A MOTHER-to-be who thought she was in the very early stages of pregnancy got the shock of her life after being rushed to hospital.
Katie Brown, who believed she was just eight weeks pregnant with one child, was taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield amid fears she could miscarry.
But despair turned to joy after doctors told her she was 31 weeks pregnant – and was in labour with twins.
She gave birth the next day to 3lb 12oz Daniel, followed 13 minutes later by Amy, who weighed 2lb 14oz.
Miss Brown, 35, and partner James Moore, 31, of Wakefield, were both stunned and overjoyed at the unexpected arrival of two babies on November 15.
Amy needed initial help with her breathing, but both twins were healthy and the proud parents took them home this week to prepare for an unexpectedly hectic Christmas.
Miss Brown said: “I thought I was just putting weight on. People cannot believe that I didn’t know, but I didn’t feel any kicking. It is brilliant and I am just glad we are home in time for Christmas.
“I did a pregnancy test in July and it came back negative. Then I did one at the beginning of November and it was positive.”
Miss Brown, who already has an eight-year-old daughter Laura, added: “When I went to hospital I thought I had lost my baby. But once they did tests at the hospital they told me I was 31 weeks pregnant and that I was expecting twins. We could not believe it.”
Mr Moore, a warehouse worker for Superdrug, in South Elmsall, said the family only moved into a two-bedroom house in April. “It has all been overwhelming. We now need a new house.
“It was a fantastic surprise and I am glad they are all home in time for Christmas. It is going to be the best Christmas ever. Both our families and friends have been brilliant and I don’t know how we would have coped without them.
“We also want to say a massive thank you to all the staff on the neo-natal ward at Pinderfields Hospital for everything they have done.”