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Woman shocks doctors with surprise baby

One question: how is this even possible?

Two months into her pregnancy, Sadie Brittle was dealt the devastating news that her baby had died due to an ectopic pregnancy.

An ectopic pregnancy is where an embryo develops outside of the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. In most cases, the embryo dies.

However, three months later, as reported by The Daily Mail, Sadie 32, received the shock of a lifetime when she discovered that despite her ectopic diagnosis, she was, in fact, carrying her deceased baby’s twin.

This second baby – a little boy named Teddie, who was born via caesarean – was only found after Sadie, who lives in Tamworth in the UK, was ordered to take three months off from work after collapsing in agony at the hair salon where she works.

Unbeknown to the unaware mum-to-be, she collapsed because her fallopian tube had ruptured.

At the end of this three-month period, the now-mum-of-two says that she, along with her husband and their four-year-old daughter, Summer, went on a family holiday to Spain. This is where, after noticing that her stomach was still swollen and raised, she took a pregnancy test that confirmed what most would say is the impossible.

This rare occurrence – where one embryo implants in the uterus and the other in the fallopian tubes – meant that Teddie was growing inside Sadie the whole time.

The reason doctors missed Teddie during routine scans was because Sadie had so much heavy internal bleeding following the surgical removal of the first embryo.

“It really was a roller coaster pregnancy, everything that could have happened, happened,” she says.

Signs of an ectopic pregnancy to be aware of:

  • Severe pain in your lower abdomen

  • Feeling faint

  • Vomiting

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • Pain in the tip of one shoulder

If you are pregnant and are experiencing these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

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