Saleswoman, 22, who drank cocktails and Prosecco for four nights on ‘girls’ trip’ to Mallorca flew home to discover she was NINE months pregnant and due to give birth the following week
- Lauren Faulkner partied for four days without realising that she was pregnant
- When she came home the 22-year-old was told that she was 39 weeks gone
- For months she had no symptoms until finally experiencing sharp back pains
- Says she didn’t notice pregnancy weight gain because she’s always been big
A woman went on a boozy girls’ trip to Mallorca only to discover she was nine months pregnant a few weeks later.
Lauren Faulkner, 22, partied for four days with friends on the Balearic island in April before giving birth in May.
Unaware she was expecting, Lauren says she was ‘seriously shocked’ when she found she was more than 39 weeks gone and due to give birth the following week.
She had worn skimpy outfits, downed fishbowls and stayed out clubbing with pals – blissfully unaware she was carrying 7lb 10oz baby Freddie, now eight weeks old.
Lauren Faulkner and Callum Venn didn’t realise that Freddie (pictured) was on the way until extremely late in the pregnancy
The 22-year-old went on four-day holiday to Mallorca where she stayed out clubbing and drinking with friends without realising she was carrying Freddie
Freddie (pictured) was born healthy despite Lauren’s boozy holiday
The new mum said: ‘I was seriously shocked, surprised and very emotional. I broke down into hysterical tears.
‘I went on a girls’ holiday and I was drinking cocktails, Malibu and prosecco every night.
‘Obviously during the pregnancy I didn’t know I was pregnant so I was drinking all the way through.
‘Even on New Year’s Eve, when I was about 25 weeks, I was absolutely smashed and then my birthday was in January so I was drinking again then.
‘I was never a big drinker, it was just on nights out, when I was out out. To say I was shocked to discover I was pregnant was an understatement.’
Not long after her holiday, Lauren suffered from sharp pains in her back. This, combined with severe acid reflux, caused her to question whether she might be expecting.
She took a pregnancy test which was positive and she contacted a medical clinic in Reading, Future Babies, to book in for a scan.
In fact, she was so far gone the scan didn’t even show the baby as the head was already engaged.
Lauren partied for four days with her friends without realising that she was carrying Freddie
Lauren took the boozy trip to the island without realising that she was well into her pregnancy
Lauren said: ‘The scanner said, “I’ve got something to tell you” and I thought she might say you’re 20 weeks or something like that but then she said “no you’re 39 weeks and 2 days”. She was like “You’re baby’s due on Monday”.’
A week later, Lauren gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Freddie, on May 23 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
The telesales executive, from Reading, Berks, spent the nine months blissfully unaware as she didn’t have any usual signs of pregnancy.
In December 2017, she started having acid reflux and so went to her GP who prescribed her with the drug omeprazole.
Lauren’s periods continued as normal so she didn’t realise that the weight she was putting on was due to pregnancy
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Despite being heavier than usual during her pregnancy, Lauren put it down to the fact that she’d always been big
Doctors thought she may have a stomach ulcer, but never thought to make her take a pregnancy test.
Her period continued as normal, she didn’t suffer morning sickness and she didn’t put on any weight.
‘I’ve always been a big person,’ she said. ‘Last July I was 16 or 17 stone so I was really quite heavy and I remained this weight during pregnancy. It just meant you couldn’t really see my bump.
‘I never had to change any clothes or buy maternity clothes – I was in the same size jeans as I always was. Since having Freddie I’m now 14.5 stone.’
The friends partied into the night in Mallorca as it hadn’t occurred to her that she was carrying a baby
Lauren was shocked to learn that she was pregnant as she’d been ‘absolutely smashed’ at certain points of the lead-up to the birth
The girls partied hard during a four-day boozy trip to the Mallorca without realising their friend was pregnant
Lauren said her and her partner of three years, Callum Venn, 22, didn’t want children until they were at least 30 but says she now wouldn’t change it for the world.
‘I love it – I wouldn’t change anything now,’ she said. ‘My mum, dad and partner’s family were all over the moon.’
Andrew Shennan, Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London said: ‘Alcohol in moderation is unlikely to have any noticeable effects on a baby.
‘Excessive drinking (usually bottles per day) is associated with a syndrome that affects the growth of the baby and the facial appearance of the child, and can affect the child’s mental capacity and behaviour long term.’
The Department of Health recommends women abstain from alcohol altogether while pregnant or have very little.
Its guidelines state that women who do chose to drink should consume no more than a medium-sized glass – 175ml – of wine, or two units, twice a week.
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