A woman from Suffolk has opened up about losing her husband while she was 17 weeks pregnant.

Sophie Ransom, of Bury St Edmunds, says she misses her husband Paul "every single day" after he died in a crash on May 24 last year. 

The mum-of-one says she lived on autopilot for a month following his death - but when she felt her baby kicking for the first time, she had a reason to carry on.

East Anglian Daily Times: Sophie Ransom and her daughter PoppySophie Ransom and her daughter Poppy (Image: SWNS) 

Now, she says she wakes up with the intention to “smile and laugh at least once a day” - despite thinking she could never be happy again. 

Sophie, a project manager, said: “Life as a young widow is hard - it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and so exhausting.

“But there’s happiness in my life every single day - and a privilege I get to keep on living for my daughter.”

Sophie and Paul met in October 2016 - they were 19 years old and had matched on Tinder.

After exchanging a few messages, Paul asked Sophie out for a drink. 

“I said no at first,” she said. “Because I wasn’t just going to meet someone off a dating app.”

East Anglian Daily Times: Sophie Ransom and husband PaulSophie Ransom and husband Paul (Image: SWNS)

But the pair bumped into each other by chance several nights later, when Sophie was out with her flatmate at a bar. 

She said: “It was completely unplanned - we just met at a bar one night.

“It was lovely, he spent the whole night chatting to me and my friend - he came across as really kind.”

Paul and Sophie quickly began a relationship, and got engaged on October 6, 2021. 

Just over a month later, on November 13, they were married. 

On May 24, 2023, Ms Ransom was informed by police that Paul had been in a crash on his Suzuki motorbike and had died at the scene. 

Sophie gave birth to baby Poppy on October 28, 2023 - at 11.30pm, via C-section. 

The 26-year-old said: “I need to make life as good as it can be for me and Poppy.

“I wish he was here, every single day.

“But I make a conscious decision to get up - I have to try and keep going.”