You hear stories like this every now and then and, if you're like me, you have to take the claims with a grain of salt. Especially if you’ve had a baby before or, in my case, five!
But, the research backs up the women who claim they never knew they were pregnant until actually giving birth. says these situations are real and it is possible to go through nine months of pregnancy without ever knowing you’re pregnant.
Here's another one, this time it’s a younger woman, aged 22, who thought she was suffering from kidney stones that actually turned out to be 40 hours of labor!
22-year-old Allyson Opfer AND her doctors were completely fooled by the young woman’s pregnancy, neither of them realizing it until she was 40 hours into labor!
Although Opfer claims she thought what she had was “something serious,” it wasn’t until an ultrasound was performed on her kidneys that she learned the shocking truth: she was not only pregnant but was about to give birth!
“I went to the hospital that day because I had terrible cramping,” Opfer, now 23, tells Reader’s Digest. “I knew cramps that bad had to be something serious.” They were - only she had no idea HOW serious.
“The ER doctor originally thought I had kidney stones,” Opfer recalls, but “when they took me back for an ultrasound, instead of finding kidney stones, they found a baby!”
Opfer insists she never had any symptoms of pregnancy throughout the entire nine months. Because her monthly cycle had always been irregular, she wasn’t overly concerned when she didn’t have a period for several months. Just to be sure, however, she took the test - which turned out negative.
Backed by the test result, Opfer found other explanations for the weight gain, the only clue that could have possibly tipped her off.
“Remarkably, Opfer had no idea she was pregnant. Women in their first trimester often experience fatigue and morning sickness, but Opfer didn’t have those symptoms. Throughout her pregnancy, she felt fine, and when she gained weight, she blamed it on the fact that she wasn’t eating right or exercising as much.”
Kyrin Dunston MD, FACOG, explains that offer’s experience is more common than people realize.
“Depending on the body’s bone structure, the pelvis and rib cage may be shaped to more easily accommodate an enlarging uterus in an inconspicuous manner,” she said.
Opfer dodged a bullet, however, when she went to the hospital. Even though her baby was full term and she was in active labor, she developed pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening condition for both mother and baby.
Once doctors knew what they were dealing with, Allyson was rushed to the operating room for an emergency cesarean section.
Fortunately for Allyson, things turned out well for her and her child.
"So thankful this little guy was healthy ❤️ Welcome to the world my little Oliver "😇
“30 minutes after the mad rush to the operating room, she was holding her new son, Oliver, in her arms. She recovered from the preeclampsia, and a year later reports that she is thrilled with motherhood.”
Dr. Dunston wants women to learn an important lesson from Allyson’s case and warns anyone who thinks she might be pregnant to get confirmation from a doctor.
She explains, “The vast majority of pregnancies can go nicely for both mother and baby—with no medical intervention or assistance required.
“My friends were shocked. They did not believe me. I had to send them pictures for them to finally believe me"
But Opfer’s story “underscores the need for regular prenatal care to protect the health of the mother and the developing baby—and to manage potential complications such as the preeclampsia Opfer suffered.”
And Allyson chronicled her remarkable journey to motherhood on social media and shared adorable pics of cute little Oliver.
"A week ago from last night I walked in to the ER thinking my excruciating abdominal pain was just kidney stones, but to our surprise it was this little guy trying to make his surprise arrival! Can't believe he's already a week old" 💙
Congratulations, Allyson. He's beautiful!