Abbie and Lexi Underage and Pregnant


Abbie and Lexi

Series following the lives of young mothers. Abbie is 19 weeks pregnant and has always wanted a baby, but she's not sure if her on-off boyfriend is the baby's father.


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Pink baby Adidas trainers. They're so cute.

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It does make me sound like I was shagging about but I wasn't.

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I was just trying to get back at this boy and that is quite upsetting really.

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Since finding out Abigail was pregnant, she's had to take a lot of criticism

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but we're staying strong as a family unit.

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-We are going to get through this.

-Oh, she's moving!

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I can't get them on.

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15-year-old Abbie is 19 weeks pregnant.

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I've always wanted to be a mum but never in my life did I think

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I would be a mum at 15.

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Abbie lives in Hampshire with her five brothers and sisters,

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her mum, Caroline and mum's fiance, Steve.

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Seeing her like this, you don't think she's going to be a mum herself.

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She's my little girl having fun like the rest of them

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and you think maybe she's growing up too fast.

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Abbie goes to a pupil referral unit

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because she was excluded from school last year for bad behaviour.

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Before I got pregnant, I was like a normal teen, going out drinking, smoking

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and kind of getting in a lot of trouble, getting arrested...

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You know, normal teen stuff.

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I assaulted a couple of police officers. It was funny at the time

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but it wasn't afterwards when I had to spend the night in a cell.

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I hated it.

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We look alike as babies.

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That's got to be my favourite one.

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I started having sex at 14. I felt disgusting after I did it. I felt like everyone knew.

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I didn't exactly like it, the first time

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but after a couple of times I did.

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I like that one.

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A year later, Abbie found herself pregnant.

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She's come up, she's opened the door,

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thrown the pregnancy test on the bed, thrown herself on the bed,

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burst into tears and said, "Mummy, I'm pregnant!"

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I like that one.

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On the chair, snuggled up.

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Because of Abbie's age, I was very concerned about what she would

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miss out on and life opportunities but that's my baby.

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You look after her, you look after baby. It's just what mums do.

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I think even when you were little, you used to play Mumsy with the little ones.

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You were always trying to help out. Getting the nappy for Mum.

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I always wanted a little baby. I did try once before

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and it never happened and I was glad that I could actually know I could have kids

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because I was thinking I couldn't have kids. I was happy.

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I was like, "I can't believe I've actually got a little baby inside!"

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Abbie is now four months pregnant and going for a check-up.

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We're going in for my 20-week scan, to find out if it's a girl or a boy and check the baby's healthy.

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But we reckon it's a girl.

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We'll be happy if it's a girl.

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We'll come out screaming. Literally screaming.

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-Can you see all right from down there?

-Yep!

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-OK. Right then.

-Oh, my God, it's massive!

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This is the baby's head over here and this is the body here.

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Let's just see what you're having.

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-This is the baby's bottom here. It looks like a girl to me.

-Yay.

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-Mummy was right!

-It's little Lexi.

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Abbie has got the girl she wanted and has already named her Lexi.

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-A little leg there.

-Oh, it's so cute.

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She would have liked the father of the baby to be at the scan

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but it's a complicated situation.

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I was 15 when I was going out with this boy who was 16

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and the first day I met him, I had sex with him,

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which makes me sound like a slag.

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But I really, really did like him, and then we had

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like a really long relationship, like nearly three months I think...that's long!

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He did cheat on me so I did cheat on him back.

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I slept with one of my good mates and he could be possibly the dad.

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It looks like its got my ex-boyfriend's nose!

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I was devastated when Abbie wasn't sure who the father of the baby was.

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It's any mother's nightmare to not be sure.

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They're both really, really young. At the moment, they've got no jobs.

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No way of supporting Abbie, whichever one it turns out to be.

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So it does leave a bit more pressure on us.

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-NURSE:

-So do you want some pictures of the baby as well?

-Yes.

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I told my ex-boyfriend first and he was shocked. I told my mate

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and he was really excited and happy.

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He was like, "I really hope I am the baby's dad."

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I would like it if we could get together.

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-NURSE:

-That all looks absolutely fine.

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I'm going to find out who's the baby's dad.

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I'm going to have to get a DNA.

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The day I find out, it will just be everything off my shoulders.

