You know those amazing stories about women giving birth when they didn’t even know they were pregnant?
Kim Brenneman of Large Family Logistics almost had an experience like that. If my recollection is correct, she made it to 25 weeks without knowing, then had a preemie just 2 weeks later. You can read about it in the preface of her book, Large Family Logistics.
But almost only counts in horseshoes, as they say, and Kim did have just a bit of notice. Anyway, I know somebody in real life who has experienced this. She and her husband are very good friends of my brother and his wife, and we all spent an evening together last weekend. I heard the whole story from the husband, then couldn’t resist going straight to the wife to get her version. Of course they matched perfectly except for the varying levels of panic, hilarity and hysteria expressed or implied.
In a nutshell, here’s what happened: Jake came home from work one evening to find Diane suffering from back/stomach pains. They assumed she was sick, and went to bed hoping she would be better in the morning.
During the night, Jake awoke to the sound of Diane crying out in pain. He insisted on taking her straight to the emergency room, but hurt his back carrying her across the parking lot. She felt better for a moment and finished the trek herself, then the pain hit her again.
Inside an examining room, Diane told the nurse, “I’ve never hurt so much except when my daughter was born, but I’m not even pregnant now!” The nurse put 2 and 2 together and did a quick check, finding that Diane was 9 centimeters dilated!
They called for a doctor who arrived with just 12 minutes to spare. Jake and Diane left the hospital with a healthy 5 lb, 4 oz. boy who they estimated was 7 weeks early.
Really. You’ve seen stories like this in the news, and now I’ve met at least one woman who lived it.
Diane said her first pregnancy was very typical, which made it all the more shocking that she never suspected she was pregnant the second time.
She had regular cycles throughout the pregnancy. She was at the doctor several times in the preceding months for other reasons.
She was overweight, but not dramatically. She had been dieting, so she actually lost weight during the course of the pregnancy.
Jake confirmed that neither of them ever suspected pregnancy at any point before the nurse said the word dilated and centimeters.
Now she is expecting a third child and having a completely normal pregnancy. With 7 weeks to her duedate, you could never miss the fact that she is expecting.
What do you think? Incredible? Or have you heard or even experienced something like this yourself?