'I had no idea I was six months pregnant - there was no bump or symptoms'

Lily Somerton with Ashley Davis
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A woman was shocked to find out she was six months pregnant - despite being a size eight and having no bump. Lily Somerton, 21, still had her period and had no symptoms to indicate she was expecting - until she felt her stomach move while lying down.

Already a mum-of-one, Lily recognised the feeling from her previous pregnancy and took a test just to be sure. The test came back positive and Lily went for a scan straight away and was told she was 24 weeks along and experiencing a cryptic pregnancy - when a pregnant person doesn't know they're pregnant - in April 2024. Doctors told Lily she may not grow a bump for the remainder of her pregnancy, but her baby boy - due in July 2024 - is healthy.

Lily, a support worker, from King's Lynn, Norfolk, said: "I was on the bed and I saw my belly move. I did a test and it was positive.

"I went for a scan and they said I was 24 weeks. I just froze. How was I so far along? It was surreal. I still had my periods. They said I might not get a bump at all."

Lily fell pregnant with her first son, now 19 months, unexpectedly. She gave birth to him in October 2022 at 8lbs 10oz.

She said: "It was a shock. I found out early on. I soon got over it."

After splitting from the father of her first child in mid-2022, Lily met her current partner, Ashley Davis, 35, a window fitter, in April 2023. Lily also lost her dad Wayne Somerton, 51, a window fitter, in November 2023 to throat cancer - just five days before her 21st birthday.

The mum went out to celebrate - not knowing she was seven days pregnant. It wasn't until April 2024 - when she was six months gone - that Lily discovered she was experiencing a cryptic pregnancy.

She said: "I'd never heard of it. I was keen to know he was OK."

After getting over the shock, Lily is excited to give her son a baby brother.

She said: "It's been the easiest pregnancy I've known. Ashley didn't believe it for ages. I didn’t like having a big bump during my last pregnancy.

"I felt massive, but I wasn't. It's not a bad thing not to have a massive bump."