Nine months. That's how long Mandie Smith was pregnant before she knew it. She awoke in pain one morning, thought it was some other medical issue, then realized she was in labor. A few hours later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
This story might make more sense if Smith was some newbie mom with no other kids, but she'd already experienced womb residency thrice before with her older children. Still, she carried this fourth pregnancy to full term, managed to wear the same clothing size, and remained unconcerned about the lack of her irregular menstrual cycle, according to WSAZ.
Did this West Virginia mother basically have the best pregnancy ever? Actually, it's not as uncommon as you might think to have a surprise birth.
"Pregnancy usually has signs that are loud and clear," Dr. Allan Chamberlain of St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, told WSAZ. "But every year, more than 1,000 women in this country have babies before even knowing they were pregnant."
For Smith, the announcement of birthing her fourth son is still being received as a prank.
"We've been texting people showing the baby, and they were like 'I was with you yesterday, you didn't look pregnant,'" Smith told WSAZ. "Nobody believes it. Everybody's in shock."
J.R. Smith, the newborn's father, was in Washington D.C. on a business trip when he found out his wife was in labor. Luckily, he was able to witness the delivery on Facetime.