A university student has told of how she went to the doctor feeling a bit “run down” – only to be told she was 37 weeks pregnant.Laura Molloy, 22, had no bump, no pregnancy symptoms and hadn’t missed her period.She was stunned when the doctor told her she would give birth birth in about three weeks.Laura, from Dublin, was sent straight to the Coobe maternity hospital for a full check up.Before visiting the university doctor, Laura had taken two pregnancy tests because she’d put on some weight but both were negative.
“I’ve no bump, no morning sickness, no feeling of any movement… I thought ‘this has to be a mix-up’.
“I was in complete shock. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me.”The surprising news only sank in for Laure when she heard the baby’s heartbeat.
Doctors told her that…
although her bump was measuring at 17 weeks the baby’s femur length was measuring at 37 weeks.They later explained that the small bump was because the baby grew behind her placenta which also explained why she could not feel the baby kicking inside the womb.Laura had to break the news to her parents – as did her boyfriend Luke – and it took a while for them to get their heads around it.
Recalling the moment the nurse handed her her first scan photo she said:
“I remember thinking how did the baby come all this way on its own.“I can’t describe what it felt like to see this grainy, rubbery image, that is a baby, not any baby but my baby.”
Less than a month later on her due date Laura was back in the Coombe
after her waters broke and she started having contractions.She said: “Three weeks earlier I was thinking about a holiday me and Luke were planning, now we’re not having a holiday, but a baby.“I’m gonna meet this little person who’s been hiding from me for all these months.”After 18 hours of labour Laura gave birth to a healthy baby boy who she named Finn.Now, three years later, she is planning on going back to college to study teaching and says she can’t imagine life without him.