUS), the injection and the implant.

 

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