Published: Sep 20, 2012 12:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) - British defense officials say the soldier who gave birth to a baby boy this week in Afghanistan told authorities that she hadn't been aware she was pregnant -- and that she only consulted doctors on the day she went into labor.
    
The soldier, who arrived in Afghanistan in March, delivered the child this week at the camp in southern Afghanistan where Prince Harry is deployed. The camp was targeted by a Taliban attack last week that killed two U.S. Marines.
    
The delivery came hours after the woman told medics she was suffering from stomach pains.
    
The baby is the first child ever born in combat to a member of Britain's armed forces.
    
The defense ministry says the mother and baby are both "in stable condition" and getting "the best possible care." It says a team of doctors will go to Afghanistan in the coming days to help the soldier and her son return safely to Britain.
    
The U.K. doesn't let female soldiers deploy if they are pregnant. Although the child was conceived before the soldier's tour of duty began, she is not likely to face punishment.
    
Britain has previously sent female soldiers home from wars after they became pregnant -- including about 60 from Afghanistan.
    
The soldier is among about 2,000 citizens of Fiji who serve in the British military, even though the country became independent from Britain in 1970.

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