Pregnancy is a journey - it lasts about 9 months. What’s more - you know you’re pregnant in the first month or so? Well, this was not the case for Farah and her partner Derek, who only found out she was pregnant a few minutes before delivery!
Farah said that they were at the gym when she began to have cramps, after which her water broke. She thought she had wet her pants and they went home so she could clean up and rest.
But the cramps got worse, and they reached a point where she had to go to the hospital. They rushed to the emergency room at Stamford Hospital, where they were told that they were going to have a baby.
Naturally, this sounded unbelievable and the couple began to worry about whether the baby would be healthy or safe, but despite being premature, the couple says that their son Lucas is healthy and strong!
Although Farah had symptoms like weight gain, swollen feet, stomach problems and skin issues, they were in no way suggestive of a pregnancy - mainly because her weight gain did not give her the bump - she simply gained weight. She attributed these symptoms to stress as she had just started a new job, bought a new house and car, and was unable to connect all these symptoms. She rather saw them as isolated symptoms. It was only the extremely painful cramps that made her rush to the emergency room that revealed that she was about to have a baby.
Although uncommon, this is called a cryptic pregnancy. Some women carry healthy full term babies without knowing they’re even pregnant. Dr. Scott Chudnoff, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stamford Hospital, said that he has seen around 5 or 6 instances of this. He said that most women attribute their pregnancy symptoms to stomach and digestive issues as they do not have a visible bump.
Cryptic pregnancy can go unrealized until labour because women with cryptic pregnancies have little or no detectable HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), which is the hormone doctors test to find out if you are pregnant or not. So the pregnancy goes undetected despite pregnancy tests, urine tests and even blood tests.
There could be many causes for this, and some of them may be PCOS, stress or low body fat, among other causes. But despite how shocking and scary their story sounds, Farah and Derek are happy to welcome their son, Lucas into the world, and their tale is simply an alternate ‘happily ever after.’