Yorkshire Shepherdess discovered pregnancy at five months after mistaking bump for middle-age spread

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Amanda Owen has revealed she was "surprised" when a doctor told her she was pregnant with her ninth child as she thought her bump was "middle-age spread".

The 46 year old is the star of Channel 5's Our Yorkshire Farm, which follows the lives of her, 66 year old husband Clive, and their nine children.

Despite already being mum to eight children – Raven, 20, Reuban, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, 10, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, and Clemmy, five – she admitted she was still left startled when she discovered she was expecting youngest daughter Nancy, now four.

Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda visited the doctor after feeling unwell, expecting to be told she was experiencing middle-age ailments, but was shocked when she found out she was 23 weeks pregnant.

Writing in her book Tales From The Farm, she says: "To his credit, the doctor didn't leave me wondering for long.

"After two days of me making a conscious effort to not google the possibilities, he rang.

"'I've made you an appointment to see the midwife,' he said. A week later I was back in the surgery."

She continued: "'Not that surprised to see you back,' my midwife said, smiling.

"I explained that it was actually all a bit of a surprise to was as there had been none of the usual symptoms and that, up until very recently, I had assumed that it was middle-aged spread."

Still not believing she was expecting another child, she was stunned when she heard the baby's heartbeat.

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"'Well we won't get an exact date until you go for a scan,' [the midwife] said, 'But we'll have a listen now and see what's what.'

"I laid back on the examination bed as she ran her hands and then the Doppler, over my tummy. I was quiet, listening hard, then, through the crackling interference, we both heard a familiar noise. She smiled.

"'There we go, just a guess but the fact that I can hear such a strong heartbeat would tell me that you're around 20 weeks.'

"I was flabbergasted; I must admit that at this point I doubted her. Five months!"

Amanda concluded: "She fast-tracked me an appointment at the hospital for a scan. My midwife was right, I was that far along and then some."

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