Mum had no idea she was pregnant when her severe abdominal pain turned out to be the onset of labour.


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NZ couple Charlene Wells, 28, and Eamon Parkes, 31, had no idea they were expecting their first baby when Charlene went to emergency suffering back and abdominal pain, thinking it was a kidney stone.

“I was pretty shocked. I thought it was kidney stones or something,” Wells said.

She was quickly told by staff that she was 40 weeks pregnant and due to deliver.

‘They ran a test and it was positive. I thought it was in the early stages, not a ‘yeah you‘re having it today’ kind of stage.

‘But they were straight up about it, like you’re pregnant and quite far along. I was pretty shocked. I thought it was kidney stones or something.’

She had experienced some lower back pain but attributed it to long hours on her feet at her job as a sous chef at Stoke’s Turf Hotel.

Because her placenta had been resting at the front of her stomach, Wells never felt any kicking or movement.

“[Hospital staff] were trying to rule it out at first. I normally bike a lot so I thought I had just put on a couple of pounds from a sleepy winter,” she said.

Parkes said the surprise birth had been “the talk of the town”.

“They say it’s more common than you think, but it’s not common for Nelson. It’s one of those stories you read from overseas.”

“You’re trying to get your head around your normal everyday life and then this little man enters the mix.

“Most people have eight or nine months to prepare. We had about nine hours.”

After a 12-hour labour, Carlo Leslie Parkes-Wells arrived at 11.55pm, weighing a healthy 7.9 pounds (3.58 kilograms).

Friend Janaya Te Tomo posted a plea for donations on Facebook and said she was astounded by the generosity of people.

“There are people out there who don’t have children but say ‘I’ll buy a pack of nappies’.

“We have got everything from prams, to nappies and clothes. You name it, we’ve got it. Some of the stuff is still brand new with tags on,” Te Tomo said.

The couple said the support from the wider community alone, as well as from friends and family has been incredible.

“Eamon’s never been one to say ‘I want a family’, but he was like ‘mate, I’m over the moon’.”

WOW! What an amazing story to share at their sons 18th birthday.

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  • What a wonderful surprise. Lovely story


  • All the very best to the new family.


  • I know a lady who never missed a period, only that the later ones were lighter than normal, her very slight weight gain was barely noticeable…..alarm bells rang when she suddenly got unbearable back pains and her husband got an ambulance they put her on a back board and rushed her to emergency.


  • This is one of those yeah right that never happens stories but I for every second believe it…
    I personally know someone in my home region this happened to. What an amazing surprise a wonderful gift…


  • How wonderful for them…I wish them the best of luck and heaps of joy xo


  • From time to time I’ve heard of this happening. The main thing is Mum and bub are well.


  • Amazing story especially how people just don’t realise, mine have always been noticable.


  • Wow; what a surprise. I always wonder how it is possible for someone to be pregnant and not realise.


  • That’s awesome that whole community supported them.
    I show straight away and put 16kg last pregnancy so no surprise for hubby and I.


  • yeah there was the show “i didn’t know i was pregnant”

    wow carlo parkes-wells hey, what a name!


  • Oh my, the poor love. No planning, no nesting, no preparing. I’m sure they’ll get lots of help and support in getting everything they need… immediately!


  • Wow, that sure is a surprise baby !! Great to hear that the community offered help and so many goodies !


  • What an awesome surprise for the both of them. She must have been a super fit person so she couldn’t have been showing much pregnancy weight. Best wishes to the three of them.


  • That is amazing and gave me goosebumps


  • An amazing way to start a family – and no grumbles wishing and waiting for the time to arrive – thought I was lucky with my easy pregnancies, but she was much more so.
    Congratulations and enjoy your wee little man.


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