Pregnancies are hard to miss, particularly if you’re the
woman carrying the baby: For starters, there’s the morning sickness. And oh yeah, that basketball-sized belly. Nonetheless, Trish Staine from Duluth, Minnesota had no
clue she was preggers until minutes before giving birth.
We know what you’re thinking: How could she not know?! Well, for starters, Staine’s husband had
had a vasectomy after the birth of their first child. What’s more, Staine still
had her periods. And since she’d been training for a half marathon, she’d been
losing weight. The telltale bump was nowhere to be seen. She’d gone for a
two-hour run a day before giving birth. That morning, she woke up with back
pain so severe she started screaming and crying. Her husband called the
ambulance, assuming she had a burst appendix, kidney stone, or pinched nerve. Instead,
doctors found something else entirely.
"Down in the E.R. they found a fetal heartbeat," Staine said
Wednesday from her hospital room. "And I was like, 'no, that's not
Five minutes later, Staine gave birth to a baby girl. In spite of
being five weeks premature, she was healthy, weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces and
18.9 inches long. The stunned couple named her Mira, short for miracle.
Staine’s story may seem too strange to be true, but science says it
happens. One study
estimates that one in every 7,225 women find out they’re pregnant just moments
before they give birth. In most cases, the infants are born premature and with
health problems, since the mother’s body hadn’t recognized the pregnancy and
adjusted itself accordingly.
In spite of her surprise, Staine is thrilled to have a new child, who
has opened her eyes to the idea that anything is possible. "I've always
been skeptical about all these TV shows with people saying 'I didn't know I was
pregnant,'" she said. "You cannot be pregnant and not know about it.
So as soon as I had her, I was like, 'I'm a believer.'"