I had no idea I was pregnant and went into labour on holiday – my family thought it was a bad joke | The Sun

MOST of us assume we'll know when we're expecting – perhaps we'll have morning sickness or stomach cramps.

But one mum had no idea she was pregnant until she was in labour.

Anneli Risberg was on holiday in Majorca with her partner Mats Gustavsson and his brother and wife at the time.

Anneli and Mats had been dating for a few years and had just taken the big step of deciding to move in together.

The couple planned to see Anneli's two children from her previous marriage every other week and then enjoy travelling and exploring with the rest of their time.

On the second day of their trip, Anneli was sat at the bar, after a morning of swimming and soaking up the sun.


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She suddenly strange sensation on her leg – and realised she had wet herself.

Embarrassed, she dashed up to her room to go and change her clothes but in the lift on the way up got a stabbing pain in her stomach.

She decided to take herself off to bed to rest and hoped that the pain would subside.

Only later did she discover that she was actually in labour.

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She said: "I didn't have any of the typical signs of pregnancy so I had no idea that I was carrying a baby. I hadn't gained any weight or experienced anything else that would give me an indication.

"I have two sons who are 10 and 14, so I know what it feels like to be pregnant but this caught me completely off guard. I was in complete shock when I realised what was going on."

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Mats, now 50, said: "We hadn't planned to have a baby and this was my first child. I had been down at the bar with the rest of our group all afternoon and I was pretty drunk.

"When Anneli first said she was in labour I laughed! I couldn't believe it was possible when we were using contraceptive injections which are supposed to be 97 per cent safe and effective."

Chaos broke out at the hotel when the reality of the situation finally sunk in and Mats dashed down to reception to ask for their help.

The stunned hotel staff called an ambulance and Anneli was taken to the emergency vehicle on a stretcher.

Anneli said: “The nurse in the ambulance didn't speak any English and it was difficult to make myself understood.

"I was so distressed not being able to communicate. It was worrying listening to the instructions in Spanish and having no idea what was being said."

We had gone away for a relaxed holiday with a suitcase packed full of bikinis and now we needed to buy all the basic kit you need for a baby.

Baby William was born in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Anneli stayed on the ward to recover afterwards and luckily shared a room with a mother who spoke seven languages and could act as a translator.

She said: "I was in total shock. We had gone away for a relaxed holiday with a suitcase packed full of bikinis and now we needed to buy all the basic kit you need for a baby."

In addition to procuring a car seat, clothes, wipes and all the other things you need for a newborn, they had to sort out the paperwork so they could get William a passport and take him back home to Sweden.

Ironing out the paperwork took some time so the new trio had to extend the holiday.

But the couple's next challenge was getting their families to believe they had had a baby.

Mats started by calling his brother, who was back at the hotel, to tell him the shocking news but he thought it was just a practical joke and hung up the phone on him several times.

The rest of their family also struggled to believe the news and even accused the pair of creating a Photoshop prank.

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In the end, Mats had to make a video from the hospital and send it to the family in Sweden who finally realised they were telling the truth.

Mats said: “People offered help in so many different ways, clothes for William, practical advice, even a cot so we could bring him back to the hotel and it made things so much easier.”

What is a cryptic pregnancy?

A cryptic pregnancy is where tests fail to detect when a person is expecting, according to Healthline.

Also known as a stealth pregnancy, cryptic pregnancies are considered rare and women who experience a pregnancy of this kind tend not to show typical symptoms, including vomiting, fatigue, nausea or abdominal swelling resembling a bump.

Women can appear to have regular periods, as fluctuating hormones can lead to slight bleeding that resembles menstruation.

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