A student “thought she was dreaming” when she went to the bathroom before going out, but then gave birth.
Jess Davis, who turned 20 the day after her surprise birth, had no idea she was pregnant and thought her stomach pain was due to her period.
The history and politics student from Bristol had no obvious pregnancy symptoms and no baby bump.
Ms Davis is now adjusting to motherhood after welcoming her son Freddie Oliver Davis into the world on June 11, 2022 at 4.45pm. He weighed 5lbs 5oz.
The new mum, who is currently in her second year at the University of Southampton, said: “My periods have always been irregular so I didn’t really notice it.”
She added: “I got nauseous at times but I had started taking a new prescription so I just blamed it on my new meds.
“When he was born it was the biggest shock of my life – I thought I was dreaming at first.
“I didn’t realize what had happened until I heard him cry.
“I suddenly realized that I really need to grow up now.
“It took a while to get over the initial shock and get used to and bond with him, but now I’m over the moon.
“He’s the most relaxed baby ever. He’s known as the quiet baby on the ward.”
When Ms Davis woke up in severe pain in June 2022, she assumed it was the start of her period and went to her local Asda to buy a hot water bottle.
She said: “I could barely walk or even lie down on my bed when I got home.
“I was supposed to be having a house party that night for my birthday the next day, so I took a shower and a bath to feel better, but the pain kept getting worse.”
Ms Davis said she suddenly felt an overwhelming need to go to the bathroom, so she sat down and started pushing.
“At no point did I think I was going to give birth — I just knew I had to push,” she explained. “At one point I had tears, but I didn’t know what it was.
“I just knew I had to get it out there. Hearing him cry and realizing what actually happened was just so surreal.”
Unsure of what to do, Ms Davis, who was home alone, called her best friend Liv King, 20 – the inspiration for Freddie’s middle name.
Although Ms King initially thought her friend had an elaborate excuse to get out of the night ahead, after Ms Davis sent a photo of their newborn son, Ms Davis advised her to call an ambulance.
Ms Davis was taken to the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton, where Freddie was quickly taken away to be placed in an incubator.
Doctors believe he was born at 35 weeks gestation, but despite his dramatic performance, he and his mother are recovering well.
News of Freddie’s arrival was broken to Ms Davis’ mother by Ms King, who called her and asked, “Are you seated?”
Thankfully, Ms. Davis’ mother has been supportive and looks forward to becoming a grandmother.
“My mom is the best person in the world, she’s been so supportive and so happy to be a grandma,” Ms. Davis said.
“Being a mother is a big life change, but it feels natural.
“The love I have for Freddie is hard to explain, but it’s incredible.
“I just think about him all the time.