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Woman Gives Birth to 10-Pound Baby One Hour After Realizing She's Pregnant

One Tuesday morning, Katherine Kropas began experiencing aches in her stomach and back that were so intense, she headed to the emergency room. According to the Washington Post, an hour later, the 23-year-old called her shocked boyfriend Dan Keefe and told him that she was being wheeled into surgery to deliver a baby neither of them had any idea they had conceived.

According to CBS Boston, Kropas was on birth control and had a regular menstrual cycle through the duration of her pregnancy.

"I thought I had put on some Christmas season weight, but I never thought I was pregnant. Never," she told CBS.

A 10-pound healthy baby girl was delivered by Caesarean section at 11:06 p.m. Kropas named her Ellie, after her grandmother who drove her to the hospital. Her parents soon joined them as they waited, awestruck, for news of the baby's safe arrival.

Dr. Kim Dever is chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology at South Shore Hospital.

"Very often, especially in your first pregnancy, you're really not aware of what you're feeling and we often have women joke and say they're feeling gas pains or they can attribute it to other natural conditions," Dever said.

Pregnancies that go full-time without the mother realizing she is pregnant are called cryptic pregnancies. Support groups for cryptic pregnancies are forming across the country and online so that women can share their surprise deliveries.

The South Shore Hospital where baby Ellie was delivered reports that it ushers in nearly 3,500 births. Of these joyous deliveries, they say there are typically one or two that catch everyone by surprise.

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