A WOMAN was left in shock after rushing to hospital at 4am in the morning with what she thought was kidney stones, only to be told she was in active labour.
The mum had no idea she was pregnant, with doctors revealing she was 8cm dilated and about to give birth with no idea how far along in her pregnancy she was.
TikTok user LizzieQ opened up about her experience online and revealed she experienced a cryptic pregnancy – a rare type of pregnancy that goes undetected.
In the rare occurrence of a cryptic pregnancy, women don’t tend to show usual symptoms like vomiting, fatigue, no periods and often go without a baby bump.
Lizzie explained in her video that she didn’t gain weight at all during her cryptic pregnancy and she still had all her periods up until she gave birth.
“Didn’t gain weight, had all my periods. Was actively taking BC [birth control],” she revealed.
She explained that one night she woke up with pain and took herself to the hospital where she soon found out she was about to give birth.
“Thought I was having a kidney stone so went to the ER at 4am. None of the nurses suspected I was pregnant,” Lizzie recalled.
“ER doctor did an exam and told me I was 8cm dilated in active labour.”
She was also diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, which causes high blood pressure during pregnancy and after labour, and placenta previa – a condition where the placenta lies very low in the uterus and covers the cervix.
Placenta previa can cause severe bleeding during labour and birth as blood vessels connecting the placenta to the uterus may tear.
She explained that the condition prevented her from feeling the baby move while she was pregnant.
Lizzie also revealed that she was forced to give birth without an epidural and with no idea how far along she was.
She said: “Two hours later fully dilated. No epidural. No ultrasound. No clue how far along. Delivered a full term 6lb 7oz baby girl.”
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Captioning her post, she added: “And now I have a happy, healthy two year old.”
People who came across her video were shocked to hear of her experience, with one person posting: “Whaaaaat… that’s crazy. Wow. What a story!”
Another said: “That’s a wild and crazy story to tell them when they are older!”
A third wrote: “Wow!!! I’m a mum of four. Womens’ bodies are amazing. Freaking superheros.”
One more shared: “It happens more than people realise! Glad she was a healthy full term baby.”
“The relief you must of felt when she was healthy and full term (sic),” agreed another.
What is a cryptic pregnancy?
A cryptic pregnancy is where conventional medical testing methods fail to detect when a person is expecting, according to Healthline.
Also known as a stealth pregnancy, cryptic pregnancies are considered rare and women who experience a pregnancy of this kind tend not to show typical symptoms of pregnancy, including vomiting, fatigue, nausea or abdominal swelling resembling a bump.
Women can appear to have regular periods too, as fluctuating hormones can lead to slight bleeding that resembles menstruation.
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