A US teenager who thought she was gaining weight due to a “thyroid issue that ran in the family” was actually nine-months pregnant.
Tailyn Norman, 18, from North Carolina, was cheerleading and going to school – totally oblivious to the fact that she was days from giving birth.
“My thyroid gland was very swollen so my mum was about to take me to the doctor after the new year, but we never got that far,” she said in a video uploaded to YouTube.
Tailyn, who fell pregnant when she was 16, only found out she was expecting when her parents took her to hospital with severe period cramps after 11 hours on the toilet.
The cramps were actually contractions.
‘Worse and worse’
“I didn’t know I was in labour because I thought I was having a super bad period,” she said.
“I woke up puking and bleeding. Sometimes when I’m on my period I puke, and the contractions at first just felt like bad period cramps.
“Then they got worse and worse.”
After giving birth to her son Mason on December 31, 2019, Tailyn texted her boyfriend of four years, Bryson, to share the news, and he admitted, “I didn’t believe her. I just thought she was lying.”
Although she wasn’t on birth control, Tailyn said she didn’t suspect anything because she still “bled a little” around her period.
“Some people just don’t get symptoms, some people just don’t gain weight,” she added.