A WOMAN who was told for months that her aches and pains were due to a car crash was amazed when she gave birth.


Gemma Cleghorn, 25, had no idea she was pregnant until she was taken to hospital with suspected internal bleeding five months after a motorway prang only to be told she was actually in labour.

The former NVQ assessor visited doctors six times complaining of a bad back and swollen stomach. Each time they put her symptoms down to the accident.


Gemma had been driving to work in January this year when she tried to get on the motorway. When she came to a halt on the slip road, she was struck from behind by another vehicle at 70 miles an hour. Her car was a write-off.


She said: “The police and an ambulance came but it wasn’t until the next day when I woke in agony that I realised I’d been hurt.” Gemma was diagnosed with bruising and whiplash but, despite being prescribed painkillers, her injuries seemed to get worse over the next few weeks.


She said: “I went back to work two weeks later. The bruising had started to fade but my back was aching and I couldn’t stand for long.”

Gemma returned to her GP and got painkillers for discomfort associated with whiplash. She visited several times due to the backache and then irregular periods.


She explained: “They told me that was also due to the crash because stress and trauma can stop your cycle. It made sense so I didn’t question it.”


Gemma, from Sunderland, was eventually rushed to hospital fearing she had internal bleeding. She said: “When they told me I was in labour, I went into shock. My partner Dave just went white. We couldn’t believe it was happening.”


Student Dave, 25, said: “Gemma had complained on Facebook of a stomach ache. I had to tell everybody why. At first, they didn’t believe me.”


On May 23 their son Alexander was born, weighing 7lb 3oz. Gemma said: “I was on the Pill so the last thing I expected was a baby. As soon as I gave birth, all the crash ‘symptoms’ stopped.


“It’s a miracle the baby survived the accident and then went unnoticed by all those doctors. I was worried about all the drugs I had taken, but he’s perfect and I love being a mum.


“When I held him, I kept thinking it was a dream. How could this baby be mine? I always wanted a baby one day, but I never thought it would happen like this.”