A combination of health issues made it almost impossible to tell.
Most parents have several months to prepare for a little one on the way, but in one extraordinary case, a Georgia couple welcomed their baby less than an hour after finding out they were pregnant.
Last Tuesday, Stephanie Jaegers went to the Piedmont Henry Hospital with abdominal pains, thinking she had kidney stones, USA Today reports. But in fact, Stephanie was in fact 38 weeks pregnant and going into labor. Just 30 minutes after hearing the news from doctors, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
After Stephanie arrived at the hospital, doctors ordered a CAT scan, but then quickly figured out what was going on. “Well, what Stephanie and I thought was going to be a kidney stone, turned out to be a beautiful baby boy,” husband Michael Jaegers wrote on Facebook. “We are both still in complete shock over the events of the last few hours and appreciate the prayers and well wishes. Now to fit nine months of pre-planning into two days!”
After announcing their happy news on Facebook, the couple has been flooded with one question: How did she not know she was pregnant? Michael explained that Stephanie showed almost no signs of pregnancy due to other health problems and factors. The mom of four was diagnosed with pre-menopause, which explained the hormonal imbalance that can also be associated with pregnancy. Also, the baby was breech throughout the entire pregnancy causing Stephanie to never “show” or be able to feel the baby moving.
“The most bizarre part is she continued to have a menstrual cycle, which the hospital tells us is rare, but can happen,” Michael wrote. “Lastly, Steph broke her ankle a couple of weeks ago and was laid up for the last couple of weeks limiting her movements. All of this together ruled out in our minds even the remote possibility of a pregnancy.”
The parents were both surprised and a bit overwhelmed by the new addition to the family, but they’re also thrilled. “I can’t even begin to explain to you guys the range of emotions we’ve experienced over the last 12 hours,” Michael wrote. “My mom told me last night that God only gives us as much as we can handle. And while it was very unexpected, we’ve been blessed for a fourth time with an angel.” Congratulations to the Jaeger family!