A WAITRESS who developed a stomach ache at work gave birth just hours after finishing her shift - despite having no idea she was pregnant.

Jodi-Marie Ash, from Basildon, thought she had eaten something dodgy when she felt discomfort but by the end of her eight-hour shift she was in excruciating pain.

When the 20-year-old arrived at hospital, she was told she was pregnant and was already in labour.

Her baby girl was born an hour later.

Jodi-Marie was on the contraceptive pill throughout her pregnancy and remained a size 10 with no symptoms.


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Even more shocking, the young mum claims she had a negative pregnancy test just five months before giving birth as she took one with a friend 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.

Now her daughter Skyla Grimsey is one, Jodi claims she takes a pregnancy test every three months.

Jodi-Marie said: “I thought the pain was appendicitis, stomach ache or I’d eaten something wrong - I didn’t think for a second that I was in labour.

“I had my periods and wasn’t sick or nauseous at all.


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“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.”

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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: “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?’

“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.

“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.”


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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: “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’.

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

“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 but after all of that died down - I wouldn’t have it any other way.”