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I hid my pregnancy for NINE MONTHS after suffering six miscarriages- I couldn’t tell anyone in case I lost my baby again

A NEW mum has revealed she kept her pregnancy a secret from her loved ones NINE MONTHS after she suffered six miscarriages.

Amy Whatley, 28, and her husband Vincent, 37, from Newbury, Berkshire, found out they were expecting again in March 2019 - but couldn't bear to announce the happy news in case this pregnancy ended in heartbreak too.

The mum managed to hide her baby bump from friends and colleagues by dressing in baggy clothes and only told immediate family members that she was expecting.

After their baby daughter Hope was born, the proud parents announced the news by posting a video on Facebook showing her ultrasound scans and sweet pictures of the newborn.

Amy said: "There was a lot of crying- especially from my family and other mothers who had had a miscarriage. People couldn't believe that I had managed to hide it for this long but they were so happy for us.

The couple - who are already parents to Sky, 10, Lola, 8 and Levi, 7 - began trying for a baby to complete their family in 2016.

The mum-of-four fell pregnant almost straight away - but lost the baby at six weeks.

Amy then suffered another four miscarriages in quick succession - but in 2017, the couple were thrilled to find they were expecting again and the 12-week-scan revealed the baby was going well.

Thinking they had passed the 'danger point', Amy announced her pregnancy to the world on social media, only to suffer a late miscarriage at 16 weeks.

Amy had to quit her job as a result of the trauma due to not being able to take enough time off to grieve.

The devastated couple named their baby Harper and still continue to celebrate her birthday every year.

After their sixth miscarriage, Amy and Vincent had lost all hope of ever having another child and stopped actively trying - but found out they were expecting again in March 2019.

Amy said: "I wanted to keep it a secret. I couldn't deal with anymore loss and after posting my last pregnancy on social media and then losing the baby, I didn't want the same thing to happen again.

"I started wearing big coats and at work I would wear over-sized uniform so that no one would know I was pregnant. I managed to get to 30 weeks without anyone questioning it.

"We couldn't deal with anymore loss and I was living in constant fear of losing the baby again. I would go to the toilet every 30 minutes to check if I was bleeding and my husband was also worried.

My 10-year-old daughter would always say 'if' this baby comes home not 'when' this baby comes home. She was very aware of all the losses I had gone through, despite trying to hide it".

In November 2019, Amy gave birth to a healthy baby girl and called her Hope as a reminder of the journey she had gone on.

"I couldn't believe she was here and she was healthy.

"For two weeks, I wouldn't leave her alone. I was so scared I just wanted to be with her at all times to make sure she was okay because it didn't feel real.

"When I gave birth to Hope, it made me relive the whole miscarriage again because it just made me wonder what Harper would have been like.

"I'm so grateful for my miracle baby defeating all the odds. Now we finally have our big family and I couldn't be happier."

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