Teen: ‘I didn’t know I was pregnant. . .’

Jodie Smith (17) found out she was pregnant only when she went into labour. Dan Yeoman with Jody and baby Jack Arthur. (P551C331)
Jodie Smith (17) found out she was pregnant only when she went into labour. Dan Yeoman with Jody and baby Jack Arthur. (P551C331)

When teenager Jodie Smith started complaining of stomach pains her alarmed mum took her to casualty – only to be told she was pregnant and in labour.

Jodie, 17, of Carleton Glen, started feeling unwell last Monday night, but when her concerned mum Lesley took her to Pontefract A&E in the early hours, doctors discovered she was pregnant and about to give birth.

Just hours later, on July 23, Jodie gave birth to son Jack Arthur, who weighed in at 8lbs, while her shocked mum rushed to buy baby supplies.

Lesley, 47, said: “We are still a bit shellshocked. Jodie hasn’t stopped smiling, like ‘I can’t believe I’ve had a baby’.”

She added Jodie, who is a keen dancer, had been completely unaware she was pregnant, and hadn’t put on any weight.

Lesley said: “She has been going to college, going to work, doing her dance classes, going to the gym, all as normal. She wasn’t ill and looked just as slim all the way through.”

She said Jodie started feeling unwell with stomach pains last Monday evening, while Lesley and her husband Michael, 43, were out for the evening.

Lesley said: “She’d gone to her boyfriend’s, but came home because she was feeling so unwell. I told her to take two paracetamol, but I got a call from her brother later that evening saying Jodie was still poorly and had been sick.

“At 1am she came and woke us up and I called the on-call GP, but they told us we’d have to go to the Wakefield walk-in clinic.

“She was in so much pain by then I knew we’d never get her there, so we took her to A&E.”

Once at hospital doctors quickly discovered Jodie was pregnant and in labour, and transferred her to Pinderfields, where she gave birth in the early hours, as she’d had no ante-natal care and they were unsure what stage the preganancy was at.

Lesley added: “I was in Asda at 6.30am buying baby stuff, because we had absolutely nothing.

“The midwives think Jack was a couple of weeks overdue, and certainly full-term. He’s had all his checks and he’s fine. Even they can’t believe it.”

Jodie, who sat her A levels this summer, is still planning to go to college to study dance. Her boyfriend, Danny Yeoman, 19, said: “It’s been a shock, we’re still getting used to it.”

Jack’s surprise arrival has also brought the family up to five generations, and Lesley said the family were delighted with the new arrival. She added: “They’re all really pleased, but a bit overwhelmed at the moment.”