Actress Catherine Kamau, popularly known as Kate Actress, has recounted her teenage pregnancy, revealing she didn’t know she was pregnant until she was involved in a motorcycle accident.
Aged 19, the Award-winning actress was a first-year student at Makerere University in Uganda.
“I was in college, my first time away from home and from a strict mom. I never used to go out, or drink, or talk to boys and now I find myself in a different country and I can talk to boys, I can go to the disco, drink, I was overwhelmed,” she said in an interview Universal Plus Africa.
Kate said she started dating two months after joining the institution and shortly became pregnant.
She only found out she was expectant after going out with her boyfriend and being involved in a motorbike accident.
“I actually did not know I was pregnant until when the child’s father and I went out and we had a motorbike accident and had to go to the hospital,” she recalled.
“The doctor came out and said you are okay and the baby is safe. I was like ‘what baby!’. And he was like ‘yeah you are four months pregnant’ and I was like ‘Who?” she posed.
Adding: “I am looking at my tummy and it’s flat because I was a very tiny girl and that is how I learnt I was pregnant and I was not ready.”
Kate said she decided to keep the pregnancy owing to her boyfriend’s assurance and support only for him to change tune after she delivered the baby.
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“I remember going back home, my mum was on some assignment in South Afirca and I enjoyed my time because she was not there and dads rarely notice anything because I was always in hoodies.”
The former Mother in Law actress said when her mother eventually found out, she was disappointed but supportive nonetheless.
“I gave birth but despite mum being disappointed she was really supportive because she was in a similar situation and I think that’s why she was more understanding,” she said.
“She made me understand that life has changed and you have to be a mum, you cannot wake up at 10:00, you have to wake up and take care of the baby.”