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GMB guest gave birth an hour after being told labour pains were 'trapped wind'

Mirror logo Mirror 15/07/2020 Charlotte Tutton
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Good Morning Britain guest Charlotte Wheeler-Smith has discussed the "massive shock" she faced when she gave birth at home - not even realising she was pregnant.

The new mum had experienced periods throughout the pregnancy, and didn't have a baby bump.

But on Father's Day, her whole life changed forever as stomach cramps turned out to be labour pains.

Charlotte had been out for a run in the morning, while she experienced cramps for two days.

She ended up seeking advice from her GP who made a home visit, and suggested it was trapped wind and IBS symptoms.

a group of young men sitting next to Amy Stone: Good Morning Britain guest Charlotte Wheeler-Smith went into labour, unaware she was pregnant © ITV Good Morning Britain guest Charlotte Wheeler-Smith went into labour, unaware she was pregnant

However, events quickly changed shortly after when the pain intensified while her boyfriend Dominic was out for a run.

Deciding to go to the bathroom, Charlotte very quickly realised something was going on and asked her boyfriend to return home after an umbilical cord came out.

She explained: "I was feeling uncomfortable on the Sunday morning, on Father’s Day. I actually thought I had period pains, so I took some paracetamol but then my boyfriend was a bit worried and called the GP.

Charlotte Hawkins et al. sitting posing for the camera: Charlotte Wheeler-Smith told GMB about 'shocking' labour © ITV Charlotte Wheeler-Smith told GMB about 'shocking' labour

"And the GP came and examined me and said I had some trapped wind and IBS and then an hour later Evelyn arrived."

She went on: "I asked my boyfriend to go for a run, just to get him out of the house whilst I was dealing with this discomfort.

"I was walking up and down these very Dutch, very steep stairs and I thought maybe I need to go to the bathroom because I have this trapped wind and then an umbilical cord came out, and that’s when I realised something was happening.

"I called Dominic, and he arrived and we then delivered her in our hallway."

On her calm reaction to the labour and what was going on, she said: "It obviously was a massive shock for us both but instinct kicked in.

"We kept calm and I listened to my body, exactly what it wanted me to do.”

a man and a woman sitting on a table: Charlotte's baby Evelyn needed resuscitation when she was born © ITV Charlotte's baby Evelyn needed resuscitation when she was born

When baby Evelyn was born she was breeched, with Charlotte revealing she was aware she needed to get her out as soon as possible as her feet came out first.

The little one had been starved of oxygen and need CPR, which was performed by her dad who had helped with the delivery.

Charlotte continued: “She was very, very poorly when she was born, an umbilical prolapse is pretty catastrophic even in a medical setting.

"But we resuscitated her and then the ambulance arrived and we received the best care here in the Netherlands.”

On recalling scenes from Channel 4's One Born Every Minute, Charlotte went on: "I had seen something like it before and I knew it wasn't a good situation and I knew I had to get Evelyn out. I pushed with everything I had and she arrived.

"Dominic was absolutely incredible and we were able to keep Evelyn going until the ambulance arrived.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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