A mother who awoke with a tummy ache, thinking she’d eaten something bad, received the surprise of her life eight minutes later when she gave birth to a surprise baby.
Tilda Kantala, 23, of Turku, Finland, had no idea she was pregnant when she awoke on June 28 with a “small burning pain” – but she quickly realized what was going on.
“I assumed it was just from eating something bad or something my stomach couldn’t handle,” the young mother explained.
“It wasn’t like normal contractions, but then there was a very familiar sensation – the desire to push.”
“That’s when I realized I was in labour and about to have a baby or babies.” I didn’t know anything at the time.”
Tilda, who has a two-year-old daughter Aleia, said her periods were normal throughout the pregnancy and she didn’t get sick.
She admitted to gaining some weight but assumed it was due to normal weight fluctuation. She didn’t realize something was wrong until the night she gave birth in a summer cottage she’d visited with her family.
“I had just woken up, and my mother, sister, and daughter were already outside,” she explained.
“I was able to shout ‘Mum’ at the last second because I heard her coming into the house to get something.”
She entered my room and saw that I was in pain and about to push for the first time. ‘Are you pregnant?’ she inquired, and I replied, ‘I guess so.
The baby’s head had already crowning by the time her mother entered the room. Tilda recalls her mother asking if she could wait to push, but there was no way she could.
“My mother went to get some towels and more assistance from my uncle, who called the ambulance.” “I pushed three times and the baby was out while he was on the phone,” she explained.
Alec had already been born when the ambulance arrived. He and Tilda were taken to the hospital for examinations because Tilda had not had any scans or tests throughout the pregnancy.
“I was perplexed, scared, and anxious.” “I was already alone, a single mother for my daughter, and now another one was entering our lives,” she explained.
“Fortunately, the baby was fine and healthy.”
Tilda began to organize what she could while in the hospital, and her family assisted in preparing for their return. She needed a new car seat for the baby, as well as a double pram to transport both children.
“It was pretty difficult to buy everything in such a hurry,” she said, “but I managed it pretty well in my opinion, and I’m lucky to have my parents and other relatives help with buying everything.”
Tilda was allowed to take Alec home from the hospital four days later. He’s now three months old and doing well.