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Woman Who Felt 'Bloated' After Sandwich Shocked To Discover She's 5 Months Pregnant

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Woman Who Felt 'Bloated' After Sandwich Shocked To Discover She's 5 Months Pregnant

A woman discovered she was five months pregnant after taking a test as a joke.

Jasmin Miller, 24, felt a bit bloated after eating a sandwich, so decided to take a pregnancy test - but she never expected that she actually had a little one on the way.

The social media manager, and mother of one, said: "The reason I tested was the week prior, I was going to a concert, ate a sandwich and then blew up with bloat."

Naturally, she was in a state of shock when the test actually showed she had a baby on the way.

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"I broke down immediately on seeing the tests and started bawling my eyes out," she said.

"It didn't become a full reality until I arrived at the hospital and they quite literally said to me 'you won't be leaving the hospital with the baby inside of you'."

Jasmin didn't gain weight during early pregnancy (Credit: SWNS)
Jasmin didn't gain weight during early pregnancy (Credit: SWNS)

Before she found out she was pregnant, then-22-year-old Jasmin from San Diego, California, did not have a period because she was on birth control pills and would skip the placebo week.

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She was starting to pee more frequently too, but just thought she was having a UTI and didn't think anything of it.

The new graduate also had severe cramping but was also suffering with a stomach illness which she just associated her symptoms with.

Jasmin, who studied Communications at UCLA, said: "I had a boyfriend that was not super serious and 100 per cent neither of us were ready to start a family.

"I remember one time he asked me if we could get a dog, and at the time my exact response was 'A dog? That's like a 15 year commitment, what are we going to do? Ship it back and forth if we aren't together?'"

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Jasmin thought she was peeing more frequently due to a UTI (Credit: SWNS)
Jasmin thought she was peeing more frequently due to a UTI (Credit: SWNS)

Normally a size 10 and 72kg (160lbs), the week she found out she was pregnant Jasmin had actually lost weight and was a size eight and 68kg (150lbs).

In fact, it was only after eating a tomato sandwich at a Billie Eilish concert that Jasmin became concerned something was wrong, after she became bizarrely bloated afterwards.

"It was so abnormal, that I sent a picture to my mom and said something is wrong look how bloated I am. My mum jokingly said I looked pregnant based on where the bloat was.

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"She was joking but said I should take a test just in case."

Jasmin welcomed her little daughter Leighton not long after her baby shower (Credit: SWNS)
Jasmin welcomed her little daughter Leighton not long after her baby shower (Credit: SWNS)

Jasmin and a friend went to a pharmacy and picked up two pregnancy tests to take as a joke and to ease her mum Erica's mind.

When the first one came up positive, she frantically took a second one, and then bought a third and fourth, only to get the same result.

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Jasmin said that when she saw the consistently positive result, she was "freaking out" and "had no clue what to do."

She drove over to see her mum and told her in person, who also teared up at the news.

"She told me she was sad because she knew how hard it would be for me as she was a young single mom at 24 too," Jasmin said.

The next day, she went to Planned Parenthood but was told that they could only help her if she knew she wanted to abort the baby right then and there, which she wasn't sure of.

Jasmin only did a test after a sandwich left her bloated (Credit: SWNS)
Jasmin only did a test after a sandwich left her bloated (Credit: SWNS)

Four days later, she visited the doctor for the first time and had an ultrasound - and found out she was 19 weeks and five days along.

She said: "I started laughing and bawling in the ultrasound room with the tech.

"I was completely by myself and was so scared.

"I was in complete shock, tons of disbelief, lots of denial."

When she tried to tell the father - her ex-boyfriend who she had broken up with just two weeks prior - she claims he accused her of lying and that she hadn't been taking birth control.

Jasmin ended up taking four pregnancy tests (Credit: SWNS)
Jasmin ended up taking four pregnancy tests (Credit: SWNS)

Jasmin recalled: "In the middle of me talking, he gets up, walks out of the car slams the door and doesn't look back.

"That's the last time I saw him while I was pregnant."

The next 12 weeks were a whirlwind of preparations for her new arrival, but the expecting mum wanted to keep her pregnancy as much of a secret as she could.

She said: "I hid my entire pregnancy from the world, because I was scared of being judged by the people I knew in high school.

"It's so embarrassing when I look back that I let those people prevent me from fully celebrating such a special time in life."

Jasmin is now a doting mother (Credit: SWNS)
Jasmin is now a doting mother (Credit: SWNS)

On October 23 2019, Jasmin went into labour at 32 weeks pregnant - and just three days after her baby shower.

At this time, tiny Jasmin was still a clothes size 10, and could fit into everything except her old jeans.

Her daughter, Leighton Skye Miller was born weighing 3lb 14.6oz. And while she's now a happy, healthy baby, it was a stressful start to her life, as he was rushed to NICU as she wasn't breathing, and remained there for two months until she was 6lbs.

Jasmin said: "After spending two months in the NICU and being with the nurses 12 hours of the day every day, I learned so much that I felt more ready when I left.

"They were able to teach me how to do diapers and bottles, what to do with choking, fainting, etc.

"Before having her, I felt ready and adjusted, but after having her, I felt so confused!

"It took forever for saying 'my daughter' to feel semi-normal."

Jasmin's mum was also thrilled at the unexpected bundle of joy (Credit: SWNS)
Jasmin's mum was also thrilled at the unexpected bundle of joy (Credit: SWNS)

Life for the little family is a lot easier now, and Jasmin chose to share her journey on her TikTok, @jasminandleighton, to help provide support to other young mums.

The video of her explaining how she didn't know she was pregnant now has over 800,000 views.

She said: "It's crazy to imagine my life without her, and where I would be had she not come along.

"She makes me strive to be a better person every day.

"I think it's important to share your story with others when it can help other people going through a similar situation.

"I think sharing is such a powerful tool, and to see that life isn't perfect but its about what you make of it."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Real Life, Parenting

Joanna Freedman
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