Shocked Queensland mum didn’t know she was pregnant
MOST women realise they are pregnant when they see two pink lines come up on a stick, or start suffering from morning sickness.
Cheree Sichter, 35, found out she was pregnant when she started going into labour at home, leaving her to deliver her surprise daughter by herself in her bathroom.
Feeling unwell, she called in sick to work, took some Panadol and wrote off her discomfort as an upset stomach or a gallbladder problem. Suddenly, her waters broke.
"I was convinced I was dying,'' she said.
"It was only when I started to feel Heidi crown that I realised I was pregnant and having a baby.''
Ms Sichter yelled out to her 14-year-old son who called an ambulance. But in one contraction, while her son was still on the phone, her daughter Heidi was born - a baby she had no idea she was carrying until that point.
"It was a quite a surreal moment,'' she said.
"I had less than a minute to mentally prepare myself for childbirth, but a certain instinct kicks in and simply overrides the fear.
"I had towels and I wrapped her up and kept her warm. My son was in too much shock to speak.
"I don't think it actually hit me until she was stabilised and in the humidicrib.
"Then it all started to dawn on me that it was real and it was happening and that I did just have a baby in my ensuite.''
The mother-of-three said she had heard stories before about women who didn't know they were pregnant and had never believed them.
"I never would have thought it was possible to not know you were pregnant,'' she said.
Cheree said she still had a monthly period while pregnant with Heidi, now five months, and said no friends, family or colleagues had any idea she was pregnant.
"My grandmother was not shocked in the slightest and disclosed to my mother that she menstruated throughout my mother's pregnancy herself,'' she said.
"I had a little bit of heartburn, I was starting to get swollen, I put on a bit of weight, but I thought they were all indications of something to do with my gallbladder. Even as late as a week before the birth I was working 50 plus hours a week and playing soccer.''
Her son chose Heidi "because she was hiding''.