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I'll feel a ton lighter. Tons and tons lighter.

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For Abbie's mum, Caroline, finding out who's the dad isn't the only concern.

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Because of a problem during one of her own pregnancies,

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she's determined that Abbie stays healthy.

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Actually, it's quite warm!

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I think my biggest fear is obviously with myself going through a premature birth,

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I really would not want her to go through something like that.

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I had Ben at 29 weeks. They actually got my whole family

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down from London and said, "She might not make it."

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I was actually fighting for my life and fighting for the life of my son.

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I'm going to give her a nudge in the right direction. She'll get there.

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Hopefully she will go full term with a healthy baby at the end of it.

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-You said you enjoy coming swimming?

-Yeah, and the fit lifeguard!

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But Caroline's finding it hard to keep Abbie focused on her pregnancy.

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He's gorgeous and he's got a nice ass!

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Now I know how you got pregnant in the first place!

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The whole family are getting involved in the health drive.

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What are we having, Steve?

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Homemade chicken casserole and chicken stir fry.

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Caroline's fiance, Steve, is cooking up nutritious meals for Abbie.

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-How long till dinner, Steve?

-Ten minutes.

-Oh, that's too long.

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I've taken it as my responsibility for Abbie to eat healthily.

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To tell her what she can eat safely and what she can't...

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like raw eggs and liver could cause potential problems.

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It's been nice to be able to pass on that advice. Just generally pushing her in the right direction.

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-It could pop out tonight!

-It is not coming out yet, young lady.

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Definitely undercooked. We don't want no problems.

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What if she decided to come out?

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Stick a plunger on her head and push her back up!

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As well as having a premature baby, Caroline also nearly lost Abbie when she was one.

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I could have lost my baby. She did nearly die.

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It was an internal bleeding melanoma, very rare in young babies.

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She had to be put to sleep which was horrifying.

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Nearly losing her once, I am very protective and maternal with Abigail

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and maybe I can wrap her up in cotton wool a little bit.

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That's natural as a parent, I think... to "over wrap" them.

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-Are you going to bring the afterbirth home so we can fry it up and share it?

-Ohh...

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Do you want me to eat my dinner?

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Like most gross things, apparently it's supposed to taste like chicken!

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Have you had any breakfast yet, Leon?

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Abbie is now 22 weeks pregnant and things have moved on with the two potential dads.

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Despite not having taken a DNA test,

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she thinks the friend she slept with is not the father.

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It's not my friend's kid and I don't even speak to him any more.

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I don't even like him.

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We had a massive argument cos he was being a bit...

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I don't want to talk about him.

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That's the baby's dad.

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When I see him, I just want to be with him, to be honest...

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Abbie wants her ex-boyfriend to be the father.

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She does tend to swap and change a little bit.

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Not to the point of who the father could be but more to how she feels.

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She's so sure the ex-boyfriend is the dad that she's told him.

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He's all right about it. He's just a bit shocked to be honest

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because he didn't really expect me to get pregnant

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but he's lovely so he'll make a good daddy.

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I do want my ex-boyfriend back in my life. I miss him.

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I feel better if I'm with him.

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Do you think it will benefit you and baby, you being back together?

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I really don't know cos you don't know what's going to happen.

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But you'd like to give him the opportunity?

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Yeah. And also he's finding it hard because it's his second.

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My ex-boyfriend has a six-week-old baby. It doesn't make me feel

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that much different because they didn't intend on it happening. Neither did I.

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And he's got to live with it.

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At the end of the day, one day, he might be able to walk back into your life.

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Hopefully, a bit more mature, a little bit more sensible.

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But sometimes, a fairytale never works out, Abs.

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Because of her mum's doubts about her ex-boyfriend,

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Abbie turns to best friend Hannah for more advice.

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I want to meet up with him and that but...

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Difficult one, isn't it?

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He's her dad and I know he is then he should have the chance to take responsibility for it.

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-Why don't you call him?

-I don't know what to say to him though.

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Hello, you all right?

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Yeah, not bad...

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Abbie takes Hannah's advice and calls her ex.

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What, so, we're going to go out shopping?

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That's good. All right. Love you, bye.

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He's asked me if I want to go shopping next Wednesday.

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So that's something to look forward to.

