An unsuspecting teen didn’t find out she was pregnant until she was five centimeters dilated and in labor — after she had no belly, nausea, or cravings.
Bri Blanton, 18, of South Carolina, was rushed to the hospital by her mother, Jennifer Blackwell, 36, when she awoke in double pain.
The teen – who thought she had peed her pants – was told her waters had broken and she was pregnant and in labor.
Bri quickly had to get used to the idea of becoming a mother before she gave birth to her little girl, Oakleigh, just two hours later.
Bri, 18, wore a bikini when she was eight months pregnant, with no bump and even took a negative pregnancy test, her mother said.
Despite not having had a baby bump or pregnancy symptoms. Bri now loves being a mother to Oakleigh, who is four months old.
Bri, who works as a nanny, said, “I woke up early and thought I peed my pants. I was doubled over in pain.
“When they told me I was pregnant and in labor, I was in complete shock.
‘I kept saying to my mother: ‘This can’t be done’.
Bri Blanton (pictured) only knew she was pregnant two hours before giving birth to daughter Oakleigh (pictured) in September
Despite not having a baby bump or pregnancy symptoms, Bri now loves being a mother to Oakleigh, who is four months old
“They put her on me after she was born, and my mom said I looked like a deer in the headlights looking at her.
“It took me over four hours after she was born to calm down.
“I told my friends I had a baby and they said ‘but you weren’t pregnant last week.”
“They couldn’t believe it.”
The young mother in this photo was pregnant, but had no idea. Her mother, Jennifer Blackwell, said her daughter fit into her ball gown when she was five months pregnant
Bri’s mother Jennifer, branch manager of a care home, said: ‘For us it was like going to bed and waking up pregnant.
She wore a bikini when she was eight months pregnant, with no bump and even took a negative pregnancy test. We had no idea.
“But Oakleigh is a blessing. Watching Bri become a mother is really beautiful.”
Bri had no pregnancy symptoms and had continued her active lifestyle – horseback riding, fishing and hunting – without knowing she was pregnant.
Bri’s 36-year-old mother said ‘Oakleigh is a blessing’ and that ‘it’s really nice to see Bri become a mother’
“We bought her prom dress four months ago and it fit like a glove,” Jennifer said.
“It still fit perfectly on the day of her prom, but she would have been five months pregnant.”
Jennifer suspected something was wrong when Bri threw up after a heavy meal over the summer, and she had her daughter take a pregnancy test.
“She took the test in front of me,” Jennifer said.
“It said negative, so I was like, “phew.” We haven’t thought about it anymore.’
When Bri woke up at 4:30 am on September 8 last year with water all over her body, she thought she had wet the bed.
Bri didn’t take long to get used to the idea of being a mother and said she looked like a ‘deer in the headlights’ when she held her baby for the first time
Jennifer said of Oakleigh, “Her facial expressions are everything. She smiles and smiles all the time’
She suddenly flinched in pain and hurried to get her mother’s help.
“It scared me,” Jennifer said.
“I had no idea what was wrong with my child.”
Jennifer took Bri to Spartanburg Medical Center in South Carolina and her daughter explained her symptoms to a nurse.
“The nurse asked if she could check Bri’s cervix,” Jennifer said.
Bri was taken to the delivery room and was in labor for two hours before giving birth to 7lb 4oz Oakleigh at 7:36am on September 8th.
“Then the nurse really looked at me wide-eyed and said, ‘She’s dilated and going into labor.’
“I was worried about her because she was about to have a baby she wasn’t prepared for.
“We had nothing in the house for a baby.”
Bri was taken to the delivery room and was in labor for two hours before giving birth to the 7lb 4oz Oakleigh at 7:36am on September 8th.
After giving birth, Bri and Oakleigh (center) went home to meet Bri’s siblings – Mckenzie, 19, (left) and Colton, eight (right)
It took Bri a few hours to get over her initial shock, but once she did, Jennifer said her maternal instinct kicked in.
Bri and Oakleigh stayed in the hospital for 48 hours to make sure they were both okay before they could come home to meet Bri’s siblings – Mckenzie, 19, and Colton, eight.
“It came full circle for me because I had Bri when I was 17,” Jennifer said.
“It was beautiful to see people show up for Bri and not shy away from her.
“I had felt judged.”
After the initial shock of becoming a mother, Jennifer says Bri is now “the best mother” to her baby girl
Now Oakleigh is four months old and Jennifer is proud of the mother Bri has become.
“She is hands down the best mom,” she said.
“Oakleigh has us all wrapped around her little finger. Her facial expressions are everything.
She laughs and smiles all the time. She’s a very happy girl.’