Woman, 22, who thought she couldn’t have children reveals she didn’t know she was pregnant until she gave birth in her bathroom after ‘drinking eight shots of vodka’ on a night out – despite not gaining any weight
- Carla Macpherson thought she would never have kids due to her endometriosis
- Went to a nightclub with her boyfriend and drank eight shots of vodka while out
- Felt ‘excruciating pain’ after getting home and thought she had appendicitis
- Went to bathroom and ended up going into labour but is now happy and healthy with son Oscar, now two
A woman who was told by doctors that she was infertile, has revealed how she gave birth to a surprise baby in her bathroom after a night out clubbing and drinking.
But after a night out clubbing and drinking in 2019, she developed excruciating stomach pain, which she thought might be appendicitis and just a few hours later, she gave birth to a baby boy, Oscar, now two.
Carla didn’t notice any weight gain and had regular periods leading up to her son’s birth and had downed eight vodka shots in a nightclub just hours before she went into labour.
Carla Macpherson, 22, from Swansea, who has endometriosis, thought she would never have kids, and had the contraceptive injection regularly. But after a night out clubbing and drinking in 2019, she developed excruciating stomach pain, which she thought might be appendicitis and just a few hours later, she gave birth to a baby boy, Oscar, now two. Carla didn’t notice any weight gain and had regular periods leading up to her son’s birth and had downed eight vodka shots in a nightclub just hours before she went into labour. She is pictured left eight months pregnant and right nine months pregnant
Carla’s son Oscar is pictured in May 2019. Carla didn’t know she was pregnant until she gave birth on her bathroom floor
Happy and healthy: Pictured now, Carla is seem in a Swansea park with Oscar, who was born healthily
Carla had no idea she pregnant in this photo, taken two weeks before she gave birth
‘Since I was 15, I believed I couldn’t have kids. Luckily my boyfriend, Jaiden had never wanted kids anyway,’ the customer development manager said.
‘So, like most 20-year-olds, we spent our weekends partying. I never expected I would go on a night out and end up with a baby. I am just so thankful he was born healthy.’
In February 2018, Carla met electrician Jaiden Mathias, now 24, and they soon became a couple, with them both enjoying regular nights out.
In May 2019, they planned to go clubbing with friends one weekend.
Carla, pictured with son Oscar, believed I couldn’t have kids as she had endometriosis
In February 2018, Carla met electrician Jaiden Mathias, now 24, and they soon became a couple, with them both enjoying regular nights out
Carla said that she and Jaiden spent weekends partying and never expected she would go on a night out and end up with a baby
‘I slipped into a black bodysuit and skinny jeans. That night, my friend bought us all vodka shots, then I drank eight vodkas and orange.
‘We danced the night away and had the time of our lives.’
But, after arriving at Jaiden’s parents’ house at 6am, Carla developed stomach pains.
She says: ‘My face started burning up and within minutes my entire body was soaked in sweat. I thought it was just the alcohol, so Jaiden fetched me painkillers and I tried to sleep it off.
After a night out clubbing and drinking in 2019, she developed excruciating stomach pain, which she thought might be appendicitis and just a few hours later, she gave birth to a baby boy, Oscar, now two
‘I lay in bed for an hour in agony.’
Eventually, in excruciating pain, Carla crawled out of bed in tears.
She says: ‘The pain was so bad, I thought it must have been appendicitis. Jaiden suggested I try going to the toilet.
‘I was about to tell him it was more serious than that when I felt an overwhelming urge.
‘I sat down on the toilet and began to push. I was terrified, I had no idea what was happening.’
After giving birth, Carla was taken to Singleton Hospital, where the baby was given the all clear. She is pictured with Jaiden
Five minutes later, Carla looked down and there was blood covering the toilet bowl.
She says: ‘I started to feel something heavy between my thighs.
‘And then a head appeared. I screamed for Jaiden, who then went to fetch his mum.
‘I braced myself against the wall and continued to push. Seconds later, Jaiden burst through the door and quickly held out his hands to catch the baby.’
Carla had given birth to a boy, who weighed 8lbs 5oz.
Soon after, Jaiden’s mum appeared and immediately called an ambulance.
In shock after giving birth, Carla didn’t hold her baby, but is now happy and healthy with Jaiden and Oscar. Carla and Jaiden are pictured together in May 2019
Carla says: ‘I was hysterical. I didn’t believe this could be my baby and felt unable to even hold him.’
Carla was taken to Singleton Hospital, where the baby was given the all clear.
She says: ‘I was so relieved to hear this, as I knew I had been out drinking. Moments later, my mum Fiona, 61, arrived at the hospital.
‘She gave me a big hug and told me everything would be fine and that she would help me look after him.
‘But we were both in a complete state of shock. The doctor had told me that the baby was lying with his back against my back which is why I had no bump.
Carla is pictured now on a night out. She was wearing a ‘black bodysuit and skinny jeans’ on her night out
‘I couldn’t get my head around the fact I was supposed to be infertile, taking the contraceptive injection and was getting periods, yet I managed to get pregnant.
‘The doctor told me it was extremely rare but can happen.’
For the next few hours Carla refused to hold her baby.
She says: ‘Just a few hours ago I had been a normal 20-year-old clubbing with friends. Now I was a mother with a newborn baby. It was surreal.’
Eventually, the midwife convinced Carla to hold her child.
She says: ‘My heart melted as I held his tiny hand. I realised this was really my baby.
Carla says Oscar is now two and thriving and that she ‘couldn’t be happier to be a mum’
‘And Jaiden promised we would get through it together.’
The following day, Carla, Jaiden and the baby moved in with her parents.
In the months that followed, Carla struggled to adjust.
‘I was constantly crying. I didn’t want to leave the house or let anyone hold Oscar.’
In time, Carla was diagnosed with postnatal depression and PTSD.
Carla says: ‘After months of therapy and medication, I started to feel like myself again. Oscar is now two and thriving.
‘I couldn’t be happier being a mum and can’t wait to tell Oscar the story of how he came into the world.’
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