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I don't know if we'll get back together but I am hoping

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because I do really love him. I don't want to be with anyone else.

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CRYING

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Mummy promises I will try my hardest to find it over the next couple of days, I promise.

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I didn't even take it out!

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Unsure what the future holds for her and her ex, just moments later,

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Abbie loses her only means of contact with him, her mobile phone.

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If you're sure you didn't take it out then we might find it indoors.

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No one is helping me.

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We were all trying to help. Mummy was busy looking in the bedroom

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and in the bathrooms and under the bed. Mummy's never let you down yet, have I?

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Your main thing is to stay calm because you being upset

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is not going to help you and it's not going to help baby neither.

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I don't like seeing her stressed because mum gets stressed and baby gets stressed.

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We're just trying really hard to keep her calm.

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I don't like seeing her upset. Breaks my heart to see her upset.

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It's not nice seeing you cry. I don't like it.

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In this busy house, Abbie's pregnancy has a direct effect on the rest of the family,

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both emotionally and practically.

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It's not like she's lost a leg or an arm, is it?

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Shame you're here.

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She now thinks that one of her brothers has taken her phone.

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It's funny how...

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Abbie, it hasn't been taken from the house. I was with Leon...

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-I was...

-No, I was with Leon.

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You should swallow your pride and accept that you've lost your phone.

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I'm pissed off because she's had a go, saying it's Leon and it ain't.

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I have tried to explain to her that she can't outright do that.

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But you don't have to be so harsh with her.

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There are five other kids growing up in this house, with another arriving soon.

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Luckily, everyone's getting excited.

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I was trying to tell Zac at the age of eight that he was going

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to be an uncle and he said, "But I'm only little!"

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He thought he was going to be the dad to start with.

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He also said that he thought babies come under gooseberry bushes.

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The first person that you fall in love with has to be their father.

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No, it doesn't have to be, actually.

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Well, that's the colour the baby's hair goes.

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The first person you fall in love with.

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I wonder what colour the baby's hair is going to be.

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-Blonde.

-Brown.

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-Blondish brown.

-Blondish brown.

-Jinx!

-Jinx!

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-Do you know who taught me how to do French plaits?

-Your mum?

-Nanny, yeah.

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12-year-old sister Sasha will feel the impact of the new arrival more than the others.

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She will be sharing a room with Abbie and baby Lexi.

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When the baby comes, I'll be quite excited and happy.

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I'm sort of worried about the baby crying a lot

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because I don't know if Abbie will be able to wake up or anything

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and then I'll have to wake up and I would be like, "Oh, I don't know what to do."

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Right, we're going to have a look and sort these dates out.

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Abbie wants to prove her ex-boyfriend is the baby's dad

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so she and mum sit down to work out the dates.

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Apparently, I conceived...

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the 28th.

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Abbie is working things out from the dates she was given at a scan.

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These can be up to seven days out either way.

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Steven's birthday is on the 27th.

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You were actually babysitting for me on the 28th.

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Yeah, I babysat with my ex and I was with him the weekend as well.

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-So with my calculations...

-We've just proved that my ex is her dad.

-Yeah.

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Going back on the professional dates we've been given of conception

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to dates in my diary, the boyfriend IS the dad.

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It's made her day. She has huge amounts of feelings for him.

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Oh, I'm over the moon. I'm really chuffed.

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We do still love each other, even if it's not the same type of love.

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There will always be something there.

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The door's open for him. He just needs to love his little girl

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and be a good dad, and hopefully love my daughter along the way.

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Oh, I've got toothpaste all down my top! No!

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Abbie is now 30 weeks pregnant and after eventually finding her phone,

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she's been busy meeting up with her ex-boyfriend.

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I'm back with my ex. The relationship is more important now

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cos we have a little girl to look after and I wouldn't want her not having her dad around.

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I'm really happy. He's coming to the scan and to the birth.

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He might need some ear plugs.

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Abbie's boyfriend is turning up today. Hopefully at the scan.

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I want to know if he laughs or cries.

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I'll be like, "Ha-ha, I saw you cry!"

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Let's just hope he turns up. I know he said he wouldn't let you down.

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I said, "Are you excited?" He's like, "Yeah, yeah!"

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We're just taking things slow and easy. It's going to be all good. Fingers crossed.

