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Woman Goes To Hospital For Kidney Stones, Gives Birth

| by Michael Howard

An Atlanta woman who thought she had kidney stones got the surprise of a lifetime when her doctor told her she was in labor.

Stephanie Jaegers, 37, went to the hospital convinced that the abdominal pain she'd been experiencing was caused by kidney stones. Hours later, she was giving birth to a baby boy.

"I was having these waves of cramping, that’s the best way I can explain it, and lower back pain," Jaegers said, according to People. "And anybody that I had talked to said it was kidney stones."

Upon examining Jaegers' stomach, the doctor called for an ultrasound.

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"The doctors were discussing kidney stones and pain and said, 'Order a CT scan,'" she told Inside Edition. "But then he examined my stomach when I was having 'cramps' and changed his mind and did an ultrasound instead."

At first, Jaegers was defiant.

"He said something like, 'And you're not pregnant?' and I was like, 'No, I would know,'" she recalled. "I'm like, 'I'm going to tell this man again that there's no baby in here.'"

Jaegers had been diagnosed as premenopausal in 2015 and was advised not to have any more children. Furthermore, she had been having regular periods over the past nine months.

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She was shocked, therefore, when the ultrasound revealed that she was not only pregnant, but 38 weeks pregnant -- and in labor.

Soon she was welcoming a new child, Shaun, into her and husband Michael's family. Still in a state of disbelief, she asked the doctor how she could have been ignorant of her own pregnancy.

"[Shaun] was breech and he was sitting, and as he was sitting his little feet were up by his head, so he couldn't wiggle, he couldn't move," she recalled the doctor explaining. "The doctor was like, 'That's why you didn’t feel him."

"I never had morning sickness like with my other ones," she explained. "My weight fluctuates like five pounds typically. There was no added weight gain. I was moody but thought that was premenopause."

Now, Jaegers says, she will no longer be skeptical of women who give birth unexpectedly.

"I'll be less quick to judge the next time because it can happen," she said.

And while she is still trying to come to terms with what happened, Jaegers is ultimately happy with the way things turned out.

"It's hard when in like 30 minutes you learn that you are having a baby tonight," she told Inside Edition. "I do believe everything is meant to be. We are grateful he is here and he is [a] sweet little baby."

Sources: People, Inside Edition / Photo credit: People

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