In the early hours of September 26, 2016, Kate Mason gave birth to a little girl who tipped the scales at just over eight pounds. It was a healthy weight and one that confounded concerns that the new mother’s baby would be on the small side. However, there was something about the newborn that left everyone – not least her parents – in complete and utter shock.
Like most parents-to-be, Kate Mason, who hails from Lincolnshire, U.K., and her partner, Tony Holloway, were probably over the moon when they discovered that they were expecting. And although they were already mom and dad to an Old English Sheepdog called Bertie, the couple could be forgiven for having felt a little anxious about their impending new arrival.
Adding to any anxiety, there were certainly a few worries regarding how well the awaited baby was developing. Mason was therefore required to have multiple scans so that her unborn child’s growth levels could be monitored. And it was during one of these routine appointments that the parents-to-be received some news that left them stunned.
There are numerous different factors that can impact a developing baby’s growth in the womb. The size and weight of the pregnant woman, for example, or whether she is a smoker or a drinker. It’s vital, then, to keep a close eye on unborn children, and there are several different ways to do so.
These procedures can involve taking blood samples and carrying out DNA tests, for instance. But one of the most important and painless ways to check on an expected baby during pregnancy is to have an ultrasound scan. What’s more, this method – also known as a sonogram – is non-invasive and doesn’t harm the expectant mom or unborn baby.
As well as giving medical professionals the chance to examine the developing baby, an ultrasound allows the expectant parents to see an image of their awaited child. But it was during one of these scans that Mason discovered something unusual about her soon-to-be new arrival.
Mason was around 30 weeks pregnant when she went to have the scan in question. And although the mom-to-be had already had a number of appointments to monitor her expected baby’s growth, this time the sonographer spotted one rather curious detail. Indeed, it was a detail so bizarre that both Mason and the medical professionals were blown away.
According to an interview that Mason gave to SWNS TV, as soon as the ultrasound began, it was clear that all was not what it seemed. “The sonographer woman literally just put the thing on my tummy and just went, ‘Wow!’” the mom recalled.
Now at this point, Mason and her partner had no idea whether they were having a boy or a girl. However, one thing was clear: in the ultrasound image, a distinctive white line could be seen just behind the unborn baby’s head. But what could this almost halo-like apparition have been?
Well, despite the sonographer having intimated as much, the full extent of what she had uncovered wasn’t revealed until Mason gave birth. And so in the early hours of September 26, 2016, little Primrose arrived, bringing with her something not normally seen on one so young: a full head of thick, lustrous hair.
Yes, the white glow that the sonographer had spotted was in fact the developing baby’s curly hair tumbling down the back of her head. And despite the midwives having seen all manner of newborns, even they were shocked by just how hirsute the baby was. It’s also worth mentioning that during her pregnancy, Mason hadn’t appeared to have experienced any of the oft-remarked-upon side effects of carrying a hairy unborn child.
One popular belief surrounding pregnancy is that an expectant mother can experience heartburn. And at least one study has even suggested that the severity of this burning sensation is indeed related to how hairy a baby will turn out to be. But Mason, who’d regularly suffered from heartburn prior to becoming pregnant, hadn’t actually experienced such symptoms throughout the nine months.
At any rate, when little Primrose arrived, she came complete with jet-black locks. In most cases, newborns will lose the majority of the hair that they are born with. Why? Well, after a baby is born, their hormone levels fall, and this can cause them to lose some or all of their fuzz. But not Primrose.
It’s also worth noting that some babies who arrive prematurely may still have what’s known as lanugo. This hair protects the fetus while it’s in the womb and usually disappears before the infant is born. However, far from being premature, Mason’s daughter was actually overdue. A full 16 days overdue, to be precise.
And yet Mason revealed that Primrose’s late arrival has been a great source of comedy for everyone around her. “A lot of family and friends have joked [that] she wanted to perfect her hairdo,” the mom revealed. However, they’re not the only ones who appear to have been in awe of the baby’s hairstyle.
During her interview with SWNS, the new mom revealed that people continually comment on little Primrose’s locks. “All the midwives came to the room and said, ‘Is this the baby with all the hair? Can we come and look?’” she explained. And Mason confessed that all the attention has in fact driven her to take drastic measures.
“We are constantly being stopped by people – to the point where if I’m in a rush, and I just want to get my shopping done, I actually put a hat on her,” Mason divulged. Despite this, though, it seems that the mom is in fact proud of her little girl’s locks.
“It’s nice when people come up, and it’s kind of at the stage now where if we go out and people don’t comment on it, we’re kind of like, ‘Why haven’t they mentioned her hair?’” Mason revealed. However, there’s one person who perhaps isn’t too happy about all this extra attention.
And that person is Primrose’s dad. Mason confessed that husband Holloway was a little envious of his offspring’s mane – especially as he himself is “thinning slightly.” What’s more, the mom’s other half seems to have immediately adopted the role of protective father, as he’s refused to let Mason cut the little girl’s hair.
This prompted the new mother to joke that her daughter will “be like Rapunzel when she’s a few years older.” Perhaps when Primrose is a teen and boys arrive on the scene, her father will take Mason’s lighthearted comment seriously. Only time will tell.