Readers were captivated last week by the news story of a 47-year-old U.S. woman who went to a hospital with abdominal pain, only to discover she was pregnant and about to give birth … in an hour.
The story broke on Friday, as Judy Brown was set to leave the Massachusetts hospital where she had given birth to her first child, a 8-lb., 2-oz. daughter she and husband Jason Brown named Carolyn Rose, after their mothers.
Judy had presented at the hospital thinking she might have a gallstone, before staff told her the surprising news she was pregnant and about to give birth. “It was a little bit scary getting into the hospital thinking something was really bad was going on,” she told ABC News. “To understand and take in that was I pregnant and was about to go into labor … it was very overwhelming.”
Carolyn Rose’s parents have been married 22 years, and Judy simply assumed she was moving towards menopause when she noted physical changes in her body. “It was not really there in my mind,” she said.
As remarkable as the story is, there are several reasons a woman might not be aware she is progressing through a so-called “cryptic” pregnancy, according to Tech Times, including taking a pregnancy test too early, an irregular menstrual cycle, a barely-moving fetus, misdiagnosed infertility and a range of psychiatric issues — from stress to schizophrenia.