A slim teenager who had no idea she was pregnant has told of how she went into labour during RIOT training.
Beth Martin, 18, was training to become part of the UK’s Border Force when she had an unexpected arrival.
Unaware she was expecting, the size six student had been undertaking extreme physical activity such as army and police riot training throughout her pregnancy – and during her labour.
Known as a ‘cryptic pregnancy’, Beth’s baby Maizie, now seven months old, had grown behind Beth’s ribs, showing no physical bump – and has even failed to show up on two pregnancy tests.
Staying the same size for the entire duration of her pregnancy, Beth, from St Anne’s, Blackpool had put tiredness down to her intensive training.
And when she finally went into labour, she put contraction pains down to a severe case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome .
Beth said, “I’d taken a pregnancy tests two months before Maizie was born in October, 2018.
“Someone at work had said I looked pregnant and I remember thinking how rude she was.
“I was doing a course into uniformed public services and had my heart set on becoming part of Border Force.
“My education was sport based, about 70 hours a week of intense physical activity.
“The week before I’d had Maizie, I was doing riot police force training, where I had horses chasing me – it seemed surreal.”
Beth had noticed she had gained a small amount of weight, and became breathless easily – but all the pregnancy tests she took came back negative.
When she began getting stabbing pains in her abdomen after training at college, Beth rang NHS 111 for advice.
After realizing Beth was spotting, the call handler quickly realized the teen was in labour and sent her straight to A+E.
Little Maizie Loraine Martin was born after 76 hours of labour, 3 hours of pushing & less than 24 hours preparation for Beth, weighing 7lbs 5oz.
Beth added, “By the time I got to the hospital I was in so much pain.
“A nurse told me straight away I looked pregnant – and then I discovered I’ve been in labour for 69 hours.
“I had seven hours to prepare for the fact I was about to become a mum.
“My two older brothers – Leo, 22 and Liam 24, both thought I was playing a prank.
“I’d never wanted to have kids but now I can’t imagine my life without her.
“My dad was so happy, and my mum came after, shaking her head – we were all in shock.
“Yet I’ve absolutely loved becoming a mum – Maizie is the best thing in my life.
“I went back to college in September to complete my course & back to work after just 3 months off on Maternity leave.
“I wanted to show people what else I can achieve – and I’m prepared for anything.”