facebook.com/karla.akuhata & Shutterstock
facebook.com/karla.akuhata & Shutterstock

Woman Didn't Know She Was Pregnant until Her Baby's Head Popped Out While in the Bedroom

Brittany Chalmers
Sep 16, 2021
12:30 A.M.

A Kiwi woman had no idea she was in labor until she saw her baby's head. She was dumbfounded and delivered the newborn in her bedroom all by herself.


Karla Akuhata dealt with painful cramps, but the 41-year-old did not think they were anything out of the ordinary. She was taking a relaxing shower at her mom's North Island, New Zealand home when the unexpected happened.

This month, her life changed completely when she crouched down in pain on the bedroom floor. She knew something was off but only discovered what was happening when it was too late to rush to a hospital.

The woman who gave birth to a baby without knowing she was pregnant until she was in labor | Photo: Facebook/karla.akuhata & Shutterstock

The woman who gave birth to a baby without knowing she was pregnant until she was in labor | Photo: Facebook/karla.akuhata & Shutterstock


The woman was busy giving birth, and she had no clue she was pregnant at all. Within 15 minutes, Akuhata was holding her newborn son, Tamarangi, in her hands.

She delivered her "miracle baby" without any assistance from her family members in the next room. After a relatively difficult journey with conceiving in her younger years, she didn't think having a baby at her age was even possible.



This history in the reproductive department is another reason why her pregnancy came as such a shock. Akuhata said there were a few small indicators that something was happening inside her body.

Bloating, a lack of energy, and a few extra kilos were all some of the symptoms she experienced. However, she didn't pay them much attention. She also shared that she didn't have the expected "pregnant belly."



To treat her discomfort, she drank peppermint tea, but she had a healthy appetite despite her bloating. This confused her mother, who told her: "You are saying you're bloated and have tummy issues, but you are still eating."

This spurred on a pregnancy joke from the mother. Little did they know it wasn't a joke at all. Akuhata phoned her mother to share the news before contacting the ambulance. Her mother was in disbelief.



When the emergency personnel arrived, they cut the umbilical cord and ensured both mom and baby were healthy. By 2 pm that same day, both of them were released from the hospital with a clean bill of health.

By the time they arrived home, the family had gathered all of the needed baby goodies such as clothing, a cot, and nappies. They only had a few hours to prepare for the newborn and did a fantastic job assisting the mother.



Known as cryptic or stealth pregnancies, these encounters are more common than people think. Akuhata said she knows people will have a lot to say about her pregnancy.

However, she hopes her story will share some positivity during a year that has been plagued with negative news surrounding the pandemic.

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