Surprise, you'r having a baby in 3 weeks
By BREE PRICE
AMMIE Doyle had no idea she was eight months pregnant until she had difficulty picking up a spanner while rebuilding a car.
Three weeks later on September 3, the 23-year-old Lismore woman and her fiance, Steve Webb, 29, welcomed their first child, Oliver Leslie Webb, into their lives.
Ms Doyle hadn't gained weight during her pregnancy and all the usual signs that she was with child were masked by pancreatitis.
She had been hospitalised with the ailment several times last year.
In addition, Oliver lay across Ms Doyle's stomach while in the womb so she didn't develop a large pregnancy bulge.
"The symptoms (for pancreatitis) are vomiting and pain in the upper gut. I had an operation in Sydney last year and the doctor said I wouldn't be able to fall pregnant (soon) because my body had been so sick," Ms Doyle said.
"They pregnancy tested me so many times when I was sick. I thought it was not going to be able to happen.
"I was rebuilding a car for three weeks and in the last week bending over to get a spanner was like, 'this is getting harder'.
"He did kick, but I thought it was my pancreatitis playing up. That's what I had described my pancreatitis as ? kicking.
"My belly wasn't that big. I must have carried well.
"I went to the doctors and had a pregnancy test and my doctor said don't rush to have an ultrasound, there's nothing to see for the first 12 weeks.
"I rang the ultrasound place and they had a cancellation, so I went in that day.
"The lady said I was pretty pregnant and I thought six months at the most. But the scans kept coming up with about 36 weeks.
"I was 36 weeks and six days ? a record with the sonagramer.
"If I hadn't had the ultrasound I could have had the baby before the ultrasound."
Ms Doyle said they figured out Oliver was conceived the day she proposed to Steve in November last year.
She said the hardest moment so far as a new mum was when Oliver was treated in hospital for jaundice.
"It was the feeling of not being able to help him," she said.
"I couldn't have asked for a better pregnancy.
"I went into labour at 8.30am and dilated one centimetre every hour.
"I pushed twice and he was on the bed."