Dr Oz: She Had No Idea She Was Pregnant!
Most women have a full nine months to prepare for the birth of their child. But what if you didn’t know you were pregnant until you were in labor? It happens more often than you would think. Ileana and her boyfriend had been together for about three years and in October 2016 she suddenly began feeling severe cramping in her lower stomach that felt like cramping, but she had never felt that sort of pain before so she called her sister. Her sister is a medical assistant and, after going over her symptoms, believed it was an ovarian cyst that had ruptured. She went to the emergency room where they did an ultrasound and discovered she was about 15 weeks pregnant.
She was rushed to the OB/GYN to another two hour-long ultrasound after which it was discovered she was actually between 36-38 weeks pregnant. It was then that her water broke. Ileana joined the show and explained to Dr Oz that she still had her period every month, didn’t gain a lot of weight, and could still bend forward and be on her feet for hours without any problem. Her stomach didn’t even feel hard. She and her boyfriend weren’t trying to get pregnant so it came as a surprise.
She admitted that when she was told she was 15 weeks along, she was scared but she could handle that news. But when she was told she was actually 36-38 weeks pregnant and her water broke, that’s when she really began to panic.
Dr Oz: Regular Menstrual Cycles During Pregnancy
Dr Oz then turned to Dr Jennifer Ashton, an OB/GYN, who expressed how impressive it was that Ileana went through everything that she did. She said she loves what she does because Ileana’s experience is proof that women are “stoic” beings. She described Ileana as “the toughest woman on the planet” because of everything she went through.
Dr Ashton then explained that an obstetrician or OB/GYN has seen a case like Ileana’s at least once in their career but it’s still not exactly clear how it’s possible. Approximately one in 450 women don’t know they are pregnant until 20 weeks or later. Dr Ashton wanted everyone to better understand the difference between menstruation and bleeding, because Ileana wasn’t actually getting her period every month. It’s not normal for a woman to bleed regularly throughout her pregnancy, but it does happen. Plus, the blood can come from the cervix, the uterus, and other places, and then interpreted as menstrual bleeding.
Dr Oz: Healthy Boy Born After Unknown Pregnancy
On October 16, 2016, Ileana delivered a baby boy named Jackson who weighed 5 pounds and 4 ounces. Dr Oz was thrilled to welcome Jackson and his dad Junior to the show. There’s no denying Jackson was one handsome little boy! Junior told Dr Oz that he got a phone call from Ileana’s sister who told him he needed to get to the hospital because Ileana was in labor, and he hung up on her because he thought she was joking. But after multiple call backs, he finally realized it was real and rushed to be by his girlfriend’s side, although he was five minutes too late. Imagine his surprise when he walked into the hospital room and saw his girlfriend lying there with their baby!
What would you do if you didn’t know you were pregnant until you were in labor?