For many women, pregnancy is a joyous time - planned or unplanned - but for one woman, it was a time of heartache and disbelief.
Megan Nichole had just graduated from pharmacy school and was in the middle of a fellowship programme when she found out she was pregnant.
The issue? She'd had the copper coil (IUD) - a form of contraception - for four years so when her period was late and her test returned a positive, she was left completely shocked.
She and her partner hadn't planned on having a child for at least a few more years - in fact, they weren't even engaged or living together at the time.
Telling her story to Huffington Post, Megan recalled her first doctor's appointment, where the doctor performed an ultrasound to found out why or how she had fallen pregnant to begin with.
He said, perhaps the IUD had moved out of position or dislodged. But when he did check, it was where it was supposed to be - no one knows why it happened.
She recalled: "He said, perhaps the IUD had moved out of position or dislodged. But when he did check, it was where it was supposed to be - no one knows why it happened."
Admitting that the start of her pregnancy was a whirlwind, Megan was forced to leave her fellowship program and new job and move home - 100 miles from where she was residing at the time.
According to the NHS, the copper IUD, otherwise known as a coil, is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that's put into your womb (uterus) by a doctor or nurse. It releases copper, rather than progestogen, to stop you getting pregnant, and protects against pregnancy for between 5 and 10 years.
Complications and falling pregnant:Healthline, reveals that while it's rare, you can still get pregnant with an IUD. They are more than 99 percent effective, but that still means that less than 1 out of every 100 people who have an IUD will become pregnant, with all IUD's — hormonal, non-hormonal, or copper — having a similar failure rate.
Megan also suffered from scoliosis, so she refused to have an epidural to avoid any complications during childbirth - and being a pharmacist, she wasn't comfortable with a drug being pumped into her spine.
The alternative? A completely natural birth while focusing on coping mechanisms to relieve any back pain during intense labour.
I kept thinking 'Did that just really happen?'. I was so in shock, I didn’t emotionally catch up with everything that had happened until he was about two months old.
And it was only when reading a parenting forum that she realised her feeling of constipation was in fact the first signs of labour.
Upon recommendation from her doula, Megan headed to the hospital and was informed she was already 10cm dilated.
Realising how far into labour she was, Megan was told her plan to have a water birth was no longer possible, so she relied upon her hypnobirthing techniques to breathe and remain calm.
The birth was quick and unplanned - just like the pregnancy - and Megan her son just five minutes after her waters broke.
The quick and sudden labour meant everything she had written in her birth plan went out the window. which left Megan shocked and emotional .
She said: "I kept thinking 'Did that just really happen?'. I was so in shock, I didn’t emotionally catch up with everything that had happened until he was about two months old."
We have also reported on other insane birthing stories including, I had no idea I was pregnant until I gave birth to my son – I was on the pill, had no bump and still had periods.
As well as, I refused to abort my baby just because of his swollen head – now he’s defying all the odds.
And for another miracle birth story we also shared, Mum, 44, who suffered 18 miscarriages finally fulfils her dream of having a family.
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