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Adrianne Grayson, 33, from Dallas, Texas, gave birth to her sixth child on the floor
A mother has given birth to her sixth child on the floor of her bathroom after thinking that she was bloated and needed the toilet.
Adrianne Grayson, 33, from Dallas, Texas, started feeling bloated and having stomach cramps on 27th September 2021, and mistook being in labour for needing to go to the toilet.
Soon, she and her husband were delivering their son Apollo, who weighed a healthy 6lbz 9oz, on the bathroom floor.
The mother-of-six said the surprise birth came as a complete shock. She had no prenatal symptoms and didn't gain any weight, even shedding 9lbs in the first two months of her pregnancy.
Adrianne Grayson, 33, from Dallas, Texas, thought that she needed the toilet when she unexpectedly gave birth to son Apollo in September 2021. Pictured: Adrianne nine months pregnant
Adrianne's husband of ten years has had a vasectomy to make sure a surprise like baby Apollo (pictured) doesn't happen again
Adrianne said she had no prenatal symptoms throughout her pregnancy and even lost 9lbs in the first two months. Pictured left: Four months pregnant in April 2021, right: Six months pregnant in June 2021
Adrianne revealed that her husband underwent a vasectomy earlier this month to make sure a surprise like six-month-old baby Apollo doesn't happen again.
She now has six children with her husband-of-ten years including a 14-year-old stepdaughter from her husband's previous relationship.
Adrianne said: 'With my other pregnancies, I had all the regular symptoms but I had nothing with Apollo.
'I had a huge bump with my other kids. I actually had some hip issues during my other pregnancies due to the weight I was carrying with the babies.
'I knew what pregnancy looked and felt like but I had absolutely no idea I was expecting Apollo.
Adrianne said she had a huge bump and hip issues due to the weight, while carrying her other babies. Pictured: Eight months pregnant with her fifth child
Adrianne said she was eating well and working out every morning while unknowingly pregnant with Apollo. Pictured: Five months pregnant in May 2021 with her five other children
'Whilst I was pregnant with Apollo, I had been on a serious health kick, eating well and working out every morning.
'Throughout my pregnancy, I was fitting into all my usual clothes and my tightest pair of shorts.
'In the first two months of being pregnant, I actually lost weight. I started at 150lbs and then went down to 141lbs before going back to 150lbs again.
'But around two months prior to giving birth, I did start to experience bloating from time to time. I haven't got the best digestive system and often had bloating with certain foods, so I didn't think anything of it.'
Adrianne revealed that she was fitting into her usual clothes throughout her pregnancy, including her tightest shorts. Pictured: Six months pregnant in June 2021
Adrianne started to experience bloating around two months prior to giving birth, but didn't think anything of it. Pictured: Seven months pregnant in July 2021
Adrianne said the bloating became excessive and she started having painful cramps in the twenty-four hours leading up to Apollo's birth. Pictured: The family in July 2021
Adrianne, who blogs under the handle @momofawholelottakids and is creator of momswear clothing label 'Live and Create Designs', said that she started to have painful cramps and excessive bloating in the twenty-four hours leading up to Apollo's birth.
She did yoga and took a bath in a bid to ease her discomfort. Adrianne then decided to use the toilet to try to 'poop' for relief - but instead she left the bathroom with a new-born baby.
Adrianne's youngest child was one-years-old when she gave birth to Apollo in September last year.
Adrianne said: 'I started to have really painful bloating on the day I gave birth.
Adrianne tried to relieve her discomfort by practicing yoga and taking a bath, before trying to use the toilet. Pictured: Eight months pregnant
Adrianne said instinct clicked in and she went into emergency mode after putting her hand in and feeling a baby's head. Pictured: Adrianne's husband in September 2021
'As the day wore on, I began having really bad stomach pain which I attributed to pre-menstrual cramps but they just didn't stop.
'I did some yoga in the afternoon to ease my pain and got in the tub thinking my cramps would subside.
'I did worry that maybe I should go to the emergency room because I was in so much pain. Now I realise those cramps were contractions and I had probably been in labour for several hours.
'Anyway, I came out of the tub and sat on the toilet thinking maybe I had to poop something out.
One in 450 pregnant women in the UK don't know they are going to have a baby until week 20 of their pregnancy (half-way through), and one in 2,500 women are oblivious to the fact until they go into labour.
It's a phenomenon known as cryptic pregnancy - also referred to as 'pregnancy denial'.
Cryptic pregnancies typically affect either young women, who have never experienced a pregnancy, or women who believe they've gone through the menopause and who choose not to use contraception.
Women with erratic menstrual cycles are also more likely to miss signs they are expecting. This is especially true among women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), where small cysts grow on the ovaries; the hormone imbalance often leads to irregular or non-existent periods.
Yet there are some women who will continue to have monthly bleeds throughout their pregnancy. In this case, a scan at the local GP may be the only method of confirmation.
Women may simply not expect to find they are pregnant if they are taking the Pill - but then those taking it religiously can still become pregnant.
Eight in 100 women can get pregnant while on the Pill - usually not because of problems with the Pill, but with the taker, either because they've missed the Pill, thrown up or had diarrhoea.
'But when I thought I had just pooped, I heard something pop. Immediately, I was like that's not my water breaking right?
'I put my hand in and I felt a baby's head. Suddenly my instinct clicked in, I went into emergency mode and I knew I had to deliver this baby.
'I pushed really hard. I swear that within what felt like five minutes, the baby was out and I was holding Apollo in my hands.
'It was honestly like holding an alien at the time because I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
'I screamed for my husband. He came running into the bathroom and saw the baby that I was holding.
Adrianne said her husband was in complete shock and she had to instruct him to call the midwife immediately
Adrianne said she 'genuinely felt relief' when Apollo arrived and he fits into their family perfectly. Pictured: Adrianne and baby Apollo in December 2021
'I remember him just looking at me in complete shock. The only words that come out of his mouth were 'Oh my god'.
'I told my husband to call my midwife immediately. At 2am, my midwife's birth assistant came and helped me and Apollo get cleaned up.
'When Apollo arrived, I genuinely felt relief because I finally knew what was causing my cramps.
'Apollo was my easiest pregnancy for sure. I was eating so healthy and working out regularly that I wonder if that was the reason I didn't have my usual big pregnancy bump and tiredness with him.
'Apollo is such a chilled baby and he fits into our family perfectly. But six kids is definitely enough for now.