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-Right, be good. Have a nice day!

-Bye!

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I know if the boyfriend lets Abbie down on baby,

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it will break her heart. It is a big worry for me.

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Maybe I can come across a little bit protective towards Abigail

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because we don't want Abs getting hurt.

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MOTORBIKE REVS

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Ahh! I'm happy! Happy, happy! Really happy.

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I am really relieved that the boyfriend turned up.

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You could see it all over Abbie's face, how important it was to her.

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You know, she was nearly in tears. She was quite choked. She was really proud.

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He's made her day by turning up.

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I just hope it continues.

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Abbie's boyfriend cannot be filmed for this programme.

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This is baby's heart beating. That's that flickering you can see. There's a nice strong heartbeat.

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Who's got the dimple out of you two?

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I'm really happy and I'm glad he's come. He made me feel a lot better.

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I was like, "What did you think?" And he was like, "Wow!" He's amazed.

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I was like, "Does it feel more real to you now?" and he was like, "Yes."

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We've given the boyfriend the opportunity to go through the experience of being with Abs

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at the birth and hopefully he'll take her up on it.

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It will be good bonding for the pair of them and it might help him

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appreciate exactly what Abigail has got to through, as well!

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They won't be in too much of a hurry to do anything like this again.

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Determined to make the most of him turning up today,

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Abbie has decided to go on an impromptu date with her baby's dad.

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It's nice to spend time with him. This is probably the last time

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we're going to spend time together before the baby comes.

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We're making the most of it but we'll be able to do more stuff when she's born.

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-Are you looking forward to the labour?

-No!

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Abbie is due in just four weeks and, as in all pregnancies,

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she is getting mini practice contractions called Braxton Hicks.

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It's getting close and she's getting panicky and bursts into tears

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with every little bit of Braxton Hicks she gets.

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And it's like, "What are you going to be like in labour?!"

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I'm going to be all right, I think.

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Abbie, you ain't got a clue what it is, have you, love?

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-God knows.

-Complete birthing exercise ball for mums and mums-to-be.

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With the birth just around the corner, mum is getting her ready.

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-Is it OK to have the pizza that's in the microwave?

-Yeah.

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But Abbie's attention wanders.

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You're being a typical teenager. You keep texting.

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Careful!

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Proper position.

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My pizza!

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Absolutely lost the plot, I think, bless her.

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Giving up on the birth preparations, Caroline decides just to try

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to keep Abbie busy by getting her involved in her wedding plans.

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She's ended up with a spare dress that Abbie has her eye on.

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-Why do you want me to keep hold of one?

-I'm going to get married soon.

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-So, what, three or five years?

-I'm going to get married after next November.

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-That's a bit soon!

-Yeah.

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Has he proposed to you? Is there something you're not telling me?

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Sort of.

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I know I say, "Oh, I love you" to other boys

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but I didn't actually love them. It's going to sound really harsh!

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-At your age, because you are so young, you actually know what that means?

-16, yeah.

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-To be in love?

-Yeah.

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You know how much I love him.

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Because you've got Lexi... Would you still feel like this if you didn't have Lexi?

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It's going to sound harsh but it's not because of Lexi. It's...

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It's something you want to do?

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Do you love this person enough to actually want to marry him?

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Yeah, the only boy I've actually loved.

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I have thought it through, you know. I just haven't told you.

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It's not like having a boyfriend and saying, "Oh, you're dumped now."

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The revelation that Abbie and her boyfriend might get engaged is news to her mum.

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They've only been going out with each other six weeks this time round.

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It's all happening pretty quick.

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When you rush into things like that, that's when things can tend to go wrong.

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Personally, I think they're far too young.

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I don't think she realises how hard work it's going to be once baby's here.

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It's going to put a lot of strain on their relationship.

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She doesn't really have any concept of the meaning of this.

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I don't think he has neither.

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Just ten days later, Abbie goes into labour.

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-In pain again?

-Yeah.

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In your back? All over?

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She's been having pains since about teatime and they started

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getting a bit more painful. Couple of paracetamol didn't work.

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Bath didn't work so we've brought her down to be on the safe side.

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I think she's excited. I think she wants Lexi out now.

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You have to remember to relax.

