41-year-old Peta Cooper was about to start the arduous and emotional journey with IVF when she found out she was four months pregnant.
“My husband Justin and I returned from a holiday in Bali ready to start the hormone injections stockpiled in the fridge. I had been feeling a bit sick, but put it down to a touch of ‘Bali-belly’ and as my periods had been erratic for months, I was convinced I was peri-menopausal.
“After a conversation with a friend who asked if I might be pregnant, I thought I should at least rule it out. The pregnancy test came back positive and when the GP confirmed I was actually four months gone, Justin and I were overjoyed!”
After a relatively straightforward pregnancy and birth, Rosie was born at 11pm on 7 May 2012, at Newcastle Private Hospital.
“I didn’t enjoy the latter stages of pregnancy as I was enormous and uncomfortable, so it was a huge relief and a beautiful moment when she finally came out. Rosie was a wonderful baby, but I found those first few weeks and months incredibly tough.