Just a month before 18-year-old Saffron Heffer gave birth to her son, Oscar, she looked like a normal, fit teenager.
In fact, it was because her stomach was so flat and because she had recently lost weight that she had no idea she was even pregnant until she visited the doctor at eight months along.
Heffer told the Scottish Sun that one of her only symptoms while pregnant was not getting her monthly period. However, because she was on birth control, she just assumed that was the reason why.
According to the teenager, it wasn’t until her mom spotted a line on her stomach that prompted Heffer to take a pregnancy test.
“At one point I thought I was dying because I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I was so lethargic and sleepy. I didn’t want to go out, I didn’t want to see anybody.
I lost weight, I didn’t gain any at all. I was in size 10 jeans, and I was in size 8 jeans when I found out I was pregnant.”
As the Scottish Sun reports, when the test indicated that she was pregnant, Heffer scheduled an emergency midwife appointment. What her midwife discovered was that her unborn child was “back-to-back in the womb.”
According to the Better Health Channel, women with “a retroverted uterus means the uterus is tipped backwards so that it aims towards the rectum instead of forward towards the belly.”
However, while a retroverted uterus most often won’t cause any problems during pregnancy, it’s the reason why Heffer didn’t have a bump until her midwife reposition her baby.
After her son was repositioned while still in the womb, Heffer’s stomach went from this:
The teenager told the Scottish Sun that it just never “clicked” for her and her mom until they discovered the weird line on her stomach:
“It was a surprise for everyone. I personally didn’t believe it was possible, to not know you’re pregnant, until it happened to me. I heard the stories and thought they must have known. But until it happened to me I was completely oblivious.
I was on the Pill and I wasn’t getting periods and just thought, cor, that’s lucky. I was swearing blind about it and saying it was the best thing. I was taking it so I wouldn’t get my periods and then, boom, had a baby.”
“It was so strange, from feeling nothing at all to feeling everything daily is just unreal. I was absolutely shocked. I thought my life had ended.
I’m 18 now and I was only 17 when I found out. That’s a lot to take in for an adult, let alone a 17-year-old.”
Six weeks after learning she was pregnant, Heffer gave birth to a precious baby boy she named Oscar on June 3.
He weighed eight pounds, one ounce.
Heffer admitted that only having six weeks to prepare for a child was stressful, adding that she wasn’t sure if she would be able to cope.
However, after taking the time to comprehend, the teenager said she “wouldn’t turn back now,” adding that she loves being a mom and called her son “beautiful,” “perfect,” “content,” and “lovely.”