A WOMAN who didn’t know she was pregnant gave birth to a baby girl in hospital after being told she was just constipated.

Something strange seems to be going on in the UK. This is the second young woman we have reported on recently that was diagnosed with “constipation” only to find out later they were actually pregnant.  That is a pretty HUGE mix-up people. Come on doctors!

Last week we shared the story of Charlotte Bryant, 20, who said she was misdiagnosed by three different GPs after suffering from constant backache.

Charlotte from Cardiff, Wales was sent home with a big box of laxatives to treat her suspected constipation, but later felt a sudden urge to go to the toilet and was shocked to discover she was actually in labour. Read her story here.

Today, The Sun has shared a similar story, Esther Hope, 23, was told by doctors her abdominal cramps and back pain were nothing more than bad bowels, for which she was given laxatives.


After the pain increased Ms Hope went back to the hospital, where a consultant maintained the constipation diagnosis, saying “it was just her body getting ready to go to the toilet.”

Ms Hope was left alone on a trolley and 20 seconds later gave birth to her daughter Lily Hope-Moore.

When doctors returned to check on her she was found cradling her tiny baby girl.

Ms Hope said: “I knew it was a baby as soon as I realised it was coming from the wrong place.”

“I felt her head and screamed at my dad to get a nurse.”

“Within seconds of him leaving the room I delivered her.”

“I couldn’t believe she was mine. I didn’t know what to do, I was hysterical.”

Ms Hope, from Chilworth, Surrey, started getting stomach cramps back in May 2015. After  an ultrasound, she was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and an inflamed liver.

Over the coming months the 23-year-old put on weight, going from a size 18 to a size 20.

But Doctors told her the weight increase was due to her bowel condition, allegedly they didn’t check to see if she could be pregnant.

Ms Hope said Lily’s birth came as a “total shock.”

“Having a baby couldn’t have been further from my mind. I’d had the contraceptive injection.”

Ms Hope said when her waters broke the consultant pointed out she was “urinating.”

She said: “He looked down and said I was urinating because my body was getting ready to go to the loo.”

“It didn’t look like wee to me, and I started to panic.”

Lily Hope-Moore was born weighing 7lbs 2oz on November 10 last year and Esther’s dad, Tim Hope, 51, was the first to hold Lily.

Mother and baby are now in good health and receiving support from family and friends.

Ms Hope said: “I come from a traditional Christian family, so it was a real shock and difficult to tell my grandparents, but everyone has been brilliant and understanding.

“It’s been the best surprise ever.”

I repeat, something is very strange in the UK.
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  • I made it well into my second trimester before one of my bubs were confirmed. The pregnancy blood tests I’d been given had a false negative reading, and doctors had given me other medical reasons why I wasn’t my normal self. I’m amazed this lady went full term before diagnosis, but I can totally understand it.


  • Crazy! but how could you not know you are pregnant! This is getting a little worrying and it seems like it seems to be happening more and more.


  • wow it seems to be happening a lot. maybe track your periods? not that everyone is able to.


  • What sort of school do these doctors go to? A baby is not a poo! Next baby born in these situations is going to be named latrine


  • Oh good lord….imagine the shock. Not having anything ready for a baby. Not having told family or the father of the baby for that matter.


  • You would think they would do a test to rule out pregnancy… surprise pregnancy seems to happen quite a bit. I don’t understand how baby is not felt moving (must be the position)


  • Now that would be a surprise!


  • 3 doctors got it wrong I mean wouldn’t you have organised a scan or something. But wow what a beautiful surprise.


  • Crazy, it would be so surreal!


  • I am so surprised as there are many other signs of pregnancy. Peculiar that people do not know the difference between pregnancy and constipation!


  • It was so lucky that she was in hospital when this happened but why didn’t they do a scan just in case? Something seriously wrong there. Congratulations on the baby, love her name too.


  • At least she was in a hospital at the time, but still… Good grief!


  • I can’t fathom these kinds of things but what a miracle! So glad her family has accepted the baby though :)


  • Wouldn’t the ultrasound have picked up on the pregnancy?


  • When I was pregnant with my first but unaware. I had been to the doctors a couple of times. Was just feeling really tired. Got blood tests done. Iron really low. Was only when I told my mum about the results she asked if a test was done. Got positive. Then a week later at ultrasound found I was 31 weeks. I was in a small town in Victoria at the time


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