I went to hospital with appendicitis – 48 hours later I came home with a baby

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A "shocked" teen went to the hospital with pains in her body thinking she had appendicitis, but came home 48 hours later with a newborn baby.

Nadia Rhoads, 19, started getting severe cramps in her side and back, but as she hadn't gained any weight she thought there was no way she was pregnant. She was using birth control.

Her boyfriend and unexpected dad-to-be, Brad O’Donnell, 22, rushed her to the hospital and waited in the car park. After checks it was revealed that Nadia was already in labour and a nurse went rushing out to tell Brad.

Nadia, from Brookfield, Ohio, USA, said: "I didn't really have much of a reaction I was just so shocked, and like 'woah!'

"I texted my mum and I sent her a picture of the monitors and I was like 'Um I'm in labour, just thought you should know!'

"She called me back freaking out but she was really happy. It took me a few months to kind of adjust everything and kind of feel like a mom.

"But now I'm for sure adjusted and I enjoy it, I do feel like a mom now."

Nadia was taking birth control pill when baby Delaney was conceived in April 2020, so didn't ever consider the possibility that she could be pregnant.

She added: "Birth controls made my period spotty before I got pregnant so nothing really changed with that.

"It occurred every month around the same time.

"I had really bad back pain and I was always super tired, I didn’t think much of it because I was working full time on my feet all for nine hours a day.

"I also started really liking spicy foods but I figured that I just started to like it."

She felt mostly normal throughout the next nine months, as well as remaining the same dress size.

But on December 22 her cramps intensified significantly in her back and right side, so boyfriend Brad rushed her to St Joseph Hospital in Warren.

She thought she had appendicitis – but the doctors diagnosed her with something very different.

The stay-at-home mum said: "They checked me out a bit then they had me take a pregnancy test and found that I was pregnant.

"I think everyone when they take a pregnancy test gets a little nervous, but I was like: 'I'm on birth control, there's no way.'

"They checked me a bit more and noticed that I was in labour – I was already seven to eight centimetres dilated.

"I was surprised and in shock, especially because I was in labour already so there was no time to prepare anything."

Steel mill worker Brad was waiting out in the car park, worrying that his girlfriend could be seriously ill, not knowing that his family was about to grow by one.

A nurse went outside to go let him know the god news and bring him into the delivery room.

After 14 hours in labour, Delaney Mae O’Donnell was born weighing a healthy 6lbs 11oz.

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