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Excited and full of energy, Abbie gets examined to see how far along she is.

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Take a deep breath in.

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-It just feels a little bit uncomfy.

-Yeah.

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You're about three centimetres.

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That's pretty good, actually.

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You've made your mum cry.

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I mean, it's still relatively early on, unfortunately.

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-They have to get a bit stronger because they're the ones that do their job.

-Stronger?!

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Being in the early stages of labour means that Abbie has to go home until she progresses.

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Two days later, it's nearly midnight and Abbie is back at the hospital...

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ABBIE WAILS ..but this time she's not so happy.

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SHE CRIES LOUDLY

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Remember to breathe. Good girl.

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It was every four minutes before we came.

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With mum and her friend Lindsey by her side,

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-Abbie is facing her labour with just gas and air.

-I can't cope.

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I can't physically cope, Mum.

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-She can't cope no more, Mum.

-You can and you are.

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SCREAMING

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-Abbie, breathe.

-I can't. I cannot cope with the pain any more.

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I'm going to get really angry.

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Abbie, you need to listen to me. No pushing. In with gas and air.

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Nice, deep breath.

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I don't think she realises just how close to delivering she is.

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I'm not going to scare her. She's pretty much most of the way now,

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GROANING

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Well done. Good girl.

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30 hours after her contractions started, Abbie is eventually in the final stages of labour.

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-Help. Help me.

-It's all normal and she's still happy... considering.

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-I'm going to have my little girl in a minute.

-Yeah, you are!

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-Her dad would have loved to see this.

-Did you manage to get hold of him?

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-No.

-No, he's in bed.

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After promising to be at the birth, no one can get hold of the baby's dad.

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Oh, that's a big one.

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SCREAMING

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I need you to listen to me now. No more screaming.

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You need to be able to hear me.

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-Chin on your chest and push into your bum, Abbie.

-Chin on your chest.

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Good girl.

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Oh, thank you, everyone, so much.

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Did I get that out of my fanny?

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Yes, you did, love.

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-Oh, bless her.

-She's so miniature.

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Look, she looks like her dad. She's got his eyes. Who's that, Lexi?

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Lexi is two hours old and meeting her dad for the first time.

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Daddy's turned up. He's had cuddles with mum and baby

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so hopefully that's a good start for more.

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It's my turn now to hand over to them two and go home

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and have a very well-earned sleep.

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So was she worth all that pain you went through?

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Yeah, even though it's still a bit sore.

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Back at home, Abbie's daughter Lexi is now two weeks old.

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-Why am I so tired?

-It's called having a baby.

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Now I've got Lexi, everything has changed.

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It's just amazing that nine months down the line,

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you get a beautiful baby out of it and I don't know what I'd do without her now.

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I love her.

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She's holding her bottle.

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It's not good though cos you're letting air in.

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Look. She'll get windy pops otherwise.

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I've had a good role model of my mum. She's been there for me

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so I want to be there for Lexi.

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So does it feel weird being a mum?

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-Not really.

-I must admit, I've never seen you so happy

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since you've had Lexi. Always smiling.

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Even when you've been tired, you've still had a smile.

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If she needs any advice, I'm there to help her

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but it's just important I don't over get involved, over-mother her.

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Good girl! See, you've done that!

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It's important that Abs does get a chance to do everything a mum should be doing, which she is.

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She's got a good bond with Lexi. It will be nice for them

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to have the same relationship that we have and I'm really, really proud of her.

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I love them both to bits and I would not change either of them for the world.

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-She'll see her dad tomorrow.

-That'll be good.

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With any talk of a DNA test behind them,

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Abbie and her boyfriend are on track as a couple and as parents.

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-Do you think he's missed her?

-Yeah, he has. He can't wait to see us.

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Now that me and Lexi and her dad are together, I want to have a happy future together, live together,

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have a good job. I want to get married and watch Lexi grow up.

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Abbie is 15 years old, 19 weeks pregnant and has always wanted to have a baby. She started having sex at 14 and was pleased when she discovered she was expecting. She lives with her mum Caroline, her five siblings and Caroline's fiancé in Portsmouth. Her relationship with her boyfriend is complicated - it has been on and off for some time and Abbie's not sure if he's the baby's father. If he is the father, she dreams they will get back together.


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